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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.

Topics: Arts & Culture

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.

Topics: Arts & Culture

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.

Topics: Arts & Culture

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.

Topics: Arts & Culture

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.

Topics: Arts & Culture

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

The Best Black Comedy You're Not Watching

The Best Black Comedy You’re Not Watching

by Akiba Solomon on May 9 2011, 9:18AM

“The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl and Friends” is must-see (Web) TV. Here’s why.

Topics: Gender, Arts & Culture

Comics Industry Rep Accidentally Shows How Pop Culture Stays White

Comics Industry Rep Accidentally Shows How Pop Culture Stays White

by Channing Kennedy on May 3 2011, 4:38PM

Racialicious’ Arturo R. Garcia highlights the effort to get Marvel Comics come clean about race’s role in the creative process.

Topics: Arts & Culture

The Love Story That Made Marriage a Fundamental Right

The Love Story That Made Marriage a Fundamental Right

by Asraa Mustufa on April 27 2011, 10:16AM

A new documentary brings to life Richard and Mildred Loving’s quiet activism against race-mixing laws at this week’s Tribeca Film Festival.

Topics: Arts & Culture, History

Poly Styrene, Multiracial Feminist Punk Icon, Dead at 53

Poly Styrene, Multiracial Feminist Punk Icon, Dead at 53

by Channing Kennedy on April 26 2011, 5:18PM

Styrene embraced her role as punk’s conscience, both as critic and role model

Topics: Arts & Culture

Tyler Perry: Spike Lee 'Can Go Straight to Hell'

Tyler Perry: Spike Lee ‘Can Go Straight to Hell’

by Jorge Rivas on April 20 2011, 2:49PM

Let the war of words begin.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Three Hip-Hop Scholars Talk About Combatting Homophobia

Three Hip-Hop Scholars Talk About Combatting Homophobia

by Akiba Solomon on April 19 2011, 10:35AM

DJ Davey D., William Jelani Cobb and Anyabwile Love use their history classes to tackle one of the most explosive issues in hip-hop culture.

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

Rapper Lil' B (Sort of) Embraces Gay Fans to Sell Records

Rapper Lil’ B (Sort of) Embraces Gay Fans to Sell Records

by Jamilah King on April 18 2011, 10:34AM

But the artist, who announced that his next album will be called “I’m Gay”, still has a long way to go.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality

Jennifer Hudson Is Among World's Most Beautiful, Says People Mag

Jennifer Hudson Is Among World’s Most Beautiful, Says People Mag

by Jorge Rivas on April 13 2011, 3:37PM

We agree.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Rapper Bambu Tackles Domestic Violence--as a Man's Problem

Rapper Bambu Tackles Domestic Violence—as a Man’s Problem

by Thoai Lu on April 13 2011, 1:30PM

The Filipino artist narrates in first person about being the abuser.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality

Chris Rock: White People Have Gotten Less Crazy

Chris Rock: White People Have Gotten Less Crazy

by Thoai Lu on April 13 2011, 12:10PM

The comedian offers his latest assessment of the country’s progress on racial equity. And it’s not a bad one.

Topics: Arts & Culture

A Note on Whitewashing, and Honest Storytelling

A Note on Whitewashing, and Honest Storytelling

by Rinku Sen on April 12 2011, 10:23AM

A 2004 essay by science fiction legend Ursula K. Le Guin is required reading for this discussion.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Hunger Games, Movement

Grammys Chop Award Categories, Worrying Some Artists of Color

Grammys Chop Award Categories, Worrying Some Artists of Color

by Jorge Rivas on April 11 2011, 3:46PM

A number of award categories for Latin and other ethnic music are gone.

Topics: Arts & Culture

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