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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

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