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Shows With Black Characters Find Loyal Non-Black Fans

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 04:01:00 -0400

"When a show is well-written, when it has good actors, people want to watch," says Courtney Jones of Nielsen.

On Fashion Runways, Inclusion Is About More Than Color

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 17:21:00 -0400

It's a tricky thing, casting. Directors have a vision for their lines — but what if that vision doesn't include a more inclusive palette?

The Emergence Of The White Troll Behind A Black Face

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:20:00 -0400

Over the past few months, Black Twitter has noticed an increase in the number of white trolls creating fake Twitter accounts.

Young People Of Color Are Central To Debate Over 'Raising The Age'

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 04:01:00 -0400

Raising the age of adult responsibility for crime is a heated issue in New York, which tries 16-year-olds as adults — and where nine in 10 youth held at Rikers' Island jail are black or Latino.

The Legacy Of The Mississippi Delta Chinese

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 08:12:00 -0400

Chinese immigrants came to the Mississippi Delta as agricultural laborers. Many moved on to become grocers in African-American neighborhoods. Some stores remain, but many folks have moved on and away.

In Nashville, Spelling Frederick Douglass' Name Correctly Ends An 80-Year Mystery

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 04:00:00 -0400

Nashville ends decades old Frederick Douglass mystery.

That Time American Women Lost Their Citizenship Because They Married Foreigners

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 09:54:00 -0400

None of these rules applied to American men when they chose a spouse.

This Week In Race: New Doc, New Pols, New Race Game

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 04:01:00 -0400

The Fader had a terrific profile of the Minnesota House's first Somali-American Muslim member, Rep. Ilhan Omar, who is standing firm against the so-called Muslim ban.

A New Card Game Asks, 'Who's Blacker?'

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 12:56:00 -0400

What does it mean to be black? What does it mean to be blacker?

When Policing And Race Cross Paths In Silicon Valley

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 10:20:00 -0400

In California, officers undergo cultural diversity and discrimination training, which includes understanding the cultural composition of the state and discussing the impact of racial profiling.

'Get Out' Sprang From An Effort To Master Fear, Says Director Jordan Peele

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 12:59:00 -0400

As a kid, Peele was terrified of "the demons that lurked in the dark." Then he realized that by making a horror-thriller, he "would be wielding this power, as opposed to being a victim to it."

Chinatowns Across The Country Face Off With Gentrification

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 04:01:00 -0400

Community groups use both "hard" and "soft" approaches, involving organizing residents, bringing media attention to evictions, and advocating for government policies that protect tenants.

Minority Advocacy Groups Feel Left Out Of National Efforts, Funding

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 19:16:00 -0400

Despite the support of local donors, some small, minority-led immigrant rights groups express frustration at not being included in the latest national organizing campaigns.

Harriet Tubman State Park Opens On Maryland's Eastern Shore

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 16:39:00 -0400

The abolitionist Harriet Tubman has now been memorialized with a state park in Maryland's Eastern Shore. A visitor center commemorates her role in transporting dozens of slaves to freedom.

'Eyes On The Prize' Producer On Making A Civil Rights Documentary Before Its Time

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 17:53:00 -0400

The 14-part PBS series covered 30 years of the civil rights movement, winning two Emmy Awards and two Peabody Awards. Producer and cinematographer Jon Else says only primary sources were on screen.