It's important for us white people to learn about the history of how black people have been portrayed in media. Racialicious is a blog that's hosting a panel called Endangered by the Moving Image: The Criminalization of Black and Brown Bodies. I talk a lot about how representation matters, but once again, you should listen to black people talk about their own representation rather than listening to me.
Tickets are $12. Sometimes I do wish I lived in New York.
Racialiscious is owned by a black woman, Latoya Peterson. The blog is focused on race in pop culture, but they publish pieces on a number of topics. They also accept submissions!
Check it out, and follow their Twitter account.