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True Story: Oscar Statue Modeled After Mexican Man

True Story: Oscar Statue Modeled After Mexican Man

by Jorge Rivas on February 26 2012, 3:08PM

The most recognized trophy in the world known simply as “Oscar” is modeled after Mexican filmmaker and actor Emilio Fernandez.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, Oscars 2012

Today's Love Goes to Arizona's Banned Book Smugglers

Today’s Love Goes to Arizona’s Banned Book Smugglers

by Jorge Rivas on February 24 2012, 6:50PM

The Librotraficante Caravan is bringing contraband books—or “wet-books”—to Arizona.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Yahoo Sports Contributor Uses Yao Ming Picture in Jeremy Lin Story

Yahoo Sports Contributor Uses Yao Ming Picture in Jeremy Lin Story

by Jorge Rivas on February 24 2012, 4:51PM

Add this one to the list Jeremy Lin media coverage FAILS.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Jeremy Lin, /NOW

Viola Davis at Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon [Photo]

Viola Davis at Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon [Photo]

by Jorge Rivas on February 24 2012, 3:30PM

Viola Davis attended Essence Magazine’s Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel last night.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

5 Things Too $hort & Hip-Hop Media Can Learn About Sexual Violence

5 Things Too $hort & Hip-Hop Media Can Learn About Sexual Violence

by Akiba Solomon on February 23 2012, 11:33AM

Ways to regroup and do better after the debacle of Too $hort’s violent, rape-celebrating XXL.com video.

Topics: Gender, Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality, Too $hort

An Artist's Rare, Intimate Conversation About Black Masculinity

An Artist’s Rare, Intimate Conversation About Black Masculinity

by Jamilah King on February 23 2012, 10:06AM

A new video installation paints an intimate and engaging portrait of black masculinity by doing something a little revolutionary: asking questions. Artist Chris Johnson talks about the project’s past and present, and what it hopes to build for the future.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality

Nicki Minaj: ' I Would Do a Really Good Job as a Prosecutor'

Nicki Minaj: ’ I Would Do a Really Good Job as a Prosecutor’

by Jorge Rivas on February 23 2012, 9:25AM

Nicki Minaj, 29, appeared on Vogue.com this week.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Magic Johnson is Bringing 'Soul Train' Back [Video]

Magic Johnson is Bringing ‘Soul Train’ Back [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on February 22 2012, 4:21PM

Magic Johnson, who once appeared on “Soul Train” himself, is bringing the show back to television.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

NY Fox 5 News Anchor Wonders How Jeremy Lin's Eyes Hold Up on the Court [Video]

NY Fox 5 News Anchor Wonders How Jeremy Lin’s Eyes Hold Up on the Court [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on February 22 2012, 1:42PM

Just days after an ESPNews anchor was suspended for using a racial slur in a Jeremy Lin news story comes New York’s WNYW Fox 5 news anchor making a joke about Lin’s eyes.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Jeremy Lin, /NOW

'Awkward Black Girl' Issa Rae's Dream: HBO with Creative Control [Video]

‘Awkward Black Girl’ Issa Rae’s Dream: HBO with Creative Control [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on February 22 2012, 12:59PM

Issa Rae says she wants to stay online with sponsorships or make it to HBO with full creative control.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Pre-Teen Calls Out LeBron James: 'Why Won't You Play in the Dunk Contest' [Video]

Pre-Teen Calls Out LeBron James: ‘Why Won’t You Play in the Dunk Contest’ [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on February 22 2012, 12:20PM

This young man from Portland, Oregon has a message for LeBron James: “Don’t let my Saturday night go to waste, man.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Chris Brown's First Line in New Rihanna Song: 'Been a Long Time, I've Been Missing Your Body' Infographic

Chris Brown’s First Line in New Rihanna Song: ‘Been a Long Time, I’ve Been Missing Your Body’

by Jorge Rivas on February 22 2012, 12:05PM

Perhaps it’s time Rihanna visit her 2009 interview with Diane Sawyer.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Chris Brown, /NOW

Listen to Lost Malcolm X Speech, 50 Years Later

by Jorge Rivas on February 21 2012, 4:37PM

On Feb. 21, 1965, the former Nation of Islam leader Malcolm X was assasinated. He was 39.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Court Slows Deported Dad's Case as 20K Sign Petition to Reunite With Kids

Court Slows Deported Dad’s Case as 20K Sign Petition to Reunite With Kids

by Jorge Rivas on February 21 2012, 3:42PM

The petition calls on the Department of Social Services in Allegheny County, NC. to ensure that Felipe Montes, a single-father who was deported to Mexico, not be permanently separated but instead be reunified with his three sons in the United States or Mexico.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Magic Johnson to Launch 24-hour Channel with ‘Uplifting Images of African Americans’

by Jorge Rivas on February 21 2012, 2:06PM

Magic Johnson is preparing to launch Aspire, a 24-hour channel with a focus on what Johnson called positive, uplifting images of African Americans.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Nearly 47k Sign Petition to Fire XXL Mag. Editor Vanessa Satten

Nearly 47k Sign Petition to Fire XXL Mag. Editor Vanessa Satten

by Jorge Rivas on February 21 2012, 1:21PM

Close to 47,000 members of ColorOfChange.org, the nation’s largest online black civil rights organization, have signed a petition calling on Harris Publications to fire XXL Magazine editor Vanessa Satten.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

The Asian American Basketball Leagues That Helped Create Linsanity

The Asian American Basketball Leagues That Helped Create Linsanity

by Jamilah King on February 21 2012, 9:57AM

It’s estimated that in Southern California alone, there are 14,000 Japanese Americans who play in regular club tournaments. Some teams have been around for more than 50 years.

Topics: Arts & Culture, History, Jeremy Lin

Love for the First  Black Oscar Winner Sidney Poitier on His Birthday

Love for the First Black Oscar Winner Sidney Poitier on His Birthday

by Jorge Rivas on February 20 2012, 6:33PM

The actor turns 85 today.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Ru Paul as Mr. and Mrs. Obama in Honor of Presidents Day [Photo] Photo

Ru Paul as Mr. and Mrs. Obama in Honor of Presidents Day [Photo]

by Jorge Rivas on February 20 2012, 1:57PM

Ru Paul wishes you a very happy Presidents Day.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Unreleased Nicki Minaj Music Video From Her Days Before Stylists and Pink Hair [Video]

Unreleased Nicki Minaj Music Video From Her Days Before Stylists and Pink Hair [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on February 20 2012, 11:41AM

Watch Nicki Minaj before the stylists, the rainbow hair colors and the rapid blinking of the eye she’s got in all her music videos these days.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW