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Tracy Morgan Offers Non-Apology on Letterman for Homophobic Remarks

Tracy Morgan Offers Non-Apology on Letterman for Homophobic Remarks

by Jorge Rivas on October 12 2011, 11:00AM

The comedian says his homophobic comments were just jokes.

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Beyoncé's 'Countdown' Pays Homage to Black Model Donyale Luna

Beyoncé’s ‘Countdown’ Pays Homage to Black Model Donyale Luna

by Jorge Rivas on October 7 2011, 3:22PM

The Detroit native was the first African-American model to appear on the cover of a Vogue in March of 1966.

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Nobel Peace Prize Awarded to Three Women Activists from Liberia and Yemen

Nobel Peace Prize Awarded to Three Women Activists from Liberia and Yemen

by Jorge Rivas on October 7 2011, 2:50PM

Most of the recipients in the award’s 110-year history have been men.

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Rapper 2pac's Family Readies Legal Team to Stop Release of Sex Tape

Rapper 2pac’s Family Readies Legal Team to Stop Release of Sex Tape

by Jorge Rivas on October 7 2011, 2:35PM

Afeni Shakur, the slain rapper’s mother, says she will sue any and everyone who tries to sell the 1991 tape of her son with an unidentified woman.

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'Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl' Star Issa Rae on CNN

‘Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl’ Star Issa Rae on CNN

by Jorge Rivas on October 7 2011, 11:57AM

The creator of the hit YouTube series dishes on what led her to want to change Hollywood.

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Meet The Root's 100 Most Influential African-Americans Under 45

Meet The Root’s 100 Most Influential African-Americans Under 45

by Jorge Rivas on October 6 2011, 2:54PM

The Root unveiled its highly-anticipated round up of movers and shakers. See who made the list.

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Rihanna Goes White and Blonde On New Vogue UK Cover

Rihanna Goes White and Blonde On New Vogue UK Cover

by Jorge Rivas on October 4 2011, 2:39PM

The new look is all too common for darker skinned women who end up on the covers of magazines.

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New Poem Illustrates Impact of U.S.-Backed Violence in Southeast Asia

New Poem Illustrates Impact of U.S.-Backed Violence in Southeast Asia

by Hatty Lee on October 4 2011, 1:18PM

Poet Bao Phil teams up with producer Ash Hsie to offer a scathing indictment of seemingly ‘casual’ racism.

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Eight New Albums for Your Fall Music Playlists

Eight New Albums for Your Fall Music Playlists

by Jorge Rivas on October 4 2011, 9:45AM

From New York City diva Maluca to Bay Area based Los Rakas, we’ve rounded up some artists who should be in your headphones this fall.

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Toni Morrison, Sherman Alexie Among Authors on Banned Book Lists

Toni Morrison, Sherman Alexie Among Authors on Banned Book Lists

by Julianne Hing on October 3 2011, 9:29AM

We’re celebrating our favorite authors whose works have been banned at different points in history.

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'30 Americans' Brings Work of Contemporary Black Artists Together in D.C.

‘30 Americans’ Brings Work of Contemporary Black Artists Together in D.C.

by Jorge Rivas on September 30 2011, 2:32PM

A new art exhibition in Washington, D.C. brings some of the most provocative blacks artists of the last three decades together.

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'Harlistas' Documentary Follows Latino Harley-Davidson Riders

‘Harlistas’ Documentary Follows Latino Harley-Davidson Riders

by Jorge Rivas on September 30 2011, 12:20PM

The film follows nine Latino Harley-Davidson motorcycle riders who are part of a subculture of their own within a subculture.

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The Most Popular Runway Models of Color at S/S 2012 New York Fashion Week

The Most Popular Runway Models of Color at S/S 2012 New York Fashion Week

by Jorge Rivas on September 29 2011, 1:19PM

Observers warn that what happens on the runway can have a lasting impact on popular culture.

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HBO's 'Latino List' Shows Complexities of Being Latino in the U.S.

HBO’s ‘Latino List’ Shows Complexities of Being Latino in the U.S.

by Jorge Rivas on September 28 2011, 2:02PM

HBO’s “The Latino List” is an exploration of what it takes and what it means to be a successful Latino in the US today.

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Vietnamerica: A Graphic Memoir of a Family's Survival

Vietnamerica: A Graphic Memoir of a Family’s Survival

by Hatty Lee on September 27 2011, 10:09AM

Graphic artist Gia-Bao (GB) Tran’s graphic memoir tells the story of his family’s escape and survival during the Vietnam war

Topics: Arts & Culture, Photo

Sly Stone, the Man Behind Rock's First Integrated Band, is Homeless

Sly Stone, the Man Behind Rock’s First Integrated Band, is Homeless

by Jorge Rivas on September 26 2011, 1:32PM

Despite his success, a combination of substance abuse, financial mismanagement and a “life of excess” have left Stone homeless.

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Sofia Vergara's Colombian Relatives Think She Should've Won an Emmy for Best Dress

Sofia Vergara’s Colombian Relatives Think She Should’ve Won an Emmy for Best Dress

by Jorge Rivas on September 23 2011, 5:25PM

The Colombian actress explains how her family thinks acting awards ceremonies are like beauty pageants.

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Touré Calls Tyler Perry's Work 'Cinematic Malt Liquor for the Masses'

Touré Calls Tyler Perry’s Work ‘Cinematic Malt Liquor for the Masses’

by Jorge Rivas on September 22 2011, 3:55PM

Cultural critic and write Touré is in the news again. This time he’s taking stabs at Tyler Perry.

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The Beatles Refused to Play for Segregated Audiences, Contract Shows

The Beatles Refused to Play for Segregated Audiences, Contract Shows

by Jorge Rivas on September 21 2011, 1:00PM

The recently uncovered contract shows that the band’s stand against racial segregation was much more than an idea.

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3 Black Female Playwrights Debut New Work on Broadway

3 Black Female Playwrights Debut New Work on Broadway

by Hatty Lee on September 21 2011, 10:04AM

Katori Hall, Lydia R. Diamond and Suzan-Lori Parks are all set to kick off a remarkable season on Broadway this year.

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