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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

Bush Still Thinks Kanye West Was Out of Line

Bush Still Thinks Kanye West Was Out of Line

by Jamilah King on November 3 2010, 4:33PM

Never mind the war in Iraq. Bush gets sensitive around pop stars.

Topics: Arts & Culture

“Project Runway” Replay: Mondo Guerra Shows How to Walk Free

by Jorge Rivas on November 2 2010, 10:35AM

Last week’s season finale reminds us of a revolutionary moment in reality TV earlier this year.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Kanye West Says His Nude Album Cover Art's

Kanye West Says His Nude Album Cover Art’s “Banned” in U.S.

by Jamilah King on October 19 2010, 1:42PM

It’s just another well-timed statement for the artist everybody loves to hate.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Angela Davis and Yuri Kochiyama Talk About Activism Over Decades

Angela Davis and Yuri Kochiyama Talk About Activism Over Decades

by Julianne Hing on October 18 2010, 3:19PM

A new documentary lets us be a fly on the wall for their 1996 discussion.

Topics: Arts & Culture

T.I. Talks Suicidal Man Down From Ledge (Take Note, 50 Cent)

T.I. Talks Suicidal Man Down From Ledge (Take Note, 50 Cent)

by Julianne Hing on October 14 2010, 10:55AM

A refreshing change from a certain idiot rapper who Tweets to encourage suicides.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Street Gangs and the Evolution of Hip-Hop

Street Gangs and the Evolution of Hip-Hop

by Jamilah King on October 13 2010, 5:20PM

Journalist Davey D digs through the archives to bring sense to our current musical moment.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Is Reality TV a Revolution for Race or the New Minstrel?

Is Reality TV a Revolution for Race or the New Minstrel?

by Neelanjana Banerjee on October 12 2010, 9:25AM

It’s opened up more space than ever for people of color on TV—but that’s not necessarily a good thing.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Gil Scott-Heron Hits A Nerve With New Video

Gil Scott-Heron Hits A Nerve With New Video

by Naima Ramos-Chapman on October 4 2010, 7:24PM

The legendary poet’s back, and has got a bone to pick with the Big Apple.

Topics: Arts & Culture