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For years, the Soul Glo Project was a regular production at Upright Citizens Brigade, championed by longtime improvisor Keisha Zollar. However, the next few shows will be in Harlem, where Zollar hopes to foster an indie improv scene similar to those in parts of Brooklyn, Queens and Lower Manhattan. “I’m trying to develop the comedy […]

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Media Matters has confirmed a disturbing tendency in late-night news broadcasts to disproportionately cover violent crime stories where the subjects are identified as black. Between August 18 and December 31 of last year, Media Matters tracked stories about murder, theft, and assault on four local news affiliates (WCBS, WNBC, WABC, and WNYW [Fox]), and found […]

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On Sunday, Starbucks scrapped the first phase of its controversial #RaceTogether initiative, in which baristas were encouraged to start conversations about race with customers. Predictably, the effort drew immediate backlash online. What wasn’t so clear was how the conversations actually went down in real life. So days before Starbucks ended its marketing ploy, ANIMAL attempted […]

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White teens are way more into alcohol, tobacco and weed than black and Latino teens. But as white kids enter adulthood, their usage drops, while teens of color increase usage, according to new research from Penn State: At 18.5 years old, 44 percent of whites surveyed smoked cigarettes, 27 percent of Hispanics did and 18 […]

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On December 8, as protests for Eric Garner waged on in New York and elsewhere in the nation, a group of Ferguson activists came to New York and educated the media about racism. Rolling Stone followed Millennial Activists United co-creator Ashley Yates; rapper T-Dubb-O; and Tory Russell, who co-founded Hands Up United with and hip-hop […]

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You’ve likely seen his collaboration with Das Racist or his Internet hashtag and blog #WhitePeopleDoingYoga, but it was this is the image by Chiraag Bhakta, who goes by moniker *Pardon My Hindi, that recently caught ANIMAL’s attention: How is Columbus Day still a thing? A photo posted by Chiraag B. (@pardonmyhindi) on Oct 10, 2014 […]

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DNAinfo has kicked off a series that examines diversity (and lackthereof) in New York City’s public schools with a map that illustrates the breakdown of the schools by race — and the contrast is startling. In March, UCLA’s Civil Rights Project found that New York City, which boasts an incredibly diverse population and has the […]

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Is New York City’s romance with progressive Mayor Bill de Blasio over? It depends on whom you ask. The New York Times reports that while de Blasio’s overall rating is “waning” but “still solid,” it illustrates a sharp racial divide in the city. According to a poll by Quinnipiac University, de Blasio’s ratings have slipped […]

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The Museum of Art and Design’s biennial show NYC Makers, opening tomorrow, includes a recently conducted study showing that “New York’s art world” is twice as white as the city’s population. With the recent protests against the lack of diversity at the Whitey Biennial and causal racism by attendees at the Kara Walker exhibit, this study […]

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We already know that NYC’s most elite high schools admit very few black students, and now, a new study shows run-of-the-mill public schools across the state aren’t exactly models of diversity either. In fact, according to a report published by the Civil Rights Project at UCLA, New York has the most racially segregated public schools […]

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