PoC in America – Pop Culture Edition

A lot of news happened while we were out. Here’s what we missed in music, movies, and the rest of celebrity pop culture.

Ebony Magazine highlighted #BlackLivesMatter with their Power 100 cover.

Nicki Minaj recited “Still I Rise” at the Shining a Light special that featured performances from Jill Scott and John Legend, among others.

Ever wonder what happens when actors are told to act whiter? Arturo Castro from Broad City helps you out.

Broadway royalty Lea Salonga and Mrs. Hamilton Phillipa Soo talk about Asian-American roles on stage.

For my fellow non-black PoCs, please read this open letter to Aziz Ansari.

The dreamiest former member of One Direction, Zayn Malik talks about his experiences with Islamophobia and racism.

Director Alex Proyas apologies for his terrible casting in his new not Exodus but equally racist movie. Ava DuVernay took to Twitter to speak about this. She also took time to throw some shade at Quentin Taratino.

Jamie Foxx’s daughter Corinne is this year’s Miss Golden Globes, becoming the third black woman in Globes history to fill this role.

Sonia Braga is joining the Luke Cage series as Claire Temple’s mom. Sonia Braga is Rosario Dawson’s mom. Dreams come true!

Tessa Thompson looks AMAZING promoting Creed in Vanity Fair.

Gina Rodriguez looks fucking STUNNING.

Okay those two Instagram posts are less news and more just reminders of how great those two women are.

We have a trailer for Barbershop 3: The Next Cut, this time with Nicki Minaj joining the already full cast.

Missy Elliot talks to Billboard about her comeback.

Erykah Badu has a new mixtape.

M.I.A. has a new video for her song “Borders.”

Santigold has new music and a tracklisting for a new album.

Blue Ivy is featured on a new Coldplay song and she’s 3. What have you done lately?

Rihanna launched a website dedicated to her new album which I didn’t realize was a thing that people still did.

TV on the Radio and Das Racist joined the cultural boycott of Israel.

Finally, basketball fans prepare to say goodbye, as Kobe Bryant announced his retirement.

What else did we miss when we were out? Let us know in the comments, or just tell us how excited you are that Missy is back.

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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