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Samuel L. Jackson Gives Sleepy Parents Everywhere a Good Laugh

Samuel L. Jackson Gives Sleepy Parents Everywhere a Good Laugh

by Jamilah King on June 17 2011, 1:44PM

The actor took to the David Letterman Show to read portions of Adam Mansbach’s hilarious new children’s book for parents.

Topics: Media

Civil Rights Groups and Telecom Watchdogs Split On Mobile Merger

Civil Rights Groups and Telecom Watchdogs Split On Mobile Merger

by Jamilah King on June 17 2011, 9:27AM

The NAACP and Urban League have said the deal is good for people of color. But media justice advocates insist it’ll threaten equal access and drive up costs—and they charge civil rights groups are selling out.

Topics: Media, Technology

Media Overload? A Look at Exactly How Much Youth of Color Consume Infographic

Media Overload? A Look at Exactly How Much Youth of Color Consume

by Stokely Baksh on June 15 2011, 9:49AM

A new study breaks down the significant racial disparity in media consumption, and advocates point out what it means for the politics of media regulation.

Topics: Media, Technology

Fox News Host: Obama Invites 'Hoodlum' to 'The Hizzouse'

Fox News Host: Obama Invites ‘Hoodlum’ to ‘The Hizzouse’

by Thoai Lu on June 14 2011, 2:27PM

Eric Bolling may be auditioning for Glenn Beck’s old job as America’s most popular race-baiter.

Topics: Media

Guilty Verdict Handed Down in Trial of Slain Journalist Chauncey Bailey

Guilty Verdict Handed Down in Trial of Slain Journalist Chauncey Bailey

by Thoai Lu on June 10 2011, 2:40PM

Two men have been convicted of the first slaying of a working journalist in over two decades.

Topics: Media

Morgan Freeman Thinks Obama is Too Regular to be President

Morgan Freeman Thinks Obama is Too Regular to be President

by Thoai Lu on June 10 2011, 1:39PM

The actor was the recipient of American Film Institute’s Life Achievement award. Director Spike Lee was also honored.

Topics: Media

Critics Accuse Sesame Street of 'Anti-Conservative Bias'

Critics Accuse Sesame Street of ‘Anti-Conservative Bias’

by Jamilah King on June 3 2011, 1:42PM

Yes, people really are trying to ruin some of your fondest childhood memories.

Topics: Media

Glee Stars Speak Out About The 'R-Word,' A Slur Like Any Other

Glee Stars Speak Out About The ‘R-Word,’ A Slur Like Any Other

by Julianne Hing on June 1 2011, 9:00AM

Is it okay to compare one derogatory slur with another?

Topics: Media

'Not Racist, But...': A Catalogue of Modern Facebook Racism

‘Not Racist, But…’: A Catalogue of Modern Facebook Racism

by Channing Kennedy on May 31 2011, 12:02PM

But the fight against systemic racism continues.

Topics: Media

Oprah's Conflicted, Empowering, Shaming Bond With Women Like Me

Oprah’s Conflicted, Empowering, Shaming Bond With Women Like Me

by Julianne Hing on May 25 2011, 9:18AM

I believe, even on my meanest days, that Oprah’s quest for global dominance is fueled at least in part by a desire to do some good. And anyway, I could not turn away from her even if I bothered to try.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality, Media, Oprah

Teen Girl Filmmakers Stand Up to Comcast Exec's Bullying

Teen Girl Filmmakers Stand Up to Comcast Exec’s Bullying

by Jamilah King on May 23 2011, 9:35AM

Reel Grrls haven’t backed down after an exec threatened to pull sponsorship for their critique of Republican FCC members’ shady ties to Comcast.

Topics: Media, Technology

People.com Editor Janet Mock Tells Her Story: 'I Was Born a Boy'

People.com Editor Janet Mock Tells Her Story: ‘I Was Born a Boy’

by Julianne Hing on May 20 2011, 2:40PM

In a video for the “It Gets Better” campaign, the writer opens up about the pain, ridicule and isolation she endured before her transition.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Media

The NY Post Makes DSK's Alleged Rape Victim an AIDS Predator

The NY Post Makes DSK’s Alleged Rape Victim an AIDS Predator

by Akiba Solomon on May 20 2011, 12:20PM

In its lust for a salacious scoop, Rupert Murdoch’s chronically race-baiting tabloid has made both the alleged victim and her community into the villains.

Topics: Gender, DSK Rape Case, Health, Media

Why Is Media Justice Such a Hard Fight? See: Meredith Atwell Baker

Why Is Media Justice Such a Hard Fight? See: Meredith Atwell Baker

by Jamilah King on May 19 2011, 11:45AM

The revolving door between policymakers and the companies they regulate has rarely swung so brazenly as it has for the outgoing FCC commissioner.

Topics: Media

The Pseudoscience of

The Pseudoscience of “Black Women Are Less Attractive”

by Akiba Solomon on May 17 2011, 12:33PM

A London School of Economics psychology professor creates bar graphs to show how black women are uglier than women of other races. Psychology Today publishes it. Sigh.

Topics: Gender, Media

CNN Anchor Don Lemon Talks About Being Gay, Black and on TV

CNN Anchor Don Lemon Talks About Being Gay, Black and on TV

by Akiba Solomon on May 16 2011, 11:30AM

He told the Times that he couldn’t write a feel-good black memoir without being honest and challenging what he says is one of the community’s biggest taboos.

Topics: Gender, Gender & Sexuality, Media

Trump's Silly Response to Campaign Urging Stars to Dump the Donald

Trump’s Silly Response to Campaign Urging Stars to Dump the Donald

by Channing Kennedy on May 10 2011, 12:17PM

He says he can’t be racist, since a black person won his game show once.

Topics: Media, Politics

Michelle Obama Will Teach You How to Dougie

Michelle Obama Will Teach You How to Dougie

by Julianne Hing on May 4 2011, 1:02PM

Michelle Obama for president, anyone?

Topics: Media

I Didn't Watch the Royal Wedding, But It Still Won't Go Away

I Didn’t Watch the Royal Wedding, But It Still Won’t Go Away

by Akiba Solomon on April 29 2011, 12:32PM

If we’re talking royal fantasies, I’d choose Prince Akeem over Prince William any day.

Topics: Gender, Media

Slow Job Recovery for Journalists of Color

Slow Job Recovery for Journalists of Color

by Jamilah King on April 29 2011, 11:56AM

Newsrooms don’t reflect the country’s growing racial diversity.

Topics: Media