PoC News in America

Did you have a great Valentine’s weekend? Before we get into the news, let’s take a minute to appreciate this bit of adorableness courtesy of Blue Ivy and Beyoncé.

This past week, we were shocked by the shooting deaths of three young Muslims in the Chapel Hill area. Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21; her husband, Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23; and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, all lost their lives in what has yet to be determined as a hate crime, despite clear evidence to the racialized nature of their murders. In solidarity with the Muslim community, other South Asians diasporic communities are forced to recognize how how they continue to hold prejudices. Similarly, all Western media needs to examine its biases in their coverage of tragic events.

President Obama sat down with BuzzFeed News to discuss his legacy.

Following the lynching of a Haitian man in the Dominican Republic, tensions continue to grow.

The NY Times was taken to task for their coverage on a report on lynching, that skirted around issues of race, particularly that of the white perpetrators.

This article deals with the burdens of depression within the black community.

Jazmine Hughes takes on the “gentrification of racial humor” as the safety of “white people jokes” often a coping mechanism for many people of color, is being co-opted by white people.

This year’s VIDA count will focus on women of color.

Al Sharpton still thinks that young activists don’t have a movement.

Sharpton’s words are exceptionally misguided, considering the grassroots work we see in Ferguson, six months later.

On the flip side, sometimes the act of finding things offensive can stop people from acting.

NYPD Officer Peter Liang was indicted for the shooting death of Akai Gurley.

Police shoot unarmed Los Angeles teen standing next to friend holding toy gun.

An Indian man is paralyzed after Alabama cop body-slams him for walking in a wealthy white suburb.

With the alarming rates of police violence, FBI director James Comey gave a speech acknowledging the harsh realities of police violence and communities of color, particularly black communities.

USA Today looks at museums at risk of fading into black history.

Mashable creates a Black History road trip to highlight these locations and their vast histories.

Another day, another college party proves why Dear White People was so perfect.

A South Baptist college in Georgia has been accused of covering up racism after it fired a vice president who reported that the controversial college president made offensive racial remarks.

Workers at a Denver trucking company were awarded $15,000,000 after bosses called them racial slurs and separated them by race.

Native Americans are blocked from Facebook because their indigenous names are flagged as “fake.”

In a project challenging marriage conventions, a Korean-American woman married 50 times in 50 states to men, women and, in some states, objects.

Over on Feministing, there’s a piece on all marginalized women entitled “FOR THOSE WHOSE BODIES ARE DANGEROUS.”

The Jackie Robinson West Little League team was stripped of their title because of league rules about where players are must reside to be on the team.

In better Little League news, Golden State Warrior’s point guard Stephen Curry asked Mo’Ne Davis for an autograph at the All-Star game. You can also read more the NBA All-Star week over at OhNoTheyDidnt.

In casting news, Laverne Cox was cast in the CBS pilot Doubt, and Ava DuVernay is set to direct another CBS pilot For Justice.

Halle Berry launched an affordable lingerie line, in case you were wondering what she was up to.

Constance Wu, who is the best part of Fresh off the Boat, talks about her role and how she can’t represent every Asian mom.

Joining the surprise post-racial nonsense club, we have Vince “Affirmative Action is racist” Vaughn and Will “the only viable black box office star who doesn’t see racism” Smith. Maybe if we listened to David Oyelowo and did a better job of teaching black history, these wrong ideas would be less widespread.

In trailer news, we have new trailers for the highly anticipated NWA movie Straight Outta Compton and another Girlhood trailer.

Joni Mitchell says things about black men that will make you cringe.

This week in terrible things Azealia Banks said: she defended her use of homophobic slurs, again.

Janelle Monáe’s Wondaland Records has teamed up with Epic Records.

In additional music news, Alabama Shakes are back! Listen to their new single “Don’t Wanna Fight” below.

As usual, comment away!


By Karishma

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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