News & Analysis

8 Questions for Constance Malcolm, Grieving Mother Turned Activist

by Carla Murphy, February 13, 2015

Bronx police entered the home of 18-year-old, unarmed Ramarley Graham and shot him to death. Three years later his mother, Constance Malcolm, settled with the city for $3.9 million. Here's why she's still fighting for police accountability.

Fox's 'Empire', a Pulitzer Prize Winning Author and Kendrick Lamar

by Jamilah King, February 11, 2015

It's already been one helluva week for the rapper. And it's only Wednesday.

Ava DuVernay's Passion Project

by Jamilah King, January 26, 2015

The filmmaker's distribution network for black films isn't making big money--and she's fine with that.

Racial Justice News & Analysis

Oscars: Ava DuVernay, David Oyelowo Snubbed

by Jamilah King on Jan 15, 2015 10:01 am

But 'Selma' did earn a nomination for 'best picture.'

Topics: Culture

9 Charts That Force the Question, Does Black Life Matter?

by Kai Wright, Erin Zipper on Jan 7, 2015 07:01 am

When measured by the blunt calculus of mortality, being black in the U.S. is a killer.

Topics: Health

19 Photos From 2014 That Prove 'Post-Racial' America Doesn't Exist

by Aura Bogado on Dec 30, 2014 07:12 am

It's been a long year full of despair--but there's also been plenty of hope!

Topics: Ferguson, History, Criminal Justice

14 Women of Color Who Rocked 2014

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on Dec 17, 2014 07:12 am

A roundup of 14 amazing women of color who've made big strides in 2014.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality

Thurgood Marshall Condemned Chokeholds in 1983

by Ian Haney Lopez on Dec 12, 2014 07:12 am

The Supreme Court justice denounced police chokeholds 30 years ago. Why are we still having the same conversation?

Topics: Criminal Justice

Meet the 24-Year-Old Filipina-American Who Raised $650K on Kickstarter

by Miriam Zoila Pérez on Dec 11, 2014 11:12 am

Angelia Trinidad's "Passion Planner" has had record success on the crowdfunding platform. Colorlines talked to her about family, what motivates her, and why an old-school paper planner has struck a chord with tens of thousands of people.

Topics: Society

The Ugly Idea That Killed Eric Garner

by Kai Wright on Dec 4, 2014 07:12 am

Whatever happens to Office Pantaleo, justice will come only when broken windows policing is finally indicted and convicted.

Topics: /NOW, Criminal Justice

An Appreciation: Eric Garner

by Akiba Solomon on Dec 3, 2014 10:12 pm

Before Eric Garner couldn't breathe, he insisted that cops leave him alone. For once. An appreciation of that moment.

Topics: /NOW, Ferguson

Who Will Lose Under Obama's Executive Action?

by Julianne Hing on Nov 21, 2014 04:11 pm

"We have at least 5 million reasons to keep working," says one activist.

Topics: /NOW, Immigration

Here's How DACA Will Be Expanded Under Obama

by Aura Bogado on Nov 21, 2014 09:11 am

The program's expansion will take 90 days to implement.

Topics: /NOW, Immigration, Obama Immigration Order

Ferguson's 'Lost Voices' Speak [VIDEO]

by Akiba Solomon on Nov 21, 2014 09:11 am

As the world awaits a grand jury decision in Ferguson, the accidental activists who have camped in the streets since August describe their feelings and preparations to Colorlines.

Topics: Ferguson, Criminal Justice

The Real Poison Pill for Obamacare

by Kai Wright on Nov 17, 2014 08:11 am

Congressional Republicans vow to undo it. The Supreme Court may gut it. But biggest threat to the law's success is more quiet attack that unfolded long before it was even written.

Topics: Health

Randall Park Knows You're Nervous About 'Fresh Off the Boat'

by Julianne Hing on Nov 13, 2014 07:11 am

TV's newest Asian-American dad talks about race and the pressure that comes with being on the first Asian-American family sitcom in 20 years.

Topics: Arts & Culture

Sterlin Harjo Explains Why He Makes Films About Poor Indians

by Aura Bogado on Nov 10, 2014 02:11 pm

'I'm doing this for something better than just money.'

Topics: Arts & Culture, Native Affairs

Facing Race Spotlight: Southern Artist Carlton Turner

by Jamilah King on Nov 6, 2014 07:11 am

"Anything that we're seeing today in pop culture originated in production you can trace back to black labor in the South."

Topics: Facing Race 2014