Did they act alone? The media and the “extremists”

by Michelle Chen on June 10 2009, 3:59PM

Details are trickling in about the suspect behind the shooting at the Holocaust Memorial Museum today. James Von Brunn, an elder of the white supremacist movement, renowned for prolific spew about Jews, Barack Obama, America as a “third-world racial…

Topics: Media, National Security

Videos That Make You Go Mmm

by Daisy Hernandez on May 20 2009, 1:05PM

Two hipsters set out to make a commercial for a local furniture store in North Carolina. They decide to go with the personal angle and quickly discover that the white and black guys selling furniture are most comfortable saying two…

Topics: Media

Open Book TV with Moutafa Bayoumi [VIDEO]

by Julianne Hing on May 7 2009, 12:34PM

Open Book TV: Moustafa Bayoumi from Open Book TV on Vimeo. Check out this clip from Open Book, a new television show about books that spends each episode in one location exploring stories about people’s ties to place. The premiere…

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The Most Racist Comments About Mexicans Ever Allowed On-Air [VIDEO]

by Julianne Hing on May 5 2009, 12:18PM

via Alternet by Cenk Uygur I am not quick to call something racist. In fact, I wrote an editorial pleading with everyone not to call the NY Post chimp cartoon racist. I went on MSNBC and defended that position. I’m…

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How the President Fared In the Press vs. Clinton and Bush

by Jorge Rivas on April 29 2009, 5:00PM

via, Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism As he marks his 100th day in office, President Barack Obama has enjoyed substantially more positive media coverage than either Bill Clinton or George Bush during their first months…

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5 Hot New (Old) Racial Stereotypes [VIDEO]

by Channing Kennedy on April 29 2009, 8:58AM

In the first 100 days of the Obama administration, our national conversation on race opened up and flourished, bringing about a discourse in which all voices are heard on equal terms, to discuss and dismantle the racial disparities in economics,…

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Rethinking Porn. Really

by Daisy Hernandez on April 22 2009, 9:41AM

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and I’m reconsidering my ideas about porn. I’ve generally been one of those people who rolls her eyes when the anti-porn folks start talking about how porn is really (really) bad for you….

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Racial Privilege on Full Display in NY Times’s “Why We Travel”

by Guest Columnist on April 10 2009, 11:00AM

Click to enlarge. by Ian Lovett The New York Times Travel section’s most recent slide show, “Why We Travel,” adds 13 new slides and captions to last year’s slide show of the same name. Unfortunately, “Why We Travel” conveys…

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The Usual Suspects

by Michelle Chen on April 9 2009, 5:00AM

From the department of easy scapegoats: Media Matters has released a round-up of the mainstream media’s various potshots against immigrants, ACORN, and generally, people often demonized by the political establishment when they’re not neglected by it. Not a real…

Topics: Media, News Items

Does An Overweight Barbie Really Help Latinas Get Healthy?

by Guest Columnist on February 25 2009, 10:22AM

by Nina Jacinto This post originally appeared on WireTap. A new campaign by Latinworks, a Texas-based marketing agency that claims to “effectively and efficiently” target the Latino market through advertising, has created a campaign for ACTIVE life that warns against…

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Rupert Murdoch Apologizes for Controversial NY Post Cartoon

by Jorge Rivas on February 24 2009, 12:12PM

The chairman of the New York Post, Rupert Murdoch, personally apologized Tuesday for the editorial cartoon that was so obviously racist and only published to create a controversy. “Today I want to personally apologize to any reader who felt…

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“Slumdog Millionaire”: A Hollow Message of Social Justice

by Jorge Rivas on February 23 2009, 2:40PM

By Mitu Sengupta, via AlterNet Danny Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire”, perhaps one of the most celebrated films in recent times, tells the rags-to-rajah story of a love-struck Indian boy, Jamal, who, with a little help from “destiny,” triumphs over his…

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Art for Change

by Jorge Rivas on January 26 2009, 10:07AM

Artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh’s “Is he Black Enough” entry for the Manifest Hope show. The MANIFESTHOPE: DC art show offered artists and activists from across the U.S. the opportunity to submit artwork in an online contest and if selected, have…

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How To Make Sense of Senseless Acts of Violence Committed by Asian and Asian American Men

by Julianne Hing on January 23 2009, 10:10AM

As a regular reader of the blog Angry Asian Man, I’m well familiar with what’s become a seemingly daily feature there, affectionately titled “Asians Behaving Badly.” Amongst the political news and television reviews, Angry Asian Man also features quick mentions…

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All That Glitters Isn’t Gold… and It Definitely Ain’t Post Racial Bliss

by Gina Acebo on January 12 2009, 12:38PM

by Gina Acebo I don’t watch 30 Rock, but I’ve enjoyed Tina Fey’s impersonation of Sarah Palin during the 2008 election season. But this bit at the Golden Globes? I’m not lovin’ it. Likely reaction of the room to the…

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ABC: Take “Homeland Security USA” reality show OFF the air!!

by Jonathan Adams on December 29 2008, 9:49AM

ABC is set to launch a new reality series in January ‘09 with the aim of making Americans “feel good” about the Department of Homeland Security. Rather than revealing the myriad human rights abuses committed by DHS in their day-to-day…

Topics: Immigration, Media

Show the World What Racial Justice Looks Like

by Jonathan Adams on December 11 2008, 12:09PM

CALL FOR POSTERS Submissions are due by midnight, Monday, January 5, 2009 One submission will be selected for reproduction as a poster that will be provided at no cost to community organizations, foundations, and other allies. The artwork may…

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Bad News for CNN and D.L Hughley’s New Show

by The News on October 29 2008, 9:15AM

With the possibility of a Black president on the horizon, CNN thought it would branch out to a new demographic with a Daily Show-like news show hosted by D.L. Hughley. Hughley used to be the host of BET’s Comicview,…

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Picture This.

by Victor Corral on August 29 2008, 8:30AM

So, a friend of mine got me hip to these illustrations that were done by a Chinese person raised in Germany. It’s surprising how simple such simple illustrations (when well done) can accurately depict cultural differences in a light…

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Questioned By a Moderator of His Peers

by Jonathan Adams on August 12 2008, 12:56PM

The presidential debates have been set, as well as each of their moderators. In the most historic presidential election in the country’s history, the moderators chosen to question the candidates are all old, white men: Jim Lehrer, Tom Brokaw,…

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