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Illinois' African Women Entrepreneurs Fight For Their Right to Braid [Video]

Illinois’ African Women Entrepreneurs Fight For Their Right to Braid [Video]

by Channing Kennedy on April 25 2012, 3:01PM

A new video shows how Illinois’ professional hair braiders worked with legislators to defeat a racially skewed licensing law.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Economy, /NOW

20 Years Later: Live-Tweeting the L.A. Riots as They Happened

20 Years Later: Live-Tweeting the L.A. Riots as They Happened

by Jorge Rivas on April 25 2012, 1:35PM

Tweets from @RealTimeLARiots correspond to date and time from 1992.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Four African Men School You on Hollywood Stereotypes [Video]

Four African Men School You on Hollywood Stereotypes [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on April 25 2012, 12:52PM

Wouldn’t it be better if African men weren’t always depicted as warlords or victims?

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Meet Madison Moore, Ph.D. Candidate in Critical Fierceness Studies at Yale

Meet Madison Moore, Ph.D. Candidate in Critical Fierceness Studies at Yale

by Jorge Rivas on April 24 2012, 6:45PM

Madison Moore is quickly becoming one of the world’s foremost experts in fierceness.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

PHOTO: President Obama Sits In Rosa Parks Bus

by Jorge Rivas on April 23 2012, 1:55PM

During his trip to Detroit, yesterday, President Obama visited the Henry Ford Museum and had the opportunity to sit in the bus where in 1955 Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to make way for a white customer.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

'Think Like a Man' Defies Studio Skeptics, But It's a Bittersweet Celebration

‘Think Like a Man’ Defies Studio Skeptics, But It’s a Bittersweet Celebration

by Jorge Rivas on April 23 2012, 12:10PM

People of color and actors of color win because they’re represented in Hollywood, but the real winner with “Think Like a Man” is Sony.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Did Sweden's Racist Cake-Cutting Scandal Accomplish Anything? [Reader Forum]

Did Sweden’s Racist Cake-Cutting Scandal Accomplish Anything? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on April 23 2012, 8:43AM

Or was it another case of exploitative politics packaged in shock-value art? Colorlines readers discuss.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Global Affairs

Adorable Kid Photos by Creative Dad

Adorable Kid Photos by Creative Dad

by Hatty Lee on April 20 2012, 1:06PM

Photographer Jason Lee captures his daughters in the most brillant photos.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Why the Light Skinned Black Guy Acura Casting Call? Whoopi Goldberg Explains [Video]

Why the Light Skinned Black Guy Acura Casting Call? Whoopi Goldberg Explains [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on April 19 2012, 5:50PM

The View discusses racist Acura casting call.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

John McCain Just Made a Joke About President Obama Eating his Son's Dog

John McCain Just Made a Joke About President Obama Eating his Son’s Dog

by Jorge Rivas on April 19 2012, 3:01PM

President Obama’s memoir, “Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance,” included a story about him being fed dog meat as a young boy in Indonesia with his stepfather, Lolo Soetoro.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Swedish Culture Minister in Cake Stunt: 'Art Must Be Allowed to Provoke'

Swedish Culture Minister in Cake Stunt: ‘Art Must Be Allowed to Provoke’

by Jorge Rivas on April 19 2012, 11:15AM

A Swedish organization promoting the rights of people of African origin on Tuesday called for the minister to resign for participating in a “tasteless, racist spectacle” that’s made international headlines

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

HBO's 'Girls' Writer: Defecating is 'Taking Obama to the White House'

HBO’s ‘Girls’ Writer: Defecating is ‘Taking Obama to the White House’

by Jorge Rivas on April 19 2012, 10:16AM

HBO has high hopes for their new series that premiered Sunday, but one writer is stealing the spotlight. Jorge Rivas looks at the controversy.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Muslim-American Comedians Want to Give Americans a Big Muslim Hug with this Movie [Video]

Muslim-American Comedians Want to Give Americans a Big Muslim Hug with this Movie [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on April 18 2012, 4:48PM

The Muslims are Coming! is a feature documentary film that follows a group of Muslim-American comedians as they go on a tour of Middle America, perform shows, and meet folks who have never met a Muslim before!

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Racist Cake-Cutting Scandal: Afro-Swedes Call for Action, Artist Speaks

Racist Cake-Cutting Scandal: Afro-Swedes Call for Action, Artist Speaks

by Jorge Rivas on April 18 2012, 11:01AM

Sweden’s culture minister has faced calls to resign after she was filmed cutting into a cake resembling an African woman as part of an art piece on female genital mutilation.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Queen Latifah to Headline Long Beach Gay Pride

Queen Latifah to Headline Long Beach Gay Pride

by Jorge Rivas on April 18 2012, 10:25AM

Long Beach is the most ethnically diverse large city in the United States and it’s gay pride celebration is also one of the most diverse in the country.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Missed the Tupac Hologram? Don't Worry, Dr. Dre May Take it On Tour

Missed the Tupac Hologram? Don’t Worry, Dr. Dre May Take it On Tour

by Jorge Rivas on April 17 2012, 3:29PM

The Tupac Shakur “hologram” performance at the Coachella music festival has overshadowed every other live performance at the festival. So much so that there are talks of taking it on tour.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Oscar Grant Movie in the Works, Starring Octavia Spencer

Oscar Grant Movie in the Works, Starring Octavia Spencer

by Jorge Rivas on April 17 2012, 2:56PM

“Friday Night Lights” and “Chronicle” actor Michael B. Jordan is also in talks to star in the story of the young man shot and killed by police in 2009.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Swedish Culture Minister Caught in Racist Cake-Cutting Scandal

Swedish Culture Minister Caught in Racist Cake-Cutting Scandal

by Jorge Rivas on April 17 2012, 1:00PM

On Sunday the Swedish minister of culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth began cutting a large cake shaped like a black woman to as part of an art installation.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Global Affairs, /NOW

The Late Manning Marable Wins History Pulitzer for Malcolm X Biography

The Late Manning Marable Wins History Pulitzer for Malcolm X Biography

by Jorge Rivas on April 17 2012, 11:18AM

The late Manning Marable wins history Pulitzer.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Tupac's Mom 'Positively Thrilled' About Coachella Hologram

Tupac’s Mom ‘Positively Thrilled’ About Coachella Hologram

by Jorge Rivas on April 17 2012, 10:52AM

Afeni Shakur watched a live stream

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW