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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.

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

Topics: Arts & Culture

Beauty Is In The Perspective

by Daisy Hernandez on January 22 2010, 12:00PM

South Korean artist Jang Suk Joon tells powerful visual stories of how neighborhoods are shaped by politics, history and yes, even sex.

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A Black Panther’s Fight for Freedom Behind Bars

by Charles Morse on January 20 2010, 12:00PM

A review of Robert Hillary King’s autobiography

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Jeff Buckley Around the World

by Juba Kalamka on January 12 2010, 12:00PM

The posthumous DVD/CD set captures the best of the artist’s live performances

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Single Black Women Speak For Themselves

by Tammy Johnson on January 11 2010, 12:00PM

A book review of Nika Beamon's new book, I Didn't Work This Hard Just to Get Married.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality

Whipping Up A Little Magic In Vancouver’s Chinatown

by Roya Rastegar on January 11 2010, 12:00PM

A review of the independent film Long Life, Happiness and Prosperity starring Sandra Oh

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Glee Is Off Key on Race

by Alex Jung on December 18 2009, 12:00PM

The popular TV show illustrates what goes wrong when liberals focus on diversity.

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