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PoC News in America

This week, our hearts are with the victims of terrorism in Paris, Beirut, and elsewhere around the world. College campuses around the nation dealt with issues of campus racism, from Claremont McKenna, to Ithaca, to Yale and Mizzou. Our own Sara Habein covered more of the #Mizzou story in her Friday news bites. On campus … Continue reading PoC News in America

PoC News in America

This weekend, we didn’t watch Saturday Night Live because seriously, fuck that guy. In case you needed to know why you should care about Donald Trump hosting SNL, here you go. The Supreme Court is investigating racial bias in a 1987 case tried by an all white jury. Jury selection bias seems heavily weighted against … Continue reading PoC News in America

Ben Carson: Trans People Are Squicky And Should Have Separate Bathrooms

Well, Ben Carson is just on a roll. On top of his hip new rap song (so hip) and his dubious claims about why the pyramids were built, in the last twenty-four hours, he’s also argued, in an interview with Fusion, that trans people should have separate (but equal!) …

Jamie Raines Addresses 5 Questions You Probably Shouldn’t Ask Trans People

Jamie Raines, the trans man whose timelapse video of selfies taken over the course of three years throughout his gender transition went viral last week, made a video for People addressing five questions you probably should just opt not to ask the trans people in your life and why not. They are: …

“The Great British Bake Off” Is The Best Thing You’re Not Watching On Television

A talent competition-based reality show is my television sweet spot. “Big Brother” bores me. The weepy drama of “The Bachelor” and its various spinoffs have never really held my interest. But pit talented people against each other doing things that feel simultaneously achievable and impossible, like a Sonya Tayeh contemporary dance …

Watch Irish Men Watching Childbirth For The First Time

If you needed a nearing-the-end-of-week diversion from your 9-to-5, YouTube is here for you, as it so often is! The channel Facts. has provided us all with the opportunity to watch Irish men watching a video of childbirth for the very first time in their lives. They have priceless, brogue-laden insights such as: …

Bollywood Item Songs – An Introduction, Part 2

This week we’re back with more item songs! Did you catch last week’s list? I’ll wait. Come back when you’re ready. We’ve arrived at the big, cameo-filled, it-girl showcases of the ’90s and ’00s. While the ’90s focused on many silent beautiful “It Girls,” the practice of having a pretty face to boost a song … Continue reading Bollywood Item Songs – An Introduction, Part 2

PoC News in America

Hope you are enjoying this long wonderful, 3-day weekend if you are stateside. If you’re following the European refugee crisis, you know that everything is tragic and heartbreaking. Actress Emma Thompson speaks on the issues of racism in the UK that contribute to the crisis. Show More Summary

Ranking Olivia Newton John’s “Magic”

This past weekend, I made friends watch Xanadu for the first time. I also remembered how great and terrible and 80s the soundtrack is, and I can’t stop listening to it. I’ve been pretty obsessed with Olivia Newton John’s “Magic” for the past few weeks in anticipation of introducing people to Xanadu. Show More Summary

Celebrity Rumor Mongering – Part 2

Did you enjoy spreading some internet rumors? Are you ready for some more falsehoods and untruths (with a few sort of real things sprinkled in for the internet sleuths)? Jennifer Lawrence will get a misprinted tattoo. Amandla Stenberg and Samira Wiley will play sister vigilantes in an action comedy. Show More Summary

Podcasts I Say I Will Listen to… but I Probably Won’t

I’m trying to get better about how I consume media. There are enough movies and TV options being churned out that those alone can take entire lifetimes to fill. Since I have a commute that is over an hour long, I try to look for new music and/or podcasts to fill this time but then … Continue reading Podcasts I Say I Will Listen to… but I Probably Won’t

Record Machine: Hit Factory by Coolzey

Mixing hip-hop, rock, and punk, Coolzey’s 2014 album Hit Factory has the catchiness of a great summer record, lyrical smarts, and a sense of humor. Having seen him live, his recorded self captures the energy of his performances, while still allowing for additional production. Show More Summary

PoC News in America

It’s the first day of June and even though we’re nearly halfway into the year, the news about police brutality and violence against PoCs continues to make waves. Chicago Police took a “hunting” photograph with an unidentified black man posed as prey. Rinku Sen at Colorlines looks at why hiring more cops of color won’t end … Continue reading PoC News in America

PoC News in America

Earlier this week, we brought you a lot of news about the Baltimore Uprising. Here’s everything else we missed from last week. The Aerogram looks at Obama’s support of Modi and how that overshadows and ignores Modi’s history of human rights violations in India. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talks to the Wall Street Journal on the … Continue reading PoC News in America

A Bollywood Disco Dance Party

I am in no way exaggerating when I say the late 1970s/early 1980s Bollywood and disco marriage produced the best music ever. The hooks were infectious as hell and will make you dance. Sure, a huge factor in my fondness for this music is my parents (Dad mostly) playing this around the house growing up, but … Continue reading A Bollywood Disco Dance Party

Record Machine: 3 New York Songs Without Frank Sinatra

Friends, when you read this, I’ll be taking my first trip to New York City as an adult, so this week’s Record Machine is as indulgent as ever. And with all due respect to Frank Sinatra, let’s listen to a few other city-centric tunes. “New York, New York” — Ryan Adams The first time I went to … Continue reading Record Machine: 3 New York Songs Without Frank Sinatra

PoC News in America: Baltimore Uprising Edition

This week in PoC News, we stand with Baltimore and the many solidarity marches across the nation highlighting the centuries of violence against black people in the U.S. Since this has been a dramatic week with quick action by protesters,...Show More Summary

The Soapbox: My Bindi Is Not Your Bindi

I’ve realized that there’s a rather marked difference in being proud of your culture, and having ownership over it. Both are important and necessary, but for 20-some odd years, my culture was something that happened to me, but only in the last seven years has it actually become mine.

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