Arts & Culture

Yifei Liu. Asian woman in black top stands in front of window, looks toward the camera.

In Defense of a Mushu-less Mulan: It's Time to Take Asian Leads Seriously [OP-ED]

As Disney releases live action versions of its classic films into the world, writer Claudia Vaughan argues that losing the fantastical aspects of “Mulan” will finally allow us to treat the warrior with the weight and complexity she warrants.

Beyonce. Black woman with blonde high ponytail wearing off-shoulder black top in front of image of lion head.

Beyoncé Drops 'The Lion King: The Gift,' World Stops

Beyoncé: “It was important that the music was not only performed by the most interesting and talented artists, but also produced by the best African producers. Authenticity and heart were important to me.”

Billy Porter. Black man with short dark hair in front of Tony Award sign, wearing red and white tuxedo-style dress with tulle.

Are the Emmy Awards Moving Backwards?

Even with Billy Porter’s nod for his work on “Pose”—which makes him the first openly gay Black man recognized for leading a drama—there remains a problem.

R. Kelly. Black man with short hair in courtroom, wearing dark suit, dark tie and white shirt.

R. Kelly Denied Bond in Latest Abuse Arrest

Prosecutor in courtroom: “He sexually abused them hundreds of times before they turned 18.”

Scarlett Johansson. White woman with shoulder-length blonde hair.

QTPOC and More Respond to Scarlett Johansson and Her Privilege

“Pose” actress Indya Moore: “Why compare trans people and poc to trees and animals?”

R. Kelly. Black man wearing dark suit, dark glasses, white shirt, tie, under umbrella.

R. Kelly Arrested By Homeland Security Officers On Federal Sex Charges

Indicted by New York and northern Illinois federal courts, the singer was taken into custody while walking his dog in Chicago.

Hiro Murai. Japanese man with short dark hair wearing dark jacket and blue shirt in front of step and repeat.

Hiro Murai, ‘This is America’ Director, Inks New Production Deal

The filmmaker, who is known for boundary-pushing music videos for Childish Gambino and Kendrick Lamar, will focus on producing features and more.

Angelica Ross. Black woman in character as Candy, wearing high ponytail, white corset, blue pin stripe jacket.

'Pose' Creators On Epidemic of Violence Killing Trans Women of Color

“We wanted to really concentrate on the epidemic of violence that trans women are facing.”

Aziz Ansari. Indian man with short dark hair wearing black t-shirt.

Aziz Ansari Addresses Sexual Misconduct Allegations in New Special

“It moved things forward for me, made me think about a lot. I hope I’ve become a better person.” 

Molly of Denali. Animation showing Native Alaskan and Black girl in a town.

3 Things to Know About New Animated Series 'Molly of Denali'

The groundbreaking PBS Kids series stars 10-year-old Alaska Native Molly.

Latinx Population. Three young adults, two of whom are looking down at a phone.

Which State Is Experiencing the Fastest Latinx Population Growth?

The results of a new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau population estimates might surprise you.

Michelle Obama. Black woman with natural brown curls wearing sequin jumpsuit.

Michelle Obama: 'Our Stories As Black Women Have Power'

The former First Lady gets real about her time in the White House during her interview with Gayle King at the Essence Festival.

"A Black Lady Sketch Show." Two Black women raising champagne glasses.

Watch the Hilarious Trailer for 'A Black Lady Sketch Show'

The upcoming HBO series features a star-studded cast.

Colorful covers of six books.

#ColorlinesReads: 6 Books That Complicate the Idea of 'Independence'

In lieu of celebrating “Independence Day,” we present a selection of titles that explore the idea of liberation via the lives, poetry, history and art of people of color.

Mario Van Peebles. Middle-aged Black man wearing black hat and black suit and black shirt.

Filmmaker Mario Van Peebles Set to Bring Black Cowboys Back to the Big Screen

The filmmaker and actor is working on “Outlaw Posse,” a companion film to 1993’s Black cowboy tale “Posse.”

2020 Census Protest. Outside of the Supreme Court, protestors hold up signs reading, "Count me in."

UPDATE: 2020 Census Started Printing, Sans Citizenship Question, But Trump Administration Won't Let It Go

While the Department of Commerce confirmed it had conceded on the question, Trump—via tweet—and later officials, in a federal court, claimed they are looking for ways around the Supreme Court decision that found the citizenship question unconstitutional.

Sterling K. Brown. Black man wearing glasses and blue polo shirt.

Academy of Motion Pictures Welcomes Diverse New Class

Sterling K. Brown, Chinonye Chukwu and Nisha Ganatra join the ranks of Oscar voters.

Stars of "A Black Lady Sketch Show." Robin Thede, Quinta Brunson, Gabrielle Dennis and Ashley Nicole Black

'A Black Lady Sketch Show' Has a Premiere Date

Robin Thede helms the first major sketch comedy series created by and starring Black women.

Mural in San Francisco's George Washington High School depicting Black people performing manual labor.

San Francisco High School to Remove Racist Murals

The city’s school board voted unanimously to get rid of a long-standing art series that shows Black people and Native Americans in disturbing scenes alongside the school’s namesake, President George Washington.

White House. South-facing view with fountain.

Racial Justice Groups, Unions and Others Cautiously Celebrate SCOTUS Ruling on Census Citizenship Question

“This is a win for democracy today, but it is temporary; the fight for a full and fair count is not over,” said one group, the Racial Equity Anchor Collaborative.