Arts & Culture

Spike Lee. Middle aged Black man wearing red t-shirt, blue glasses and white baseball cap.

Spike Lee Is Tired of Asking If Trump Likes People of Color

“Why are we still asking is this guy a White supremacist? It’s not even a question anymore.”

Robin Thede. Black woman wearing black and gold V-neck dress with high ponytail standing in front of HBO step and repeat.

Robin Thede On the Secret to Success for 'A Black Lady Sketch Show'

“The thing you’re going to feel differently on our show is that Black women are writing for Black women and a Black woman is directing the show. A Black woman created the show, there are Black women executive producing the show, so our hands are felt all in it.”

Black pilgrims. A group of Black people with heads down and hands up in prayer.

Descendants of Enslaved Visit Ghana to Memorialize Kidnapped Ancestors

Four hundred years after the forced arrival of 20 Africans in what would become the United States, hundreds of descendants traveled from Jamestown Virginia to the Jamestown district of Accra, Ghana.

Colin Kaepernick. Black man with cornrows and facial hair wearing white fitted jersey.

Colin Kaepernick Guest Edits Paper Magazine

The activist takes over the latest issue to keep the conversation—and the work—going around the fight for justice for Black and Brown people.

Colin Kaepernick. Black man with cornrows going back and facial hair, wearing a black suit jacket with gold details.

Colin Kaepernick Praises Those Who Continue to Protest Police Violence

The athlete shouts out football players Eric Reid, Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson II, who are still kneeling: “They have never moved past the people.”

WATCH: Normani Pays Homage to Black Girl Faves in New Video

The singer’s video for “Motivation” bigs up the entertainers who set the stage for her to shine.

Viveik Kalra. Brown boy smiles with a Bruce Springsteen poster in the background.

In 'Blinded By The Light,' A Brown Immigrant Finds Himself in the Music of the Boss

Deepa Iyer writes about her personal connection to the immigrant story at the center of the new Bruce Springsteen-loving film.

David Levien and Brian Koppelman. Two middle-aged White men with short gray hair wearing gray suit jackets and jeans in front of a step and repeat.

New York's Cayuga Nation Sues Showtime for Defamation

“This episode of ‘Billions’ is a deliberate and intentional resort to an offensive stereotype of Native Americans,” alleges the lawsuit. 

Black hair. Office scene showing three people of color. Two Black women with natural hair and a Latinx man with short dark hair and facial hair.

Campaign Seeks Federal Discrimination Protection for Black Hair

A new Color of Change petition says: “Across America, Black people are policed, humiliated and even sent home because employers and peers want to control our expression. We won bills that end hair discrimination in two states, and now we are fighting to end it across the nation.”

Jay-Z. Black man in white Bob Marley sweatshirt with bandana around forehead.

Jay-Z Partners With NFL, World is Confused

With athlete-turned-activist Colin Kaepernick still out of work for protesting police violence, many don’t understand how the MC can support the league that blacklisted him.

"The 1619 Project." White text on a black background.

The 1619 Project Centers the Enslaved, Rethinks Story of America

“It aims to reframe the country’s history…placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are.”

Steven Canals. Latinx man wearing dark glasses with dark hair, dresses in black suit jacket and black shirt.

'Pose' Co-creator Steven Canals on Breaking Boundaries for QTPOC

“For the work to be recognized, and for it to be work that uplifts LGBTQ people of color, is pretty incredible.”

George Takei. Elder Japanese-American man with short gray hair wearing blue suite jacket and striped shirt seated in front of sign reading "Terror."

George Takei: 'We've Reached A New, Grotesque Low'

The activist and actor—whose new television show is set in a WWII-era Japanese-American community—says the horror of America’s immigration policy is ongoing.

Twitter Bias. Black man wearing all black with black baseball cap looking down at his phone and typing.

AI Used to Curb Hate on Twitter Actually Punishes Black People

“These systems are being developed to identify language that’s used to target marginalized populations online. It’s extremely concerning if the same systems are themselves discriminating against the population they’re designed to protect.”

Colorful covers of six books.

#ColorlinesReads: 6 Books That Explore How We Construct Our Identities

From essays about the ways mental illness can shape our memories to a lyrical poem that attempts to reconcile desire and political ideas, these books examine the stories we tell ourselves.

Sleep Brown and Big Boi. FunkJazz Kafe Festival.

Jason Orr On How Black Music Can Change the World

As the FunkJazz Kafe Arts and Music Festival celebrates 25 years, founder Jason Orr talks to Colorlines about music, Black culture and why it’s important to live beyond labels.

Meek Mill. Black man with short dark hair wearing gray suit jacket and white collared shirt.

'Free Meek' Docuseries Illustrates Plight of Black Men in Criminal Justice System

The five-part series explores racial injustice in the judicial system through the all too common case of rapper Meek Mill.

Idris Elba. Black man with short dark hair wearing dark gray jacket, black shirt and black tie.

Idris Elba Leads All-Star Cast for Black Cowboys Movie

The true story of Philadelphia’s “Concrete Cowboys” gallops onto the big screen.

Night Out for Safety and Liberation. Two Black adults and three Black children create street art with chalk.

Communities Gather for a Night of Safety and Liberation

For the seventh year, neighborhoods in more than 25 cities will host block parties and rallies to define what public safety means to them.

Toni Morrison. Older Black woman wearing gray headscarf and gray and black top.

'Beloved' Author Toni Morrison Dead at Age 88

The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer who consistently gave America unapologetic Blackness on the page has passed away.