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Funny Business: The Racialicious Review of Cantinflas

By Arturo R. García It was perhaps inevitable that Sebastian del Amo’s Cantinflas would fit Charlie Chaplin into the proceedings. Much like Richard Attenborough before him, del Amo finds himself needing to make room for not just a performer, but a singular persona. Show More Summary

‘Cristela’ is a Latin-themed TV Show I Might Actually Watch

Mexican-American comedienne Cristela Alonzo might not be as stunning as Sofía Vergara -and chances are the EMMY Academy will never put her on a rotating pedestal. However, judging from the following trailer -and description- of the upcoming ABC comedy Cristela, she has the potential to … Continue reading ?

They Still Got It! “Lean On Me” Cast Members Reunite & Sing “Eastside High” School Anthem 25 Years Later [Video]

This year marks 25 years since the now-infamous classic black film “Lean On Me” made its’ debut in theaters and in celebration of the occasion, 5 of the cast members who were all apart of what was arguably the most

Prime-Time TV Inches Closer to Living Color

The title alone was enough to set some people on edge. But the producers of ABC’s Black-ish have spent a lot of time assuring potential viewers that the show isn’t just a collection of jokes about an upper-middle-class family. Instead,...Show More Summary

ABC’s New Black-ish Strives to Keep It Real While Keeping It Funny

If 2013 was all about “cultural appropriation”—the Grammys, Baauer’s “Harlem Shake,” Billboard’s color vacancy, that damn twerk—then 2014 might just be all about “policing” bodies, respectability... and blackness.

Someone We Actually Like: Stanford Psychologist Wins $625K MacArthur Genius Grant For Her Work On Unconscious Racial Bias

Mad props to Jennifer on her studies which PROVE people have a tendency toward racial bias… Black Stanford Professor Wins MacArthur Grant For Work On How People Process Race According to Business Insider reports: Jennifer L. Eberhardt, a

Teaching Trayvon

By Guest Contributor Shadee Malaklou, cross-posted from JFCBlog [Editor's Note: Graphic images at the end of this post, under the cut] The Trayvon Martin syllabus: These reading and viewing assignments are designed to prompt politically...Show More Summary

Hakeem Jeffries

This summer, U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries joined other New York congressmen in asking the Justice Department to investigate the choking death of Eric Garner at the hands of New York City police officers. “My mantra as a public servant is to get things accomplished,” Jeffries said upon his election to the U.S. Show More Summary

Producer 9th Wonder speaks on the Beatmaking Process--'The Hip-Hop Fellow Outtakes'

Price Films The Hip-Hop Fellow is a feature length documentary following Grammy Award winning producer 9th Wonder's tenure at Harvard University. The Hip-Hop Fellow Outtakes - 9th Wonder speaks on the Beatmaking Process from Pricefilms on href="">Vimeo. Show More Summary

Ralph Gilles, President and CEO, Motorsports, Chrysler Group LLC

When Ralph Gilles was 14, an aunt wrote to former Chrysler Chairman Lee Iacocca to crow about her nephew’s superior sketching skills. A reply came from Chrysler's design chief who recommended that the talented teen go to design school. Show More Summary

Lena Waithe

It has been a year since her Web series Twenties debuted on YouTube, and Lena Waithe is finally having her well-deserved day in the Hollywood sun. Twenties, which follows four young black women in Los Angeles (as complex as they are hilarious) just got a pilot deal with BET, to be produced by Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit. Show More Summary

Misty Copeland, ballet dancer, author

Ballet dancer Misty Copeland leaped into our hearts as the poster child for ambitious girls-with-curves everywhere. This summer, the powerful prodigy, former muse of Prince and soloist for the American Ballet Theatre, became the first African American to dance the lead in Swan Lake. Show More Summary

Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, musician, author, producer

Indeed, he is more than his hair. In fact, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, founder and drummer for seminal hip-hop band the Roots, represents everything pure about hip-hop, including its early sensibility for fun and experimentation. AsShow More Summary

Zerlina Maxwell, writer, political analyst, activist

Zerlina Maxwell, outspoken and unbowed political analyst and feminist, is a testament to the disruptive power of social media. So much so that her frequent tweets during the 2012 presidential campaign helped her become a regular cable news pundit. Show More Summary

Ivory Toldson, deputy director, White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Ivory Achebe Toldson has made it his mission to increase the number of young black men in higher education—and to keep them there. In his current position as deputy director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Toldson, crisscrosses the country speaking on behalf of and directly to young black men. Show More Summary

Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Khalil Gibran Muhammad is director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a library with more than 10 million artifacts on African-American life. In his three years leading the Schomburg, Muhammad has reached out to the...Show More Summary

Nikki Silvestri, executive director, Green for All

Taking environmentalism beyond its obvious goal, Nikki Silvestri, executive director of the Van Jones- and Majora Carter-founded Green for All, seeks to create “green pathways out of poverty.” Silvestri took the helm of the 7-year-old organization at the top of the year, and works to create green jobs at the local, state and national levels. Show More Summary

Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, singer, actress, brand ambassador

In her nearly 20 years in the music business, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter has mastered the art of audacious surprise, her keenly calculated moves always falling with domino-like precision. At the end of 2013, she digitally released her top-secret “visual” album Beyoncé without prior announcement, effectively creating a new paradigm in the music biz. Show More Summary

Mickalene Thomas, artist, photographer, filmmaker 

If you missed her triumphant solo exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum, “The Origin of the Universe,” you might have caught Mickalene Thomas joyously dancing in the round with Jay Z in his “Picasso Baby” video. Best known for her blown-up,...Show More Summary

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