PoC News in America

Another week of inspiring solidarity and protests following the tragic deaths of black men in America. Let’s get to the news.

Race Post-Ferguson

Cover of NY Daily News with a still shot of Pantaleo choking Garner, with the headline, "Grand jury clears choke cop. We can't breathe."
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With the events of Ferguson and the recent deaths of Tamir Rice, Akai Gurley and Eric Garner, this article serves to highlight every time the U.S. has failed black people this year.

Protests are ongoing around the country thanks to the continued work of activists and their supporters.

You can watch a short film about the post-Ferguson protests in NYC, scored by Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes here.

Protests and signs of solidarity are flowing in from around the world and it’s invigorating and awe-inspiring, especially as most of these protests and marches continue to identify the core issue, which is anti-blackness and violence against black people.

UC Berkeley’s Black Student Union staged a 4.5 hour sit-in to represent the hours Michael Brown lay in the streets of Ferguson.

Southeast Asian activists urge solidarity with black people, actively fighting the anti-blackness that tends to pop-up in communities of color.

The Aerogram speaks on anti-blackness within Indian-American communities and how this affects all communities.

Esaw Garner may be the strongest, bravest woman in America following her statement regarding her husband’s tragic death.

In case you need a white face to make the news more palatable or relateable, here’s Jon Stewart on Eric Garner. You can also watch new correspondent Trevor Noah’s comments comparing the U.S. to Africa in its treatment of black men.

In a shocking turn of events following the failure to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo, #CrimingWhileWhite trended on Twitter and revealed people coming to terms with white privilege.

By contrast, #AliveWhileBlack furthered what we already knew about being black in America.

NPR discusses the four lessons we should learn about the media’s coverage of race.

28-year-old Akai Gurley, who was killed by the NYPD, was laid to rest this past Friday.

A wrongful death suit was filed following Tamir Rice’s death.

Derrick Rose wore an “I Can’t Breathe” shirt during warm-ups before the Bulls-Warriors game.

Deshawnda “Tata” Sanchez, a black trans woman, was killed while looking for help in L.A.

Film School Rejects has a roundup of nonfiction films to help understand why Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Akai Gurley, and Tamir Rice are still losing their lives.

W. Kamau Bell and former NYC Police Commissioner Ray Kelly discuss communities of color with Katie Couric, with Bell pointing out the systemic issues of poverty, access, and resources.

in case you were wondering how government officials were responding to police brutalitiy in the U.S., President Obama has outlined some steps, Attorney General Eric Holder launched an inquiry into Garner’s death, and NYC Mayor De Blasio talked about #BlackLivesMatter.

To help us transition into how we cope during these times, the Hairpin looks at acceptance award speeches.

These articles represent just a small sampling of the massive amount of organization and movement around black and other people of color activists. You can follow Colorlines and The Root for continual coverage. Also, Tumblr and Twitter continue to be sources of information and support.

Some black mothers in Detroit are selling their extra breast milk to support their community.

Here’s a helpful video reminding everyone why themed cultural parties are wrong unless hosted by people from that culture.

Femmes of Color speak out about their identities and experiences.

Feministing has some adorable intersectional princesses aimed at changing the “princess” language targeting elementary schoolers.

The Film Lab & Time Warner held a discussion on race and media following screenings from the 72 Hour Shootout competition.

Celebrity News

An autopsy revealed that Misty Upham suffered blunt force trauma prior to her death. The Native actress was reported missing in October.

Chris Rock has some things to say about Hollywood and race and we couldn’t be happier to hear it.

Andy Samberg and the Lonely Island team are bringing a bunch of new pilots to Fox, including a sci-fi comedy pilot starring Danny Pudi, whose work with Inspector Spacetime should prepare him for this.

Adding to the roster of young actresses, Freida Pinto chimes in on the confusion around feminism.

Rosario Dawson may have adopted a 12 year old because Rosario Dawson is better than you.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s Stephanie Beatriz talks about Latina representation on TV.

Girl Who Walks Home Alone at Night director Ana Lily Amirpour talks to the Hairpin.

Here’s a new trailer for Fresh Off the Boat, which is still happening, even if I side-eye the title, but respect the creator’s right to call it that.

Mexican actors join up to explain in English what is going on in Ayotzinapa.

Famous Mexican comedian Roberto Gómez Bolaños, famously known as Chespirito, passed away November 28, 2014.

Did you catch Missy Elliot, Da Brat, & Lil Kim reuniting at the Soul Train awards? Catch it here!

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Karishma is a twenty-something living in New York City and is trying her hardest to live out every cliche about Millennials. This involves eating her feelings, drowning in debt and mocking infomercials. She likes sociology so much that she has two degrees in it, and is still warding off her parents' questions about a real career.

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