• On 'Jackson Five Nostrils,' Creole vs. 'Negro' and Beefing Over Beyoncé's 'Formation'


    As you know, the video for Beyoncé Knowles' "Formation" does the most, from invoking police violence, to flashing back to Hurricane Katrina, to celebrating Blue Ivy's adorable afro. Here, Yaba Blay, a dark-skinned, New Orleans-bred scholar who researches skin color and identity politics, gets into a topic we've been avoiding: the message Beyoncé is sending about complexion and worth. 

  • Brown Girls Do Ballet Wants to Make More Misty Copelands


    PBS is premiering the Misty Copeland documentary, "A Ballerina's Tale," tonight (February 8). We talked to Brittani Marie, a former ballerina and the co-founder of Brown Girls Do Ballet, about the importance of Copeland's success, her own struggles with racism and body image and what it will take to bring more girls of color into the predominantly White ballet world.

  • We Talked to the Super Funny Hannibal Buress About Some Serious S**t


    On the eve of his Netflix stand-up special, "Comedy Camisado," the Chicago native talks race, police violence and why he's excited about the Oscars.

  • Steve Phillips: Liberals Rely Too Much on White Swing Voters


    Conventional wisdom in liberal electoral politics is that you have to lock down White swing voters to pass progressive policy. In his new book, "Brown is the New White," civil rights lawyer and politico Steve Phillips argues that organizing a younger, browner "new American majority" is the key. 

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Remember Maurice White With These Four Badass Earth, Wind & Fire Live Performances

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