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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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Target Partners with Asian-American Fashion Designer Jason Wu

Target Partners with Asian-American Fashion Designer Jason Wu

by Jorge Rivas on October 13 2011, 2:18PM

But the mass retailer is still rabidly anti-union.

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Tavis Smiley and Cornel West Stand Up to Bill O'Reilly

Tavis Smiley and Cornel West Stand Up to Bill O’Reilly

by Jorge Rivas on October 12 2011, 3:16PM

The two were on the show to discuss their poverty tour and presumably put O’Reilly in check.

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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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