PoC News in America

This week we talked about the overwhelming whiteness of Hollywood award season and honored Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Colorlines has a roundup of #ReclaimMLK and Day of Action and Remembrance activities.

Fifth graders from Watkins Elementary School in Washington, D.C. celebrated by reciting the “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial.

Lin-Manuel Miranda was among those honoring Civil Rights leaders at Riverside Church this past MLK day.

Chicago area pastors boycotted Mayor Rahm Emmanuel’s annual MLK breakfast in protest of his inaction surrounding police brutality.

National News

Democratic presidential nominees discussed issues regarding diversity, immigration, and white privilege in the 2016 Iowa Brown & Black Democratic Presidential Forum.

Also regarding recognizing and dismantling white privilege: Stephen Colbert’s great interview with DeRay McKesson.

The water crisis in Flint, Michigan continues, with FEMA providing aid to residents. Celebrities from Cher to Meek Mills and Big Sean have also contributed bottled water and money to the cause.

African American Policy Forum and Oklahoma Artists 4 Justice have joined forces to ensure that we remember the victims of Daniel Holtzclaw and continue to work towards justice for those women.

Investigations continue in the gang rape case in Brownsville, but what continues to be ignored is the urgent conversation around rape culture and black girls in the country.

Scholastic released a book on George Washington’s “happy slaves” and even tried to defend the book. Unsurprisingly, they pulled it, following backlash.

Deepa Iyer’s We Too Sing America looks at how South Asian, Muslim, Sikh, and Middle Eastern immigrants shape the country.

Matt De La Peña wins the Newberry Award for Last Stop on Market Street, becoming the first win for a Latino author.


It’s Oscar season!! Time to get disappointed yet again that the Oscars continues to exemplify why we’re in a golden age for television. If only we could think of some roles featuring non-white actors that deserve accolades. I guess The Revenant will have to cover all that diversity for us.

Even host Chris Rock is ready to skewer the Academy.

Here’s how to get ready for your Oscars watch party with a nail tutorial from Chescaleigh:

Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs responds with her disappointment and resolution to make change.

Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith, however, are leading a boycott of the award ceremony.

Here are some reminders around the web that the problem isn’t just the Oscars, it’s a Hollywood issue.

Pop Culture and Celebrity News

In other Awards, Run-DMC will be honored at the Grammys and Sidney Poitier will be honored at the BAFTAs.

David Oyelowo and Idris Elba continue to address the lack of diversity. Even George Clooney has something to say. Doesn’t he always?

Underrated Rutina Wesley has snagged the lead in Ava DuVernay’s Queen Sugar. 

Kat Graham will play Jada Pinkett Smith, Grace Gibson will play Faith Evans, and Danai Gurira will play Afeni Shakur in Tupac biopic All Eyez on Me.

Guillermo del Toro might also bring us a movie adaptation of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.

We have a new Robin Hood movie (how fresh and original) and Jamie Foxx will be Little John.

Kylie Bunbury will star in a new FOX pilot about the first woman pitcher in the Major Leagues.

FOX is also rebooting 24 and is looking for a black or Latino lead.

Donald Glover described his new show Atlanta as “Twin Peaks with rappers,” which has me interested.

Here’s a first look at Spike Lee’s new Michael Jackson documentary, From Motown to Off the Wall.

In case you needed a reminder why John Boyega needs to be a huge star, here’s a trailer for his new movie Imperial Dreams.

Ryan Coogler officially will direct Black Panther and talks about his frustrations with representation with Vulture

Jeopardy! contestants can’t tell Asian actors apart and neither can The Hollywood Reporter.

Speaking of which, Master of None won Best Comedy Series at the Critics Choice Awards and the creators called out the lack of diversity in Hollywood.

Here are some Women of Color YouTubers to follow.

George Takei & Lea Salonga’s musical Allegiance will be closing on February 14th.

There’s gonna be a Hamilton documentary on PBS!

So Rihanna is performing at the Superbowl? Who isn’t?

Erykah Badu has a lot of new music with releases of “Trill Friends” and “Hello (ft. Andre 3000).”

We end with Santigold’s new song “Chasing Shadows” which unfortunately, you have to head over to Tidal to hear.

Share your rage against the Oscars or inspiring Day of Action stories in the comments!

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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