July 21, 2011 Direct | Published by the Applied Research Center

You Maaad!—How Fox News Uses Hip-Hop to Create Race Panics

Adriel Luis and Nico Cary explain how the network uses black rappers to scare white parents, court their kids and make millions.

It’s Time to Lift the Debt Burden Wall Street Loaded Onto Our Backs

Banks have spent tens of millions trying to protect a predatory financial industry from accountability. Kai Wright says we can’t let them get their money’s worth.
Also: What Obama’s Elizabeth Warren Retreat Says About His Power Problem

70 Percent of Anti-LGBT Murder Victims Are People of Color

A new report finds shocking levels of violence against LGBT people of color, MIchael Lavers talks to local-level organizers about solutions.


Lady Wowza: 3 of the Worst Commercials in Advertising History
In an attempt at rebranding, Summer’s Eve feminine hygiene products now have a racially coded identity. It really stinks.

Inmate Health Dwindles as Prison Hunger Strike Enters Fourth Week
Some inmates have lost over 20 pounds, and the situation is fast becoming a matter of life or death.

Black Prodigy’s Admission to UConn Revoked Amid Claims of Radical Poetry
Autum Ashante is a 13-year-old with an IQ of 149. But she’s already being called the “racist poet” by some conservatives.

Thousands of Migrant Kids Trapped Inside the World’s Border Politics
Displaced war and poverty, fleeing abuse and violence, or just trying to find their parents, youth who get ensnared at U.S. and European border crossings often face bleak conditions, say human rights monitors.

In the Fight Against HIV, a Breakthrough for Women of Color
Two new studies involving heterosexual women and men reveal that taking a daily dose of HIV meds can decrease infection risk by well over 50 percent. That’s a “yay” for women of color who bear the brunt of the global pandemic.


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  San Francisco: “The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour”

One part manifesto, one part diatribe, and several parts funny. Kamau Bell returns to San Francisco for two special performances of his comedy show and is offering readers $10 tickets! Get your tickets online and use discount code: colorlines.

Both shows feature Kamau in a post-show talkback and Q&A session with the audience hosted by



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