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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.

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'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

K'Naan Returns to Somalia After Two Decades

K’Naan Returns to Somalia After Two Decades

by Jorge Rivas on August 23 2011, 1:19PM

The Somali-Canadian rapper was greeted enthusiastically by people in his struggling homeland..

Topics: Arts & Culture

'Awkward Black Girl' Creator Talks Hollywood, Race and Creative Control

‘Awkward Black Girl’ Creator Talks Hollywood, Race and Creative Control

by Akiba Solomon on August 22 2011, 9:06AM

Issa Rae, the creator and star of the hit Web comedy “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl,” proved that if you build it, we will come. Rae talks with Colorlines.com’s Akiba Solomon about the show and her future.

Topics: Gender, Arts & Culture, Media

Carlos Santana: Grammy Academy is Racist for Cutting Award Categories

Carlos Santana: Grammy Academy is Racist for Cutting Award Categories

by Jorge Rivas on August 19 2011, 1:30PM

His comments come after the Recording Academy’s decision in April to consolidate or eliminate music categories that mostly include artists of color.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Dave Chappelle Sits Down for First Interview in Five Years

Dave Chappelle Sits Down for First Interview in Five Years

by Jorge Rivas on August 16 2011, 12:52PM

He explained his infamous 45-minute silent performance that made headlines in June, recovering from his addiction to being famous and life in Ohio.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Get Ready for 24 Hours of Tyler Perry on TylerTV Cable Channel

Get Ready for 24 Hours of Tyler Perry on TylerTV Cable Channel

by Jorge Rivas on August 10 2011, 2:33PM

The man behind the popular Madea series may soon have a network of his own.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Why I'm Just Saying No to 'The Help' and Its Historical Whitewash

Why I’m Just Saying No to ‘The Help’ and Its Historical Whitewash

by Akiba Solomon on August 10 2011, 12:50PM

Despite the hype and the ensemble of fine black actresses, I’m opting out of “The Help.” The trailer alone features too many group hugs to be trusted as an accounting of the civil rights movement.

Topics: Arts & Culture, History, The Help

'Parks and Rec' Star Aziz Ansari Gets 'Red Dot' Question Onstage

‘Parks and Rec’ Star Aziz Ansari Gets ‘Red Dot’ Question Onstage

by Jorge Rivas on August 9 2011, 12:45PM

Comedian Aziz Ansari had a tense encounter with an audience member who had asked, “Why don’t you have a red dot on your forehead?

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The Revolutionary Everyday Courage of

The Revolutionary Everyday Courage of “The Barber of Birmingham”

by Katti Gray on August 9 2011, 9:35AM

James Armstrong was neither a national movement leader nor a star-power elected official. He was just a guy with a barbershop and heart big enough to fight for his community’s dignity.

Topics: Arts & Culture, History

Why Amazon May Sell Jay-Z, Kanye West's 'The Throne' for 99¢

Why Amazon May Sell Jay-Z, Kanye West’s ‘The Throne’ for 99¢

by Jorge Rivas on August 8 2011, 12:25PM

The artists have chosen to sell their highly anticipated new album only at exclusive, big-name retailers. Indy sellers aren’t pleased.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Can a Black-Latino Spider-Man Do Whatever a Spider Can? [Reader Forum]

Can a Black-Latino Spider-Man Do Whatever a Spider Can? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on August 8 2011, 9:30AM

The new mixed-race Spider-Man just got introduced to comics fans, and the idea of him is sparking conversations about race and art. Our readers discuss.

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Latin Jazz Musicians File Class Action Against Grammy Awards

Latin Jazz Musicians File Class Action Against Grammy Awards

by Jorge Rivas on August 4 2011, 3:44PM

Four Latin jazz musicians are suing organizers of the Grammy Awards for eliminating the genre as an award category.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Kreayshawn:

Kreayshawn: “There Are, Like, Times When It Sucks Being White”

by Jorge Rivas on August 3 2011, 4:31PM

East Oakland’s white rap phenom Kreayshawn’s still talking—and banking a million-dollar record deal.

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Akon Responds to Lupe: Obama's No Terrorist, But Maybe GOP Is

Akon Responds to Lupe: Obama’s No Terrorist, But Maybe GOP Is

by Jorge Rivas on August 3 2011, 12:43PM

WATCH: The Senegalese-born R&B star responds to Lupe Fiasco’s critique of President Obama, saying he’s seen for himself how differently the world thinks about America now.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Marvel Overcomes Its Fear of a Black Spider-Man. Will White Fans Follow?

Marvel Overcomes Its Fear of a Black Spider-Man. Will White Fans Follow?

by Channing Kennedy on August 3 2011, 10:45AM

Marvel Comics unveils today Miles Morales, the half-black half-Latino kid who’s standing in for Peter Parker as Spider-Man in the offshoot “Ultimate Fallout #4.”

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Race and Gender Meet on Rashaad Ernesto Green's

Race and Gender Meet on Rashaad Ernesto Green’s “Gun Hill Road”

by Kyle Bella on August 1 2011, 9:30AM

“I think the film will help people see and understand people that they didn’t necessarily know about,” says the Bronx director about his film’s unprecedented transgender coming of age story.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality