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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.

Topics: Arts & Culture

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.

Topics: Arts & Culture

No Winners of Color at the Emmys

No Winners of Color at the Emmys

by Jorge Rivas on September 19 2011, 12:16PM

ABC’s “Modern Family” was the bigger winner, but even actors of color from that show didn’t win the night’s big awards.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Media

'The Artist Is Not There as a Massage Therapist,' Says Sapphire of Her Work

‘The Artist Is Not There as a Massage Therapist,’ Says Sapphire of Her Work

by Katti Gray on September 19 2011, 9:38AM

Cololrines.com speaks with the author and poet about her second novel, which portrays the son of her famous—and controversial—character Precious.

Topics: Arts & Culture

The Game Wants Gay Rappers to Come Out, But Spreads Downlow Myth

The Game Wants Gay Rappers to Come Out, But Spreads Downlow Myth

by Jorge Rivas on September 14 2011, 3:01PM

Two-time Grammy Awards nominee rapper Game is being praised for openly accepting gays but in the process he’s telling myths about men in the “down low” spreading HIV.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Media

Tyler Perry is the Highest-Paid Man in the Entertainment Industry

Tyler Perry is the Highest-Paid Man in the Entertainment Industry

by Jorge Rivas on September 13 2011, 3:48PM

Love him or hate him, there’s no stopping Tyler Perry’s cash flow.

Topics: Arts & Culture

A Guide to Nicki Minaj's Outfits at New York's Fashion Week

A Guide to Nicki Minaj’s Outfits at New York’s Fashion Week

by Jorge Rivas on September 13 2011, 2:30PM

Nicki Minaj brought all her clothes and wigs to New York for fashion week. And she’s wearing them all at the same time.

Topics: Arts & Culture

The Last Fall: How NFL Dreams Turn To Nightmares

The Last Fall: How NFL Dreams Turn To Nightmares

by Jorge Rivas on September 13 2011, 11:58AM

The average NFL player’s career only lasts three years. A new film explores what happens to many athletes once they leave the field for good.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Fox Sports Cancels Show that Mocked Asian USC Students

Fox Sports Cancels Show that Mocked Asian USC Students

by Jorge Rivas on September 8 2011, 11:51AM

A Fox Sports spokesperson called the offensive debut episode the now-defunct show “clearly offensive.”

Topics: Arts & Culture

Fox Sports Humiliates Asian Students at USC

Fox Sports Humiliates Asian Students at USC

by Jorge Rivas on September 7 2011, 1:44PM

Fox Sports has taken some cues from Alexandra Wallace.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Trove of Unseen Footage Revives History in 'The Black Power Mixtape'

Trove of Unseen Footage Revives History in ‘The Black Power Mixtape’

by Channing Kennedy on September 6 2011, 9:15AM

Swiss filmmaker Goran Hugo Olsson has unearthed hundreds of hours of intimate footage of black power movement leaders. Colorlines talks to Olsson about his remarkable new documentary.

Topics: Arts & Culture, History

Headed Back to Class? We've Got Songs to Start the School Year Off Right

Headed Back to Class? We’ve Got Songs to Start the School Year Off Right

by Bryan Gerhart on September 2 2011, 9:00AM

Whether you’re nostalgic for your playground days or worrying about how to pay back student loans, we’ve got a playlist that will help ease you into another school year.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Back to School

Oscar De La Hoya Admits to Cheating, Alcohol and Cocaine Addiction

Oscar De La Hoya Admits to Cheating, Alcohol and Cocaine Addiction

by Jorge Rivas on September 1 2011, 11:34AM

The Latino boxing champ says he’s battled alcoholism since he was 8 years old.

Topics: Arts & Culture

The Unapologetic Homophobia of 'Tyler, The Creator'

The Unapologetic Homophobia of ‘Tyler, The Creator’

by Jorge Rivas on August 31 2011, 3:11PM

MTV’s Best New Artist hurls hundreds of anti-gay slurs on his new album. “I’m not homophobic,” he has explained. “Gay just means you’re stupid.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, Media

Don Cheadle Brings Us the World's First Black Captain Planet

Don Cheadle Brings Us the World’s First Black Captain Planet

by Jorge Rivas on August 31 2011, 2:58PM

Cheadle stars in a live-action version of the classic cartoon.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Video

HBO Orders Spike Lee Directed Mike Tyson Boxing Drama

HBO Orders Spike Lee Directed Mike Tyson Boxing Drama

by Jorge Rivas on August 31 2011, 12:45PM

The show is said to be modeled loosely after Tyson’s career inside and outside of the ring.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Touré Distances Himself from ESPN's Michael Vick 'Whiteface' Saga

Touré Distances Himself from ESPN’s Michael Vick ‘Whiteface’ Saga

by Jorge Rivas on August 31 2011, 9:00AM

Cultural critic Touré says that ESPN The Magazine’s decision to run a photoshopped image of Vick as a white man distracts viewers from his original point of how race played a role in his high-profile dog-fighting scandal.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Gary, Indiana Holds Massive Birthday Party for Michael Jackson

Gary, Indiana Holds Massive Birthday Party for Michael Jackson

by Jorge Rivas on August 29 2011, 2:40PM

The town’s hometown hero would have turned 53 today.

Topics: Arts & Culture

'It's Free Swipe Yo EBT' Music Video Attacks Poor Mothers

‘It’s Free Swipe Yo EBT’ Music Video Attacks Poor Mothers

by Jorge Rivas on August 25 2011, 9:25AM

In her satirical video, Chapter plays Keywanda, a young mother of ten who deals with the “stress of her children’s fathers.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, Media

Iman: Italian Vogue 'Might As Well Have Called Those' Slave Earrings 'N-- Earrings'

Iman: Italian Vogue ‘Might As Well Have Called Those’ Slave Earrings ‘N— Earrings’

by Jorge Rivas on August 24 2011, 3:55PM

Italian Vogue editor Franca Sozzani has since apologized for the “inconvenience.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, Media