PoC News in America

This week we’re just overwhelmed with the glamour our First Lady was serving at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Bask in her glory and so much more in this week’s roundup.

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 25:  US First Lady Michelle Obama attends the annual White House Correspondent's Association Gala at the Washington Hilton hotel April 25, 2015 in Washington, D.C. The dinner is an annual event attended by journalists, politicians and celebrities. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 25: US First Lady Michelle Obama attends the annual White House Correspondent’s Association Gala at the Washington Hilton hotel April 25, 2015 in Washington, D.C. The dinner is an annual event attended by journalists, politicians and celebrities. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

There is something fundamentally wrong in the U.S. and all their law enforcement agencies: the systemic history of abuses and continued acts of violence against black people in the U.S.

Thankfully protesters, community organizers, and activists continue to do the vital work of organizing teach-ins and marches.

An inspiration to this ongoing fight, Michael Brown’s parents filed a civil suit against Ferguson.

Meanwhile in another part of Missouri, city officials resign because they can’t handle the election of the first black woman mayor.

Over at Mic, they continue to address the racist practices that underscore the Oklahoma SAE story.

Interested in what intersectional activism could look like? Click over to Feministing as they discuss climate justice.

Also on Feministing is a look at the Trans Pacific Partnership Trade Deal and how this economic deal has vast effects for feminists around the world.

A NY school has been sued for failing to support refugee students.

Check out this sweet video of 102-year-old Alice Barker seeing herself dancing on video during the Harlem Renaissance.

The NBA is going to play its first ever game in Africa.

Native American actors walked off the set of the Adam Sandler comedy for Netflix, and all the reports from that set sound like a disaster and a half, and painfully unfunny.

It’s messes like this that make George Takei’s (and others’) work to pressure Hollywood to fix their issues with diversity so important.

With the case of shows like Fresh off the Boat, even though our existing diverse stories aren’t always perfect or as nuanced as we expect, they are still valuable.

Cary Fukunaga talks about his new projects and talks a little about the issues with African-based films.

“There’s not one white person in it. It’s not [Leonardo] DiCaprio saving Africa. It’s mainly an African cast. The movie is a very difficult subject.”

The way we frame our minority actors’ narratives is also misguided and misleading, as Star Wars actor John Boyega calls out a newspaper for falsely reporting a “boy from the hood” biography about him.

In other Star Wars news, the Rogue One spinoff cast is starting to take shape, with Riz Ahmed also joining.

One Directioners might be still in mourning, but Zayn’s new embracing of his South Asian identity is amazing, as well as this selfie with Shah Rukh Khan.

Coolest frontwoman working today, Karen O is pregnant, and that fetus is already cooler that me.

Director Ava DuVernay and Lucky Magazine‘s Eva Chen are featured in Mattel’s “Sheroes” line, a new, terribly-named line featuring modern inspirational women.

In “franchises that we need 1000 more sequels of,” there will be a Fast and Furious 8.

Meanwhile, in “franchises that are overstaying their welcome” news, Robert Downey Jr. has joined the list of Marvel actors who have said offensive things in this press tour, adding some racism and xenophobia to the sexism provided by Jeremy Renner and Chris Evans earlier this week.

A famous American theater has cast a black woman, Zainab Jah, as Hamlet, and is selling out performances already.

Speaking of amazing things in theatre, Cicely Tyson & James Earl Jones are reuniting in The Gin Game on Broadway, acting together for the first time since 1966.

We end where we began with the White House Correspondents’ Dinner coverage. Here’s the most important clip of Luther, President Obama’s Anger Translator.

That’s it for the week. Comment away!

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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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