BET’s Hot Ghetto Mess

by Andre Banks on August 15 2007, 7:56AM

We were talking about this show, now renamed “We Got to Do Better,” around the office yesterday. I thought I might offer some commentary, but then I found that Carmen had posted this at Racialicious. I’ll let Jay Smooth over…

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Barry Bonds: “Clearly” a question of record; Chris Rock on Babe Ruth

by Donna Hernandez on July 25 2007, 6:12PM

Barry Bonds, 43, and 3 home runs away from breaking Hank Aaron’s career record, may or may not have used steroids to enhance his baseball playing abilities, however, one of BALCO industries chemists is alleging he did. Last night on…

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Robert Novak, that’s not nice

by Guest Columnist on July 25 2007, 8:40AM

Pardon me for being a little behind but I had such a mess of reactions to this bit of news that I simply had to share it. Did y’all hear about Robert Novak’s comment on how the Democrats move to…

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Believe it or not: CW Network to air “Aliens in America”

by Malena Amusa on July 17 2007, 7:47AM

Universe, I’m just at a loss of words about what I’m about to talk about. Watch the video below, and together, we’ll discuss what’s troubling but also intriguing about this new sitcom “Aliens in America” that starts this fall on…

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What if Harry Potter were a Person of Color, and/or Gay?

by Malena Amusa on July 13 2007, 7:46AM

ABC Family behind-the-scenes video of “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.” *** One my favorite mental exercises is wondering how things would be different if say Black people had enslaved whites or women dominated men. My friends…

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The Black People Show

by Malena Amusa on July 12 2007, 9:23AM

I stumbled across this video on YouTube from In Living Color, the sketch comedy and social commentary show popular in the 1990s. It’s worth watching the full six minutes. David Alan Grier is an excellent farce of himself, the egotistical…

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CNN misses the point of the 7-Eleven Simpsons controversy

by Guest Columnist on July 11 2007, 8:21AM

*This first appeared at Racialicious. Carmen Van Kerckhove, co-founder of New Demographic, an anti-racism training company, writes: I tuned in last night to watch the Paula Zahn Now segment on the Simpsons movie promotion in which they are turning 7-Elevens…

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“Culture of Disrespect,” Ebony Magazine takes on bad words

by The News on July 9 2007, 9:14AM

Ebony Magazine examines bad words often used in Black communities in its latest issue, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. On the heels of the firing of controversial radio talk show host Don Imus, this month’s Ebony magazine took on…

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“Hot Ghetto Mess”, BET’s latest show, gains opposition

by The News on July 3 2007, 1:13PM

One of cable’s most popular networks, Black Entertainment Television—BET— has been chastised over and over again for reflecting a narrow-scope of Black life, showing degrading rap videos, and cutting its news shows. Some activists are protesting BET’s latest show, “Hot…

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TMZ pulls the “ho” card

by Guest Columnist on July 2 2007, 11:56AM

Singing sensation Beyonce performed “Get Me Bodied” at 2007 BET Awards. Later, fashion critics called her a “roboho,” stirring up ghosts of Imus. Sara Rosell for RaceWire: **** Last time I checked, Don Imus-gate resulted in “ho” being a…

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Myspace and Facebook recreate class divide, Boyd says

by Malena Amusa on June 27 2007, 2:52PM

Online social networks are under scrutiny these days. Primarily because they boast millions of users, many young, who willingly post very personal information about their lives online. Most recently, two of the largest networks, MySpace and Facebook, have been accused…

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Jessie Smith and her trail of reporters

by Guest Columnist on June 25 2007, 8:56AM

Elizabeth Smart. Lacie Peterson. Natalee Holloway. Kelsey Smith. Given the constant media coverage of these women, you don’t have to monitor tnews to correctly identify them as those reported missing by their loved ones. But what else do these women…

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A Brazilian BET?

by The News on June 18 2007, 12:30PM

“Stung by racism, Brazilian entertainer launches TV, network”, McClatchy newspaper reported. But the man is struggling to keep his more progressive and Brazilian version of BET alive: A look of raw hurt filled Jose de Paula Neto’s eyes as he…

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Top 100 Lists Leave off Darker Black Women?

by The News on June 13 2007, 10:25AM

(Singer Rihanna) What Do Straight Man Mag Maxim and Lesbian Website AfterEllen Have in Common?, asked Too Sense. They each have only one black woman in the top ten of their top 100 hottest women lists. Both women are…

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“Muslims Bombs”

by Malena Amusa on June 12 2007, 1:28PM

A Newsweek story that ran in late May asked why media coverage of a poll arguing that Muslims were “moderate with respect to many of the issues”skewed negative. But when I picked up the story, I thought: well come on!…

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Bono’s African Bonanza

by The News on June 7 2007, 9:53AM

Most of you know. Bono’s latest save-Africa campaign involves less music, concert-going, and (RED). Instead, the music legend decided to take on a media empire by becoming guest-editor of Vanity Fair and dedicating its July issue to Africa. Its…

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How they killed radio, a report

by Malena Amusa on June 5 2007, 2:27PM

Two months after Imus, a Free Press study came out today showing how big media organization are stripping communities of color and women of radio that reflects their culture, their values, and their music. In addition, a lack of ownership…

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Rep. Jefferson Indicted, Fox Footage Shows…Conyers?!

by Andre Banks on June 5 2007, 8:29AM

tnews is out: Black Louisiana Rep. William Jefferson has been indicted today on 16 counts of public corruption for decades of bribery and shady business dealings in Africa. With an attorney general under serious fire for his own misdeeds, the…

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Emotions Run High over War, Black Voice, Lowered

by Malena Amusa on May 24 2007, 2:19PM

The View’s Rosie and Elizabeth locked horns again this week over tnews that’s got everyone worried and frustrated—the disastrous War in Iraq. I’ve never seen the two co-hosts make such heart-felt critiques of the other. But what’s more surprising is…

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“Asian Supremacist” Kenneth Eng in Jail

by Andre Banks on May 24 2007, 7:36AM

Kenneth Eng, the former Asianweek writer fired for his column a few months back describing 10 reasons to hate Black people, found his crazy self in jail this week. An SFGate story from Angry Asian Man: ‘Hate’ columnist Eng arrested…

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