George Lopez Under Fire for Racist Joke

Melody Gulliver Arts & Entertainment, News

Photo by Jason Karsh via Flickr On Saturday, George Lopez delivered a racially charged joke at his Phoenix standup comedy show. Lopez stated, “There are still two rules in a Latino family: don’t marry someone black and don’t park in front of our house.” Immediately following the joke, a woman sitting near the stage began to flip Lopez off. Angered …

#OscarsNotAsWhite After Release of 2017 Nominations

Melody Gulliver Arts & Entertainment

Photo by Robert Couse Baker The Academy Awards has faced much criticism over the past few years for its lack of diversity and representation. In 2016, the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite surfaced online and created a channel for critics of the awards show to boycott and voice their frustrations, anger, and disappointments. However, on Tuesday morning The Academy made an effort to …

The Late and Great: Why Does Losing A Black Entertainment Legend Hit Us So Hard?

Domonique Hamilton Archive

Photo by Ann Althouse via Flickr On April 21, 2016, the world lost yet another music icon, Prince Rodgers Nelson. While people  around the world recognized the loss of a true legend, the African American community felt it as the lost of a treasured brother. Over the past 7 years, we have lost so many of our talented artists and …

Kerry Washington Portrays Anita Hill in New HBO Film

Brian Griffith Archive

Photo via Flickr Kerry Washington is portraying Anita Hill in the upcoming film Confirmation. Anita Hill, a professor of law for many years, was instrumental in pushing for stronger sexual harassment laws being taken more seriously, especially for black women. Confirmation tells the story of Hill’s battle against Supreme Court Justice member Clarence Thomas. In 1981, shortly after becoming a professor, Hill accused Thomas …

Black Entertainers and their Use of Celebrity for Social Change

Domonique Hamilton Archive

Photo via Flickr Saturday morning, one day before her amazing Black Panther inspired Super Bowl performance with Coldplay and Bruno Mars, Mrs. Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter dropped a new video for her new single, “Formation,” in which she unapologetically boasts about her African American roots.  The video features a great deal of pro black imagery. In one such image, Black graffiti on a white …