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History of Bigotry for Radio Hosts Who Called Whitney Houston 'Crack Hoe'

History of Bigotry for Radio Hosts Who Called Whitney Houston ‘Crack Hoe’

by Jorge Rivas on February 17 2012, 1:14PM

Latino and Korean groups in Los Angeles have been calling on Clear Channel to fire John & Ken for years.

Topics: Media, /NOW, Whitney Houston

New Snapple Commercial: 'Blatant Racism' Say Commenters Online

New Snapple Commercial: ‘Blatant Racism’ Say Commenters Online

by Jorge Rivas on February 17 2012, 11:59AM

A Snapple commercial advertising a new “half & half” lemonade and tea drink is sparking controversy online. Watch the commercial and vote.

Topics: Media, /NOW

Jeremy Lin Gets His Own Sports Illustrated Cover

Jeremy Lin Gets His Own Sports Illustrated Cover

by Jorge Rivas on February 15 2012, 10:52AM

Now all he needs is a Wheaties box.

Topics: Jeremy Lin, Media, /NOW

Roland Martin Insists He's Not Coaching Bullies on #Teamwhipdatass

Roland Martin Insists He’s Not Coaching Bullies on #Teamwhipdatass

by Jorge Rivas on February 7 2012, 5:26PM

During the Superbowl game on Sunday CNN commentator Roland Martin made comments on Twitter that both GLAAD and National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) have said could be interpreted to promote violence against gays.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Media, /NOW

Univision in Talks With ABC News to Launch 24-hour Cable News Network

by Jorge Rivas on February 7 2012, 1:33PM

A “long-brewing business plan” between the Walt Disney Co. and Univision Communications Inc. to create a new 24-hour cable-news channel that will broadcast in English was uncovered by the Washington Post on Tuesday.

Topics: Media, /NOW

Why Microsoft's So-Called 'Avoid Ghetto' App Is Really American

Why Microsoft’s So-Called ‘Avoid Ghetto’ App Is Really American

by Jamilah King on January 31 2012, 9:20AM

Microsoft’s controversial new mapping technology would direct users away from supposedly violent neighborhoods. But it is based on faulty assumptions about violent crime that are a rooted in a long history of racist ideas about black communities.

Topics: Media

Why is Hollywood So Afraid of Black Women? [Reader Forum]

Why is Hollywood So Afraid of Black Women? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on January 30 2012, 9:00AM

Colorlines.com readers discuss The Help’s place as a good vehicle for black actresses and a bad vehicle for accurate history.

Topics: Media

Congress Postpones SOPA and PIPA Until 'Wider Agreement'

Congress Postpones SOPA and PIPA Until ‘Wider Agreement’

by Jorge Rivas on January 20 2012, 1:30PM

Two days after massive internet protests, lawmakers on Friday indefinitely postponed anti-piracy legislation SOPA and PIPA.

Topics: Media, /NOW

What Is SOPA? Here Are 5 Things You Need to Know

What Is SOPA? Here Are 5 Things You Need to Know

by Jorge Rivas, Jamilah King on January 18 2012, 8:39AM

Thousands of websites are going dark today in protest of a new bill that’s being debated in Congress.

Topics: Media, /NOW

Awkward Black Girl's Issa Rae Explains Season Finale Delay, 30-minute Episode on the Way

Awkward Black Girl’s Issa Rae Explains Season Finale Delay, 30-minute Episode on the Way

by Jorge Rivas on January 13 2012, 10:53AM

The long awaited 30-minute season finale episode of ‘Awkward Black Girl’ was suppose to premiere last night but it’s had some setbacks. It’s been promised a few times in the past 12-hours but this time director Issa Rae says it’s for real.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Media, /NOW

The FCC Is Trying to Close the Digital Divide--Sort Of

The FCC Is Trying to Close the Digital Divide—Sort Of

by Jamilah King on January 13 2012, 9:41AM

The FCC is launching a new pilot program this year to make broadband more affordable. Quiet as it’s kept, this isn’t the commission’s first effort, but civil rights groups say it can’t be anywhere near the last.

Topics: Media

How 'Sh*t White Girls Say to Black Girls' Blew Up the Internet

How ‘Sh*t White Girls Say to Black Girls’ Blew Up the Internet

by Jamilah King on January 6 2012, 9:35AM

Franchesca Ramsey has turned the year’s first online meme into social commentary. But are efforts like hers enough to create meaningful discussions about racial justice? She thinks so.

Topics: Media

Melissa Harris-Perry Finally Gets Her Own Program on MSNBC

Melissa Harris-Perry Finally Gets Her Own Program on MSNBC

by Jorge Rivas on January 5 2012, 2:10PM

The political science professor will get her own weekend show.

Topics: Media, /NOW

If You Were A White Forbes Columnist Commenting On Black Kids... [Reader Forum]

If You Were A White Forbes Columnist Commenting On Black Kids… [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on January 2 2012, 9:36AM

Readers come up with excellent responses to Forbes writer Gene Marks’ much-mocked “If I Were A Poor Black Kid…”

Topics: Media

'Yo, Is This Racist?' Andrew Ti's Tumblr Has Your (Hilarious) Answer

‘Yo, Is This Racist?’ Andrew Ti’s Tumblr Has Your (Hilarious) Answer

by Channing Kennedy on January 2 2012, 9:36AM

Andrew Ti has no qualifications to answer the internet’s race questions, besides common sense and a string of curse words. And maybe that’s enough.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Media

CNN’s Don Lemon: ‘I Don’t Want to Be Perfect, I Want to Be Real’

by Jamilah King on December 22 2011, 11:51AM

Creative Loafing Atlanta catches up with one of today’s most outspoken mainstream journalists.

Topics: Media, /NOW

AT&T Drops Bid to Buy T-Mobile: Here's Why You Should Be Happy

AT&T Drops Bid to Buy T-Mobile: Here’s Why You Should Be Happy

by Jamilah King on December 19 2011, 5:25PM

The implications are huge for mobile users of color, many of whom are stuck on the wrong side of a new digital divide.

Topics: Media, /NOW

Fans of Oldest Black Bookstore Fight Amazon With Google Tool

Fans of Oldest Black Bookstore Fight Amazon With Google Tool

by Jamilah King on December 19 2011, 12:00PM

Worried about last minute holiday shopping? Supporters of Marcus Books have developed a new tool to help folks get off their computers and shop in person.

Topics: Economy, Media, /NOW

5 Signs You're Acting Like a White Guy (Or, How To Not Be Gene Marks)

5 Signs You’re Acting Like a White Guy (Or, How To Not Be Gene Marks)

by W. Kamau Bell on December 19 2011, 9:07AM

You need not be white or a guy to act a fool in public, says stand-up comedian W. Kamau Bell. So here are some warning signals that you might be “getting all Gene Marksy up in here.”

Topics: Media

‘If I Were A Poor Black Kid’ Dude Responds to Baratunde Thurston’s Satirical Letter

by Jorge Rivas on December 15 2011, 2:23PM

Despite all the controversy, Gene Marks still thinks that if poor black kids in Philadelphia study hard and apply to the best schools they’ll turn out fine.

Topics: Media, /NOW, Schools & Youth