2016

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Prince, Phife Dawg and More Deceased Icons Honored in New Peanut Butter Wolf Mixes

The Stones Throw Records founder celebrates those musicians who died in 2016 in these tribute mixes. 

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Words and Wisdom From Trailblazers Who Passed in 2016

The year 2016 took a range of artists, thinkers, leaders and activists of color from the world. Herewith, a tribute featuring their own words.

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Year-End Goodness: The Best 2016 Movies, Music, Hashtags and More

Brilliant art, media and pop culture gave us something to celebrate in 2016. Here are Team Colorlines’ favorites, from music videos to podcasts.

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Break Time!

The Colorlines team has some year-end goodness on deck, but we’re taking some time off from the daily grind. 

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Beyoncé, Brandy, Teddy Riley Honored at Soul Train Awards

The Erykah Badu-hosted awards ceremony aired on BET last night. Watch some video highlights, including an epic medley from Teddy Riley and a cypher with Gladys Knight and Angie Stone.

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Beyoncé Honors Mothers of the Movement, Crushes 'Lemonade' Hits at MTV Video Music Awards

Plus, Rihanna took home the Video Vanguard Award, Kanye West spoke (a lot) and more from the VMAs. 

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Beyoncé and K-Dot, Sheila E. and More Tear Down the House at BET Awards

From Usher to Future to Janelle Monáe, the top Black artists and performers reigned supreme at the awards ceremony.

President Obama to Howard University Graduates: 'Be Confident in Your Blackness'

The president touched on historical progress, contemporary struggles, Prince and his daughters in his keynote address at Howard University’s commencement ceremony this weekend.  

Jada Pinkett Smith Says Chris Rock's Oscars Crack 'Comes With the Territory'

Chris Rock targeted the actress’ #OscarsSoWhite boycott during his much-talked-about opening monologue at last week’s Oscars ceremony. 

#WhichHillary Trends After Activists Interrupt Clinton at Fundraiser

Ashley Williams interrupted Clinton during a private fundraiser in Charleston, South Carolina. 

Congressional Black Caucus PAC Endorses Hillary Clinton

Both Democratic presidential hopefuls are actively seeking support from communities of color. 

Asian-American Baby Named 'Gerber Baby of the Year'

Isla was selected from nearly 170,000 submissions. 

'Hamilton' is Set to Tour the Nation

Will the hit Broadway musical come to a city near you?

#TBT to Chris Rock Talking S**t about the Oscars...A Decade Ago

“Ben Affleck got a Oscar, and Morgan Freeman got a Oscar—are they equal?” 

#TBT To When a Native Activist Rejected Marlon Brando's Oscar on His Behalf

Watch what might have been the original #OscarsSoWhite protest. 

What's On Our Radar for 2016

Peep the music, TV, films and other treats we’re excited about this year so far. 

Oscar Nominations are So White, Even the 'Straight Outta Compton' Nominees are White

No love for Ryan Coogler, Michael B. Jordan or anybody from the “Straight Outta Compton” cast? 

The First Trailer For 'The Get Down' Will Give You Chills

The upcoming Netflix series dramatizes the origins of hip-hop in 1970s New York City. 

Donald Trump and the Disaffected, White, Working Class Voter

Through blatant racism and Islamophbia, Donald Trump has captured a mass of White, Midwestern, working class people who haven’t felt represented by either of the major parties and share some of the same views. How will his us-against-them strategy impact a country that is as divided as it was before the Civil War?