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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.

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'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.

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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?

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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.

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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.”

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Critic Says HBO's 'Newsroom' Characters of Color are Not Very Developed

Critic Says HBO’s ‘Newsroom’ Characters of Color are Not Very Developed

by Jorge Rivas on June 22 2012, 4:42PM

Aaron Sorkin’s highly anticipated series “The Newsroom” premieres this Sunday on HBO with plenty of TV critics already calling it a game changer for television.

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Obama Talks DREAM Act at Nat'l Association of Latino Elected Officials [Video]

Obama Talks DREAM Act at Nat’l Association of Latino Elected Officials [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on June 22 2012, 1:41PM

President Obama: “I’ve said time and again that if you send me the DREAM Act, I’ll sign it right away.”

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Here She Goes Again: Diane Von Furstenberg Can't Stop Talking About Chinese Women

Here She Goes Again: Diane Von Furstenberg Can’t Stop Talking About Chinese Women

by Jorge Rivas on June 22 2012, 12:21PM

Last year she called Chinese people disobedient Japanese people now designer Diane Von Furstenberg is saying Chinese women are afraid of their own power.

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Watch 'Glee' Star Harry Shum Jr. Compete in a Pole Dancing Contest [Video]

Watch ‘Glee’ Star Harry Shum Jr. Compete in a Pole Dancing Contest [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on June 21 2012, 1:50PM

Kev Jumba from You Offend Me, You Offend My Family” aka YOMYOMF invited Harry Shum Jr. to a pole dance off.

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64-Year-Old Great-Grandmother Takes 2nd Place at Bikini Contest

64-Year-Old Great-Grandmother Takes 2nd Place at Bikini Contest

by Jorge Rivas on June 21 2012, 11:23AM

A Los Angeles grandma beat a bunch of women half her age in a bikini contest in Atlanta, Georgia earlier this month.

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FOX Picks Up Jesus Orellana’s Sci-Fi Movie Project ‘Rosa’

by Jorge Rivas on June 20 2012, 2:45PM

20th Century Fox has purchased the rights to create a full length feature film based on the sci-fi short-film ROSA that was created entirely by young comic-artist Jesús Orellana.

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Adidas Pulls Shoe in Response to Slavery Controversy

Adidas Pulls Shoe in Response to Slavery Controversy

by Jorge Rivas on June 19 2012, 10:34AM

He may not be a household name but Jeremy Scott’s designs have been worn by Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Madonna and Kanye West.

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'Obama Boy' Has a Crush on the President, R&B Style

‘Obama Boy’ Has a Crush on the President, R&B Style

by Jorge Rivas on June 13 2012, 5:40PM

“Hey Barry, It’s me.”

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Finally, a Satire Film About Being a Black Face in a White Place is in the Works

Finally, a Satire Film About Being a Black Face in a White Place is in the Works

by Jorge Rivas on June 13 2012, 1:24PM

“Dear White People” is a satire about being a black face in a white place.

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Oprah Asks 50 Cent Why He Said 'She Caters to Older White Women'

Oprah Asks 50 Cent Why He Said ‘She Caters to Older White Women’

by Jorge Rivas on June 12 2012, 12:38PM

On Sunday’s episode of “Oprah’s Next Chapter” host Oprah Winfrey confronted 50 Cent with a long list of heavy duty questions.

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La Casa Azul Becomes East Harlem's Little Bookstore That Could

La Casa Azul Becomes East Harlem’s Little Bookstore That Could

by Mónica Novoa on June 12 2012, 9:44AM

At a time when many mainstream booksellers and publishers are struggling to survive, a new independent Latino-owned bookstore in East Harlem showed that community support can be strong business capital.

Topics: Arts & Culture

/NOW Blog Gets New Pinterest and Reddit Sharing Buttons

/NOW Blog Gets New Pinterest and Reddit Sharing Buttons

by Jorge Rivas on June 11 2012, 4:20PM

Happy Sharing!

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ABC's Robin Roberts Battles Blood Disorder Possibly Caused By Chemo

ABC’s Robin Roberts Battles Blood Disorder Possibly Caused By Chemo

by Jorge Rivas on June 11 2012, 2:51PM

Five years after battling and beating breast cancer, “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts faces another battle.

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Audra McDonald Becomes First Black Actress to Win Five Tony Awards

Audra McDonald Becomes First Black Actress to Win Five Tony Awards

by Jorge Rivas on June 11 2012, 11:40AM

On Sunday, Audra McDonald won the Tony Award for best leading actress in a musical and became the first black actress to ever win five Tony Awards. McDonald was honored for her powerful portrayal of Bess in “The Gershwins’ Porgy…

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