PoC News in America

The Superbowl has come and gone, but the hilarity of Key & Peele’s Richard Sherman & Marshawn Lynch interview sketch lives on forever.

Students in Arizona and several other states are now faced with a  new graduation requirement, taking and passing the test that those seeking to become U.S. citizens have to take.

Serena Williams continues to make history and prove she’s amazing by winning her 19th Grand Slam title.

If you follow Humans of New York on social media, you may have heard about and been inspired by Vidal Chastanet, a little boy from Brooklyn who has been the inspiration for a major fundraising campaign to help his school.

We told you about the Congressional Black Caucus that went to Ferguson. Now they’re offering training and support to Ferguson activists in order to continue the movement.

Ben & Jerry’s founders showed their support for the #BlackLivesMatter movement even encouraging shops to sell merchandise supporting the work of Hands Up United.

NYC is set to pay $3,900,000  to the family of Ramarley Graham, who was killed by NYPD in his home in 2012.

In unsurprising news, university degrees don’t protect black people from racism.

Marissa Alexander, who was sentenced to prison for firing warning shots at her abusive husband, has been released on house arrest.

In an update to the story of the Florida police department that was using mugshots of black men for target practice, clergy are submitting their photos with the hashtag #UseMeInstead.

The Root has an interview discussing transracial adoption with three black adoptees talking about their experiences growing up with white parents and their struggles with racial identity.

Denver residents are protesting the death of 17-year-old Jessie Hernandez, a queer Latina that was killed by Denver police.

In another example of excessive police force, a video has surfaced of a cop in New Rochelle, NY, pulling out a gun to stop a snowball fight.

NPR talks about the whiteness or perceived whiteness of public radio and code switching.

Yale says that while they’re sorry for what happened to Charles Blow’s son, this isn’t Ferguson, so let’s not make it that big a deal.

Larry Wilmore’s The Nightly Show is the show we’ve been waiting for.

Tumblr has done it again with a new blog that pairs screencaps from Saved by the Bell with bell hooks quotes.

Screencap from Saved by the Bell, captioned "The process begins with the individual woman's acceptance that American women, without exception, are socialized to be racist, classist, and sexist in varying degrees."
One of the gems from saved by the bell hooks

Benedict Cumberbatch is sorry for using the term “coloured” when talking about black actors.

Buzzfeed has an article discussing what Hollywood’s diversity problems are all about.

At (predominantly white) Sundance this year, there are a lot of black films. Here’s why it’s important.

One of the most talked about recent releases is Amira and Sam, a romcom featuring Martin Starr and Dina Shihabi.

Are you at all getting excited about Celine Sciamma’s Girlhood and the potential of seeming complicated portrayals of black teenage girls on screen?

So Eddie Huang had some choice comments about the person running Fresh Off The Boat’s Twitter account after they posted a pretty racist infographic.

Feministing shares important lessons we can learn from Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj’s feminist friendship.

Disney will be debuting their first Latina princess on Sofia the First. Does anyone remember when Sofia was supposed to be the first Latina and then Disney backtracked? Do you think Disney remembers?

Eddie Murphy will be on SNL’s 40th anniversary special airing February 15th.

Speaking of SNL, D’Angelo and his band wore #BlackLivesMatter shirts during their performance.

The Hairpin has a great article about how polarizing and alienating it feels to be black and punk.

Rashida Jones responded to a silly reporter who commented on how tan she looked by reminding them, she’s ethnic.

Ms. Marvel is spreading love and fighting bigotry by covering up some disgusting and highly offensive anti-Muslim bus ads in San Francisco.

Get ready to hand more of your lives over to Shonda Rhimes because a new pilot has been picked up by ABC.

Rookie has a great interview with the remaining members of TLC about their lives, their kickstarter for their upcoming album, and everything in between.

Year of Jessica Williams please?

Michael Fassbender is in the running for Boba Fett, because we’ve forgotten that Boba and Jango Fett are men of color.

In other casting news, we have Leslie Jones in the Ghostbusters reboot, Mechad Brooks as Jimmy Olson, Viola Davis & Jennifer Lopez in a action film, and Ava DuVernay and David Oyelowo reteaming on a Hurricane Katrina movie.

Oh wait, and this miracle of casting news:

The Fantastic Four trailer was released and we caught a glimpse of Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm.

Viola Davis’ SAG Awards acceptance speech was flawless, just like her.

Since we’ll miss some of the Super Bowl spots in this roundup, talk about those trailers and commercials here!

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