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Fear of a Black Superhero: Michael B. Jordan and the Importance of Colorblind Casting

Michael B. Jordan took on the myopic geeks who are up in arms over his casting as white superhero Johnny Storm in The Fantastic Four. Here’s why superhero canon need revisionism.

Comic book fans around the world are eagerly awaiting the release of this summer’s Fantastic Four, but it’s easy to see …

Superheroes

This is Why We "Step" | A History of Stepping in Black Greek-Lettered Life + Culture

Greetings to the ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
Greetings to the ladies of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated.

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Ethnography

Khaleesi is the best reggae singer this side of the Narrow Sea

Queen Daenerys can now add Rastafarian Targaryen to her long list of titles.

Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke took a break from freeing slaves in Essos to spread the love with her beautiful reggae vocals. Maybe instead of killing people with her dragons, she could take a page out of Bob …

Reggae

Muhammad Ali's Grandkids: One Wants to Be Heavyweight Champ, One Runs 4.38 40

Muhammad Ali broke down barriers and "...shook up the world." He was "The People's Champion" and "The Greatest."

Now, his legacy lives on through his grandchildren, Nico and Biaggio. Nico has taken on the burden of carrying his grandfather's name by lacing up boxing gloves and stepping in the ring, …

Muhammad Ali

Summer Songs 1985-2014: The Top 10 Tunes of Each Summer

Hot weather plus nostalgia makes for a potent mix(tape). In order to aid your festive flashbacks, we analyzed the Billboard Hot 100 chart for each of …

Boyz II Men

How to Not Break Your Dick During Sex

A group of Brazilian doctors recently published a paper in the academic journal Advances in Urology identifying "woman-on-top" (aka cowgirl) as the most dangerous sex position in terms of the sheer number of dicks broken mid-fuck. Analyzing data from three accident and emergency units in the …

Michael B. Jordan: Why I'm Torching the Color Line

When Marvel announced who would be playing The Human Torch in ''Fantastic Four,'' the Internet responded. Now it's the actor's turn.

You’re not supposed to go on the Internet when you’re cast as a superhero. But after taking on Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four—a character originally written with blond …

Kate Mara

Confederate flag will be burned in Missouri ceremony

Black artist will burn, bury the Confederate flag across the South on Memorial Day http://t.co/jkIpmIOCUX pic.twitter.com/KyS6U5JUoi

— Deanna Fry …

Confederate Flag

Who held the first Memorial Day celebration?

African Americans have fought and died for America from its earliest days, from frontier skirmishes to the French and Indian Wars to the fall of Crispus Attucks at the Boston Massacre, immortalized as “the first to die for American freedom”. And though most official histories of Memorial Day credit …

Memorial Day

Hollywood's First Female Exec and First Black Oscar-Winning Screenwriter Discuss Industry's Diversity Problems (Podcast)

Academy members Marcia Nasatir, VP of production at United Artists in the 1970s, and Geoffrey Fletcher, whose 'Precious' screenplay won an Oscar in …

Writing

Railroads Around the Globe Find No Cheap Route to Safety

PARIS — Across Europe and East Asia, hundreds of millions of train passengers a year are routinely whisked, at speeds that often exceed 200 miles an hour, over extensive rail networks that, for many, present a more reliable and affordable long-distance alternative than even air travel.

So the fatal …

Europe Travel

History of Hip Hop w/ The Rub

Cosmo Baker, DJ Ayres, and DJ Eleven of The Rub present their history of hip-hop series on BrooklynRadio.com!

Beginning in 1979, the Reagan decade is …

Hip Hop

An NBA Player Is Missing the Playoffs Because the NYPD Broke His Leg—Why the Sports-Media Silence?

The NBA Finals may be determined by an act of police violence. This is an incendiary fact, yet a curious media silence surrounds the saga of injured …

NBA

Downtown Los Angeles Has Completely Run Out of New Condos

If you want to buy a condo in Downtown Los Angeles, you're going to have to wait until 2016 or—ewwwww—settle for one someone has already lived in. …

Los Angeles

10 Indispensable Business Lessons From the Notorious B.I.G.

BUSINESS PLANS

To mark the late rapper's birthday, here are 10 business tips straight from his song "Ten Crack Commandments."

"I'm living every day like a hustle."

These words from Notorious B.I.G.'s "Everyday Struggle" sum up the late rapper's business philosophy perfectly: Never stop working …

Entrepreneurship

Roundtable: The Realities of Being a Black Chef in America

Nicole A. Taylor is the host of Hot Grease podcast and author of the forthcoming cookbook, UpSouth (Countryman Press/Norton 2015). Follow her on

Recipes

The Invisible Chefs

Michael Twitty is an author, teacher, and culinary historian who runs the food blog Afroculinaria, where he explores the topic of culinary justice in

African Americans

The Whitest Historically Black College In America

It opened in the late 19th century as the Bluefield Colored Institute, created to educate the children of black coal miners in segregated West Virginia. Although it still receives the federal funding that comes with its designation as a historically black institution, today Bluefield State College …

Liberal News

Photo: Kanye West Rolls Up To Mickey D's In A Lambo For Some Reason

What has gotten into Kanye? We're okay with celebrities eating fast food. And hey, if you have a Lamborghini, why not use it to roll through a …

Kanye West

British Filmmaker Peter Greenaway Preps Feature on Alexandre Dumas

In addition to the Sony Pictures feature film that was announced a year ago (with John Legend's Get Lifted film production company), and the Spike TV …

Filmmaking

Morrissey to Marry 19-year-old, Run for Senate

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Mark Robinson

Joe Morrissey and Myrna Pride talk to reporters about their relationship.

Former Del. Joe Morrissey intends to marry the 19-year-old who …

Morrissey

When Hip-Hop Plugged Into 'Unplugged'

MTV Unplugged was designed primarily for rock fans who wanted to hear what their favorite artists sounded like when their instruments weren’t plugged …

Hip Hop

Def Jam Executive No I.D. Is Behind Probably Half Your Favorite Rap Tracks

[An L.A. native, L.A. Weekly columnist Jeff Weiss edits Passion of the Weiss and hosts the Shots Fired podcast. Find him online at passionweiss.com,

Rap Music

Prince Is a Fan of Princess, Maya Rudolph's Prince Cover Band

Between rehearsals for an upcoming show at Largo, actor/comedian Maya Rudolph’s bandmate Gretchen Lieberum admits that the night she saw Prince’s …

Teens, Social Media & Technology Overview 2015

24% of teens go online “almost constantly,” facilitated by the widespread availability of smartphones.Aided by the convenience and constant access …

Teens

Video of ignorant white student explaining US crime shows perfectly how cable news keeps racism alive

Video posted earlier this month of a Minnesota high school student blaming minorities for violent crime in the United States gives some insight into …

Crime

Ghostface Killah On Action Bronson's Voice

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And the debate rages on! A recent interview of Ghostface Killah found the Shaolin assassin addressing the long …

Ghostface Killah

Missing Clark Atlanta student found in Illinois

Atlanta