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Poet Beau Sia Sums Up Heartbreak: Memory Sucks

Poet Beau Sia Sums Up Heartbreak: Memory Sucks

by Thoai Lu on June 14 2011, 3:27PM

The spoken word artist’s new piece shows that sometimes the hardest thing to do is forget.

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Jay Smooth Has a Message for LeBron James, And Sports Fans

Jay Smooth Has a Message for LeBron James, And Sports Fans

by Jamilah King on June 14 2011, 2:21PM

Is the basketball superstar trying to talk himself out of a job?

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Football Star Michael Strahan Joins Same-Sex Marriage Campaign

Football Star Michael Strahan Joins Same-Sex Marriage Campaign

by Asraa Mustufa on June 13 2011, 11:37AM

The move makes the former Giants star one of just a handful of black athletes to publicly support same-sex marriage.

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How X-Men Ignored History and Misread Its Viewers

How X-Men Ignored History and Misread Its Viewers

by Seth Freed Wessler on June 10 2011, 2:59PM

It’s a testament to the colorblind myth that a film about social exclusion set squarely in the era of the American civil rights movement did not include a single developed character of color.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Lupe Fiasco Calls President Obama the 'Biggest Terrorist'

Lupe Fiasco Calls President Obama the ‘Biggest Terrorist’

by Jamilah King on June 9 2011, 2:18PM

The rapper’s criticism isn’t surprising. But it does show that not everyone in hip-hop’s mainstream can be easily swayed by the president.

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The Ultimate 21st Century People of Color Sci-Fi List

The Ultimate 21st Century People of Color Sci-Fi List

by Adriel Luis on June 9 2011, 9:57AM

Octavia Butler’s a little too obvious. Here are 10 other artists of this millennium who are crafting our world’s post racial apocalypse.

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More Fallout From 'Liberal Bias' Claims in Hollywood

More Fallout From ‘Liberal Bias’ Claims in Hollywood

by Asraa Mustufa on June 8 2011, 12:15PM

After making waves last week, Ben Shapiro’s book release is causing discord elsewhere in the entertainment world.

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Sister Souljah Rejects 'Street Lit' Label

Sister Souljah Rejects ‘Street Lit’ Label

by Thoai Lu on June 6 2011, 10:31AM

Over at The Root, the activist, emcee and author says that black authors shouldn’t be pigeonholed.

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Are Sports Champions Obligated to Score Political Points, Too?

Are Sports Champions Obligated to Score Political Points, Too?

by Jamilah King on June 6 2011, 9:55AM

As professional athletes have risen in media exposure and income over at least the past four decades, so too has the call for them to take center stage in some of the country’s fiercest political battles.

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A Tribe Called Quest Hits the Big Screen With New Film

A Tribe Called Quest Hits the Big Screen With New Film

by Jamilah King on June 3 2011, 3:24AM

Actor Michael Rapaport directs a new film that traces the group’s past glory.

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What Jim Tressel's Downfall Says About Unpaid College Athletes

What Jim Tressel’s Downfall Says About Unpaid College Athletes

by Jamilah King on June 1 2011, 1:42PM

A scandal involving one of America’s most popular college coaches begs the question of whether college athletes should be paid.

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Lady Gaga Becomes Fifth Female Artist to Go Platinum in First Week

Lady Gaga Becomes Fifth Female Artist to Go Platinum in First Week

by Jamilah King on June 1 2011, 12:23PM

Despite allegations that she’s stealing styles from artists of color, Lady Gaga mania continues.

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Smart People Talk Beyonce So I Don't Have To

Smart People Talk Beyonce So I Don’t Have To

by Akiba Solomon on May 31 2011, 12:05PM

Some of my favorite feminist thinkers weigh in on the Beyonce backlash, while I dance around artlessly to “Who Run the World (Girls)” in the mirror.

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Remembering Gil Scott-Heron: Activist and Musical Legend

Remembering Gil Scott-Heron: Activist and Musical Legend

by Jamilah King on May 31 2011, 9:56AM

DJ Davey D recounts the pioneering artist’s musical, political and cultural legacy.

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Oprah's Conflicted, Empowering, Shaming Bond With Women Like Me

Oprah’s Conflicted, Empowering, Shaming Bond With Women Like Me

by Julianne Hing on May 25 2011, 9:18AM

I believe, even on my meanest days, that Oprah’s quest for global dominance is fueled at least in part by a desire to do some good. And anyway, I could not turn away from her even if I bothered to try.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality, Media, Oprah

Beyonce Wows Viewers With Billboard Awards Performance

Beyonce Wows Viewers With Billboard Awards Performance

by Julianne Hing on May 23 2011, 1:09PM

But her feminist anthem? Not so much.

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Lady Gaga Kicks Oprah Off Top Spot of Forbes' 'Most Powerful'

Lady Gaga Kicks Oprah Off Top Spot of Forbes’ ‘Most Powerful’

by Thoai Lu on May 19 2011, 2:17PM

Winfrey earned $290 million last year, but Lady Gaga’s star is rising.

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O'Reilly Debates Stewart Over Common's White House Poetry

O’Reilly Debates Stewart Over Common’s White House Poetry

by Thoai Lu on May 18 2011, 3:00PM

Conservatives will stop at anything to chastise the president.

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Where is Our Culture's Racial Subconscious? In Comic Books

Where is Our Culture’s Racial Subconscious? In Comic Books

by Channing Kennedy on May 13 2011, 10:54AM

Gene Demby and Alexander Chee detail the industry’s past efforts to include people of color.

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Eight Openly Queer Rappers Worth Your Headphones

Eight Openly Queer Rappers Worth Your Headphones

by Jamilah King on May 11 2011, 9:26AM

From Mister Cee to Lil’ B, hip-hop’s struggles with homophobia have made headlines this spring. We figured it’s time to talk about some unambiguously LGBT artists.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality, Mister Cee