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You Gotta Work the Culture If You Wanna Change the Politics

You Gotta Work the Culture If You Wanna Change the Politics

by Rinku Sen on August 14 2012, 8:32AM

Rinku Sen profiles several artists and cultural organizers who’s work you can check out this summer—and at our Facing Race conference in November.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Facing Race 2012, Politics, Movement

Gabby Douglas Gets a Mural in Her Hometown and She's Going to be on 'Oprah'

Gabby Douglas Gets a Mural in Her Hometown and She’s Going to be on ‘Oprah’

by Jorge Rivas on August 13 2012, 2:32PM

Gabby Douglas will return to her hometown of Virginia Beach, Va to find a new 9-by-30 foot mural made in her honor.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Our Aunties' Best Tips to Beat the Summer Heat

Our Aunties’ Best Tips to Beat the Summer Heat

by Julianne Hing on August 10 2012, 10:30AM

Find yourself an empty gourd, a place to nap, or a frozen watermelon, and lay very, very still.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Summer

Getting Serious About Jokes with the Writers of FX's 'Totally Biased'

Getting Serious About Jokes with the Writers of FX’s ‘Totally Biased’

by Channing Kennedy on August 9 2012, 9:56AM

Colorlines.com visits the star and staff of the only late-night show hosted by a black person, premiering tonight on FX.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Former Undocumented Immigrant Leo Manzano Wins Silver Medal for U.S.

Former Undocumented Immigrant Leo Manzano Wins Silver Medal for U.S.

by Jorge Rivas on August 8 2012, 9:41AM

Mexican-born, American runner Leo Manzano is the first American to medal in the 1,500-meter final since Jim Ryun won silver in 1968.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, Olympics

Laughter Can Make a Movement Go Around, Too

Laughter Can Make a Movement Go Around, Too

by Rinku Sen on August 8 2012, 8:48AM

So watch Kamau Bell’s new FX show, “Totally Biased,” as it premiers tomorrow night.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Movement

Gabby Douglas Too Busy Competing to Care What You Think About Her Hair

Gabby Douglas Too Busy Competing to Care What You Think About Her Hair

by Julianne Hing on August 6 2012, 5:31PM

“You might as well stop talking about it,” the Olympic champion said.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, Olympics

Jeremy Lin on the Upside of Others' Low Expectations

Jeremy Lin on the Upside of Others’ Low Expectations

by Julianne Hing on August 6 2012, 1:32PM

The NBA still seems not to know what to do with the Asian American star, and Lin doesn’t seem to mind.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, Sports

Artist Encourages People to Report 'Illegal' Comic Heroes to ICE

Artist Encourages People to Report ‘Illegal’ Comic Heroes to ICE

by Hatty Lee on August 6 2012, 9:47AM

“If ICE is going to be rounding up people and labeling them ‘illegal’, that has to be applied to these pop culture gods and goddesses,” says Neil Rivas.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Immigration

Dominique Dawes: 'So Thrilled to Change My Website' After Gabby Douglas' Win

Dominique Dawes: ‘So Thrilled to Change My Website’ After Gabby Douglas’ Win

by Julianne Hing on August 3 2012, 12:50PM

Dawes was the only African-American gold medalist in gymnastics. No longer.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, Olympics

Gabby Douglas Wasn't Thinking About The History She Was Making

Gabby Douglas Wasn’t Thinking About The History She Was Making

by Julianne Hing on August 3 2012, 11:26AM

The powerhouse gymnast is the first black female to win an all-around gold after her stellar turn Thursday.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, Olympics

Gabby Douglas' Mom Sold Her Jewelry To Keep Her In Gymnastics

Gabby Douglas’ Mom Sold Her Jewelry To Keep Her In Gymnastics

by Julianne Hing on August 2 2012, 2:11PM

The road to the Olympian’s gold medal wins this week was not an easy one for Douglas’ family.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, Olympics

Oprah and Her Natural Hair Cover O Magazine

Oprah and Her Natural Hair Cover O Magazine

by Julianne Hing on August 2 2012, 12:05PM

It’s a first for the talk show host in her magazine’s 12-year history.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Media, /NOW

'Red Bone Girls,' 'Chocolate Legs,' and Eric Benet's Color-Complex Payday

‘Red Bone Girls,’ ‘Chocolate Legs,’ and Eric Benet’s Color-Complex Payday

by Akiba Solomon on August 2 2012, 10:06AM

Halle Berry’s ex husband has figured out a novel way to sell his new album: Exploit divisions between dark and light skinned women. For $19.95, you too can buy some white supremacy.

Topics: Gender, Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality

There Are Olympians Without Countries--And Millions of Regular People, Too

There Are Olympians Without Countries—And Millions of Regular People, Too

by Jamilah King on August 1 2012, 9:15AM

Who were those “independent” Olympic athletes at the opening ceremonies? They’re stateless, and they reveal just how capricious borders can be.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Global Affairs, Olympics

Los Fixie Riders: L.A. Latino Teens on Why They Prefer Fixed Gear Bikes Play

Los Fixie Riders: L.A. Latino Teens on Why They Prefer Fixed Gear Bikes

by Jorge Rivas on August 1 2012, 9:09AM

Taking a cue from velodrome Olympians and city bike messengers, Latino teens are tricking on bikes without gears.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Olympics, Summer

The Oscar Grant Movie Filming in a Bay Area Neighborhood Near You?

The Oscar Grant Movie Filming in a Bay Area Neighborhood Near You?

by Julianne Hing on July 31 2012, 3:45PM

And both BART and Grant’s family have given their okays for the film.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Oprah Responds to Critics Who Say She Played Up Stereotypes in India Show

Oprah Responds to Critics Who Say She Played Up Stereotypes in India Show

by Jorge Rivas on July 27 2012, 1:49PM

Critics say the show was myopic, unaware, ignorant and gauche.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Lupe Ontiveros-- 'Selena' & 'El Norte'--Actress Passes Away at 69

Lupe Ontiveros— ‘Selena’ & ‘El Norte’—Actress Passes Away at 69

by Jorge Rivas on July 27 2012, 10:17AM

Mexican-American actress Lupe Ontiveros passed away early Friday morning. She was 69.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Caster Semenya To Carry South Africa's Flag In Olympic Ceremony

Caster Semenya To Carry South Africa’s Flag In Olympic Ceremony

by Jorge Rivas on July 26 2012, 12:45PM

Caster Semenya will carry South Africa’s flag at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality, /NOW