Arts & Culture

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Specials on Reproductive Justice, White Supremacist Terror Win News & Doc Emmys

The Television Academy recognized many programs highlighting racial justice issues during its award ceremony for achievement in broadcast news and documentaries.

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Alejandro Escovedo Chronicles Border Stories On New Album

The veteran Mexican-American rocker discusses his new album, “The Crossing,” which tells the story of immigrants seeking liberation despite the barriers the United States throws their way.

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VR Experience Takes Users Inside Attack on Tulsa's Black Wall Street

“Greenwood Avenue” draws on first-person testimonials to provide an immersive experience and critical history lesson.

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3 Questions With Camille A. Collins, Author of 'The Exene Chronicles'

The author talks to Colorlines about how her life influenced her new book, which follows a Black teenager’s journey through the chaotic—often racist—1980s punk rock world of Southern California.

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'Monsters and Men' Star and Creator On Sweeping Impact of Police Violence

John David Washington and Reinaldo Marcus Green talk to Colorlines about the Sundance hit’s genesis and plot, which explores the fallout of an NYPD officer killing an unarmed Black man.

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Jon Batiste Turns Jean-Michel Basquiat's Life Into a Broadway Musical

“I want people to leave this show inspired to create. I want them to not only learn about Jean-Michel Basquiat, an innovator, but to also feel the visceral thrill of the creative process and to deepen and discover their own creativity.”

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Moving Film Criticism Beyond the Velvet Rope of #CriticsSoWhite

Journalist Bilal Qureshi visits the Code Switch podcast to talk about the importance of entertainment media diversity initiatives.

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3 Questions With 'Mayans M.C.' Badass Michael Irby

That star of the “Sons of Anarchy” spinoff talks about playing a complex villain, depicting a slice of Latinx culture on TV and the cruelty of the American criminal justice system. 

Cécile McLorin Salvant and Sullivan Fortner. Black woman in green shawl with red necklace and turquoise glasses sings behind black microphone and in front of a Black man in a black suit at a black piano in front of black and brown bookshelves

Let Cécile McLorin Salvant's Tiny Desk Set Soothe Your Soul

The Grammy-winning jazz vocalist performs as part of NPR’s intimate concert series. 

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Jesse Williams Directs Mamie and Emmett Till Film

The film is based on the story of Mamie Mobley Till, whose decision to give her son Emmett an open-casket funeral drew worldwide attention to White supremacist violence in America.

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Meet New 'SNL' Cast Member Ego Nwodim

Asian-American podcaster Bowen Yang also joins “Saturday Night Live” as a staff writer.

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LISTEN: Imani Perry Uplifts Lorraine Hansberry's Activist Legacy

“She was a feminist before the feminist movement. She was identified as a lesbian and thought about gay rights organizing before the gay rights movement. She was an anti-colonialist before all of the independences had been won in Africa and the Caribbean.”

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Gorgeous New 'If Beale Street Could Talk' Trailer Celebrates Black Families

The latest look at Barry Jenkins’ upcoming film illuminates how Baldwin’s characters build community while navigating uncertainty and trauma.

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10 Atlantans Who Should Have Been Asked to Perform at the Super Bowl

The National Football League skipped tons of local Black talent to hire Maroon 5.

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Creators Promise Not to Whitewash New 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' Series

Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko insist they won’t repeat the mistakes of M. Night Shyamalan’s 2010 live-action film adaptation of the animated series.

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KoreAm Journal Relaunches as Pan-Asian-American KORE Mag

Editor-in-Chief Serena Kim says the new magazine goes beyond its predecessor’s primarily Korean-American focus to cover members of other Asian-American diasporic communities.

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ICYMI: Cynthia Erivo Responds to 'Harriet' Casting Critiques

The British actress faced backlash on social media from people who said her new lead role in the upcoming Harriet Tubman biopic should have gone to an African-American actress.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates and Hala Alyan Earn Dayton Literary Peace Prize

The prize recognizes works that promote cross-cultural understanding and the concept of peace.

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'Fire on the Hill' Explores South Central LA's Black Cowboy Legacy

The documentary follows three riders from South Central Los Angeles as they work to protect a disappearing cowboy culture after a devastating act of arson.

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Regina King, Thandie Newton and More Shine at #EmmysSoWhite

The “Seven Seconds” and “Westworld” stars earned high-profile awards at a ceremony that paid lip service, but few honors, to entertainment diversity.