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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

Jay Smooth's TED Talk Reveals How He Learned to Love Talking About Race

Jay Smooth’s TED Talk Reveals How He Learned to Love Talking About Race

by Jorge Rivas on November 17 2011, 2:18PM

The noted video blogger opens up about what got him interested in talking about race.

Topics: Media

Kardashian Mom Kris Jenner (Sort of) Apologizes for 'Indian Giver' Comment

Kardashian Mom Kris Jenner (Sort of) Apologizes for ‘Indian Giver’ Comment

by Jorge Rivas on November 11 2011, 3:30PM

Kim Kardashian’s mom responds to criticism.

Topics: Media

Critics Accuse CNN's Soledad O'Brien of Ignoring History of Blacks in Tech

Critics Accuse CNN’s Soledad O’Brien of Ignoring History of Blacks in Tech

by Jorge Rivas on November 11 2011, 1:21PM

Here’s who they missed.

Topics: Media

Net Neutrality Survives Senate, But Advocates Push for Stronger Reforms

Net Neutrality Survives Senate, But Advocates Push for Stronger Reforms

by Jamilah King on November 11 2011, 10:00AM

This week the Senate voted against a measure to strip the FCC of its rulemaking power. But the fight to decide who will control the Internet is far from over, and Web users of color have the most to gain.

Topics: Media

Jay Smooth Talks to Drake About Racial Identity

Jay Smooth Talks to Drake About Racial Identity

by Jorge Rivas on November 9 2011, 3:15PM

The rapper says the United States is a lot more racially segregated than his native Canada.

Topics: Media

MC Hammer Says His New Search Engine Wiredoo is Better Than Google

MC Hammer Says His New Search Engine Wiredoo is Better Than Google

by Jorge Rivas on October 21 2011, 1:32PM

Need a new online experience? Stop. Hammer time.

Topics: Media

There's An App for That: Figure Out How Many 'Slaves' Work for You

There’s An App for That: Figure Out How Many ‘Slaves’ Work for You

by Jorge Rivas on October 20 2011, 2:00PM

There’s often a heavy price to pay for your favorite gadgets. And that’s long before they hit store shelves.

Topics: Media

Documentary Pries Open the Door to Immigrant Detention Centers

Documentary Pries Open the Door to Immigrant Detention Centers

by on October 18 2011, 10:03AM

Latina journalist Maria Hinojosa’s “Lost in Detention” airs tonight on PBS’ Frontline. Colorlines.com spoke with Hinojosa about reporting the film, and the up-close reality of warehousing immigrants awaiting deportation.

Topics: Immigration, Media

Google Calls Racial Profiling Claims 'Wildly Inaccurate'

Google Calls Racial Profiling Claims ‘Wildly Inaccurate’

by Jorge Rivas on September 28 2011, 10:10AM

But the question of online security is a big one, and we’ve got tips to help ensure your privacy.

Topics: Media

Study Finds Google Uses Racial Profiling to Deliver Ads

Study Finds Google Uses Racial Profiling to Deliver Ads

by Jorge Rivas on September 21 2011, 1:24PM

Study finds your Google and Gmail online experience can change based on your race.

Topics: Media