PoC News in America

It may be summertime in the U.S., but the news never slows down. Come for a busy SDCC-related news roundup and stick around for a personal message from your PoC News contributors.

The Confederate Flag is finally removed from the South Carolina state building. However, Gov. Nikki Haley’s slow response time and the flag’s relocation to a military museum points to other questions of race and history, like the Asian-American community’s long history of anti-blackness, and Gov. Haley’s slow erasing of her brownness.

MTV has a documentary about whiteness, which looks a lot like white teens complaining about how hurtful it is to be called racist, which is totally worse than actual racism. But is the problem that white people don’t really see race?

We brought you news about academic Andrea Smith and the long debate over her heritage. The debate continues to gain traction and call activism into question. However, this is the opportunity to shine a light on Native activism and issues, especially as the First Lady extends her support.

There are more Latinos in California than white people.

The U.S. is locking up immigrant children in private prisons under inhumane conditions.

Police misconduct and killings continue, but are consistently being ignored by the media and the general public such as these stories from Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Stonewall, MS.

Muslim groups have raised more than $60,000 to rebuild black churches that have been burned down in the South. You can support them here.

In fashion news, three relatively unknown black models covered Teen Vogue, and model Nykhor Paul called out the fashion industry for their refusal to hire dark-skinned models.

Looking for more inclusive nude lingerie? Nubian skin is available at Nordstrom.

Google Photos tagged black people as gorillas.

Paula Deen: still racist, this time with more brownface.

Soccer players with dual citizenship were discouraged from joining the World Champion US women’s national team.

Misty Copeland is joining the Broadway cast of On the Town later this summer.

The New York Times wrote about tennis players’ body issues and attempted to undermine the many success of players like Serena Williams, who just won Wimbledon.

A federal court has ruled against the Redskins.

TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe and my personal icon Karen O have collaborated on Maximum Balloon’s “Let it Grow.”

Is anyone obsessed with “Bitch Better Have My Money” style icon/breakout star Sanam as much as I am?

Janet Jackson has a lyric video for “No Sleep.”

It’s SDCC which means we have lots of new movie- and comic-related news! I won’t post trailers for Suicide Squad, Star Wars: Force Awakens and other upcoming diversely cast movies because they’re everywhere on the internet already.

Wesley Snipes might be back as Blade which would mean that Marvel actually acknowledges that Blade was the first big Marvel movie.

Oh shocking, Zoë Kravitz was considered too urban for the very white Christopher Nolan Batman movies.

Legend of Korra fans, rejoice! The popular show is returning as a comic book.

We have a new Elektra for Netflix’s Daredevil, and she’s a woman of color.

Netflix announced release dates for their new movies including Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts of No Nation with Idris Elba, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend with Michelle Yeoh, and that super racist Adam Sandler movie.

Have you seen the “Every Single Word Spoken by a Person of Color in…” series? Meet Dylan Marron, the actor-playwright who created the videos.

This week, we end on a personal note. My PoC News co-writer, Jazmin, lost her father this past weekend after a difficult battle with esophageal cancer. If you would like to send words of comfort or support, please do so in the comments. The family has also set up a donation page if you would like to assist them in getting her father to his final resting place in Mexico.

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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