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Lena Dunham vs. Issa Rae and the Race in Hollywood

Last week, Rebecca Carroll wrote an interesting piece for Gawker, titled: “Lena Dunham’s Race Problem.” She explored Dunham’s trajectory and the freedom she has as a white woman who has been able to be both creative and earn a significant amount of money while doing...

Charles Barkley: Valid or Nah?

One thing is clear: No one can ever say Charles Barkley doesn’t speak his mind. Yesterday his candidness made headlines when he sounded off on a radio show about claims that Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson’s teammates were of the opinion that he wasn’t “black...

How Epic Was Oprah’s “Where Are They Now” Last Night?!

I think any ’80s and ’90s babies (male and female alike) squealed in excitement last night when the cast of “A Different World” sat down with Oprah for a chat on the past, present and future of TV, social issues and where African-Americans fit into...

5 Tumblrs For Black Women Who Love Books

Part of the appeal of Tumblr is that it’s a place where you can find hilarious memes and be immersed in Black art and literature in equal measure. And in a world where books and literary culture are still dominated by white male writers, spaces...

7 Quotes That Will Make You Fall In Love With Junot Diaz’s Mind

Dominican-American writer Junot Diaz isn’t just a MacArthur ‘genius grant’ and Pulitzer prize winner, he’s a wickedly smart public thinker who just gets it. From his public commentary about “decolonial love” to  his appreciation for women of color writers, especially Black ones, Diaz’s embrace of...