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Jose Antonio Vargas: Demian Bichir in 'A Better Life' Represents Today's 'The Help'

Jose Antonio Vargas: Demian Bichir in ‘A Better Life’ Represents Today’s ‘The Help’

by Jorge Rivas on February 10 2012, 11:03AM

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Filipino-American journalist who revealed he was undocumented in a NY Times Op-Ed last year says Bichir represents the help of today — gardeners, farmhands, and other undocumented workers — at the mercy of present-day laws in Georgia and Alabama.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Today's Love: Happy Birthday Alice Walker!

Today’s Love: Happy Birthday Alice Walker!

by Jorge Rivas on February 9 2012, 6:12PM

Alice Walker turns 68 today.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Jeremy Lin Provides Endless Sign Opportunities [Slideshow]

Jeremy Lin Provides Endless Sign Opportunities [Slideshow]

by Jorge Rivas on February 9 2012, 11:58AM

Let the Linsanity begin with a collection of signs supporting to all star Chinese-American Knicks player.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Watch Jeremy Lin's First NBA Dunk [Video]

Watch Jeremy Lin’s First NBA Dunk [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on February 9 2012, 10:55AM

Jeremy Lin had another big game last night against the Wizards. Watch He his first NBA dunk above. Asian fan is holding up a sign: “Who says we can’t drive?” Tremendous. It’s all Jeremy Lin all the time— Frank Isola…

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Guy In Blackface Asks Brigham Young Students About Black History Month [Video]

Guy In Blackface Asks Brigham Young Students About Black History Month [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on February 9 2012, 10:17AM

Dave Ackerman, 31, a comedian based in Utah dresses up in blackface and goes to the Brigham Young campus to ask questions about black historical figures.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

CNN Suspends Roland Martin for Controversial Super Bowl Tweets

CNN Suspends Roland Martin for Controversial Super Bowl Tweets

by Jorge Rivas on February 8 2012, 2:51PM

CNN says Roland Martin will not be appearing on the air anytime soon.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Chris Brown Performing at Grammys on Third Anniversary of Fight with Rihanna

by Jorge Rivas on February 8 2012, 2:39PM

Brown’s high profile arrest for assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna happened early in the morning that he was slated to perform at the Grammys in 2009.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Justice Sonia Sotomayor Rules for Goldilocks on Sesame Street [Video]

Justice Sonia Sotomayor Rules for Goldilocks on Sesame Street [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on February 8 2012, 1:47PM

Sesame Street gets a visit from one wise Latina.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Starbucks Barista Draws 'Chinky Eyes' on Korean-American Customer's Cup

Starbucks Barista Draws ‘Chinky Eyes’ on Korean-American Customer’s Cup

by Jorge Rivas on February 8 2012, 11:53AM

First it was “Ching Chong” at Chick-Fil-A in Irvine then it was it was “Lady Chinky Eyes” at a Papa John’s in Harlem and now a Starbucks Barista in Georgia drawing “chinky eyes” on a cup to identify two Korean-American customers.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

The Subtle Bigotry That Made Jeremy Lin the NBA's Most Surprising Star

The Subtle Bigotry That Made Jeremy Lin the NBA’s Most Surprising Star

by Jamilah King on February 8 2012, 9:27AM

The Knicks point guard has dazzled the league and his teammates this season. But the reason for that surprise has everything to do with longheld assumptions about Asian American athletes.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Jeremy Lin

Hoekstra Also has a Weird 'Debbie Spend it Now' Website

Hoekstra Also has a Weird ‘Debbie Spend it Now’ Website

by Jorge Rivas on February 7 2012, 1:54PM

A look at the html code behind the website describes the Asian woman seen in his commercial and website as “yellowgirl.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Viola Davis Goes With Her Natural Hair for LA Times Mag

Viola Davis Goes With Her Natural Hair for LA Times Mag

by Jorge Rivas on February 6 2012, 6:18PM

Viola Davis like you’ve never seen her before.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, The Help

Victor Cruz's Touchdown Salsa Dances May Have Been a Coach's Idea

Victor Cruz’s Touchdown Salsa Dances May Have Been a Coach’s Idea

by Jorge Rivas on February 6 2012, 2:32PM

As natural as Victor Cruz seems dancing Salsa on the field it may all have started out as a coach’s idea.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

'Little Known Black History Facts' Talks Outside the Family. So What?

‘Little Known Black History Facts’ Talks Outside the Family. So What?

by Channing Kennedy on February 6 2012, 9:30AM

“It’s not in my job description as a black woman to never laugh about my history,” says Tracy Clayton, the humorist behind the Tumblr.

Topics: Arts & Culture, History

Today's Love: Children With Swag Tumblr Might Make Your Eyes Water

Today’s Love: Children With Swag Tumblr Might Make Your Eyes Water

by Jorge Rivas on February 3 2012, 5:31PM

Too much cuteness.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Victor Cruz, NFL's New Great Latino Hope, Sports Sombrero at Media Day [Photo]

Victor Cruz, NFL’s New Great Latino Hope, Sports Sombrero at Media Day [Photo]

by Jorge Rivas on February 3 2012, 4:59PM

New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz wore a sombrero during Media Day ahead of Super Bowl XLVI.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Pay Attention! Ethnic Studies #WishiLearnedinHS Curriculum Hits Twitter

Pay Attention! Ethnic Studies #WishiLearnedinHS Curriculum Hits Twitter

by Jorge Rivas on February 3 2012, 3:05PM

Educational policies start trending on Twitter.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Sometimes Even The President Needs a Hug [Slideshow]

Sometimes Even The President Needs a Hug [Slideshow]

by Jorge Rivas on February 3 2012, 7:59AM

Only 46% of Americans approve of the job Obama is doing as President but chances are a lot more people will approve of this slideshow of the President getting hugs.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Spoof Site Pokes Fun at The Economist's Almost All White Staff

Spoof Site Pokes Fun at The Economist’s Almost All White Staff

by Jorge Rivas on February 2 2012, 6:18PM

Take a look at “The Economist” staff.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Why Black Union Workers Matter In This Year's Super Bowl Showdown

Why Black Union Workers Matter In This Year’s Super Bowl Showdown

by Jamilah King on February 2 2012, 9:51AM

Indiana’s unionized workers have found an unexpectedly loud ally in the NFL’s players association.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Economy