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Hey Ashton Kutcher and PopChips: Brownface is Still Racist [Video]

Hey Ashton Kutcher and PopChips: Brownface is Still Racist [Video]

by Channing Kennedy on May 2 2012, 4:39PM

A new Youtube campaign shows bad judgment from the Two And A Half Men star.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Media, /NOW

First Ever Cosmo for Latinas Issue Gets Zoe Saldana Cover

by Julianne Hing on April 26 2012, 5:15PM

The magazine drops May 1.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Media, /NOW

The Racial Reality That Makes Online 'Security' Bills So Scary

The Racial Reality That Makes Online ‘Security’ Bills So Scary

by Jamilah King on April 19 2012, 10:10AM

Two experts weigh in on why new cybersecurity bill CISPA puts so many people, especially those of color, on edge.

Topics: Media

Sepia Mutiny's Closure Is a Reminder: Blogging While Brown Ain't Easy

Sepia Mutiny’s Closure Is a Reminder: Blogging While Brown Ain’t Easy

by Jamilah King on April 12 2012, 10:00AM

The blogespehre was once a place where people of color could go to escape the racism of mainstream media. But the same forces that created online opportunities for bloggers of color are now devouring them.

Topics: Media

What's the Saddest Thing About Mary J. Blige's Fried Chicken Ad? [Reader Forum]

What’s the Saddest Thing About Mary J. Blige’s Fried Chicken Ad? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on April 9 2012, 8:48AM

Burger King has taken down an ad in which the singer a ‘healthy’ new menu item. But that’s not stopping the conversation.

Topics: Media

Trayvon Shooting Becomes First Story to Surpass Election Coverage in Media

Trayvon Shooting Becomes First Story to Surpass Election Coverage in Media

by Jorge Rivas on March 30 2012, 2:44PM

While all three sectors of media were suddenly focused on the same event their focus varied. Blogs had a lot to with the role of race being part of the story.

Topics: Criminal Justice, Media, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Racists Discover Pinterest

by Jorge Rivas on March 29 2012, 4:40PM

Pinterest, the most talked about start-up of the spring, didn’t catch on at the White House quick enough because someone has signed up for the photo sharing site with the username Obama… and the user picture is that of a primate.

Topics: Media, /NOW

Spike Lee Tweets Wrong Zimmerman Address; Says Sorry to Elderly Couple Forced to Move

Spike Lee Tweets Wrong Zimmerman Address; Says Sorry to Elderly Couple Forced to Move

by Jorge Rivas on March 29 2012, 3:14PM

Spike Lee is doing the right thing. He’s apologizing for retweeting the wrong home address he thought belonged to George Zimmerman.

Topics: Media, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Oprah Wants to Talk to Zimmerman: 'Justice Needs to be Served'

Oprah Wants to Talk to Zimmerman: ‘Justice Needs to be Served’

by Jorge Rivas on March 29 2012, 2:15PM

“It is a tragedy and it is a shame that we’re sitting here 33 days later and there hasn’t been an arrest, or questioning of what actually happened,” Oprah said recently about the Trayvon Martin case.

Topics: Media, /NOW, Trayvon Martin

Is It American Idol's Job to Shame Contestants With Warrants? [Reader Forum]

Is It American Idol’s Job to Shame Contestants With Warrants? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on March 19 2012, 9:25AM

Is this yet another case of corporate power exerting ownership over the fates of black men, to make a buck? Or is it personal foolishness beyond sympathy?

Topics: Media

Even Ugandan Victims of Kony Say Some 'Kony 2012' Methods Are Offensive

Even Ugandan Victims of Kony Say Some ‘Kony 2012’ Methods Are Offensive

by Jorge Rivas on March 14 2012, 12:18PM

A local organization in Northern Uganda set up a viewing of “Kony 2012” and pepole started throwing rocks at the screen.

Topics: Global Affairs, Kony 2012, Media, /NOW

Kony 2012's Success Shows There's Big Money Attached to White Saviors

Kony 2012’s Success Shows There’s Big Money Attached to White Saviors

by Jamilah King on March 14 2012, 9:40AM

Despite its attempt to respond directly to criticism, Invisible Children’s Kony 2012 campaign puts the focus on all that’s right—and wrong—with online advocacy.

Topics: Global Affairs, Kony 2012, Media

White House Emails Detail Its Role in Pushing Out Shirley Sherrod

by Kai Wright on March 9 2012, 4:34PM

Speaking of Andrew Breitbart smearing important black people, Associated Press reports today on 2,000 pages of Obama administration emails over the Shirley Sherrod debacle. According to AP, the emails show the White House engaged significantly with Agriculture Department officials’ discussion…

Topics: Media, /NOW, Politics

Who Is Derrick Bell?

Who Is Derrick Bell?

by Kai Wright on March 9 2012, 10:19AM

As rightwing media attempts to smear one of the biggest names in the study of race in America, Colorlines.com invites his students, mentees and those touched by him to chime in and define Bell’s legacy—before Fox News re-defiines it.

Topics: Derrick Bell, Media

There Are Lies, Damned Lies and Andrew Breitbart

There Are Lies, Damned Lies and Andrew Breitbart

by Kai Wright on March 8 2012, 11:31AM

The rightwing hitman’s post-humous attack on President Obama has proven a dud. So his cronies are trying to smear the late, revered race studies scholar Derrick Bell instead.

Topics: Derrick Bell, Kai Wright, Media

Activists Worry That Mobile Phones Could Do More Harm Than Good

Activists Worry That Mobile Phones Could Do More Harm Than Good

by Jamilah King on March 6 2012, 9:45AM

As telecom companies maneuver to get the spectrum necessary to deliver faster service, activists worry that their privacy is being jeopardized.

Topics: Media

Blacks and Latinos Still Adopting Smartphones Faster Than Everyone Else

Blacks and Latinos Still Adopting Smartphones Faster Than Everyone Else

by Jorge Rivas on March 2 2012, 11:10AM

Smartphone users now outnumber users of more basic mobile phones within the national adult population, according to a Pew Internet & American Life Project.

Topics: Media, /NOW

Don't Be Racist, and Other AAJA Tips for Discussing Jeremy Lin

Don’t Be Racist, and Other AAJA Tips for Discussing Jeremy Lin

by Julianne Hing on February 23 2012, 4:30PM

The Asian-American journalists’ group issues a much-needed media guide.

Topics: Jeremy Lin, Media, /NOW

Facebook Adds 'Ethnic' Tab to its Ad-Buying Platform; Latinos First Group Targeted

Facebook Adds ‘Ethnic’ Tab to its Ad-Buying Platform; Latinos First Group Targeted

by Jorge Rivas on February 22 2012, 10:00AM

This marks the first time Facebook has allowed marketers a direct means of targeting ethnic groups.

Topics: Media, /NOW

Suspended ESPN 'Chink in the Armor' Anchor is Married to Asian Woman

Suspended ESPN ‘Chink in the Armor’ Anchor is Married to Asian Woman

by Jorge Rivas on February 21 2012, 8:40AM

Max Bretos tweeted his apology over the weekend and added that his wife is Asian.

Topics: Media, /NOW