Racial Justice News & Analysis

'James Bond' Author 'Mortified' By Calling Idris Elba 'Too Street' To Play Titular Character

by Sameer Rao on September 02, 2015, 12:41PM

Anthony Horowitz issued an apology to social media for his word choice regarding fan favorite Idris Elba's possible portrayal of James Bond. 

Topics: /NOW, Society, Arts & Culture, History, Media, Global Affairs

The Comedy About 2 Trans Women of Color You Don't Want to Miss

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on September 01, 2015, 10:27AM

"Tangerine" tells the story of two trans women of color making a life for themselves on the streets of Hollywood. It's unexpected, complex and in select theaters through September.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Gender & Sexuality

Black Lives Matter, ACLU Call out LAPD for Trampling First Amendment Rights

by Kenrya Rankin Naasel on September 01, 2015, 1:43PM

Plus, LAPD officers started wearing body cameras yesterday.

Topics: /NOW, Police Violence, Society, Politics

California Prisons Can No Longer Lock Offenders in Solitary Confinement for Decades

by Kenrya Rankin Naasel on September 01, 2015, 4:01PM

A settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit that pit prison officials against 500+ offenders who had been in solitary confinement for more than a decade.

Topics: /NOW, Criminal Justice

Sanaa Lathan On Marginalization Of Black Stars: 'We Need to Come into the 21st Century'

by Sameer Rao on September 01, 2015, 4:44PM

The star of the upcoming thriller “The Perfect Guy” is frank in calling out Hollywood’s problems with race. 

Topics: /NOW, Society, Arts & Culture, Media

'Straight Outta Compton' is the Highest-Grossing Music Biopic of All Time

by Sameer Rao on September 01, 2015, 2:27PM

When was the last time a music drama was a summer blockbuster? 

Topics: /NOW, Society, Arts & Culture, History, Media

Maryland College Student Launches 'Ready For Kanye' Political Action Committee

by Kenrya Rankin Naasel on September 01, 2015, 12:00PM

Says chair Eugene Craig III, a Republican: “A party that can openly accept Donald Trump has room for Kanye West.”

Topics: /NOW, Arts & Culture, Media, Politics

VIDEO: Check Out The New Trailer For Will Smith's 'Concussion'

by Sameer Rao on September 01, 2015, 1:06PM

The movie, starring Will Smith as trailblazing doctor Bennet Omalu, puts the NFL’s problems with severe brain trauma on center stage. 

Topics: /NOW, Society, Arts & Culture, Media, Health, Economy

Black Lives Matter Refuses Democratic National Committee Endorsement

by Sameer Rao on September 01, 2015, 12:01PM

“We do not now, nor have we ever, endorsed or affiliated with the Democratic Party, or with any party.”

Topics: /NOW, Society, Media, Politics, Criminal Justice, Economic Justice

Chris Rock, Tessa Thompson, Justin Simien And Others Talk Celebrity Advocacy at Blackout Festival

by Sameer Rao on August 31, 2015, 4:33PM

The first annual Blackout Festival featured numerous black Hollywood and music stars asking frank questions about the importance of advocacy and disruption to further black creative achievement. Check out important quotes here. 

Topics: /NOW, Society, Arts & Culture, Media