Julianne Hing

Julianne Hing
Julianne Hing Reporter / Blogger
Oakland, CA

Julianne Hing is a reporter and blogger for covering immigration, education, criminal justice, and occasionally fashion and pop culture. In 2009 Julianne was the recipient of USC Annenberg's Institute for Justice and Journalism fellowship, which funded a reporting project on the impacts of criminal deportation on immigrant families. She has covered police brutality issues from Oakland to New Orleans and in the summer of 2010 reported for Colorlines from the courtroom where Oscar Grant's killer, BART cop Johannes Mehserle, faced trial. Julianne became politically active in high school, and started organizing students in college around access and affordability issues. She earned her B.A. in social ecology at the University of California, Irvine, where she edited Jaded magazine, named 2007 Publication of the Year by Campus Progress. Julianne’s writing has appeared on AlterNet, Truthout, Hyphen Magazine's blog, The American Prospect's blog TAPPED and Ta-Nehisi Coates' blog at The Atlantic, Racialicious, The Root and New America Media.

Julianne tweets at @juliannehing.

Shame On Oprah: Scolding Black Church Ladies About Diabetes [VIDEO]

by Julianne Hing on February 12 2010, 9:19AM

Last week Oprah and her phalanx of health advisers—Dr. Mehmet Oz, who they never let appear in anything but his surgical scrubs; Bob Greene, Oprah’s long-time trainer, and a new guy, Dr. Ian Smith, a Black physician—did a “Diabetes…

Topics: Health

The Best of The Worst Ways to Celebrate Black History Month

by Julianne Hing on February 10 2010, 11:35AM

We’re half way through the second week of Black History Month. Here at RaceWire, we are a little ambivalent about national celebrations like Black History Month, and many of those other lofty occasions like Cesar Chavez Day and Asian Pacific…


Friday Twitter Break: Haiti, Super Bowl, The Economy, Etc Edition

by Julianne Hing on February 5 2010, 9:53AM

We’ve got an eclectic round-up this week of the best of Twitter. People are sounding off on the new unemployment numbers that report a dip in joblessness; giving plenty of love to the New Orleans Saints linebacker Scott Fujita, who…


Remembering Our History, Fifty Years After the Greensboro Sit-ins

by Julianne Hing on February 4 2010, 10:40AM

We’re coming to the end of the first week of 2010’s Black History Month, and there are a bunch of big milestones to celebrate and remember. On February 1, fifty years ago, four Black college students named Ezell Blair, Jr.,…

Topics: History

Russian Figures Skaters Attempt to Skate to Olympics Gold With “Aboriginal” Routine

by Julianne Hing on February 4 2010, 9:27AM

Congratulations are in order for Russian figure skaters and favored Winter Olympics gold medalists Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin, who managed to make me let out an audible gasp when I saw this photo of them this morning. It takes…

Topics: Sports

The LA Times Tries to Personalize Content But Just Alienates People of Color

by Julianne Hing on February 3 2010, 3:00PM

I’m not sure how long this has been around, but we heard from our friends at MULE Design that the LA Times has introduced a new system intended to deliver content personalized to you, based on your interests and values….

Topics: Media

Even Colin Powell Supports Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

by Julianne Hing on February 3 2010, 9:59AM

Wouldn’t it have been so nice if Gen. Powell had this much guts and conviction when he was actually in office. But better late than never I suppose. The NY Times reports that Powell issued a statement today: In the…

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Today’s Twitter Break: State of The Union Edition

by Julianne Hing on January 28 2010, 11:28AM

Well folks. Obama gave a typically stirring speech last night. There was plenty of substantive meat to dig into but since the end of speech, our friends in the Twittersphere have had plenty to say about the sideshows: MSNBC host…

