Erica Jong: Oprah Wasn’t A “Professional Negro” Before

by Julianne Hing on April 15 2010, 9:00AM

Oprah Winfrey, that enigmatic media mogul, that high-powered television host with the Midas touch, the purveyor of hopes and dreams and refrigerators, is the subject of everyone’s fascination. And these days more than ever, what with Kitty Kelley’s latest…

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VH1 Goes Trashy-to-Classy Through Black Folks

by Jorge Rivas on April 9 2010, 6:30PM

VH1, the network that brought us Flavor of Love and I Love New York — two of the trashiest reality shows in the history of television — is movin’ on up to programming that includes more classy Black folks….

Topics: Media, Video & Multimedia

Digital Freedoms: ‘A 21st Century Civil Rights Issue’

by Jamilah King on April 7 2010, 12:51PM

Those were the words from ColorofChange, a web-based black advocacy organization, in a newsletter sent out this morning to supporters announcing its appeal to the FCC to maintain an Open Internet. The message came on the heels of yesterday’s controversial…

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Drop Everything: Systemic Racism Affects White Tanning-Bed Enthusiasts

by Channing Kennedy on April 1 2010, 11:47AM

Two Sundays ago, with the passage of health care reform, the racial hierarchy of America changed forever. And with it, the racial justice movement must change. For years I’ve suggested that racism was in decline and yeah, there are some,…

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Sarah Palin and Fox News Knock Out LL Cool J

by Jorge Rivas on March 31 2010, 2:21PM

According to Fox News, Sarah Palin’s new show was created to share “American stories.” The commercials promoting the first show suggests that Palin interviews country musician Toby Keith; John F. Welch Jr., the former chairman of General Electric; and…

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Tavis Revives the Less Loved, More Anti-War MLK, Jr.

by Kai Wright on March 31 2010, 11:08AM

Tavis Smiley’s up to more than squabbling with Rev. Al Sharpton and hashing out the “Black agenda”. Tonight, PBS will air the second episode of his four-part, year-long series of special reports. This one will try to unearth a…

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The Morning Browse: Green Jobs Build Communities, WashPost Wilding Out and Wealth Gaps

by Kai Wright on March 24 2010, 9:52AM

ColorLinesTV profiles three green jobs projects that show how we can end the jobless recovery while tackling long-standing challenges in communities of color. NYT profiles the big idea that health insurance reform is part of President Obama’s effort to…

Topics: Economy, Environment, Media, Race and Recession

Tea Partiers Bring Best Epithets for House Democrats

by Channing Kennedy on March 22 2010, 1:56PM

On Sunday, Capitol Hill was flooded with protesters demanding that the Obama administration make good on its promises to move immigration reform forward. The protests got lots of coverage on all the cable news networks, and the views and goals…

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CNN, Fearing a ‘Dobbs Gap,’ Hires RedState’s Erick Erickson

by Channing Kennedy on March 17 2010, 8:54AM

How desperate is CNN for viewers — any viewers? Last week we dealt with their “HAPPENING NOW: DEPARTMENT OF JIHAD?” chyrons (and the subsequent apologies). And this week, they’ve announced that they’re hiring Erick Erickson, editor of right-wing blog,…

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The Morning Browse: Big Stuff in Today’s News

by Kai Wright on March 15 2010, 6:00AM

President Obama discusses his blueprint for an updated Elementary and Secondary Education Act to overhaul No Child Left Behind. Clarence Thomas’ wife is holding her own Tea Party. The LA Times profiles an effort she launched in January to…

Topics: Economy, Media, Race and Recession, Schools & Youth

Vanessa Williams Explains Hollywood White Knight Syndrome to Barbara Walters

by Jorge Rivas on March 9 2010, 12:11PM

Wilhelmina Slater Vanessa Williams was on Barbara Walter’s “The View” yesterday and she came so close to having a teachable moment with Barbara! Williams talked about “The Blind Side” and Hollywood’s obsession with white characters saving people of color…

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Fireworks Over Queer Groups’ Participation in Lunar New Year Parade

by Julianne Hing on February 12 2010, 4:08PM

Tomorrow, February 13, 2010, a contingent of Vietnamese American LGBTQ groups will participate in the Westminster’s Tet Parade and Lunar New Year festival for the very first time. (Westminster, in Southern California’s Orange County, is home to the largest Vietnamese…

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The LA Times Tries to Personalize Content But Just Alienates People of Color

by Julianne Hing on February 3 2010, 3:00PM

I’m not sure how long this has been around, but we heard from our friends at MULE Design that the LA Times has introduced a new system intended to deliver content personalized to you, based on your interests and values….

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No Coalition, No Coakley. Some Conan.

by Channing Kennedy on January 20 2010, 12:22PM

So! Last night the Democrats lost a sure thing in Massachusetts, and a Teabagger who once posed semi-nude for Cosmo won the late Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat — a seat that hasn’t been Republican for most of a century —…

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Please Don’t Superdome Haiti (update)

by Michelle Chen on January 16 2010, 8:58AM

For those who know how race and media intersect in times of crisis, the earthquake in Haiti has probably sent a bump through your pop-cultural seismograph. Now it’s becoming a flashpoint. Following an initial wave of sympathy, the corporate…

Topics: Global Affairs, Katrina, Media

The Power of Data Visualization: Used to Mislead As Much As Inform

by Jorge Rivas on January 8 2010, 3:30PM

Alex Lundry, a conservative political pollster and data visualizer, recently presented at Ignite DC, a conference designed to “spark new conversations and collaborations across cultures and disciplines.” (Before I get any angry comments, you should know I do not…

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David Brooks Sees Racism In Avatar; Body Presumed Snatched

by Channing Kennedy on January 8 2010, 1:28PM

File under WTF — David Brooks, conservative New York Times columnist, has written a column about James Cameron’s visually stunning, politically gross Avatar. That’s not weird in itself, but check this out: “Avatar” is a racial fantasy par excellence. ……

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Reading the Afro: A Hairy Issue for Publishers Weekly

by Michelle Chen on December 16 2009, 8:01AM

Publishers Weekly raised some angry eyebrows with its latest cover illustration. Apparently, for an issue devoted to African-American publishing, the designer thought readers would be amused by the image of a Black woman adorned with a surrealistic “crown” of…

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Tiger Woods Likes White Women, So What?

by Yvonne Yen Liu on December 14 2009, 3:20PM

Say it. Tiger Woods has a thing for white women. That’s the unspoken message haunting photos documenting Tiger Woods’ fall from grace: a series of white women, some blonde, others brunette, but all clearly racialized as white. It is…

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Sonia Sotomayor On the Cover of Latina Magazine

by Julianne Hing on November 11 2009, 12:23PM

First, we celebrate. Justice Sotomayor allowed Latina magazine to photograph her inside the Supreme Court building for this cover shoot. And later we ask the questions that are on our minds: why did they wash out her skin like…

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