PoC News in America

It’s the first day of June and even though we’re nearly halfway into the year, the news about police brutality and violence against PoCs continues to make waves.

Chicago Police took a “hunting” photograph with an unidentified black man posed as prey.

Rinku Sen at Colorlines looks at why hiring more cops of color won’t end violence against black people.

Poet Aja Monet discusses police brutality against black women with #SayHerName.

Unsurprisingly, white supremacists are still bringing up “racism against white people” at the worst possible moments (though there is not a good moment, because it simply is not real).

White supremacists (let’s just call them what they are) led an anti-Muslim rally in Phoenix, Arizona, and police hung around to “keep an eye on things,” not break it up, despite the participants chanting violent racist rhetoric.

White people are heading to Detroit, despite the city’s long ties to African American community building and history of white flight.

Black teachers are just as likely as white teachers to target and punish black students.

Images of flyers from the University of California Irvine policing the behavior of its black residents have been making the rounds on social media.

Finally, someone is addressing Canada’s terrible history with First Nations peoples.

#IndianSuperbowl, the Scripps National Spelling Bee resulted in another tie, this time between Gokul Venkatachalam and Vanya Shivashankar. Colorlines looks at the problem of minority exceptionalism that usually surrounds the conversation around the Spelling Bee.

Another day, another fashion trend that is culturally appropriative. This time: mini-buns Bantu knots.

Roxane Gay is tired of talking about diversity in books.

Gina Rodriguez and Tracee Ellis Ross talked about race and sexism during The Hollywood Reporter’s Comedy Actress Roundtable.

Michael B. Jordan wrote an article for Entertainment Weekly about why he’s taking responsibility for all future black actors in his role as Johnny Storm in the Fantastic Four reboot.

The controversial Nina Simone biopic (controversial for its use of light-skinned actress Zoe Saldana, as well as its fictionalized love story) will be released this year, but you should just wait to watch the Netflix documentary later this month.

Have you caught up on the Aloha controversy? Asian American and Hawaiian groups have protested the use of the word “Aloha” for a title, as well as the lack of any Hawaiian or Asian actors in the film. Sorry, my bad, Emma Stone plays an Asian woman, so you know it’s respectful and culturally responsible. Sony responded to the backlash, claiming people hadn’t seen it to make judgment calls, but looks like the reviews and box office intake don’t lie.

Speaking of your faves being complicit in whitewashing… Tilda Swinton is up for The Ancient One in Doctor Strange, which is exactly who I imagine when I think of Tibetan “mystic.”

Over at NPR, they wonder if increased diversity on TV is separate from quality content to which I say, people of color deserve to have the full range of television experiences, which includes mediocre TV efforts.

Meanwhile on Twitter, Ava DuVernay and over 40 other filmmakers (including Debbie Allen, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Justin Simien and Ryan Coogler) discussed diversity, black people in film as part of the trending #ARRAY hashtag for a 12-hour discussion. The conversation also helped fundraise for the African American Film Festival Releasing Movement.

Dee Rees, Queen Latifah and Mo’Nique spoke about their experiences creating Bessie including that how they they didn’t create this movie for the white male perspective that often is the director’s perspective.

NBC is holding open casting for Dorothy in The Wiz Live!

Rashida Jones produced a documentary that’s coming to Netflix about the problems with amateur porn and the number of women who get coerced and manipulated into the industry.

Key and Peele have a movie in the works called Keanu about “two friends (Key and Peele) who decide to act like gangster drug-dealers in order to retrieve a stolen kitten.”

Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Beyoncé Named to Forbes’ “100 Most Powerful Women” List.

Danielle Brooks is coming to Broadway in The Color Purple this November, so go buy tickets ASAP!

There’s a documentary on the issues faced by ballerinas of color called “Brown Ballerinas” and it looks stunning.

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3 thoughts on “PoC News in America”

  1. Mini buns? Mini buns are the cute little Easter buns/cross buns/other kind of bread like things you stuff your face with. Bantu knots are Bantu knots and not naming like them just shows that there is a clue about how they feel they have to hide the origins.

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