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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

Jeremy Lin Calls ESPN's 'Chink' Slur an 'Honest Mistake'

Jeremy Lin Calls ESPN’s ‘Chink’ Slur an ‘Honest Mistake’

by Jorge Rivas on February 20 2012, 10:53AM

Jeremy Lin says the offensive comments made by ESPN employees is no big deal. But a civil rights organization wants the network to apologize on air several times so “it is clear to all viewers that this racist language is unacceptable.”

Topics: Jeremy Lin, Media, /NOW

The Old School Organizing Approach That Took Down Pat Buchanan

The Old School Organizing Approach That Took Down Pat Buchanan

by Jamilah King on February 20 2012, 9:30AM

Buchanan’s sacking was the latest in a string of wins for online organizers working to hold corporate media accountable for the hate speech of its pundits.

Topics: Media

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