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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

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