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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

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.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

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.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

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.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW