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Filmmakers Look Behind Hollywood's Lens on Race

Filmmakers Look Behind Hollywood’s Lens on Race

by Greg Varner on December 17 2010, 10:07AM

As Oscar buzz builds, Greg Varner talks with documentary filmmakers about some of history’s best—and worst—representations of people of color.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Fashion Photographer Bruce Weber's Moving Portrait of Little Haiti Photo

Fashion Photographer Bruce Weber’s Moving Portrait of Little Haiti

by Jorge Rivas on December 14 2010, 10:04AM

Known for imagining all-American brands, Weber turns his lens to those who have been defined out of Americanness. Jorge Rivas takes a look.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Immigration

Oprah: 'I'm Not Even Kind of a Lesbian'

Oprah: ‘I’m Not Even Kind of a Lesbian’

by Jorge Rivas on December 9 2010, 4:39PM

And Barbara Walters is still asking people about their sexuality.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Oprah

Pint-Sized Rap Stars Hit the World Stage

Pint-Sized Rap Stars Hit the World Stage

by Jorge Rivas on December 9 2010, 1:17PM

But are these YouTube sensations a good idea?

Topics: Arts & Culture

Aretha Franklin's Cancer Diagnosis Prevalent Among Blacks

Aretha Franklin’s Cancer Diagnosis Prevalent Among Blacks

by Jorge Rivas on December 9 2010, 9:25AM

The Queen of Soul is battling a disease that disproportionally hits African Americans.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Health

Five Artists Who Are Keeping the Soul in American Music

Five Artists Who Are Keeping the Soul in American Music

by Jamilah King on December 7 2010, 10:27AM

Jamilah King celebrates the year’s renaissance of soul music—whatever that is.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Oprah, Bill Jones Saluted at Kennedy Center Honors, Still No Asian Americans

Oprah, Bill Jones Saluted at Kennedy Center Honors, Still No Asian Americans

by Jorge Rivas on December 6 2010, 4:27PM

Previous winners include Ella Fitzgerald and Placido Domingo.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Oakland Turf Dancing Gets More National Exposure

Oakland Turf Dancing Gets More National Exposure

by Jamilah King on December 6 2010, 12:34PM

In just a matter of months, a video’s gone from viral sensation to national call for action.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Schools & Youth

Still No Excuses for Tyler Perry's

Still No Excuses for Tyler Perry’s “For Colored Girls”

by Jamilah King on December 3 2010, 5:18PM

Sofia Quintero takes Perry’s apologists to town, and still waits for more black female directors.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Media

Nicki Minaj's Sexist Run-In With Regis Philbin

Nicki Minaj’s Sexist Run-In With Regis Philbin

by Jamilah King on December 3 2010, 3:15PM

Monica Potts at The American Prospect explains that it doesn’t stop, or start, with Regis.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Victoria's Secret Saves Dark Skinned Models for

Victoria’s Secret Saves Dark Skinned Models for “Wild Things” Segment

by Jorge Rivas on December 1 2010, 12:18PM

This year’s annual fashion show included indigenous dance. Concerned? We are too.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Art and Activism Come Together to Make DREAM a Reality Photo

Art and Activism Come Together to Make DREAM a Reality

by Hatty Lee on November 30 2010, 11:05AM

The fight to pass the DREAM Act moves from Congress to the canvas.

Topics: Arts & Culture, DREAM Act

Hindu Group Fights to

Hindu Group Fights to “Take Back Yoga”

by Jamilah King on November 29 2010, 3:07PM

Leaders say the religion has “lost control of the brand.”

Topics: Arts & Culture

Janelle Monae, Serena Williams Sign Off Twitter for AIDS Charity

Janelle Monae, Serena Williams Sign Off Twitter for AIDS Charity

by Jorge Rivas on November 29 2010, 12:55PM

It’s a problematic effort toward raising awareness.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Technology, World AIDS Day

Don't Let Kanye West's Antics Fool You

Don’t Let Kanye West’s Antics Fool You

by Jamilah King on November 24 2010, 2:40PM

Review: The new album is brilliant, according to PostBourgie.

Topics: Arts & Culture

“Privilege Denying Dude” and the Fight for the Right to Snark

by Channing Kennedy on November 23 2010, 9:55AM

Diana Lopez starts a Web meme in which the joke, for once, is on the white guy. Plus, the Internet’s best social justice smart asses.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Technology

Kanye West Debuts New Record, With Five Album Covers

Kanye West Debuts New Record, With Five Album Covers

by Jamilah King on November 22 2010, 4:34PM

The artist find a clever way around his cover controversy.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Tyler Perry's Not The Only One Still Writing

Tyler Perry’s Not The Only One Still Writing “For Colored Girls”

by Jamilah King on November 10 2010, 10:00AM

Ntozake Shange’s enduring legacy proves that there’s still much more left to say about the lives of black women.

Topics: Arts & Culture, For Colored Girls

Clutch Asks Black Women: What's Your Theme Song?

Clutch Asks Black Women: What’s Your Theme Song?

by Jamilah King on November 9 2010, 2:25PM

Got songs that celebrate womanhood? Let’s hear ‘em.

Topics: Arts & Culture, For Colored Girls

Five Things People Are Saying About

Five Things People Are Saying About “For Colored Girls”

by Jamilah King on November 9 2010, 9:37AM

We rounded up what the Web has to say about Tyler Perry’s most talked about film to date.

Topics: Arts & Culture, For Colored Girls