Tag: american writers

Kevin Hart Was Like, ‘It’s About to Go Down’ and Posted Frequent Father Nick Cannon’s Phone Number on a Billboard

Kevin Hart and Nick Cannon attend SiriusXM on February 01, 2019.Photo: Cindy Ord (Getty Images) Kevin Hart and Nick Cannon are currently starring in a real life buddy comedy. If you recall correctly, Nick has recently been all over the news because he added another member to his Earth Wind & Fire cover band fathered […]

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Hella Married: Issa Rae Posts Wedding Pics—in the Most Issa Rae Manner Ever

Issa Rae attends the BET Awards 2021 at Microsoft Theater on June 27, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.Photo: Paras Griffin (Getty Images) Issa Rae is by all appearances a new bride—and there was nothing Awkward or Insecure about her incredible wedding photos! The super-producer, writer and star posted a stunning series of photographs by acclaimed […]

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Montana Man to Tucker Carlson: ‘You Are The Worst Human Being Known to Man’

Photo: Chip Somodevilla (Getty Images) Someone buy Dan Bailey a drink. Or send him an Edible Arrangement. Maybe even a gift card or two. Anything to show appreciation for giving Tucker Carlson the smoke right to his smug face. Advertisement Slate reports that Bailey, a Livingston, Mont. fly-fishing guide, approached Fox News’ resident vaccine misinformation-spewing, […]

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Exclusive Clip: How Debbie Allen Refused to ‘Stay in Her Lane’ on Turning the Tables With Robin Roberts

Debbie Allen joins Robin Roberts on Turning the Tables With Robin Roberts (2021).Photo: Courtesy of Disney+ In addition to being at the top of her craft as a seasoned journalist, Robin Roberts is definitely in the Oprah-class of interviewers who have that magical ability to make an interviewee feel a sense of calm and trust, […]

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The Twenty-Third Psalm

Graphic: Rachelle Baker I remember when I became Black. There was a time when I was just a boy, a skinny thing who played both ways in Pee-Wee League football and measured my self-worth in how fast I ran or how high I could jump. Undefined by this slight variation in skin tone, my life […]

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Tucker Carlson Calls Black Capitol Police Officer an ‘Angry Left-Wing Activist’ for Speaking on Racism of Insurrectionists

Photo: Chip Somodevilla (Getty Images) Is it just me, or do conservative affirmations always seem to come with some kind of caveat? Advertisement “Support the troops”—unless those troops are military-feminizing women or Critical Race Theory advocates. “Respect the flag”—unless you want to wear it as a onesie even though U.S. code explicitly calls it disrespectful, […]

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The Obama Cinematic Universe Continues With New HBO Docuseries and Book

President Barack Obama as he returns to the White House following a trip to the Arctic Circle on September 3, 2015 in Washington, DC.Photo: Chip Somodevilla (Getty Images) I’m pretty sure if you looked up the phrase “booked and busy” in the dictionary, you’d see a picture of Barack and Michelle Obama. Advertisement Okay, so […]

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When Girls Come Home to Roost: What Can We Learn From Jeremy O. Harris’ Defense of Lena Dunham?

Jeremy O. Harris on June 19, 2021 in New York City; Lena Dunham on October 26, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California.Photo: Mike Coppola (Getty Images), Jon Kopaloff (Getty Images) Sometimes, you should just sit there and enjoy your show. That’s the main takeaway from the Twitter melée that ensued on Tuesday afternoon after Tony-nominated playwright […]

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Coronavirus Denier Sean Hannity Switches Tune: ‘Please Take COVID Seriously…Enough People Have Died’

Photo: JIM WATSON (Getty Images) It only took more than 600,000 deaths in the United States from COVID-19 for some Fox News hosts to finally take the virus seriously. Advertisement On Monday, whiny klan adjacent Republican SpankBang host Sean Hannity totally switched his tune, noting that he now “believes in science” and the “science of […]

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Dr. Ian Smith Claims He Was Fired After Attempts to Combat Racial Discrimination on The Doctors, Files Complaint

Dr. Ian Smith attends JCPenney and Michael Strahan’s launch of Collection by Michael Strahan on September 30, 2015.Photo: Bryan Bedder (Getty Images) Dr. Ian Smith has filed an “unlawful discrimination” complaint against ViacomCBS and Dr. Phil’s Stage 29 Productions in relation to being fired as sole host of the CBS show The Doctors. Smith, who […]

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Role Call: Meghan and Harry’s Emmy-Nominated Interview, Shonda’s New Deal, and More

The Highest-Ranking African American Woman in the U.S. Congress Has an Upcoming Documentary U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) speaks prior to State of the Union at the U.S. Capitol on February 4, 2020.Photo: Alex Edelman (Getty Images) If you’re a Black resident of California’s 13th congressional district, stand up and say, “My congresswoman is Black.” […]

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Michelle Obama Set to Make First Public Appearance Since the Pandemic

Michelle Obama on stage of the Royal Arena in Copenhagen on April 9, 2019 during a tour to promote her memoir “Becoming”.Photo: Martin Sylvest / Ritzau Scanpix for AFP (Getty Images) Michelle Obama will be making her first in-person appearance soon! People reports that the former First Lady (forever in my head, if you ask […]

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Here We Go Again: Karen Follows Black Man Around Walmart Over ‘Stolen’ Phone Found in Her Own Car

Screenshot: Obi-Wan Kenobi/ Twitter In 1961, James Baldwin famously said, “To be a negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a state of rage almost all of the time.” