A Political Obituary of Etta James

James’ personal and artistic journey has a lot to teach us about the shifting politics of race, class and feminist politics over the course of the last half century. Kenyon Farrow explores the late icon’s history.

Quietly Radical Mission at Sundance: Supporting Native Filmmakers

Jamilah King looks at Sundance’s NativeLabs, which has supported 70 indigenous filmmakers in telling their own stories.

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The Real Goal of Ariz.’s Book Banning Thought Police: Harass Latinos

Rinku Sen says the real goal of Arizona’s new law is to put Mexican Americans on the defensive about their place in the state.

Bryant Terry’s ‘Inspired Vegan’ Shows Healthy Food Isn’t Just for White Folks The revolution begins at people’s kitchen tables.

Chinese New Year 101: Welcome to the Year of the Dragon [Infographic] Around the world, Asian communities celebrated Lunar New Year on Monday. Here’s what the holiday is all about.

Groups Want NYPD Chief’s Job Over Anti-Muslim Propaganda in Trainings Propaganda included a film that said the goal of “much of Muslim leadership here in America” is to “infiltrate and dominate” the United States.

Viola Davis Tells Charlize Theron She Doesn’t Know What She’s Talking AboutDuring Newsweek’s Oscar roundtable, Viola Davis tried to speak about the difficulties of being a black actress in Hollywood—but a well-intentioned reply from Theron was just another example of the problem.

Latinos See Strong Presence in 2012 Oscar Nominees List Latinos, the fastest growing ethnic group in the United States, are seeing themselves in several Oscar categories.

Obama’s Big Shift: Let’s Truly Investigate the Banking Sector’s Crimes President Obama said he’s eager to debate equal opportunity in last night’s State of the Union. But he also offered a huge policy change he’s avoided for four years: investigate the banks’ housing boom crimes.

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