Topics: Politics

Rest in Peace, Howard Zinn: Activist, Historian, Writer for The People

by Julianne Hing on January 27 2010, 4:00PM

The Boston Globe reports that Howard Zinn, an activist, professor and author of the seminal revisionist history tome, A People’s History of The United States, passed away today. He was 87 years old. Thank you, Zinn, for sharing many of…


Friday Twitter Break: Supreme Court’s Campaign Finance Decision Edition

by Julianne Hing on January 22 2010, 10:56AM

Happy Friday! We’re kicking off a new Friday feature today, culling some of the best of the race talk happening in the Twittersphere. We scan the tweets so you don’t have to. Today in our Friday Twitter Break, Princeton professor…


Washington Groups Deliver Racial Equity Legislative Report Card

by Julianne Hing on January 20 2010, 3:16PM

On Monday, twenty Washington groups led by Washington CAN, a statewide grassroots lobbying organization, delivered a legislative report card to state lawmakers in Olympia. The tally of grades didn’t look too good; nine representatives from the 13th, 14th and…


A Whites-Only Pro Basketball League Set to Start June 2010

by Julianne Hing on January 20 2010, 2:47PM

Here are the essentials: It will be called the All-American Basketball Alliance, the AABA. Its kickoff will be in June. It hopes to launch in twelve cities in the South. Only white players—that is, “natural born United States citizens with…

Topics: Sports

Breaking: Obama Offers Temp Protected Status to Haitians Already in U.S.

by Julianne Hing on January 15 2010, 6:04PM

USA Today is reporting that the Obama administration is granting a special Temporary Protected Status for 18 months to Haitian nationals who are already in the United States. In Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s statement she said: This…


BART Cop Mehserle’s Trial Moved to LA, And The Protesters Follow

by Julianne Hing on January 8 2010, 5:16PM

Johannes Mehserle, the BART cop who shot Oscar Grant in the back on New Year’s Day 2009 on the Fruitvale BART station platform in Oakland, headed into his first day of pre-trial hearings in Los Angeles today. And over…


“Waving While Latino”: NY Town Brings Anti-Immigrant Policy to New Level

by Julianne Hing on January 8 2010, 12:14PM

Every time I think anti-immigrant weasels have run out of ways to discriminate against immigrants, a gem of a news item comes along to slap me in the face. Like this one, out of Oyster Bay in New York’s Nassau…

Topics: Immigration

Schwarzenegger Calls For…What Was that? More Education Spending!

by Julianne Hing on January 6 2010, 6:11PM

Okay, so California’s action hero governor also called for an overhaul of the tax and pension systems and demanded more privately run prisons in his state of the state address today. These moves toward privatization will surely not be good…

Topics: Politics, Schools & Youth

Tiger Woods Covers Vanity Fair Wearing Nothing But A Skullcap

by Julianne Hing on January 4 2010, 2:29PM

So folks, what do you say? The photographer, Annie Leibovitz, should be well known to RaceWire readers as a shameless provocateur, with questionable race politics. We know Leibovitz’s track record. We know the cultural context of this moment in…


The Best of ColorLines 2009 For Your Holiday Reading Pleasure

by Julianne Hing on December 24 2009, 12:56PM

While I should be gearing up for the massive family and food extravaganza that is about to descend on my folks’ house tomorrow, I’m more in the mood to curl up on the couch with some good, meaty reading…


This Holiday Season, Immigrants Watch Out for Racial Profiling On Greyhound Buses

by Julianne Hing on December 22 2009, 2:23PM

Last Thursday, a coalition of groups led by the Immigrant Raids Rapid Response Network, formally threatened to organize a boycott Greyhound buses because Border Patrol agents have taken up residence at many bus stations to check travelers’ immigration status….


HP Face-Tracker Software Can’t See Black People

by Julianne Hing on December 21 2009, 5:08PM

Desi and his good sport of a coworker, “white Wanda,” demonstrate exactly how HP’s latest facial-tracking technology on their MediaSmart computer is absolutely no good for a dark-skinned person of color. HP responds: We are working with our partners…