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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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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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