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Monique Jones blogs about race and culture in entertainment, particularly movies and television. You can read her articles at Racialicious, and her new site, COLOR . You can also listen to her new podcast, What would Monique Say.

America Backs Wrongly-Accused Teen Ahmed Mohamed With #IStandwithAhmed

Today has been a horrible day for America, and incredibly enough, it’s also been a redeeming day for America. In a fast show of force, what seems like the majority of America have joined forces to show that we Stand with Ahmed Mohamed.  Continue reading America Backs Wrongly-Accused Teen Ahmed Mohamed With #IStandwithAhmed

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”: Why Finn Matters In This Galaxy and A Galaxy Far, Far Away

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is something I’m looking forward to intensely. The film looks amazing, particularly since it looks akin to the originals (we will not speak of the wayward turn the franchise took in between the originals and The Force Awakens). But it’s also a high-profile sci-fi film that not only features people of color in the film, but has an actor of color, John Boyega, as the main character, Finn. Some might wonder why this is important. I’ll tell you in a personal story.  Continue reading “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”: Why Finn Matters In This Galaxy and A Galaxy Far, Far Away

“Best American Poetry”: Michael Derrick Hudson’s Written Yellowface and Sherman Alexie’s Confounding Explanation

Have you heard about the craziness involving prominent writer Sherman Alexie, his editorship of Best American Poetry and the poet Yi-Fen Chou? If not, then buckle up, because this is going to be a bumpy ride.  Continue reading “Best American Poetry”: Michael Derrick Hudson’s Written Yellowface and Sherman Alexie’s Confounding Explanation

Exclusive Interview: Ava Gold

Singer-entertainer Ava Gold is teaching her fans how to act “Classy” when it comes to dealing with negativity. Gold is known for her role as Kiki on Nickelodeon’s The Fresh Beat Band and the new animated show Fresh Beat Band of Spies, and not only is she also concentrating on her songwriting career with BMG, but she’s also giving back to people in need through her charity work.

I was happy to interview Gold via email to learn more about her career, her new single, “Classy,” and what fans can expect from her in the future. Continue reading Exclusive Interview: Ava Gold

Twitter’s Latest Dragging Features Matt Damon and #Damonsplaining

If there’s anything I’ve learned from being on Twitter and from having a website, it’s always making sure that you think twice (and perhaps three times or more) about what you’re about to say and who you’re about to say it to. If, for any reason, you feel you shouldn’t say something and can, perhaps, learn something from someone else, then take the opportunity to learn, however uncomfortable that moment might be. Matt Damon didn’t take the hint during the latest episode of Project Greenlight.  Continue reading Twitter’s Latest Dragging Features Matt Damon and #Damonsplaining

Exclusive Interview: Jaafar

Music fans need to pay attention to a new voice in music, Jaafar. The upcoming singer/songwriter is now getting the attention of America with his new single, “Sixteen” and I was happy to speak with Jaafar about his single, his unique sound, and what fans can expect on his upcoming album.

You can learn more about Jaafar at his website and make sure to follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Soundcloud. Continue reading Exclusive Interview: Jaafar