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Unfazed by Blackface Fiasco, Beyoncé Eyes 200 African Dancers for Video

Unfazed by Blackface Fiasco, Beyoncé Eyes 200 African Dancers for Video

by Jorge Rivas on April 8 2011, 2:05PM

Could be cute. Or could be the “return to Beyoncé’s African roots” is spiraling out of control.

Topics: Arts & Culture

50 Cent's New Pocketbook Values: Anti-Gay Won't Pay, Even for Hip Hop

50 Cent’s New Pocketbook Values: Anti-Gay Won’t Pay, Even for Hip Hop

by Kenyon Farrow on April 8 2011, 9:34AM

Iconic DJ Mister Cee’s arrest for allegedly having commercial sex with a transgender woman is stirring an unexpected conversation in the hip-hop industry.

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

Remembering Selena's Trailblazing Music

Remembering Selena’s Trailblazing Music

by Jorge Rivas on March 31 2011, 1:49PM

Today marks the 16th anniversary of the singer’s death.

Topics: Arts & Culture

From Bussing to Rodney King, L.A.'s Race Politics Created Fishbone

From Bussing to Rodney King, L.A.’s Race Politics Created Fishbone

by Mischa Geracoulis on March 24 2011, 10:28AM

A new documentary brings the afro-punk band’s politics and personalities to life. Mischa Geracoulis spoke with the filmmakers at South by Southwest.

Topics: Arts & Culture, SXSW 2011

Akira Adaptation: White Actors With Japanese Names

Akira Adaptation: White Actors With Japanese Names

by Hatty Lee on March 24 2011, 10:00AM

Hollywood whitewashes yet another film. Here’s what you can do about it.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Elizabeth Taylor's Decades-Long Effort to End the HIV/AIDS Epidemic

Elizabeth Taylor’s Decades-Long Effort to End the HIV/AIDS Epidemic

by Jorge Rivas on March 23 2011, 1:18PM

The actress was one of the first public personas willing to discuss the epidemic, and did so until her death.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Health

Jay Smooth Remembers ALL of Nate Dogg's Legacies--Sexism Included

Jay Smooth Remembers ALL of Nate Dogg’s Legacies—Sexism Included

by Jorge Rivas on March 22 2011, 3:12PM

We can’t ignore the iconic rapper’s role in making misogyny catchy.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality

Why Does Charlie (Irwin Estevez) Sheen Get So Many Passes?

Why Does Charlie (Irwin Estevez) Sheen Get So Many Passes?

by Jorge Rivas on March 15 2011, 5:26PM

Does race have anything to do with Charlie Sheen getting a free pass in both the criminal justice system and the court of public opinion?

Topics: Arts & Culture

NEA Study Says Fewer Blacks and Latinos in Arts Classes and Events

NEA Study Says Fewer Blacks and Latinos in Arts Classes and Events

by Thoai Lu on March 14 2011, 5:16PM

Of course, they’re not counting the sort of underground art many communities of color support.

Topics: Arts & Culture

New York Street Art Mecca Set For Demolition

New York Street Art Mecca Set For Demolition

by Thoai Lu on March 14 2011, 11:20AM

The legendary Five Pointz is about to become residential towers and shops.

Topics: Arts & Culture

SXSW 2011: Smartest Race Thinkers, Best Bands, Tweets to Watch

SXSW 2011: Smartest Race Thinkers, Best Bands, Tweets to Watch

by Jorge Rivas, Jamilah King on March 10 2011, 10:00AM

Whether you’re headed out to Austin or keep track on Twitter, we’ve rounded up the musicians and techies to keep an eye on.

Topics: Arts & Culture, SXSW 2011

NAACP Faces Boycott Over Kid Rock Honor

NAACP Faces Boycott Over Kid Rock Honor

by Jamilah King on March 9 2011, 4:46PM

The rocker still sports a confederate flag because ‘it looks cool.’

Topics: Arts & Culture

Today's Love is for New Mexico's Miracle Wall Mural

Today’s Love is for New Mexico’s Miracle Wall Mural

by Hatty Lee on March 9 2011, 12:55PM

For 64-year-old artist Frederic Vigil, it’s never too late to create art.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Celebrate Love

Chris Brown Says He's Been Forgiven

Chris Brown Says He’s Been Forgiven

by Jorge Rivas on March 9 2011, 10:00AM

But is the singer really committed to breaking the cycle of domestic violence?

Topics: Arts & Culture

Artist Glenn Ligon Talks History, 'Outsiderness'

Artist Glenn Ligon Talks History, ‘Outsiderness’

by Thoai Lu on March 8 2011, 9:15AM

The artist talks to The Root about the struggles of his past and his visions for the future.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Loving the Art of the Political Poster at the Oakland Museum

Loving the Art of the Political Poster at the Oakland Museum

by Hatty Lee on March 7 2011, 3:40PM

Because sometimes, words don’t do an issue justice.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Remembering Wally Yonamine, the 'Nisei Jackie Robinson'

Remembering Wally Yonamine, the ‘Nisei Jackie Robinson’

by Thoai Lu on March 7 2011, 10:03AM

The multi-sport athlete broke barriers, and records, on two continents.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Our Fantasy Picks for the NAACP Image Awards

Our Fantasy Picks for the NAACP Image Awards

by Jamilah King on March 4 2011, 6:28PM

We’ve rounded up our favorites. Now we wanna hear about yours.

Topics: Arts & Culture

What Did Asian American Resistance Look Like in the 1970's? Photo

What Did Asian American Resistance Look Like in the 1970’s?

by Hatty Lee on March 4 2011, 4:59PM

A new collection of artwork highlights art and political resistance in San Francisco.

Topics: Arts & Culture

John Galliano Apologizes, Heads to Court for Racist Comments

John Galliano Apologizes, Heads to Court for Racist Comments

by Jorge Rivas on March 4 2011, 8:48AM

John Galliano, the former creative director at Dior, could face up to six months in prison for anti-semitic remarks.

Topics: Arts & Culture