Racial Justice News & Analysis

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

Kanye West Exposes Innate Stupidity of Award Shows with VMAs Speech

by Sameer Rao on August 31, 2015, 12:12PM

“I still don’t understand award shows!” Neither do we, Ye, neither do we. 

 

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

Autopsy Results Cast Doubt on St. Louis Officers’ Story in Mansur Ball-Bey Shooting

by Kenrya Rankin Naasel on August 31, 2015, 4:10PM

St. Louis circuit attorney opens independent investigation into the police-involved shooting.

Topics: /NOW, Police Violence

10 NOLA Groups Truly Doing the Work When the Cameras Aren't On

by Words by Rosana Cruz. Graphics by Aura Bogado on August 28, 2015, 1:17PM

For many of us living in the Gulf Coast, the pomp and circumstance around Katrina at 10 has been difficult to stomach. Here are 10 local groups that define what it truly is to fight for the city.

Topics: Schools & Youth, Arts & Culture, Labor, Immigration, History, Politics, Native Affairs, Health, Environment, Criminal Justice, Economic Justice, Gender & Sexuality

Indie Slavery Epic 'The North Star' Picked Up By RLJ Entertainment

by Sameer Rao on August 31, 2015, 3:34PM

The independent film about runaway slaves going up to Pennsylvania was picked up by RLJ Entertainment for distribution. 

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