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The Unapologetic Homophobia of 'Tyler, The Creator'

The Unapologetic Homophobia of ‘Tyler, The Creator’

by Jorge Rivas on August 31 2011, 3:11PM

MTV’s Best New Artist hurls hundreds of anti-gay slurs on his new album. “I’m not homophobic,” he has explained. “Gay just means you’re stupid.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, Media

Spanish-Language News Grows as English Media Slumps

Spanish-Language News Grows as English Media Slumps

by Jorge Rivas on August 30 2011, 10:24AM

Spanish-language newspapers, magazines, television and radio shows all experienced growth in 2010. And Univision is launching a 24-hour news channel.

Topics: Media

'It's Free Swipe Yo EBT' Music Video Attacks Poor Mothers

‘It’s Free Swipe Yo EBT’ Music Video Attacks Poor Mothers

by Jorge Rivas on August 25 2011, 9:25AM

In her satirical video, Chapter plays Keywanda, a young mother of ten who deals with the “stress of her children’s fathers.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, Media

Iman: Italian Vogue 'Might As Well Have Called Those' Slave Earrings 'N-- Earrings'

Iman: Italian Vogue ‘Might As Well Have Called Those’ Slave Earrings ‘N— Earrings’

by Jorge Rivas on August 24 2011, 3:55PM

Italian Vogue editor Franca Sozzani has since apologized for the “inconvenience.”

Topics: Arts & Culture, Media

Asian Americans Finally in Commercials -- As Tech Geeks

Asian Americans Finally in Commercials — As Tech Geeks

by Jorge Rivas on August 24 2011, 10:21AM

The Washington Post reports on a growing trend that’s playing off of old stereotypes.

Topics: Media

'Awkward Black Girl' Creator Talks Hollywood, Race and Creative Control

‘Awkward Black Girl’ Creator Talks Hollywood, Race and Creative Control

by Akiba Solomon on August 22 2011, 9:06AM

Issa Rae, the creator and star of the hit Web comedy “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl,” proved that if you build it, we will come. Rae talks with Colorlines.com’s Akiba Solomon about the show and her future.

Topics: Gender, Arts & Culture, Media

Nivea Apologizes for Ad Telling Black Men to 'Re-civilize' Themselves

Nivea Apologizes for Ad Telling Black Men to ‘Re-civilize’ Themselves

by Bryan Gerhart on August 19 2011, 9:49AM

The company’s “Re-civilize yourself” campaign rightfully struck a chord.

Topics: Media

Black Man Jokes With Harlem to Get Real on Race

Black Man Jokes With Harlem to Get Real on Race

by Jorge Rivas on August 18 2011, 2:48PM

Robert Pinderhuze goes out in to the streets and uses humor to make a tough conversation easy.

Topics: Media

Black Journalists Scold BBC for 'Stunning Lack of Sensitivity' in London Riots

Black Journalists Scold BBC for ‘Stunning Lack of Sensitivity’ in London Riots

by Bryan Gerhart on August 16 2011, 2:44PM

The scathing letter says the world’s largest news network should have a better analysis around race.

Topics: London Riots, Media

Whole Foods Denies Caving to Right-Wing Pressure During Ramadan

Whole Foods Denies Caving to Right-Wing Pressure During Ramadan

by Bryan Gerhart on August 12 2011, 10:10AM

The chain’s unprecedented campaign to mark Ramadan with a line of foods that meet Islamic dietary laws turned ugly when it appeared to back down in the face of anti-Muslim bloggers.

Topics: Media

TBS Cancels 'Lopez Tonight,' Leaving TV Even Whiter Now

TBS Cancels ‘Lopez Tonight,’ Leaving TV Even Whiter Now

by Jorge Rivas on August 11 2011, 10:44AM

Whether or not you think George Lopez’s jokes are funny, it’s alarming that a country that’s quickly becoming more diverse has a media that seldom shows it.

Topics: Media

Media Is Growing More White. What's the FCC Doing About It?

Media Is Growing More White. What’s the FCC Doing About It?

by Jason Smith on August 11 2011, 9:45AM

A perennial problem is worsening, as journalists of color leave (or are pushed from) mainstream newsrooms and graduates entering the workforce face the largest racial disparity in hiring in a generation.

Topics: Media

Young White Woman Uses Mustard, Porn to Make 'How To Be Asian' Video

Young White Woman Uses Mustard, Porn to Make ‘How To Be Asian’ Video

by Jorge Rivas on August 9 2011, 10:57AM

If you thought UCLA’s Alexandra “Asians in libraries are loud” Wallace was bad, this is much worse.

Topics: Media

Does Al Jazeera's American Debut Give Hope For Media Diversity?

Does Al Jazeera’s American Debut Give Hope For Media Diversity?

by Bryan Gerhart on August 3 2011, 11:18AM

“It’s very easy for people to get lulled into a false sense of ‘us vs. them,’ ” says Free Press’ Dave Saldana, “when it’s you and me talking about them and not you and me talking with them.”

Topics: Media

Chicago CBS Affiliate Makes 4-yr.-old Sound Like a Thug, Says Sorry

Chicago CBS Affiliate Makes 4-yr.-old Sound Like a Thug, Says Sorry

by Jorge Rivas on August 1 2011, 12:01PM

Turns out the kid who supposedly bragged about wanting to have a gun when he grows up really said he wants to be a police officer. The station acknowledges “mistakes were made.”

Topics: Media

People of Color are Leading YouTube's Growth

People of Color are Leading YouTube’s Growth

by Jorge Rivas on July 29 2011, 10:40AM

But will tiered pricing plans curb mobile Web growth?

Topics: Media, Technology

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Muslim “Terrorists,” White “Lone Wolves,” and the Lessons of Oslo

by Michelle Chen on July 27 2011, 10:13AM

The key lesson from Oslo is that fear blinds, not just those who act on violent impulses but also those who bear witness to it. Americans should finally examine the ripple effects of political ideas with which they’ve grown dangerously comfortable.

Topics: Global Justice, Media, National Security

Bravo and Ryan Seacrest Announce Persian 'Jersey Shore' Reality Show

Bravo and Ryan Seacrest Announce Persian ‘Jersey Shore’ Reality Show

by Jorge Rivas on July 21 2011, 2:12PM

At least the producers are excited. “There’s not a show like it on TV,” they’ve said.

Topics: Media

Rihanna Becomes Most Popular Woman on Facebook

Rihanna Becomes Most Popular Woman on Facebook

by Jorge Rivas on July 19 2011, 11:21AM

Rihanna becomes the most popular social media star of color in the world.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Media

You Maaad!--How Fox News Uses Hip-Hop to Create Race Panics Interactive

You Maaad!—How Fox News Uses Hip-Hop to Create Race Panics

by Adriel Luis, Nico Cary on July 19 2011, 9:47AM

How the network uses black rappers to scare white parents, court their kids and make millions.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Media