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Readers Debate Chris Brown's BET Comeback

Readers Debate Chris Brown’s BET Comeback

by Jorge Rivas on July 1 2010, 2:53PM

If singer Chris Brown had beat up Black Entertainment Television (BET) president Debra Lee’s daughter, would she let him on her awards show? That was just one of the questions readers posed on a ColorLines story published earlier this week….

Topics: Arts & Culture, Media

Chris Brown's Fake Tears? He Had No Business on BET Either Way

Chris Brown’s Fake Tears? He Had No Business on BET Either Way

by Jorge Rivas on June 28 2010, 3:32AM

Debate’s stirring over whether Chris Brown’s breakdown on the BET Awards show was real or marketing. The real question is why he was there in the first place.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality

Michael Jackson: One Year Later

Michael Jackson: One Year Later

by Daisy Hernandez on June 25 2010, 3:12PM

It’s the one-year anniversary of the death of the King of Pop and the tributes have been underway since early this morning.

Topics: Arts & Culture

The Reluctant Allure of Rapper Drake

The Reluctant Allure of Rapper Drake

by Jamilah King on June 17 2010, 12:00PM

Hip-hop’s new golden boy shows how little the music industry’s changed - and how little we want it to.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Tony Award Winners Make History Photo

Tony Award Winners Make History

by Hatty Lee on June 14 2010, 6:52PM

Musical “Fela!” received three Tony Awards last night. Photo: Monique Carboni. Last night, the 64th Annual Tony Awards rocked Radio City Music Hall in New York City. With some amazing productions and actors of color in the running, it did…

Topics: Arts & Culture

Looking For a Blonde Runway Model? Hit Brazil's Poor Farms

Looking For a Blonde Runway Model? Hit Brazil’s Poor Farms

by Daisy Hernandez on June 10 2010, 3:42PM

Agent and former model Bethann Hardison once said, “Modeling is probably the one industry where you have the freedom to refer to people by their color and reject them in their work.” It’s also probably the one industry where you…

Topics: Arts & Culture

Will Janelle Monáe Survive Our Obsession?

Will Janelle Monáe Survive Our Obsession?

by Jamilah King on June 7 2010, 12:00PM

The success of her new album puts her a step closer to the scrutiny we reserve for heroes.

Topics: Arts & Culture

M.I.A. v. NYTimes: Who's Right?

M.I.A. v. NYTimes: Who’s Right?

by Daisy Hernandez on May 28 2010, 4:14PM

Rapper M.I.A. tweeted off yesterday at New York Times Magazine writer Lynn Hirschberg, apparently in retribution for a profile published this week suggesting the rapper’s naive about politics and more interested in the spectacle than the struggle. In a nod…

Topics: Arts & Culture

Lena Horne, Legendary Singer and Civil Rights Activist, Dies at 92 ‎

Lena Horne, Legendary Singer and Civil Rights Activist, Dies at 92 ‎

by Jorge Rivas on May 10 2010, 12:21PM

Lena Mary Calhoun Horne, the first Black actress to sign a long-term contract with a major Hollywood studio (MGM, in 1942) and the first Black actress to be popularly accepted in roles that were as glamorous as any offered to…

Topics: Arts & Culture

Sandra Bullock’s To-Do’s: Adopt Black Boy, Divorce Nazi

by Jamilah King on April 28 2010, 1:27PM

Looks like Black babies are still in fashion among Hollywood’s elite. It’s being reported that Sandra Bullock recently took a cue from her character in The Blind Side and adopted a little Black boy. Unlike some of her predecessors, Bullock…

Topics: Arts & Culture

Why 'Ugly Betty' Was a Really Big Deal

Why ‘Ugly Betty’ Was a Really Big Deal

by Jorge Rivas on April 20 2010, 12:00PM

From undocumented dads to gay kids, we’d never seen TV like that. Here are five ways the show blew up the small screen—with video to prove it.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Blacks and Latinos Using Twitter to Sound Off, Organize [SXSW VIDEO]

by Jorge Rivas on March 19 2010, 4:02PM

While the digital divide is very real and affects low income and folks of color in negative ways, that doesn’t mean these groups aren’t engaging with emerging social media platforms like Twitter. In a presentation earlier this week at SXSW,…

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW

Women in Trouble

by Erasmo Guerra on March 9 2010, 12:00PM

Lorraine M. Lopez’s new book of short stories features adult characters terrorized by children—young and grown—and cats with bulimia.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Gabourey Sidibe on How to Awkwardly Get Your Interracial Swag on Oscar Red Carpet

Gabourey Sidibe on How to Awkwardly Get Your Interracial Swag on Oscar Red Carpet

by Jorge Rivas on March 8 2010, 10:18AM

Gabourey Sidibe lost the best actress Oscar to Sandra Bullock, but that doesn’t mean she didn’t enjoy her time at the Oscars. On a more serious Oscar note, check out Andrés Tapia’s commentary over at New America Media that looks…

Topics: Arts & Culture

Don’t Stop Thinking about Tomorrow

by Erasmo Guerra on February 26 2010, 12:00PM

In his debut novel, Michael Jaime-Becerra paints a vivid picture of small town Latino life in America.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Tex-Mex Express

by Erasmo Guerra on February 19 2010, 12:00PM

Despite Mexico’s bad press, one writer finds that the border spirit lives on.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Davis and Douglass in Tandem

by Brittany Shoot on February 12 2010, 12:00PM

A new collection of Angela Davis’s lectures and Frederick Douglass’s writings puts history in perspective.

Topics: Arts & Culture

David Mamet’s Race Problem

by Adebe DeRango-Adem on February 12 2010, 12:00PM

The new Broadway play is made for an audience that wouldn’t know the breakdown of white power even if it were covered in big red sequins.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Embracing My Undocumented
Immigrant Identity

by Alberto Ledesma on February 5 2010, 12:00PM

One Latino reflects on how he overcame his fears to find that the best use of his citizenship today is to speak against anti-immigrant attacks.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Gabourey Sidibe is Not Precious Jones; Creates Pandemonium

by Alex Jung on January 27 2010, 10:08AM

By Alex Jung When Lee Daniels opened his casting call in urbania, to find the It girl whom Hollywood could not offer, he searched for a woman who did not resemble Precious Jones. He avoided casting women whose own lives…

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