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Nicole Kidman didn’t feel comfortable uttering the n-word in The Paperboy because of her son Connor Cruise, she says… but how legitimate an excuse is that, really? More
Mindy Kaling‘s incredible success has been good for women and minorities for a variety of reasons. The Mindy Project is the first major network sitcom to star a South Asian person of any gender, and the simple fact that her protagonist exists with race as a component, but not the overriding purpose, of her character is quietly revolutionary. The fact that her character is allowed to have flaws, rather than be some sort of “model woman/minority”? Even better. Which is why I was surprised at first when I saw an article titled Does Mindy Kaling Need More Female Writers? More
For some reason, fans of The Hunger Games freak out when Lionsgate casts a black actor for a character who everyone just assumed was white. It’s the whole “Lenny Kravitz getting cast as Cinna” deal all over again! More
Years ago, Gabby Douglas left Excalibur gym after (she now reveals) she was bullied with racist comments. Now the gym says she’s making it all up. But why would an Olympic champion need to lie about this? More
The Misadventures Of Awkward Black Girl is a charming web series that shows what it’s like to be among that underrepresented demographic of women who happen to be both awkward and black. Conceived by writer/actress Issa Rae as a way to provide a good part for herself as well as fill a gap she saw in entertainment programming, it’s one of the few shows I’ve seen in which race is neither the primary focal point (think Tyler Perry movies) nor invisible. With a new season bankrolled by Pharrell Williams‘ new Youtube channel iamOTHER and an increasing amount of media attention, Awkward Black Girl is on the rise. I recently chatted with Issa Rae about everything she has going on right now. More
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“For example, the dumb Asian, which is a play on the smart Asian. Or the rapping Asian, which is sort of black Asian, which is a play on the joke, ‘aren’t Asians square?’” More
Check out the viral teaser for After Earth, which uses Facebook Timeline to give us an alternate history of human space travel. The biggest mystery of this movie, however, seems to be how Will and Jaden Smith‘s characters are descendants of a white Polish guy. More
Here is a show about a young black woman making her way in the world that neither ignores the subject of race, nor makes race the character’s primary defining characteristic. Crazy, right? More
You’ve all read it: the article that pokes fun at, say, Angelina Jolie, for adopting a bunch of minority children because it’s “trendy.” Maybe you’ve read it on this very website (if so, I’m sorry). Well, guess what? Adopting black babies is not actually trendy at all in America, because racism, and this is a huge problem for children in need of good homes. More
After shooting the party scene from next week’s Girls episode, the exhausted extras held an impromptu singalong to Cee-Lo Green‘s “F— You.” More