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Silver Spring, MD Gets Its Own African Contemporary Dance Flash Mob [Video]

Silver Spring, MD Gets Its Own African Contemporary Dance Flash Mob [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on June 8 2012, 10:33AM

Watch a group of young people as they performed an African Contemporary Dance Flash Mob in the Downtown Silver Spring area.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

How to Talk About Race Without Getting Stuck in 'Clybourne Park'

How to Talk About Race Without Getting Stuck in ‘Clybourne Park’

by Tiffany Bradley on June 8 2012, 10:03AM

Bruce Norris’ bleak view of the state of America’s race discussion is up for a Tony Award this weekend. While you’re watching the ceremony, you can try out these tools for avoiding the quagmire in which the characters of “Clybourne Park” find themselves.

Topics: Arts & Culture

You Ready for 'The Wire: The Musical' Starring Michael Kenneth Williams? [Video]

You Ready for ‘The Wire: The Musical’ Starring Michael Kenneth Williams? [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on June 6 2012, 11:41AM

The cast of HBO’s “The Wire” partnered with “Funny or Die” to bring us this gem.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Jay Smooth to Gwyneth Paltrow: Don't Get Too Comfy With N-Word

Jay Smooth to Gwyneth Paltrow: Don’t Get Too Comfy With N-Word

by Jorge Rivas on June 6 2012, 10:39AM

How Gwyneth Paltrow should’ve handle the controversy surrounding her tweeting the “N-word” this weekend.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Ramiro Gomez's Cardboard Cut Outs Make LA Times' Frontpage

Ramiro Gomez’s Cardboard Cut Outs Make LA Times’ Frontpage

by Jorge Rivas on June 5 2012, 2:31PM

Gomez hopes his works shed light on the unseen laborers who keep homes and lawns and care for youngsters.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Jay Smooth: Leave Michelle Obama Alone With Your Random Opinions

Jay Smooth: Leave Michelle Obama Alone With Your Random Opinions

by Jorge Rivas on June 1 2012, 2:57PM

Ill Doctrine’s Jay Smooth has a new video.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Undocumented Artist Gives American Apparel's Farmer Ad a Political Twist

Undocumented Artist Gives American Apparel’s Farmer Ad a Political Twist

by Channing Kennedy on June 1 2012, 9:35AM

Undocumented ‘artivist’ Julio Salgado, who’s been blowing up your Facebook with his parodies of American Apparel ads, talks with us about destroying the dangerous myth of the perfect immigrant.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Immigration

Legal Experts Say Gay Marriage Question Will Hit Supreme Court Before End of 2012

by Jorge Rivas on May 31 2012, 5:20PM

A federal appeals court in Boston is the first to say the law unfairly denies equal benefits to legally married gays. The decision sets the stage for a ruling by the Supreme Court.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Johnny Depp Made Honorary Member of Comanche Nation

Johnny Depp Made Honorary Member of Comanche Nation

by Jorge Rivas on May 30 2012, 2:33PM

When producer Jerry Bruckheimer released a photo of Johnny Depp in costume as Tonto for this summer’s upcoming blockbuster The Lone Ranger they both received a lot of criticism for what many called an exaggerated and inaccurate rendition of the Comanche Indian he’s suppose to play.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Obama Awards Highest Honor to Toni Morrison, Dolores Huerta [Photos]

Obama Awards Highest Honor to Toni Morrison, Dolores Huerta [Photos]

by Jorge Rivas on May 30 2012, 10:31AM

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom—the Nation’s highest civilian honor—to 13 individuals who have made meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

'Awkward Black Girl' Season 2 to Premiere on Pharrell Williams' YouTube

‘Awkward Black Girl’ Season 2 to Premiere on Pharrell Williams’ YouTube

by Jorge Rivas on May 29 2012, 2:34PM

The highly acclaimed web series returns June 14th.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Rahm Emmanuel Takes Woman's Phone - To Give Her a Job Reference

Rahm Emmanuel Takes Woman’s Phone - To Give Her a Job Reference

by Jorge Rivas on May 25 2012, 6:06PM

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was on his way back from a press conference on the train when he realized he was sitting next to a woman who was on a telephone interview. He surprised her with an on the spot job reference.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Is Glee's Only Black Cast Member Amber Riley Leaving the Show?

Is Glee’s Only Black Cast Member Amber Riley Leaving the Show?

by Jorge Rivas on May 25 2012, 2:44PM

There’s a controversy at Fox.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

There's a Story Behind the Little Boy Who Had a Special Oval Office Moment

There’s a Story Behind the Little Boy Who Had a Special Oval Office Moment

by Jorge Rivas on May 24 2012, 3:35PM

In May 2009, 5-year-old Jacob Philadelphia was visiting the White House with his father, a former Marine who was leaving his 2-year stint working for the National Security Council as part of the White House staff.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Pixar is Jumping on Boat to Capture Latino Audience with New Día de los Muertos Movie

Pixar is Jumping on Boat to Capture Latino Audience with New Día de los Muertos Movie

by Jorge Rivas on May 23 2012, 2:36PM

Last month Pixar announced the filmmaking team behind the Academy Award-winning “Toy Story 3” is working on a film that delves into the Mexican holiday of Día de los Muertos.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

EBONY Magazine Commissions Street Artist Shepard Fairey to Illustrate Trayvon Martin

by Jorge Rivas on May 23 2012, 1:20PM

Graphic designer and illustrator Shepard Fairey, who created Barack Obama’s 2009 “Hope” poster, has illustrated a new figure: Trayvon Martin. via Fairey’s blog: I have followed Trayvon’s case closely and I think any compassionate human being can relate to Trayvon…

Topics: Arts & Culture, Criminal Justice, /NOW

Kanye West, Beyonce Lead BET Awards Nominations

Kanye West, Beyonce Lead BET Awards Nominations

by Jorge Rivas on May 23 2012, 10:28AM

The nominees for the 2012 BET Awards were announced Tuesday and leading the way with seven nominations is Kanye West.

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Competition Keeps August Wilson's Work Alive for Young Actors

Competition Keeps August Wilson’s Work Alive for Young Actors

by Jamilah King on May 23 2012, 9:54AM

The fourth annual competition kicked off in New York City earlier this month, and we caught up with this year’s winner.

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Proposed Book Project ‘My White Friends’ Explores Photography’s Description of Race

by Jorge Rivas on May 22 2012, 5:08PM

Photographer Myra Greene has been exploring photography’s description of race and the challenges of describing whiteness by photographing her white friends for the past 10-years.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Donald Glover Seen Canoodling With Lena Dunham on Set of 'Girls'

Donald Glover Seen Canoodling With Lena Dunham on Set of ‘Girls’

by Jorge Rivas on May 22 2012, 2:42PM

Now everyone is dying to know if Glover is a new love interest on the show.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW