What’s Missing from this Picture?

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Jean Marie Brown
March 8, 2012

People of color are missing from the overall discourse today. Instead, they occupy the usual slots in the world of celebrity and sports, but even there the view is limited. 

The Huffington Post offers a post on celebrities with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered siblings.

. . . But all of the celebs who are featured are white. Off the top of my head, I can recall former Dallas Cowboy Michael Irvin talking about his gay brother in Out . . .  Of course, there was no problem finding people of color for a feature on wardrobe malfunctions . . .

What’s the next role for Javier Bardem? . . . Is Eddie Murphy’s latest movie a bomb?  . . . Salon picks up on the video from the President’s Harvard days when he spoke out for tenured Prof. Derrick Bell. . . Slate reviews Don Cheadle and “House of Lies.”  

The language of immigration, the 15th anniversary of the death of rapper Biggie Smalls, the NAACP’s appeal to the U.N. about voter ID laws and a biography on James Brown are among the stories being told on the ethnic sites. 

What if Biggie had lived? 

The 15th anniversary of the murder of Biggie Smalls prompts a bit of reflection . . .  

The Root also looks at the video from Obama’s Harvard days. . . James Brown is remembered . . . The NAACP turns to the U.N. in the fight against voter ID laws . . . Should Johnny Depp really be playing Tonto? . . . Men like beards more than women do . . . A new poll finds that Latinos consider the term “illegal immigrant”  offensive . . .Mario Wire links to a HuffPost  feature on a smartphone app that’s being developed for undocumented immigrants . . . More Latino youths are smoking and they’re starting earlier.


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