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…

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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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L’Oreal Whitewashed Beyonce?

by Jonathan Adams on August 8 2008, 6:35PM

L’Oreal denies doing it, “It is categorically untrue that L’Oréal Paris altered Ms. Knowles’ features or skin-tone in the campaign for Feria hair color,” the rep said in a statement. “Beyonce Knowles has been a spokesperson for the L’Oréal…

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A Little Racial Discrimination With Your Nightly News?

by Megan Izen on July 29 2008, 10:09AM

Last week we reported back to you from the protest of Fox News’ racist smears against the Obama’s and Black America. It seems only fitting that Media Matters released their gender and ethnic diversity study of the three…

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Poll Finds a Racial Divide on Perceived Racial Divide

by Victor Corral on July 28 2008, 2:08PM

The folks over at Gallup continue to publish groundbreaking results when it comes to race relations among Americans. After their interns poured over the 1,812 interviews with white, brown, and black people, they came to the conclusion that Blacks…

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Now you know things are bad: Activism and Time Out New York

by Guest Columnist on July 24 2008, 3:57PM

by Joyce Li I’ve grown accustomed to the appropriation of the fist. Revolutionary imagery, especially when depicting the forgotten struggles of communities of color, is very becoming on baby bibs and Coldplay album covers. The fist has come a long…

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Did You Watch CNN’s “Black in America”?

by Jonathan Adams on July 24 2008, 8:06AM

Host Soledad O’Brien began the series back in April with an in-depth look at Martin Luther King’s assasination forty years after his death. But last night’s episode was the first that delved in the issues facing the Black community…

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Nas Joined by Young Protesters at Fox Building, Delivers Petitions to Colbert Instead

by Jonathan Adams on July 23 2008, 3:05PM

Just back from tnewsCorp building in Midtown Manhattan where famed hip hop artist Nas joined,, and lots of young sign-carrying protesters to demand that FOX News stop calling race-baiting attacks fair and balanced news. Though ColorofChange reached…

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Vanity Fair Spoofs The New Yorker Cover

by Jonathan Adams on July 23 2008, 9:16AM

Vanity Fair is getting in on the satire action. Taking its cue from Condé Nast neighbor, The New Yorker, the magazine creates a spoof on the infamous Barry Blitt cartoon. Depicting John McCain with a walker and Cindy McCain…

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Obama Speaks at UNITY to Jounalists of Color

by Jonathan Adams on July 22 2008, 2:05PM

The media followed Barack Obama on his trip abroad and (fortuntely for him) they are praising it as a successful trip. After a whirlwind international tour, Obama will join members of the press of color on Sunday to deliver…

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Nas Joins ColorofChange in Fight Against Fox News’ Racist Attacks

by Jonathan Adams on July 22 2008, 10:05AM

We were just talking about Nas. He recently announced with the release of his latest album that he and other hip hop artists were much better suited to lead the civil rights movement than Jesse Jackson. Always a political…

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Black and Beautiful, But Invisible

by Jonathan Adams on July 9 2008, 12:57PM

Vogue Italia has an all-Black issue on newsstands this month, London’s Mahogany Models are starting a campaign to protest the lack of representation for models of color. Watch this interview with Kadiatu Kamara about the campaign, “Black And Beautiful…

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Embracing Diversity on Sesame Street

by Jonathan Adams on June 26 2008, 7:44AM

Kermit Love, the costume designer who helped puppeteer Jim Henson create Big Bird and other “Sesame Street” characters has died at 91. News that Kermit Love, the co-creator of Sesame Street’s Big Bird, has died at 91 got me thinking…

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Why Is TV So White?

by Jonathan Adams on June 20 2008, 9:51AM

H/T Angry Asian Man According to an Entertainment Weekly study of scripted-programming casts for the upcoming fall 2008 season, each of the five major broadcast networks is disproportionately whiter than the United States population….

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What The Media Gets Wrong About Wright

by Guest Columnist on June 13 2008, 11:58AM

Wrong Again By Donna E. Scott As someone who grew up a stones throw from Trinity United Church of Christ, I was amazed and continue to be amazed at how wrong the mainstream media is in their reporting. The…

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BET vs. Boondocks

by Jonathan Adams on June 11 2008, 1:33PM

Aaron McGruder, creator of The Boondocks, first gained notoriety for his searingly political syndicated comic strip. Then, McGruder left newspapers and put his strip in motion turning Boondocks into an Adult Swim animated television series by the same name. From…

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