Arts & Culture

Billy Porter. Black man wearing yellow and black hat and green jacket.

The Number of LGTBQ Characters of Color on TV Has Risen, Again

For the second year in a row, these characters outnumber their White counterparts, according to a new report by GLAAD.

Anthony Robles. Young Black man wearing yellow wrestling uniform and being named winner by older White man.

Dwayne Johnson to Tell Story of Champion Wrestler Anthony Robles

Robles: “I’m hopeful that people who see ‘Unstoppable’ will walk away believing that you should never let your challenges define you.”

Little Brother. Rapper Big Pooh wears a black t-shirt with a picture from "The Golden Girls." Phonte wears a black t-shirt that says "Thank you."

Little Brother Are Just Your Neighborhood Friendly Legends

On tour for “May the Lord Watch,” the Little Brother reunion album that no one thought would happen, Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh talk Blackness, survivors guilt and making another classic after nine years.

Overwatch. Black animated woman character with white dreds pulled back into ponytail with shaven sides.

'Overwatch' Says First Black Woman Hero is Finally Joining the Game

But gamers are skeptical when the universe already includes a gorilla and a hamster as stars: “One character among a roster of 31 is the absolute bare minimum of representation.”

Ernest J. Gaines and Ralph Ellison. Two Black men wearing dark suits in conversation surrounded by White men.

Author Ernest J. Gaines Dead at Age 86

A dedicated storyteller who centered Black lives in the deep South, the award-winning author of “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman” gave voice to the frequently silenced.

Slave Rebellion Reenactment. Two men and one woman dressed in period clothing and carrying weapons.

Slave Rebellion to be Reenacted

Artist Dread Scott organized hundreds in Louisiana for a two-day event that will re-imagine the largest revolt of enslaved people in American history.

Kansas City  MLK street sign.

Kansas City May Vote to Remove Martin Luther King Jr. From Major Street Sign

The city will decide today if they want to go back to being one of the nation’s largest without a street or major building honoring the civil rights leader.

Ta-Nehisi Coates. Black man with short hair wearing a blue suit.

Ta-Nehisi Coates Tackles Freedom and Enslavement in His Latest Book

“I didn’t want it to be slavery porn. There’s no need for that.”

Kerry Washington. Black woman with topknot wearing gray shirt.

'American Son' Star Kerry Washington On Fear and Navigating Spaces While Black

“I’ve been that Black woman who’s having big feelings in an appropriate moment and being stereotyped to be something other.”

White Pearl. Three women on stage of various Asian ethnicities.

A New Play, 'White Pearl,' Explores Colorism Among Asians

Starring a predominantly Asian cast, the comedy looks at how the beauty business sells Whiteness as perfection.

The Apollo. Red theater marquee reads "Apollo."

'The Apollo' Spotlights the History of New York's Most Famous Black Theater

The documentary explores the legacy and impact of the Harlem theater via interviews and archival footage.

John Witherspoon. Older Black man sitting in peacock chair wearing dark sweater, white shirt, dark bow tie.

The World Remembers John Witherspoon, Dead at 77

Honor the comedy icon’s legacy with a laugh today via these clips of him at work.

Jason Reynolds. Black man with locs wearing dark gray t-shirt in front of white step and repeat.

Author Jason Reynolds to Young Black Readers: 'I See You'

Get into these three major takeaways from a new profile of the prolific YA writer.

Clockwise from top: a rendering of the Legacy Quilt, the Ebony Magazine Test Kitchen in its heyday, the kitchen at MOFAD's gallery space in Brooklyn, where it is being restored.

Exhibit Explores Black Cuisine and Its Influence on America

The Museum Of Food And Drink will debut “African/American: Making The Nation’s Table” in 2020.

Wes Studi. Older Native American man with short dark hair wearing blue tux jacket and white shirt.

Wes Studi Makes History as First Native American to Win Oscar

Studi: “It’s about time!”

Courtroom. Empty courtroom showing judge and juror benches.

Study Says When Women of Color Enter Prosecutor Races, They Win

A new study from the Reflective Democracy Campaign showed that while White men still dominate as elected prosecutors, women of all races and men of color are winning at higher rates when they compete for the same seats.

Tyler Perry. Black man with low hair, beard, glasses, wearing white tux jacket and black shirt.

Tyler Perry On The Symbolism Behind His New Studio Location

“I feel strongly that it’s so poetic, in the sense that there were Confederate soldiers and generals plotting how to keep Black people enslaved and now the land is owned by a Black person.”

Naomie Harris. Black woman with braids wearing police uniform.

'Black and Blue' Star Naomie Harris Talks Race and Policing

“The aim of this film is also to reignite dialogue and get people outraged again and hopefully get them active.”

Project Reset. Older Black man with bald hand standing in front of colorful artwork.

Arts-Based Diversion Program Expands to Combat Incarceration In New York City

Project Reset, a diversion program for teenagers accused of low-level offenses, will now be offered to adults in more parts of the city.

Monumental Women Suffragist statue: Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton in bronze.

Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton Statue Coming to Central Park

Truth’s likeness was added only after criticism about the lack of a Black suffragist in the design.