Jive-talking, jazz-loving "hep cats" from the 1930s and 1940s are the great-grandparents of today's hipsters. The interest of white fans in black music helped fill Harlem's nightclubs and prompted derision. Hipsters were criticized for being the equivalent of a "pretentious poet laureate."
The film is one of several fall and winter offerings from Fox Searchlight — including 12 Years a Slave, Black Nativity and Baggage Claim — featuring African-American casts and themes.
The South African leader's life held special power for black Americans, who lost many iconic civil rights leaders tragically early. Karen Grigsby Bates reflects on Mandela's legacy.
Two years after a federal judge ruled that New York City's fire department's tests discriminated against blacks and Hispanics, nearly 62 percent of graduates from the most recent class of the FDNY's training academy are minorities.
Theoretically, open-source software development should be more accessible to people underrepresented in tech, like blacks, Latinos, and women. But there are still big, less-obvious barriers to entry.
Telemundo announced that its telenovela El Señor de los Cielos (Lord of the Skies) will be back for an unheard of second season. This is a radical departure from traditional telenovelas, which have a clear beginning and a definitive ending.
The debate over an immigration overhaul is at a standstill in Congress, but activists continue their push to keep the issue alive on the legislative schedule. The Senate passed a bill in June, and supporters of immigration reform are pressuring House lawmakers to take action before the end of the year.
Last week, a judge ordered Sriracha manufacturer Huy Fong Foods to halt some production at a California factory after neighbors' complaints about air quality. The company responds.
People often question why some pronounce the word "ask" as "ax." We axed several linguists, and it turns out that "ax" has long been an accepted form of the word, used by English speakers for more than a thousand years.
The story of how ketchup became a staple in American kitchens tells us much about the history of international trade, taking us from Fujian province to western Europe and ultimately across the Atlantic.