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Video: Hip Hop artist/activist Talib Kweli stands up against biased media coverage of Ferguson protesters

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Rapper/activist Talib Kweli is one of the few celebrities who traveled to Ferguson, Missouri to be at the forefront of the movement for justice after the death of Michael Brown. He recently spoke to CNN’s Don Lemon, and things got pretty heated. 

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African Americans protest media portrayals of black victims with #IfTheyGunnedMeDown hashtag

  In the wake of the shooting death of Ferguson, Missouri resident Michael Brown, African-Americans have taken to Twitter to highlight how the media portrays blacks if they should become victims of police shootings.

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Guest Post

We need black gay male couples on television

The following post was written by Xavier D’Leau, and originally appeared on The Root under the title of “Can We Please Get Some Black Gay male couples on TV?” By: Xavier D’Leau My television raised me. I’m not criticizing my mom here. A single mother, she worked tirelessly to give her only son whatever he […]

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There’s no ‘Hood Disease’ after all

A viral clip using the term “Hood Disease” to describe the impact of trauma on inner-city youth raised eyebrows last week, and rightfully so. The term was used in a story during last Friday’s newscast on KPIX-TV, a CBS affiliate in San Francisco. The story highlighted children who lived in “virtual war zones” who repeatedly experience trauma. 

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Jet Magazine cancels print edition

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Jet Magazine, the pioneering weekly magazine for African Americans that rose to prominence during the civil rights movement, will no longer publish a regular print edition. Johnson Publishing Company, who owns the magazine, will move Jet to a digital format starting in June. Content will be delivered via web and a paid subscription app.

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40% of all missing persons are black, yet their stories aren’t told

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A campaign meant to highlight hundreds of missing African-American women has been launched. According to the National Crime Information Center, approximately 40 percent of missing persons are black. However, public attention mainly focuses on white women who have vanished. 

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Events

America’s Most Wanted: Hip hop, the Media & the Prison Industrial Complex

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The University of Chicago’s Race Center hopes to spark useful dialogue with their event, “America’s Most Wanted: Hip hop, the Media & the Prison Industrial Complex.” AMERICA’s MOST WANTED examines the prison crisis by placing two of America’s most influential industries in the crosshairs: corporate-owned media and entertainment. 

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Video: Damon Dash calls out reporters for portrayal of black men

Damon Dash gave reporters a piece of his mind when discussing the role of media in undermining the image of the black man. The Rockefeller Records co-founder was recently bombarded by a group of reporters who asked him about a lawsuit that had been filed against him. 

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More offensive ’12 Years a Slave’ headlines

Earlier this week, we reported on a few controversial headlines announcing 12 Years a Slave’s major Oscar win at the 86th Annual Academy Awards. It appears that the Denver Post and the News-Gazette are in company. The Daily Breeze posted the following headline the day after the ceremony. “Slave’ becomes master.” So tasteful. Variety tweeted: “Slave” Actress […]

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Are we fetishizing Lupita Nyong’o?

With an Oscar win under her belt, Lupita Nyong’o will only rise to to top. She’s being hailed for her critically-acclaimed role in 12 Years a Slave, her remarkable beauty and style and her down-to-earth charm. But is the media fetishizing Lupita Nyong’o? One blogger thinks so. In her ope-ed piece published on The Motley Crew’s Cherish refers to […]

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