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Nikky Finney's Award Speech Tops Record Year for Black Women Writers

Nikky Finney’s Award Speech Tops Record Year for Black Women Writers

by Jorge Rivas on November 29 2011, 1:16PM

The award-winning poet astounded audiences with her acceptance speech, before telling the crowd that the moment had left her “officially speechless.”

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Bachmann Still Angry at The Roots' Stunt on Jimmy Fallon Show

Bachmann Still Angry at The Roots’ Stunt on Jimmy Fallon Show

by Jorge Rivas on November 28 2011, 12:09PM

The band made waves with their musical introduction of the tea party favorite last week.

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'New Yorker' Magazine Cover Depicts Pilgrims Fleeing Across U.S. Border

‘New Yorker’ Magazine Cover Depicts Pilgrims Fleeing Across U.S. Border

by Jorge Rivas on November 23 2011, 11:03AM

Cartoonist Christoph Niemann wanted to offer historical perspective to today’s immigration debate.

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Watch: 5 Hollywood Directors Avoid Talking About Race

Watch: 5 Hollywood Directors Avoid Talking About Race

by Jorge Rivas on November 18 2011, 10:41AM

Awkward.

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Mississippi Sorority Recalls 'The Cosby Show' By Dressing in Blackface

Mississippi Sorority Recalls ‘The Cosby Show’ By Dressing in Blackface

by Jorge Rivas on November 16 2011, 1:19PM

Six students at the University of Southern Mississippi dressed in black face to depict the Huxtables at an off-campus 1980s themed costume party.

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Lady Gaga Fires Long Time Black Choreographer Laurieann Gibson

Lady Gaga Fires Long Time Black Choreographer Laurieann Gibson

by Jorge Rivas on November 16 2011, 12:11PM

The black choreographer and creative director who says she’s largely responsible for Lady Gaga’s image has been “dismissed.”

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Lil' B Releases Song Called 'I Got AIDS' to Raise Awareness

Lil’ B Releases Song Called ‘I Got AIDS’ to Raise Awareness

by Jorge Rivas on November 15 2011, 12:15PM

Berkeley’s Lil’ B is at again. This time he’s released a song encouraging fans to get tested for HIV.

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Shakira Gets Star On Hollywood Walk of Fame, But Diversity's Still Lacking

Shakira Gets Star On Hollywood Walk of Fame, But Diversity’s Still Lacking

by Jorge Rivas on November 11 2011, 3:59PM

The Colombian superstar fulfills her mom’s dream. She’s just one of 79 Latinos to get one of the 2,366 stars.

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Fans and Celebs Celebrate Heavy D's Most Memorable Songs

Fans and Celebs Celebrate Heavy D’s Most Memorable Songs

by Jorge Rivas on November 9 2011, 11:10AM

We remember some of the rapper’s best moments, and take stock of the legacy he leaves behind.

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We're Cautiously Optimistic About the 'All-American Muslim' Reality TV Show

We’re Cautiously Optimistic About the ‘All-American Muslim’ Reality TV Show

by Jorge Rivas on November 8 2011, 2:47PM

Let’s hope it’s better than the scandalous shows that make up our reality TV landscape.

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20 Years Ago Today, Magic Johnson Made HIV Not Just a White Gay Male Disease

20 Years Ago Today, Magic Johnson Made HIV Not Just a White Gay Male Disease

by Jorge Rivas on November 7 2011, 12:40PM

Magic Johnson announced he was HIV-positive twenty years ago today. He did more for HIV/AIDS awareness than former President Ronald Reagan.

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Kardashian In Trouble With Native American Group For 'Indian Giver' Comment

Kardashian In Trouble With Native American Group For ‘Indian Giver’ Comment

by Jorge Rivas on November 4 2011, 3:05PM

The National Congress of American Indians called Jenner’s comments “wrong and hurtful.”

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Young Muslim Designer Puts Her Fashions on New York Runways

Young Muslim Designer Puts Her Fashions on New York Runways

by Jorge Rivas on November 4 2011, 12:21PM

Nailah Lymus takes a unique approach to faith and fashion.

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Keenen Ivory Wayans Producing New 'In Living Color' Episodes

Keenen Ivory Wayans Producing New ‘In Living Color’ Episodes

by Jorge Rivas on October 31 2011, 12:10PM

Fox will air two half-hour specials of “In Living Color” in the spring.

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Selena Quintanilla Wins Billboard Award 16 Years After Her Death

Selena Quintanilla Wins Billboard Award 16 Years After Her Death

by Jorge Rivas on October 28 2011, 2:37PM

Selena, the Mexican-American singer behind “Como la Flor” and “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” continues to win awards.

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Sarah Silverman Organizes 'Live From Niggerhead' Comedy Show

Sarah Silverman Organizes ‘Live From Niggerhead’ Comedy Show

by Jorge Rivas on October 24 2011, 4:13PM

Some see a disaster. But Silverman sees a teachable moment.

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Fashion's New Asian Supermodel Fad Driven by Dollars

Fashion’s New Asian Supermodel Fad Driven by Dollars

by Jorge Rivas on October 24 2011, 12:33PM

As China becomes a driving global economic force, the fashion industry is trying to target its consumer base.

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Yasmin Hernandez's Soldaderas Mural in East Harlem

Yasmin Hernandez’s Soldaderas Mural in East Harlem

by Stokely Baksh, Jamilah King on October 24 2011, 10:00AM

The Puerto Rican muralist has a vision for East Harlem

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Hey, Media: Don't Lecture Black Women About Marriage

Hey, Media: Don’t Lecture Black Women About Marriage

by Jorge Rivas on October 21 2011, 12:10PM

Racialicious’ Latoya Peterson on the media’s obsession with black women and marriage rates among African-Americans.

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Urban Outfitters' 'Indian Chic' Prompts Sadly Familiar Outrage

Urban Outfitters’ ‘Indian Chic’ Prompts Sadly Familiar Outrage

by Jamilah King on October 21 2011, 10:03AM

“Navajo Hipster Panties” and a “Navajo Flask”? Really? The Navajo Nation says not so fast, and one writer tells Urban Outfitters’s CEO that enough is enough.

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