Tanya Ballard Brown

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The Origin (And Hot Stank) Of The 'Chitlin' Circuit'

Sunday, February 16, 2014

This network of performance venues — nightclubs, bars, juke joints and theaters — formed during Jim Crow because black performers in the U.S. didn't have access to white-owned clubs. But what did chitlins have to do with it?


Hey Hey Hey! Historian Draws Attention To '70s Black Animation Art

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Pamela Thomas grew up during the 1970s watching cartoons that featured African-American characters. Now, she relives her childhood Saturday mornings through her collection of black animation art on display at the Museum of UnCut Funk!


Dear Internet, It's Christmas. Please Stop Fighting About 'Love Actually'

Friday, December 20, 2013

Guys. Seriously. Why so much hate over a 10-year-old British movie? Let's just agree to disagree and focus on something we can all get behind: Whether you're Hugh Grant or Nina Totenberg, everybody's gotta dance.


The Case For — And Against — Loving 'Love Actually'

Saturday, December 14, 2013

These past few weeks, a battle over why you should love or hate the film has bubbled up on the Internet. We wade in.


Why Didn't The Store Just Let Oprah Buy The $38,000 Handbag?

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Can you ever be rich enough or famous enough or beautiful enough to not be racially profiled while shopping?


Awkwardly Awaiting The Zimmerman Trial's Outcome

Friday, July 12, 2013

Officials are trying to head off possible violent reactions to the verdict, but isn't it weird to be sitting around discussing human behavior like weather patterns?


Stuff You Might Have Missed In The Paula Deen Brouhaha

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Some people are ready to batter and fry the Food Network star after reports that she admitted in a deposition to using racial slurs in the past. But there's other, well, interesting stuff in the deposition transcript. We share some of it here.


If This Cute Cheerios Ad Causes Drama, What Won't?

Saturday, June 01, 2013

When an advertiser seems to do everything right and still draws complaints, it makes you wonder: Is there any way to market to diverse communities without stepping on toes?


Easy Rawlins Is Alive, Or Is He?

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

After six years, author Walter Mosley breathes life back into his detective hero Easy Rawlins — thought dead after crashing his car off a cliff. Easy embarks on another case, but as the lines blur between death and dying, he may discover answers to questions he hadn't thought to ask.


American Tribe Fights To Halt Artifact Auction In Paris

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Seventy objects sacred to Arizona's Hopi tribe are scheduled to hit the block Friday. Tribal members say the items were taken illegally and have asked U.S. officials to help stop the sale, which French auctioneers estimate the sale may bring in $1 million. A court hearing is set for Thursday in Paris.