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Get Ready for Big Freedia To Shake the U.S. with New Orleans Bounce [Video]

Get Ready for Big Freedia To Shake the U.S. with New Orleans Bounce [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on January 27 2012, 3:38PM

On Wednesday night Big Freedia brought bounce to national television with a performance on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live late-night talk show. Freedia performed two recent songs, “Excuse” (above) and “Na Who Mad” (below). You can watch the full episode on…

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'Slavery By Another Name' Director Gets 2-Min Standing Ovation at Sundance

‘Slavery By Another Name’ Director Gets 2-Min Standing Ovation at Sundance

by Jorge Rivas on January 27 2012, 2:23PM

The Sundance audience at Sam Pollard’s documentary “Slavery By Another Name” gave the director a 2-minute standing ovation after the film premiere.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, Sundance

Spike Lee's Co-Writer: Nothing Happens Unless White Folks Say So

Spike Lee’s Co-Writer: Nothing Happens Unless White Folks Say So

by Jorge Rivas on January 27 2012, 11:01AM

An open letter published yesterday by “Red Hook” co-writer, James McBride, is sure to make headlines because he takes the film community to task.

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Azealia Banks Performs at Karl Lagerfeld's House in Paris [Video]

Azealia Banks Performs at Karl Lagerfeld’s House in Paris [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on January 26 2012, 4:30PM

Karl Lagerfeld, creative director for the fashion house Chanel, invited Azealia Banks to play at his house!

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Caption Contest: What Did Brewer and Her Wagging Finger Tell Obama?

Caption Contest: What Did Brewer and Her Wagging Finger Tell Obama?

by Jorge Rivas on January 26 2012, 2:19PM

If the New Yorker can have their caption contests, so can we.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, Politics

Racist Tabloid Wednesday: Heidi Klum Divorcing Seal Due to his Inability to Control Temper

Racist Tabloid Wednesday: Heidi Klum Divorcing Seal Due to his Inability to Control Temper

by Jorge Rivas on January 25 2012, 5:18PM

In this edition of racist tabloid Wednesday Heidi Klum is divorcing Seal because he’s a jealous, drug and sex addicted black man that can’t control his anger.

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Artist Reimagines 'The Help' Poster: 'White People Solve Racism'

Artist Reimagines ‘The Help’ Poster: ‘White People Solve Racism’

by Jorge Rivas on January 25 2012, 3:20PM

British movie review site TheShiznit.co.uk has taken the advertising for ‘The Help’ to a whole new level.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, The Help

East Haven Immigrant Rights Group Launches Twitter Campaign to Send Mayor Tacos

East Haven Immigrant Rights Group Launches Twitter Campaign to Send Mayor Tacos

by Jorge Rivas on January 25 2012, 3:12PM

After four East Haven police officers were arrested Tuesday for allegedly profiling members of the Latino community, the city’s mayor said he was going to have tacos for dinner that night to help Latinos.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Immigration, /NOW

Director Ice-T Interviews 54 Rappers in ‘Art of Rap’ Documentary [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on January 25 2012, 12:36PM

The rapper/actor interviewed MCs like Immortal Technique, Raekwon and Chuck D about their lyrical styles and the cultural importance of hip-hop music for his new documentary ‘Art of Rap.’

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, Sundance

Viola Davis Tells Charlize Theron She Doesn't Know What She's Talking About

Viola Davis Tells Charlize Theron She Doesn’t Know What She’s Talking About

by Jorge Rivas on January 25 2012, 10:56AM

During Newsweek’s Oscar roundtable, Viola Davis tried to speak about the difficulties of being a black actress in Hollywood—but a well-intentioned reply from Theron was just another example of the problem.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, The Help

2012's Predictably (Mostly) White Oscar Nominees

2012’s Predictably (Mostly) White Oscar Nominees

by Jamilah King on January 25 2012, 9:39AM

We shouldn’t be surprised that this year’s crop of Oscar nominees largely ignored people of color. But it’s still disappointing.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Oscars 2012

Calif. Domestic Workers Celebrate Oscar Nod for

Calif. Domestic Workers Celebrate Oscar Nod for “The Help”

by Jorge Rivas on January 24 2012, 5:45PM

Just before 6am this morning more than 500 domestic workers and children were in buses from around the state of California to march for domestic workers rights at the State Capitol in Sacramento when they learned about the Oscar nominations for ‘The Help.’

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Persian America Goes Hollywood: See Preview of 'Shahs of Sunset' [Video]

Persian America Goes Hollywood: See Preview of ‘Shahs of Sunset’ [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on January 24 2012, 4:43PM

Ryan Seacrest, executive producer of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” has teamed up with “Real Housewives” franchise creator Andy Cohen for “Shahs of Sunset.”

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Public viewing for Etta James in Los Angeles

Public viewing for Etta James in Los Angeles

by Jorge Rivas on January 24 2012, 3:37PM

A public viewing for the late Etta James will be held at Inglewood Cemetery Mortuary on Friday

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Latinos See Strong Presence in 2012 Oscar Nominees List

Latinos See Strong Presence in 2012 Oscar Nominees List

by Jorge Rivas on January 24 2012, 11:30AM

Latinos, the fastest growing ethnic group in the United States, are seeing themselves in several Oscar categories.

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Meryl Streep's 17th Oscar Nomination for Her Role in a Movie Some Say We Didn't Need

Meryl Streep’s 17th Oscar Nomination for Her Role in a Movie Some Say We Didn’t Need

by Jorge Rivas on January 24 2012, 9:40AM

“‘The Iron Lady’ is ‘the last thing we need, ever, and especially at this point.’”

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A Political Obituary of Etta James

A Political Obituary of Etta James

by Kenyon Farrow on January 24 2012, 9:09AM

James’s personal and artistic journey has a lot to teach us about the shifting politics of race, class and feminist politics over the course of the last half century. Kenyon Farrow explores the late icon’s history.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Etta James, History

Chinese New Year 101: Welcome to the Year of the Dragon [Infographic] Infographic

Chinese New Year 101: Welcome to the Year of the Dragon [Infographic]

by Hatty Lee on January 24 2012, 9:00AM

Around the world, Asian communities celebrated Lunar New Year on Monday. Here’s what the holiday is all about.

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President Obama Wishes Everyone a Happy Lunar New Year! [Video]

President Obama Wishes Everyone a Happy Lunar New Year! [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on January 23 2012, 4:55PM

The President and First Lady send their best wishes to everyone celebrating the Lunar New Year.

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Aretha Franklin Calls off Her Wedding

by Jorge Rivas on January 23 2012, 4:28PM

On January 2nd Aretha Franklin announced she and her long time partner William ‘Willie’ Wilkerson were engaged to be married but on Monday the Queen of Soul announced the engagement is off.

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