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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.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

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.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

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.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

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!

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

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.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

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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A Musical Thank You Note to the Racists and Misogynists of the Internet

A Musical Thank You Note to the Racists and Misogynists of the Internet

by Jorge Rivas on June 8 2012, 3:39PM

Isabel Fay, a British comedy writer and performer, wrote a beautiful song thanking the “sexually aggressive, racist, homophobe, misogynistic” trolls of the interwebs.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

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.

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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.

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'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