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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

T-Pain Sues Inventors of Auto-tune

T-Pain Sues Inventors of Auto-tune

by Jamilah King on July 28 2011, 12:42PM

But autotune isn’t quite dead yet. The R&B singer wants to promote his own, autotune-like product.

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L.A. County Museum of Art Acquires Portrait of Martin Luther King, Jr.

L.A. County Museum of Art Acquires Portrait of Martin Luther King, Jr.

by Jorge Rivas on July 26 2011, 1:00PM

American modern artist Edward Biberman’s piece becomes the first painting of King to enter into the museum’s permanent collection.

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New to the World of Comics: Guillermo Del Toro and Tom Morello

New to the World of Comics: Guillermo Del Toro and Tom Morello

by Jorge Rivas on July 25 2011, 1:30PM

It’s all part of Dark Horse Comic’s plan to court new readers to the genre.

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Civil Rights Schoolchild Ruby Bridges Meets President Obama

Civil Rights Schoolchild Ruby Bridges Meets President Obama

by Jorge Rivas on July 22 2011, 2:44PM

The girl made famous in Normal Rockwell’s iconic painting finally goes to the White House.

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James Murdoch's Hip-Hop Head Days With Rawkus Records

James Murdoch’s Hip-Hop Head Days With Rawkus Records

by Jamilah King on July 21 2011, 3:29PM

Ta-Nehisi Coates reminds us that the man in the middle of Britain’s phone hacking scandal bankrolled an influential hip-hop label in the ’90s.

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Going to the Movies This Summer? Here's What's Wrong With 'Bad Teacher'

Going to the Movies This Summer? Here’s What’s Wrong With ‘Bad Teacher’

by Bryan Gerhart on July 20 2011, 12:43PM

At a time when America’s public schools face severe institutional complications, Bad Teacher chuckles and points the finger at educators.

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Rihanna Becomes Most Popular Woman on Facebook

Rihanna Becomes Most Popular Woman on Facebook

by Jorge Rivas on July 19 2011, 11:21AM

Rihanna becomes the most popular social media star of color in the world.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Media

You Maaad!--How Fox News Uses Hip-Hop to Create Race Panics Interactive

You Maaad!—How Fox News Uses Hip-Hop to Create Race Panics

by Adriel Luis, Nico Cary on July 19 2011, 9:47AM

How the network uses black rappers to scare white parents, court their kids and make millions.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Media

Sapphire Talks New Novel and Combatting the Cycle of Violence

Sapphire Talks New Novel and Combatting the Cycle of Violence

by Bryan Gerhart on July 18 2011, 10:30AM

The author’s new book focuses on the son of her debut character Precious, as he battles his own demons and fights to transcend his circumstances.

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Ford Models Working on Promo Material Featuring Only Models of Color

Ford Models Working on Promo Material Featuring Only Models of Color

by Jorge Rivas on July 15 2011, 12:54PM

But will efforts to recruit more models of color last very long?

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Ruby Bridges, Made Famous in Iconic Painting, Goes to White House

Ruby Bridges, Made Famous in Iconic Painting, Goes to White House

by Jorge Rivas on July 15 2011, 11:27AM

The woman was featured in one of our most iconic Civil Rights era paintings. Now, she’ll be on hand to bring it to the country’s most powerful home.

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Presidential Hopeful Herman Cain's 1996 Gospel Album Hits the Web

Presidential Hopeful Herman Cain’s 1996 Gospel Album Hits the Web

by Bryan Gerhart on July 14 2011, 1:30PM

And believe it or not, the man can sing.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Politics

Queer New Orleans Hip-Hop Star Big Freedia Goes On National Tour

Queer New Orleans Hip-Hop Star Big Freedia Goes On National Tour

by Jorge Rivas on July 13 2011, 1:02PM

The Queen of New Orleans’ bounce scene goes on national tour.

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