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Batman saves a young black man from police in a new comic

How bad are racial disparities in police use of force? Apparently they're bad enough that Batman needs to get involved: The first issue of Dark Knight


Why Nashville Is Becoming a Recording Mecca for Jill Scott & Other R&B Stars

Nashville and country have been synonymous for decades. But in recent years, Music City recording studios like Blackbird and RCA Studio A have become …

Audio Quality

52 white supremacists arrested on meth trafficking charges

More than 50 associates of various white supremacist groups were arrested in North Texas and charged with involvement in a years-long meth …

White Supremacy

Oscar Predictions 2016 UPDATE

And what of the Oscar chances for this year? Here's the timeline so far. Emerging at Sundance was period romance "Brooklyn," elegantly adapted from …


​I excel at making people uncomfortable.

Early on at boarding school, I'd had enough of my roommate. She didn't like that I woke up at 5 A.M. for ice-skating lessons. I didn't like that she listened to Hall and Oates. She claimed that figure skating wasn't a real sport, thus not worth disturbing her …

New York City

Le Petit Paris Brings French Elegance to Spring St in Downtown LA

After several years of construction, Le Petit Paris made its debut at the base of the beautiful El Dorado Lofts building on Spring Street in …


Erykah Badu Shares But You Cain't Use My Phone Featuring André 3000

It's here... pic.twitter.com/slMH0zw9ga

— ErykahBadoula (@fatbellybella) November 27, 2015

Erykah Badu just released her mixtape But You Cain't Use My

Erykah Badu

'Creed': Film Review

Ryan Coogler ('Fruitvale Station') takes a stab at studio filmmaking with this 'Rocky' spinoff starring Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester …

Sylvester Stallone

Box Office: 'Good Dinosaur' Heads for $55M-Plus Holiday Debut; 'Creed' Targets $40M

Black Friday was kind to the North American box office, where new Thanksgiving holiday offerings The Good Dinosaur and Creed continued to do good …

Box Office

Did Quentin Tarantino Just Buy the Wu Tang Clan's "One of a Kind" Million Dollar Album?

Woah, Dude!

I want you to look long and hard at the face above. Is this one of the most recognizable directors in recent times, glancing at a camera with an expression universally reserved for when an elderly relative has an accident during Christmas dinner? Or is it the heedless visage of a man who …

Quentin Tarantino

Why Doesn’t the Southern University Human Jukebox Receive Funds from the Bayou Classic Battle of the Bands

The Bayou Classic is the Super Bowl of black college football. It’s the premiere game of its kind. Aired on NBC nationally, and attended by thousands …

College & University

'Empire' Spinoff, 'Star' Now Hiring Crew in Atlanta

Looking for a job? ‘Empire’ spinoff, Star is now hiring crew positions in Atlanta, Georgia.

After announcing a brand new Empire spinoff and hosting two …

Learn How Ice Cube Reportedly Got His Rap Name & His Previous Prince-Inspired Moniker (Audio)

Whether you read the books on Hip-Hop history or caught Straight Outta Compton in theaters, it’s documented that Ice Cube’s Rap career began with a …

Rap Music

Creed Director Ryan Coogler on Reimagining Rocky and Convincing Stallone

With Creed now in theaters, Rocky fans can finally see how helmer Ryan Coogler, the brain also behind 2013's acclaimed Fruitvale Station, and star …

Sylvester Stallone

World’s most ‘adorable drug kingpin’ is actually the daughter of Texas DEA head honcho

Owing to her privileged status, Sarah Furay has a very good chance to escape the ruinous punishment that would be inflicted on most defendants in her …


Teen Famous for Conservative Viral Videos Breaks Away from the GOP

A 13-year old who got famous in the conservative media for videos criticizing President Obama and others is now saying he can no longer stand by the …


Black films matter: why Chi-Raq and Beasts of No Nation are game-changers

This time last year, the curtain was raised on the whitest awards season in recent memory. This was despite the presence of a black woman as the president of the Academy, and a well-reviewed biopic of Martin Luther King from an African-American director. So overwhelmingly Caucasian were the bulk of …


Lady Gaga’s Longtime Manager Troy Carter Now Cultivating New Tech Talent

Troy Carter has a knack for identifying young talent. Consider the unknown performance artist Stefani Germanotta, who walked into his office one day in 2007 sporting fishnets and giant sunglasses and talking boldly about “changing the game.”

