Arts & Culture

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Taraji P. Henson Slays, Shoots and Saves in Explosive 'Proud Mary' Trailer

The Golden Globe-winning actress portrays an assassin who must protect a young boy after a botched hit in this action film with a predominantly Black cast.

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READ: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Says Black Superheroes Must Have a 'Social Conscience'

In a new article for The Hollywood Reporter, the former NBA star writes that contemporary Black comic heroes should be driven by an awareness of where their people fit in an imperfect society.

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ICYMI: Brooklyn Will Dedicate Crispus Attucks Playground B-Ball Courts to Notorious B.I.G.

The late rapper played basketball at the playground before he achieved international stardom. 

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#TBT to When Mexican- and Punjabi-American Neighbors United to Celebrate Independence Day

The viral video of the two groups joyfully dancing in the middle of a Stockton, California, street points to a long-standing connection between Punjabi and Mexican communities in Northern California.

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These 7 Tweets Sum Up Why HBO's 'Confederate' Announcement Pissed Off the Internet

The show, headlined by two White male "Game of Thrones" showrunners, has prompted criticism for its focus on an alternate U.S. where the South won the Civil War and kept slavery intact.

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NYC 'Cultural Plan' Will Direct City Arts Funds to Diversifying Orgs

Mayor Bill de Blasio: "We must use every tool we have to ensure that every resident, in every neighborhood, has the same access to cultural opportunities."

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Seriously, Why Are Some of Us Still Defending R. Kelly?

The explosive Buzzfeed piece about R. Kelly running a "cult" of young women whom he abuses and controls has triggered familiar defenses from fans. Jamilah Lemieux calls bulls**t on all of them. 

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International African American Museum Launches New Center to Trace Black Family Geneology

Center for Family History leader Toni Carrier: "It's one thing to walk into a museum and see an exhibit about family history, but it's quite another thing to possibly walk out of a research center at a museum with your great-grandfather's marriage record."

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John Boyega Discusses Race, Sci-fi in New GQ Cover Story

The Nigerian-British actor opened up being a Black man in sci-fi and fantasy franchises and 'Detroit,' his upcoming film about police violence during the city's 1967 unrest.

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WATCH: Lakeith Stanfield Fights Wrongful Murder Conviction in 'Crown Heights' Trailer

The "Atlanta" star portrays Colin Warner, a Trinidadian-American teen falsely convicted of murder and seeking exoneration for his two-decade incarceration.

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READ: Free Texas Convention Spotlights Independent Latinx Comic Artists

Organizer Hector Rodriguez: "Now, more than ever, with some of the struggles our community is facing—especially in Texas with SB4 and the attack on sanctuary cities—for me, it seems like a big opportunity for us to have a showcase for our community." 

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Disney Announces Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott as Live-Action Aladdin and Jasmine

Disney announced the casting amid reports that the studio and director Guy Ritchie struggled to find
Brown actors to fill the roles.

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Oprah Winfrey and Co. Travel the Cosmos in 'A Wrinkle in Time' Trailer

Ava DuVernay lifted the hood on her Disney adaptation of the 1963 fantasy novel with a new trailer and behind-the-scenes photos.

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5 Flicks We Can't Wait to Watch at the BlackStar Film Festival in August

The sixth annual BlackStar film festival hits Philadelphia in early August. Colorlines arts and culture reporter Sameer Rao shares his must-see titles. 

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Bay Area Gentrification, Global Warming and Community Justice Collide in the Hilarious New Trailer for 'The North Pole'

The web comedy series, featuring cameos from Bay Area mainstays such as former Black Panther leader Ericka Huggins and comedian W. Kamau Bell, hits YouTube on September 7.The new trailer will get you ready. 

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Dr. Yaba Blay for The Root: Black Hair Conversations That Don't Consider White Supremacy Pathologize Black Women

In the first of a new video series from The Root, ethnographer, producer and professor Yaba Blay makes sense of the race politics and meaning of hair as it grows out of Black women's scalps.  

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3 Illuminating Excerpts from Dave Chappelle's Interview Magazine Convo With Kendrick Lamar

The comedian interviewed the "DAMN." rapper for Interview's August cover story. Here are a few portions of their wide-ranging conversation about fame, using their influence and more. 

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Donald Glover, Aziz Ansari and Ava DuVernay Bag Multiple Emmy Nominations

From Angela Bassett to Mindy Kaling, see which of your faves was nominated.

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Tamron Hall Returns to Daytime TV With New Talk Show

The former MSNBC and "Today" host left NBC in February amid speculation that the network sidelined her in favor of former Fox News host Megyn Kelly.

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'Black Panther' Cast Stuns, Shares Character Deets in New 'Entertainment Weekly'

The movie's all-Black leading cast posed in character for the magazine's Comic-Con preview issue, with actors and creative team members alike sharing information about what to expect when "Black Panther" hits the big screen.