Media

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The Surprising Reason Why All Google Searches Aren't Created Equal

Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble, author of the new book, “Algorithms of Oppression,” explains how racism is baked into the way you find information online. 

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LISTEN: Why Does the Media Have So Much Trouble Covering Racists?

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi on “Face the Racist Nation”: “When you make it about ignorance, you’re also making it about individual people and you’re not making it about power and policy and structures and systems.”

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As the Kerner Report Turns 50, I Actually Have Some Good News About the Media [OPINION]

Rinku Sen: “I’ve read thousands of justifiable words about how little has changed and has even gotten worse for people of color in the media. But there’s no question that the last 50 years would have been immeasurably worse without the actions of reporters and news consumers of color.”

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The Kerner Report Called for More Black Journalists. Major Newsrooms Remain a 'White Man's World' [OPINION]

When the Kerner Commission indicted U.S. journalism for its misrepresentation of Black communities in 1968, the report called on media companies to hire, train and promote Black journalists. FAIR program director Janine Jackson argues that corporate media is still failing to confront its own racism.

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50 Years After the Landmark Kerner Report Called Out Media Racism, the Power Structure Persists [OPINION]

Created to study the urban rebellions of 1967, the Kerner Commission revealed in 1968 how racist media played a role. As the Kerner report turns 50, Free Press’ Joseph Torres argues that large media companies continue to uphold White supremacy. 

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Politico Article Suggests Readers Get Their 'Own Immigrant'

No, it was not satire.

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#TBT: How Harry McAlpin Broke the White House Press Corps Color Barrier

The White House Correspondents’ Association barred the Black journalist for decades.

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Upon the Release of Her New Memoir, Patrisse Khan-Cullors Reflects on the Power of Storytelling

The Black Lives Matter co-founder talks, state repression, “survivors’ guilt” and why she gets so personal in her new book, “When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir.” 

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Essence Acquisition Brings Magazine Back Under Black Ownership

The executive team, consisting entirely of Black women, will now co-own the company that’s behind the magazine and its annual music and arts festival. 

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WATCH: Celebrate Hoda Kotb's New 'Today' Job With These 3 Memorable On-Air Moments

The Egyptian-American news personality now officially co-anchors NBC’s flagship morning talk show.

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Break Time! The 2017 Edition

We will be delivering some year-end goodness, but taking a break from the relentless daily grind.

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17 Women of Color Who Rocked the Resistance in 2017

During an intensely challenging year, they stood out in their efforts to fight for social justice in politics, media, art and culture. 

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Malkia Cyril Explains Exactly Why the Loss of Net Neutrality Matters—and What's Next

The veteran media justice organizer, who vows to see the FCC in court, forecasts a future of ”pay-for-play” internet, higher prices and de facto censorship. 

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REPORT: 3 Ways That Media Outlets Demonize Black Families

Color of Change and Family Story’s new study exposes how news outlets covered Black parents and children during the election cycle. 

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UPDATE: FCC Repeals Net Neutrality Rules

In a 3-2 vote along party lines, the Republican-dominated Federal Communications Commission kills net neutrality.

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FCC Unleashes Plan to Kill Net Neutrality

Digital justice advocates say it could turn the open internet—a valuable tool for communities of color—into a pay-for-play club for telecom corporations.

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FCC Votes to Restrict Lifeline Program in Underserved Communities

The Ajit Pai-led commission also voted to remove measures that prevent the consolidation of media in the hands of a few conglomerates.

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Gwen Ifill's Alma Mater Honors Her With New Media School

Simmons College will launch the Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts and Humanities next fall. 

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Hari Kondabolu’s New Doc Shows How the Racist Apu Character on 'The Simpsons' Still Haunts Desi America

Through his own experiences and those of actors such as Aziz Ansari and Kal Penn, the comedian explores the trouble with the animated Indian convenience store clerk in an hourlong documentary set to air on truTV. 

What Does the FBI's New 'Black Identity Extremist' Label Really Mean to Black Organizing?

“Acting with great principle in this time is not just a matter of moral high ground but also a matter of personal safety,” says surveillance reform expert Malkia Cyril. “What we need to not do is be paranoid. What overcomes paranoia is principles.”