Her label, Def Jam Records, had just dumped her. Carter …

Lady Gaga

Sir Michael Rocks Talks His Futuristic Aesthetic, Gaming Culture, and Anime

"I hope pop culture catches up to where it will be accepted to like this kind of stuff."

Former Oklahoma Cop's Defense Attempts to Undermine Credibility of Women Accusing Him of Rape

So far, 13 days into the trial of Daniel Holtzclaw, a former Oklahoma City police officer charged with 36 counts, including rape, sexual battery, …


Pointe break: favela ballet project gives Brazilian girls a chance to dance

One warm afternoon in Rio de Janeiro, a dozen girls pirouette in lilac leotards, their hair tied in tight buns, rehearsing a ballet sequence to a Disney theme song. An attentive teacher puts them through their paces, pausing the music to straighten arms, correct posture and make sure nobody drifts …


Milli Vanilli, Pop Music's Original Fakes

Twenty-five years ago, the lip-syncing models were dethroned—and a class of more sophisticatedly manufactured stars took their place.

One of the stranger images in pop culture this year has been the one above, of Drake’s face pasted onto the body of a Milli Vanilli member. It came courtesy of Meek …

Pop Music

Humans of the CD Store: Who Stills Buys Compact Discs?

Who Actually Listens To...

Often dismissed as a relic of the pre-digital age or an easy Christmas present for grandparents who don’t know how to use iTunes, compact discs are the most maligned of the music formats.

Despite this it seems that stores like Sanity and JB HiFi sell enough So Fresh

One Direction

Watch 'Oscar Micheaux: The Czar of Black Hollywood' - Rare Feature Doc on the Cinema Pioneer

By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act July 22, 2014 at 11:28AM

The filmmaker said he was inspired to make the film because, in part, he was shocked …


Black Pastors Expected to Endorse Donald Trump

Donald J. Trump will take the next step in his religious outreach effort next week when he announces the endorsement of a group of 100 African-American pastors and religious leaders at his Manhattan headquarters.

The Republican presidential candidate has a private meeting with the group scheduled on …


Metro Not Going to Let Angels Flight Reopen Anytime Soon

Image via Jordan Katnik / Curbed LA flickr pool

In July, Mayor Eric Garcetti asked Metro to look into what it would take to get Downtown Los Angeles's …

Los Angeles

Who Is Really Paying for Adele?

The decision to withhold Adele’s new album, “25,” from streaming services seems to have worked out well so far. Not only have her first-week sales broken the previous and seemingly unassailable record, 2.4 million, set by ’N Sync, in 2000, Adele did so at a time when piracy is a simple alternative …


Adele performs 'Hello' with Jimmy Fallon and school instruments — and it's magic

Back Adele up with just a xylophone, kazoo, and some other instruments found in a kindergarten classroom, and she'll still deliver a knockout performance of her hit song "Hello."

Jimmy Fallon and The Roots proved that fact on "The Tonight Show" Tuesday when they broke out the school instruments, …

Jimmy Fallon

The Minneapolis Shootings Are the Kind of Violence Meant to Keep Black People in Their Place

Mychal Denzel SmithCracks in the status quo are showing, but they can’t come without backlash.


Nigerian start-up Paga attracts foreign backers

When Tayo Oviosu quit his job in the US technology sector to return to Nigeria in 2008, he was a man in search of an idea. In common with many other …

UK News