Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 8:07 pm
That lovable moppet with the red dress, the curly hair, the big dog, and the even bigger voice is back.
This time, though, Little Orphan Annie is back with a difference: Quvenzhane Wallis is playing an African-American orphan in an ethnically diverse, up-to-date world. And that got us thinking about other instances where producers have breathed fresh life into familiar shows by making them dance to a new beat.
Originally published on Sun November 9, 2014 11:13 am
On June 11 â€” one day before the World Cup started â€” two policemen picked up three black teenagers in Rio de Janeiro. The three hadn't committed any crime â€” but they did have a history of petty offenses.
The officers drove them up to the wooded hills above the city. One was shot in the head and killed. One was shot in the leg and the back and left for dead. Another escaped.
Originally published on Sat October 25, 2014 5:54 pm
University of Mississippi football is riding high these days; they're undefeated and one of the top three teams in the nation.
But as Ole Miss fans come together to root for their team, many other traditions are coming under scrutiny. The school's been engaged in a long-running effort to remove potentially divisive, and racially charged symbols, to try and make the campus more "welcoming."
Originally published on Wed October 8, 2014 1:24 pm
Several years ago, Stanford historian Allyson Hobbs was talking with a favorite aunt, who was also the family storyteller. Hobbs learned that she had a distant cousin whom she'd never met nor heard of.
Which is exactly the way the cousin wanted it.
Hobbs' cousin had been living as white, far away in California, since she'd graduated from high school. This was at the insistence of her mother.
Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 1:55 pm
Every few months, there's a renewed discussion about "yellowface" â€” when people wear makeup or clothes in an attempt to look more Asian. In just the past year, the subject has come up in conversations about How I Met Your Mother, The Mikado, Magic in the Moonlight and a performance by Katy Perry. (And now, HBO's show Jonah from Tonga is sparking a similar discussion on "brownface.")
Ever since the civil rights movement in the 1960s, many educators, students and activists have pushed for more ethnic studies in public schools.
In 1968 at a San Francisco State University, students led the longest student strike in the countryâ€™s history calling for ethnic studies programs that accurately represented the student body and their needs. The student strike led to the establishment of the first school of ethnic studies in higher education.
Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing was hotly anticipated when it was released 25 years ago.
The film about racial tension reaches a boiling point on a scorching summer day in Brooklyn.All the action takes place on one block in Bedford-Stuyvesant, one of the poorest neighborhoods in New York City; a block where African-Americans and Puerto Ricans live, Koreans and Italians work and the New York Police Department plays dirty.
Irish people along with Italians were once thought of as inferior whites. This Thomas Nast image, entitled The Usual Irish Way of Doing Things and published in Harpers in 1871, depicts anti-Irish sentiments that were common at that time.
According to a presentation at the Population Association of America, and reported by the Pew Research Center,Â 1.2 million Latinos who identified as some other race in 2000 identified as white in 2010.
The finding came with an update on how millions of AmericansÂ changed how they identified their race and identity in the newest census and the Latino figure is raising some eyebrows, but should it?