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A Brief Guide to This Summer's Unexpected U.S. Olympians of Color

A Brief Guide to This Summer’s Unexpected U.S. Olympians of Color

by Jorge Rivas on July 6 2012, 9:51AM

A list of eight athletes of color who will be competing for the U.S. in Olympic sports categories that historically have not been very diverse.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Olympics

Beyond the 'Single Story': 3Bute Turns African Lit Into Crowdsourced Comics

Beyond the ‘Single Story’: 3Bute Turns African Lit Into Crowdsourced Comics

by Channing Kennedy on July 6 2012, 9:24AM

Bunmi Oloruntoba and Emmanuel Iduma say the African literary scene needs to write its own rules. Their innovative annotated comics adaptations are a big first step.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Biracial Athlete Hoped to be First Out American Gymnast at Olympics

Biracial Athlete Hoped to be First Out American Gymnast at Olympics

by Jorge Rivas on July 5 2012, 1:59PM

The United States has never had a publicly out male gymnast participate in the Olympics. Josh Dixon hoped to be the first.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Watch 8-Year-Old Actress Tell Jay Leno He's Asking the Wrong Questions

Watch 8-Year-Old Actress Tell Jay Leno He’s Asking the Wrong Questions

by Jorge Rivas on July 3 2012, 12:55PM

The film’s star Quvenzhané Wallis was a regular five-year-old school girl in Houma, Louisiana when she auditioned for the role of Hushpuppy in the film.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

One of NYC's Last Black-Owned Bookstores is Closing

One of NYC’s Last Black-Owned Bookstores is Closing

by Jorge Rivas on July 3 2012, 12:53PM

High rents force one of New York City’s last black owned book store to re-think its strategy.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Black Gymnast Gabby Douglas Grabs Top Spot on U.S. Gymnastics Team

Black Gymnast Gabby Douglas Grabs Top Spot on U.S. Gymnastics Team

by Jorge Rivas on July 2 2012, 2:13PM

Douglas has also earned the nickname “Flying Squirrel” because of her height-defying gymnastics skills.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Whitney Houston, Donna Summer, Rodney King and Trayvon Martin Remembered at BET Awards

Whitney Houston, Donna Summer, Rodney King and Trayvon Martin Remembered at BET Awards

by Jorge Rivas on July 2 2012, 11:34AM

Kanye West, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé were all present at the BET Awards ceremony Sunday but the highlight of the show everyone is talking about today came from Cissy Houston.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Dwyane Wade Tells Oprah Maturity Helped Him Step Back and let LeBron James Be the Best Player in the World

Dwyane Wade Tells Oprah Maturity Helped Him Step Back and let LeBron James Be the Best Player in the World

by Jorge Rivas on June 29 2012, 4:01PM

Dwyane Wade, the Miami Heat’s All-Star shooting guard, says maturity helped him step back and give LeBron James enough space to “move back a little bit and let this guy, who is the best player in the world become the best player in the world.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

A Satirical Step-by-Step Guide to How to be a Reverse Racist

A Satirical Step-by-Step Guide to How to be a Reverse Racist

by Jorge Rivas on June 28 2012, 4:54PM

An actual step by step list for oppressing white people.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

1976 McDonald's Ad Shows Long Courtship of Black Customers

1976 McDonald’s Ad Shows Long Courtship of Black Customers

by Jorge Rivas on June 28 2012, 3:29PM

Showing a smiling black family gathered around a table at the fast food chain, the ad also proclaims: ‘You don’t have to get dressed up… there’s no tipping.’

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Groundbreaking 'Today' Co-Host Ann Curry Bids Emotional Farewell

Groundbreaking ‘Today’ Co-Host Ann Curry Bids Emotional Farewell

by Jorge Rivas on June 28 2012, 11:15AM

When Ann Curry first appeared on NBC’s “Today Show” fifteen-years ago there weren’t too many faces on morning television that looked like her.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Indy Rapper Brother Ali's #Occupation in Black Minneapolis

Indy Rapper Brother Ali’s #Occupation in Black Minneapolis

by Jamilah King on June 28 2012, 9:57AM

Brother Ali hasn’t always seen his work as political commentary. But ahead of his third studio album and a new political consciousness, all of that has changed when he got arrested while occupying a foreclosed home.

Topics: #Occupy, Arts & Culture

M.I.A. Teams Up With Missy Elliott and Azealia Banks for 'Bad Girls' Remix [Audio]

M.I.A. Teams Up With Missy Elliott and Azealia Banks for ‘Bad Girls’ Remix [Audio]

by Jorge Rivas on June 27 2012, 1:36PM

For her latest remix of “Bad Girls,” M.I.A. features game-changing femcee Missy Elliott and rising raptress Azealia Banks.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Katy Perry Wants to Skin Japanese People and 'Wear Them Like Versace'

Katy Perry Wants to Skin Japanese People and ‘Wear Them Like Versace’

by Jorge Rivas on June 27 2012, 12:30PM

“I’m so obsessed I want to skin you and wear you like Versace,” the pop star said referring to a Japanese person.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Junot Diaz Talks About Why He Writes About Race

Junot Diaz Talks About Why He Writes About Race

by Jorge Rivas on June 27 2012, 11:45AM

Paula M. L. Moya says she’s always been struck by how interviewers avoid asking Dominican-American fiction author Junot Diaz about race, even though he writes about race.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

'Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta' Shouldn't Embarrass Black and Brown Women

‘Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta’ Shouldn’t Embarrass Black and Brown Women

by Akiba Solomon on June 27 2012, 10:20AM

Instead of focusing on the misdeeds of individual cast members, we need to take a look at the exploitative industry that shapes their fate

Topics: Gender, Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality

Photos of a Second Time Olympic Hopeful Realize He's Going To London

Photos of a Second Time Olympic Hopeful Realize He’s Going To London

by Jorge Rivas on June 26 2012, 3:08PM

Duane Solomon, Jr. missed his trip to the Olympics in Beijing by just half a second in 2008.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Tyler Perry is an Action Hero Now [Trailer]

Tyler Perry is an Action Hero Now [Trailer]

by Jorge Rivas on June 26 2012, 11:59AM

Is there anything Tyler Perry can’t do?

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

New Web Series Points Out That Black Folks Do Swim

New Web Series Points Out That Black Folks Do Swim

by Jorge Rivas on June 26 2012, 11:19AM

Watch the Season 2 premiere of “Black Folk Don’t,” a satirical, documentary web series that challenges common stereotypes.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Former GOOD Staffers Launch Kickstarter for Their Next Project

Former GOOD Staffers Launch Kickstarter for Their Next Project

by Jorge Rivas on June 25 2012, 3:35PM

The former GOOD Magazine editors who were abruptly fired earlier this month have teamed up to launch their own magazine about “creative destruction” called “Tomorrow.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW