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Blacks Disproportionately Hit by Layoffs at New Orleans Newspaper

Blacks Disproportionately Hit by Layoffs at New Orleans Newspaper

by Jorge Rivas on June 22 2012, 11:06AM

Blacks were disproportionately hit by the layoffs at the The Times-Picayune.

Topics: Media, /NOW

Asian Americans Respond to Pew: We're Not Your Model Minority

Asian Americans Respond to Pew: We’re Not Your Model Minority

by Julianne Hing on June 21 2012, 10:15AM

The Asian-American community hits back at the sweeping report, warning that it’s full of misleading ideas and old stereotypes about Asians in the U.S.

Topics: Media

Less Affluent Expected to Adopt iPhone When it Comes to Virgin Mobile; Insiders Warn Prepaid Market is Less Regulated

by Jorge Rivas on June 6 2012, 11:53AM

Analysts expect the less affluent to adopt the phone because prepaid services require no contract or credit checks for customers but others fear more people will enter a less regulated mobile space.

Topics: Media, /NOW

Can Whites Honor People of Color Without Making Them Objects? [Reader Forum]

Can Whites Honor People of Color Without Making Them Objects? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on May 29 2012, 9:15AM

A white second-grader celebrates Dr. King — with blackface. American Apparel puts a farmworker in an advertisement. Colorlines readers discuss all of the above.

Topics: Media

New Orleans Becomes Largest U.S. City Without Daily Newspaper

New Orleans Becomes Largest U.S. City Without Daily Newspaper

by Jorge Rivas on May 25 2012, 10:51AM

The cuts come after the paper saw a steep drop in circulation. I n 2005, before Hurricane Katrina, the paper had a daily circulation of 261,000; in March of this year, the circulation was 132,000.

Topics: Economy, Media, /NOW

Seven-Year-Old Aspiring Rapper Mir Money Breaks Down on 'America's Got Talent'

Seven-Year-Old Aspiring Rapper Mir Money Breaks Down on ‘America’s Got Talent’

by Jorge Rivas on May 23 2012, 1:47PM

Leave it to Howard Stern to make a 7-year old cry.

Topics: Media, /NOW, Schools & Youth

'Minorities'? It's Not Even Accurate. Try 'People of Color'

‘Minorities’? It’s Not Even Accurate. Try ‘People of Color’

by Rinku Sen on May 18 2012, 11:11AM

“People of color” is now commonly used far beyond political circles, as “minority” fades into the category of things that used to be true. It is past time for the media and the general public to embrace the phrase.

Topics: Census, Colorlines Press, Media, Movement

Life's 'Lowest Difficulty Setting': John Scalzi Explains Privilege to Nerds

Life’s ‘Lowest Difficulty Setting’: John Scalzi Explains Privilege to Nerds

by Channing Kennedy on May 18 2012, 9:00AM

Science fiction can be a tool for social justice — or it can sneak the status quo back in. John Scalzi talks about holding other straight white dudes accountable, and how his genre is evolving.

Topics: Media

Seth Wessler Acceptance Speech: 2012 Hillman Prize for Web Journalism [VIDEO]

by Rebekah Spicuglia on May 15 2012, 1:38PM

Colorlines reporter Seth Freed Wessler was awarded the prestigious Hillman Prize for his work on Shattered Families investigation, which found at least 5,000 U.S. citizen children are in the foster care system today due to the detainment or deportation of…

Topics: Colorlines Press, Media

The Trouble the With the NBA's Metta World Peace

The Trouble the With the NBA’s Metta World Peace

by Jamilah King on May 8 2012, 10:17AM

A new book traces how one of the NBA’s most reviled players is actually a litmus test for its failings on race.

Topics: Media

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