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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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Film on Alice Walker Nears Finish Line, But Needs Your Help

Film on Alice Walker Nears Finish Line, But Needs Your Help

by Jorge Rivas on October 21 2011, 9:54AM

The producers want to finish the project in time for the 30th anniversary of “The Color Purple.”

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Tyra Banks Talks About New Best-Selling Dystopian Fantasy Novel for Teens

Tyra Banks Talks About New Best-Selling Dystopian Fantasy Novel for Teens

by Jorge Rivas on October 19 2011, 2:00PM

And claims to have lost her hair in the process of writing it.

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Anita Hill Opens Up About Today's Racial Injustices

Anita Hill Opens Up About Today’s Racial Injustices

by Jorge Rivas on October 19 2011, 9:49AM

In an interview with The Root, the legal scholar makes an important distinction between equality and civil rights.

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'Pariah' Film Director Dee Rees Talks About Coming Out Queer

‘Pariah’ Film Director Dee Rees Talks About Coming Out Queer

by Jorge Rivas on October 18 2011, 1:24PM

Dee Rees, the writer and director of the LGBT film “Pariah,” discusses her own experience coming out of the closet.

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Native American Leader and Activist ‎Elouise Cobell Dies at 65

Native American Leader and Activist ‎Elouise Cobell Dies at 65

by Jorge Rivas on October 17 2011, 12:14PM

The American Indian woman who led to the largest government class-action settlement in the country’s history, died Sunday. She was 65.

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Showtime and Lee Daniels Developing Drama Series Set in NYC Ball Scene

Showtime and Lee Daniels Developing Drama Series Set in NYC Ball Scene

by Jorge Rivas on October 14 2011, 6:00PM

Lee Daniels, the man behind the film “Precious,” is developing a new drama series centered around New York City’s house and ball scene.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality

Comic Artist Re-Draws Islam With Secular Superheroes in

Comic Artist Re-Draws Islam With Secular Superheroes in “The 99”

by Channing Kennedy on October 14 2011, 9:46AM

Naif Al-Mutawa’s comic has been banned by censors in Muslim countries and demagogued by Islamophobes in the United States. Colorlines.com spoke with the psychologist-turned-artist about the ideas behind his series.

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