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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Media Justice, Election Protection and the Issue of Race in the 2008 Election

by Adrienne Maree Brown on June 9 2008, 8:44AM

From the National Conference on Media Reform on Democracy Now with Amy Goodman, I think these are two ways that our voices get heard, right, in this country. One is through these media outlets, and one is through our…

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New York Magazine: The Summer of Brownface

by Jonathan Adams on June 6 2008, 9:31AM

Outside of color-blind Shakespeare adaptations, cross-race casting has been one of Hollywood’s obvious taboos for decades now — a no-no so basic it didn’t even merit discussion. No more: Enough Hollywood stars are enthusiastically applying bronzer in 2008, either for…

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Media That Matters Film Festival

by Jonathan Adams on June 4 2008, 1:12PM

Our friends at Arts Engine just held their Eighth Annual Media That Matters Film Festival last week at IFC in New York. This year’s festival showcases twelve jury-selected shorts tackling a broad range of social issues with humor, humanity,…

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White Liberal Blogger Goes Too Far, Depicts Michelle Obama Being Lynched

by Jonathan Adams on May 22 2008, 8:53AM

H/T What About Our Daughters Barack Obama already asked his opponents to lay off his wife, and now, it seems he may need to tell his supporters the same thing. A DailyKos contributor, ONECITIZEN, created this horrible image of…

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Darrin Bell Gives Historical Context

by Jonathan Adams on May 8 2008, 9:07AM

H/T Too Sense In a series called “America-Hating Black Preacher,” Darrin Bell compares the media’s reaction to Martin Luther King in 1968 to the response to Rev. Wright in 2008. Go to the Candorville archives for the entire series. The…

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The Big Picture

by Guest Columnist on May 1 2008, 9:03AM

by Alex Jung H/T Jezebel Take a look at Annie Leibovitz Vanity Fair covers? You can see how many times the people of color get pushed to the right side of the frame, putting them safely off of the main…

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Is This Racist?

by Jonathan Adams on April 11 2008, 12:38PM

H/T Towleroad In another segment of “Is This Racist?, ” here’s a new Hanes ad campaign that probably started off with good intentions but doesn’t seem to be striking a cord with the communities they were trying to engage….

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‘Welcome to America’ Exposes Realities of Racism

by Guest Columnist on April 2 2008, 11:47AM

by Thanu Yakupitiyage Earlier in March, a colleague brought my attention to an article that she had seen in Gothamist about an art exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) in Brooklyn. “The Blue Wall of Violence”…

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Come Again, Lou?

by Guest Columnist on March 31 2008, 3:30PM

by Alex Jung Lou Dobbs, everyone’s favorite faux populist went on (yet another) tirade about why Americans (but really himself) are not racists. The subject of his anger this time was Condoleezza Rice’s recent remarks on Barack Obama’s speech on…

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A Racist Vogue Cover?

by Jonathan Adams on March 24 2008, 11:34AM

Lot of people are talking about the latest issue of Vogue magazine with Lebron James andn Gisele Bundchen on the cover. Because Vogue’s history as the world’s premier fashion magazine has not included many people of color on the…

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Watching Cartoon Network’s “Chop Socky Chooks”

by Jonathan Adams on March 5 2008, 10:54AM

Found on angry asian man If you couldn’t figure it out, the show is about a trio of kung fu kickin’ chickens—Chick P, KO Joe and Chuckie Chan, “undercover heroes protecting the citizens of Wasabi World, a city-sized shopping…

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Rodney King: Seventeen Years Later

by Jonathan Adams on March 3 2008, 9:53AM

The New York Times reminded me today that “on March 3, 1991, in a case that sparked a national outcry, motorist Rodney King was severely beaten by Los Angeles police officers in a scene captured on amateur video.” Only…

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Let’s Just Get Along: Poll Passes Up Structural Analysis of Race

by on December 18 2007, 12:40PM

Race, racism, and racial stereotypes run deep according to a new opinion poll of over a thousand Blacks, Latinos and Asians by New American Media . The poll asserts that people of color in different groups don’t trust each other…

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Writers Strike, But Hollywood Holds on to Shopworn Stereotypes

by Guest Columnist on November 8 2007, 8:36AM

by Brian Palmer I empathize with people trying to pay the rent, put food on the table, and make car payments. I’m also a stalwart defender of the intellectual property rights of the artists, actors, and writers who entertain us…

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Oprah Show: “Gay Around the World”

by Jonathan Adams on October 23 2007, 4:00PM

On Wednesday, Oprah will take discuss the rights for gays and lesbians around the world. Talking to a few people of color, Oprah will interview the UK’s John Amaechi, a former NBA basketball player who made headlines after coming out…

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Radar Magazine and Race

by Jorge Rivas on October 22 2007, 3:53PM

Radar Magazine, an American online and print publication that features a mix of entertainment, fashion, politics, released this statement on the cover above: “Candidates have become as manufactured as movie stars: coached on every aspect of their dress and…

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Update: Glamour Magazine Apologizes for Racist Comments

by Jonathan Adams on September 12 2007, 10:48AM

Tip to Ask This Black Woman. Some commenters mentioned a Glamour luncheon with Black lawyers where the women were advised against “political hairstyles,” in connection to an earlier post about Beyonce. While the apology was issued in good faith by…

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