PoC News in America

Did you catch Taraji P. Henson on SNL this past weekend? We have all that and more in this week’s news round up.

Last Saturday, Walter Scott was laid to rest, but the questions about the unwarranted shooting still remain. Here is a round-up of some of ongoing coverage and best writing about #blacklivesmatter and police brutality both about the Walter Scott killing and about violence against black men in America.

Following a highly anticipated election and some concerns that Ferguson voters would not turn out, Ferguson voters instead elected two black members to their city council with hopes that greater representation could offer better protection for the city’s black residents.

#BlackTwitter has been instrumental in mobilizing and promoting these movements, and their collective leveraging power and cultural influence can no longer be ignored.

Buzzfeed put together this video about coded words for Black people.

Let’s take a moment to celebrate #blackexcellence with some amazing high school students achieving above and beyond in the academic world. First, we have TWO students who have been accepted to all 8 Ivies, Harold Ekeh, (from my alma mater, Elmont Memorial HS!!!) and Munira Khalif. Then we have Jasmine Cofield, a 19 year old from Michigan who’s graduating from high school with three associates degrees and was named a 2015 Newman Civic Fellow. Finally, Nosa Akol is this year’s 4-H Youth in Action award winner, and she talks about how her experience with racism and colorism encouraged her hard work and academic success.

Actor/Comedian Kevin Hart surprised some students with scholarships, almost making Get Hard a little okay.

First generation college students speak about the double-edged sword of privilege in their college lives. In a New York Times story, students speak about the economic, cultural, and racial differences in their college experiences.

Detainees at a Texas immigration center who went on a hunger strike to protest conditions are now being allegedly locked in a dark room for speaking out against the detention center.

Hawaiian celebrities are throwing their support behind this petition to stop the construction of Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on Mauna Kea, one of the most sacred mountains to the Hawaiian people.

The Sacramento Kings signed Sim Bhullar to a 10-day contract, making him the first player of Indian descent in NBA history.

Taraji P. Henson killed it on Saturday Night Live this past weekend. If you didn’t catch it, you can watch clips on Hulu. (Definitely check out the A League of their Own parody, Their Own League.)

Netflix released a new trailer for Orange is the New Black season 3. Looks like Chang finally gets a line, everyone!

Netflix also announced the four leads for their 1970s hip-hop series The Get Down produced and directed by Baz Luhrman.

Now that the dust around Tidal has settled somewhat, let’s rejoice in the fact that Erykah Badu created and released a black western entitled They Die By Dawn on the new streaming platform.

Internet phenomenon and celebrity child Jaden Smith has been garnering some attention for wearing “women’s” clothes. Do what feels right, Jaden.

We knew that this year’s VIDA count was going to pay special attention to women of color writers at top magazines and book reviews, but you can see the results here.

A preemptive petition against the whitewashing of the live-action Mulan has 20,000 signatures already. While some might find this petition unnecessary, need I remind you of Hollywood’s history of whitewashing Asian roles?

Looking at the ongoing DC/Marvel battle for box office glory, the recent photo of the Suicide Squad table read has sparked a new conversation about how DC may dominate with diverse casts. This diversity is also potentially extending behind the camera as well.

Speaking of diverse casts, remember how we mentioned last week that audiences for Fast & Furious 7 were incredibly diverse? Here’s another breakdown that highlights just how Hollywood is ignoring the purchasing power of minorities and women.

Don’t have enough of The Rock in your life? HBO has released a trailer for their new football series Ballers starring our favorite wrestler-turned-actor.

HBO also released another trailer and poster for Bessie starring Queen Latifah, airing on May 16th.

Eddie Murphy will be the recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center this year. Who knew, Norbit would pay off in the end?

A Selena hologram is coming!

Hey it’s time for Coachella, so you know what that means. It’s time to talk to your musical festival friends about how it’s never okay to wear a bindi (or a Native headdress). Luckily, the internet is here to help with #reclaimthebindi.

Misty Copeland and Brooklyn Mack officially took the stage in sold-out shows this past week, as the first ever African American leads in Swan Lake with the Washington Ballet.

That’s all we have for this week. Comment below and let us know if you’re still reeling from the Trevor Noah cycle of backlash and acceptance, or if you’re just ready for summer blockbuster fatigue to set in.

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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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