PoC News in America

Earlier this week, we brought you a lot of news about the Baltimore Uprising. Here’s everything else we missed from last week.

The Aerogram looks at Obama’s support of Modi and how that overshadows and ignores Modi’s history of human rights violations in India.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talks to the Wall Street Journal on the diversity of African literature and her place within it.

Every U.S. high school is getting a free copy of Selma. Let’s hope this pans out.

Migrant minors (both asylum seekers and detainees) are not getting the access to abortion care they may need.

Buzzfeed put together a short video reminding us of the many microaggressions that black people face in the U.S.

In a frustrating turn of events, the Duke student who hung a noose on a tree on campus was “disciplined,” but not expelled.

Protestors redressed a Forever 21 window display as part of a #blacklivesmatter protest, reminding passersby the many of victims of police brutality do not reach the age of 21.

The PEN award was given to Charlie Hebdo and a diverse group of authors signed a letter against this, stating that “there is a critical difference between staunchly supporting expression that violates the acceptable, and enthusiastically rewarding such expression.”

As a reminder, diverse writers often have their books challenged or censored more often than their white peers.

Mayweather beat Pacquiao and the internet was flooded with reactions and memes.

A new California bill could limit police access to body camera footage, which may mean less sudden loss of footage or conveniently broken cameras.

Pixar is finally producing a short featuring a non-white lead with Sanjay’s Super Team.

Viola Davis wants to play Harriet Tubman for an HBO biopic and Viola Davis should do whatever she damn well pleases.

Kenya Barris, creator of Black-ish on ABC, will be the writer of the Good Times movie, which gives me hope that it’ll be better than other attempts at bringing ’70s tv to the big screen (see also Fat Albert).

Are you guys still hyped about Age of Ultron? Well the internet is finally taking notice of the unbearable whiteness of the Marvel Universe. OhNoTheyDidn’t has some suggestions for improvements.

Meanwhile, the Suicide Squad cast keeps getting ridiculously large and incredibly diverse adding Alex Meraz to the cast, as who even knows anymore.

Below is the red-band trailer for Tangerine, a Sundance hit that has been quietly gaining buzz for its humor and representation of black transwomen. It was also shot entirely on an iPhone 5s.

Take this as you will, but Playboy, an unlikely source for feminist critique, wrote in defense of Laverne Cox’s nude spread for Allure with a takedown of radical feminism.


Whether or not you hate May the Fourth and other internet created holidays, did you catch the Star Wars: The Force Awakens features in Vanity Fair?

The Ridiculous Six news is still amazingly terrible, with accusations of redface from the actors. Racialicious has a Q&A with some Native actors challenging the perceptions of Native Americans.

Native actors and filmmakers have created their own streaming service because clearly Netflix just isn’t enough.

In other Netflix news, did you know that they were making a Nina Simone documentary? Check out the trailer below.

This isn’t quite Terry Crews doing “A Thousand Miles,” but Michael Strahan did Bel Biv Devoe’s “Poison” for Lip Sync Battle with some surprise guests.

On the heels of their first Billboard Top 200 album Alabama Shakes have created an afrofuturist minimalist video for their single, “Sound & Color”

Prince wrote a song about the Baltimore Uprising. Prince is the best at everything ever.

“Stand by me” singer Ben E. King passed away last week. He was 76.

Another R&B legend, B.B. King, is currently in hospice care in his home.

Lauryn Hill was scheduled to appear in Lagos, Nigeria for May Day but was unable to get there. It’s okay, she recorded this acoustic version of “Doo Wop” as an apology.

That’s all for now. Check back next week for our regularly scheduled news.

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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