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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

How Lowe's Walked Into the Morality War Against Sex, Gays and Muslims

How Lowe’s Walked Into the Morality War Against Sex, Gays and Muslims

by Jamilah King on December 15 2011, 9:17AM

The company loves to tout its commitment to diversity. But it’s sheepishly running away from any meaningful discussion of race—and getting bullied by the rightwing fringe that has made Islamophobia a new priority.

Topics: Media

Native American Youth to Diane Sawyer: We're Not Poverty Porn

Native American Youth to Diane Sawyer: We’re Not Poverty Porn

by Jorge Rivas on December 14 2011, 3:22PM

Native American youth respond to ABC’s documentary and tell Diane Sawyer their stories are a lot more complex.

Topics: Media, /NOW, Schools & Youth

If I Were A White, Male Middle Aged Forbes Columnist...

If I Were A White, Male Middle Aged Forbes Columnist…

by Akiba Solomon on December 14 2011, 10:11AM

The lesson of Gene Marks’s “If I Were a Poor Black Kid” column: If you don’t have firsthand knowledge of structural inequality, you have to put in time and rigorous research to write about it. Or you could just stay in your lane.

Topics: Gender, Media, Schools & Youth

Group Says Lowe's Is One of 64 Companies to Pull Ads From 'All-American Muslim'

Group Says Lowe’s Is One of 64 Companies to Pull Ads From ‘All-American Muslim’

by Jorge Rivas on December 13 2011, 11:33AM

And the conservative Christian group’s got other high-profile targets, too.

Topics: Media

Infographic: What the New Digital Divide Looks Like Infographic

Infographic: What the New Digital Divide Looks Like

by Hatty Lee on December 6 2011, 10:21AM

The defining question of the information age is no longer whether you’re online, it’s how you got there. Here’s why your connection matters.

Topics: Media, New Digital Divide, Technology

How Big Telecom Used Smartphones to Create a New Digital Divide

How Big Telecom Used Smartphones to Create a New Digital Divide

by Jamilah King on December 6 2011, 10:19AM

The information age’s defining question is no longer who’s online, but how they got there. Consumers of color are closing the digital divide with smart phones. But they’ve surfed into a space where telecom has the right to do as it pleases with both users and content.

Topics: Media, New Digital Divide, Technology

Does Apple Have a Responsibility to Women? [Reader Forum]

Does Apple Have a Responsibility to Women? [Reader Forum]

by Channing Kennedy on December 5 2011, 9:30AM

Is the iPhone 4S’ feminist-fail a laughing matter, or part of a pattern of willful corporate obliviousness? Colorlines.com readers hash it out.

Topics: Media, Media

Feminism Fail: iPhone's Siri Stumped By Abortion But Can Easily Find Viagra

Feminism Fail: iPhone’s Siri Stumped By Abortion But Can Easily Find Viagra

by Jorge Rivas on November 29 2011, 5:21PM

As people of color lead the country in smartphones adoption, some argue that those phones discriminate in the content that’s available to users.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Media