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Questlove Gives Props to Fela Kuti

Questlove Gives Props to Fela Kuti

by Thoai Lu on February 17 2011, 11:15AM

The popular drummer is set to curate a special series of Fela Kuti’s music.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Black Male Models Only Used as Props Photo

Black Male Models Only Used as Props

by Jorge Rivas on February 16 2011, 4:00PM

Sure, they’re out there. But maybe not in a good way.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Another Fashion Week, Another Colored Model Fad

Another Fashion Week, Another Colored Model Fad

by Akiba Solomon on February 16 2011, 10:49AM

But still no sign of questioning the Euro-supremacy at the root of what’s hot and what’s not.

Topics: Gender, Arts & Culture

Grammy Award Recap: Angry Bieber Fans Hack Jazz History

Grammy Award Recap: Angry Bieber Fans Hack Jazz History

by Jorge Rivas on February 14 2011, 12:33PM

Esperanza Spalding becomes first jazz artist to steal the show, enrages millions of teens.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Pepsi and Groupon Not Among Most Memorable Super Bowl Ads

Pepsi and Groupon Not Among Most Memorable Super Bowl Ads

by Jorge Rivas on February 10 2011, 11:37AM

Turns out all you really needed was a pug.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Racist Imagery Used Against Me -- Says Redskins Owner

Racist Imagery Used Against Me — Says Redskins Owner

by Channing Kennedy on February 9 2011, 5:04PM

How can the owner of one of the most criticized team mascots in modern sports be so sensitive?

Topics: Arts & Culture

Lady Gaga May Be the Next Poser Chola-in-Chief

Lady Gaga May Be the Next Poser Chola-in-Chief

by Jorge Rivas on February 9 2011, 1:36PM

And she’s not the only white singer to invoke Chicano culture in recent years.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Cult Actress Tura Satana Dies at 72

Cult Actress Tura Satana Dies at 72

by Jamilah King on February 7 2011, 3:23PM

The legendary actress survived abuse, internment and later inspired “Kill Bill.”

Topics: Arts & Culture

Southern College Boots Latino Artist's Confederate Flag Remix

Southern College Boots Latino Artist’s Confederate Flag Remix

by Jorge Rivas on February 4 2011, 11:56AM

Stanley Bermudez just can’t please those southern apologists.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Mexican Fans Blamed For Selling Out Coachella in Record Time

Mexican Fans Blamed For Selling Out Coachella in Record Time

by Jorge Rivas on February 3 2011, 3:33PM

Scapegoating that’s usually reserved for the political arena has now gone mainstream.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Immigration

Great Female Rappers Not Named Nicki Minaj

Great Female Rappers Not Named Nicki Minaj

by Jamilah King on February 3 2011, 10:31AM

The Well Versed pays tribute to hip hop’s other leading ladies.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Vanity Fair's White Hollywood Issue

Vanity Fair’s White Hollywood Issue

by Jamilah King on February 2 2011, 1:05PM

One of this year’s biggest issues includes only two black actors.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Record Year for Black Films at Sundance Festival

Record Year for Black Films at Sundance Festival

by Jamilah King on February 2 2011, 11:12AM

This year’s festival featured no less than 30 black filmmakers and films.

Topics: Arts & Culture

'Being Elmo' Celebrates Black Puppeteer Kevin Clash

‘Being Elmo’ Celebrates Black Puppeteer Kevin Clash

by Jorge Rivas on February 1 2011, 1:39PM

Until recently, he may be one of Hollywood’s best kept secrets.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Media

Even Newsweek Is Asking If Oprah's Network Is Too White

Even Newsweek Is Asking If Oprah’s Network Is Too White

by Jorge Rivas on February 1 2011, 10:45AM

Can media’s biggest black mogul walk the walk when it comes to expanding network diversity?

Topics: Arts & Culture, Media, Oprah

Modern Family Recognized by Screen Actors Guild Award

Modern Family Recognized by Screen Actors Guild Award

by Julianne Hing on January 31 2011, 5:05PM

It was one of the only awards that went to actors of color in what’s turned out to be a remarkably white awards season, even by Hollywood standards.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Focus Features Buys Black Lesbian Drama 'Pariah'

Focus Features Buys Black Lesbian Drama ‘Pariah’

by Jamilah King on January 31 2011, 12:21PM

After its premiere at Sundance, the coming-of-age story of a butch black lesbian may be on its way to a theater near you.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality

Taking Stock of Howard Zinn's Legacy

Taking Stock of Howard Zinn’s Legacy

by Hatty Lee, Jamilah King on January 28 2011, 5:09PM

The prolific historian passed away one year ago.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Nicki Minaj Gets Personal On Childhood Abuse

Nicki Minaj Gets Personal On Childhood Abuse

by Jorge Rivas on January 28 2011, 12:03PM

The new queen of hip-hop opens up about growing up in an abusive home, and the example she’s trying to set for younger fans.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Why Willow Smith Starring in

Why Willow Smith Starring in “Annie” Remake is A Good Thing

by Jorge Rivas on January 28 2011, 10:55AM

Let’s all stop hating on remakes of classic movies.

Topics: Arts & Culture