Arts & Culture

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.

Tan France. Pakistani man with styled white and black hair wearing black shirt and pants in front a yellow book with his name and image on it.

Tan France Talks Racism and Loving the Skin You're In

The fashion guru discusses his memoir, race and why he loves being brown.

Afton Williamson: Black woman with dark pixie haircut, wearing a black top.

Actress Afton Williamson Calls Out Racism, Harassment on TV Show

“The Rookie” co-star quits and alleges racial discrimination and sexual misconduct on the set of the ABC show.

Daniel Pantaleo protest.

NYPD Judge Says Eric Garner’s Killer, Daniel Pantaleo, Should be Fired

The fate of Daniel Pantaleo, the police officer who used the fatal chokehold on the Staten Island father, is now in the hands of the police commissioner.

Bill de Blasio. White middle-aged man with short gray hair wearing dark suit, white shirt, and red tie on stage.

WATCH: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Is Heckled During Democratic Presidential Debate

Activists for Eric Garner, who was killed by police via an illegal chokehold, interrupted opening statements with chants of “Fire Pantaleo.”

Steven Wilson. Young Lakota man with short dark hair wearing gray jacket and tan pants performing National Anthem in University of South Dakota's gym.

The National Anthem Will Be Performed in Lakota At Upcoming Presidential Forum

Steven Wilson will set the tone for the first-ever presidential election forum to focus entirely on Native American issues.