Civil Rights Group Calls ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ Brawl ‘Deeply Alarming’

The Hollywood Reporter Civil rights group ColorOfChange wants to give reality TV violence a knockout punch.  The group is specifically targeting Bravo’s African-American centered programs, and in a statement, ColorOfChange More »

Hats Off for Younger Black Churchwomen

The New York Times Younger women are increasingly finding themselves part of a generation that considers the traditional church hat optional or even irrelevant to the worship experience. It just More »

Death of ‘For Brown Girls’ Blog Co-Founder Raises More Concerns Over Mental Health in the Black Community

Huffington Post The news of “For Brown Girls” founder Karyn Washington’s death struck a major chord among African-Americans, as the black community continues to grapple with the challenges of discussing More »

Segregation Now: Gains of Integration Eroded, Especially In the South

ProPublica, NPR In 1954, the Supreme Court outlawed school segregation in the historic Brown v. Board of Education decision. Now, 60 years later, the South is seeing a resurgence of More »

12 Black and Latino Musicians Changing the Face of Classical Music

PolicyMic Let’s be honest, the field of classical music isn’t exactly diverse. Long dominated by, well, white people, even modern orchestras aren’t exactly a great representation of our population. Only 4% of More »

‘Soul Train’ is Heading to Broadway

The Hollywood Reporter Ready to dance the Soul Train line again?  Following in the footsteps of last season’s popular box office draw, Motown: The Musical, producer Matthew Weaver has acquired first-class theatrical rights to the More »

 

Who Is Dr. Ben Carson and Why is He Sort of Running for President?

Ben Carson

Politico

Carson has already achieved the highest level of status in medical practice, profited on the boards of Fortune 500 companies and, perhaps most impressively, had a made-for-TV movie about his life in which he was portrayed by Cuba Gooding, Jr. But he also has become one of those curious media stars that often shoots through American politics nowadays—so suddenly popular among conservatives that he bested such 2016 hopefuls as Chris Christie, Scott Walker and Marco Rubio at the straw poll taken at last month’s Conservative Political Action Conference.

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Civil Rights Group Calls ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ Brawl ‘Deeply Alarming’

RHOA Fight

The Hollywood Reporter

Civil rights group ColorOfChange wants to give reality TV violence a knockout punch.  The group is specifically targeting Bravo’s African-American centered programs, and in a statement, ColorOfChange expresses concern over Sunday’s The Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion, which saw Kenya Moore and Porsha Williams get into a violent physical confrontation.  ColorOfChange says the fight exemplifies a “pattern of violent, stereotypical portrayals of Black people across many of Bravo’s Black reality franchises.”

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Showcasing Modern Latino Diversity – through Dance

Ballet Hispanico

NBC News

The name Ballet Hispanico might conjure up Flamenco or more of a folkloric dance performance, a far cry from the 44-year-old dance company’s sleek, modern and powerful dances pieces.  Now in its fourth decade, the world-renowned dance company’s new season includes varied pieces, one evoking the prayers of a Spaniard waiting for rain, another wrestling with gender identity and another a surreal exploration invoking Belgian artist Rene Magritte.

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The Racial Biases That Remain in Photography

Film bias

BuzzFeed, NPR

When Syreeta McFadden was a child, she dreaded taking pictures after a family photo made her skin appear dulled and darkened. “In some pictures, I am a mud brown, in others I’m a blue black. Some of the pictures were taken within moments of one another,” she writes, digging into an “inherited bias” in photography against dark skin.

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Black LGBT Seniors Struggle with Bias and Housing

The Bay Area Reporter

In San Francisco African American LGBT seniors often face a double jeopardy in terms of discrimination. Within the black community, they struggle to overcome homophobia. In the LGBT community, they encounter race-based prejudices.

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How Hispanics Are Changing Religion In The U.S.

Huffington Post

Latinos are dramatically remaking religion in America.  In the Catholic Church, they are making an impact not only in growing numbers but also in following charismatic Christianity. It is a religious zeal also being seen among non-Catholics where immigration along with the increase in Latino population and a tidal wave of growth among Pentecostalists and evangelicals is shaping Hispanic spiritualism in the country.

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Teacher Fired for Allegedly Telling Student ‘We Don’t Need Another Black President’

Cincinnati.comr, WCPO 9 On Your Side

An Ohio teacher accused of making racially tinged comments about President Obama lost his job in the wake of a labor hearing that concluded with that recommendation.  After the decision, teacher Gil Voigt said, “I’m not sorry for saying the things I said because I didn’t say anything wrong.”

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Hats Off for Younger Black Churchwomen

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The New York Times

Younger women are increasingly finding themselves part of a generation that considers the traditional church hat optional or even irrelevant to the worship experience. It just may not matter as much to African-American women from their 20s through middle age. Changes in education, economics, hairstyles and church aesthetics have all diminished the once-essential role of what was once considered their crowning glory.

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African-American Coaches Leaving SEC for Lesser Jobs

Basketball

Yahoo!  Sports

All four black basketball coaches who have fled the Southeastern Conference for less-green pastures over the last few years could probably sense they were on borrowed time and got out ahead of the pink slip.  The moves perpetuate a trend that should deeply concern the powerful SEC. African-American coaches keep leaving the league for lesser jobs. But it also raises questions – and could create a perception – about the work environment for a black coach in the South.

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In Asian-Majority District, House Race Divides California Voters and May Be Sign of Things to Come

NPR

In a unique congressional contest, there are two second-generation Indian-American candidates running to unseat longtime incumbent Congressman Mike Honda, a third-generation Japanese-American, in California’s 17th District. It’s the only district on the U.S. mainland where Asian-Americans make up the majority of voters.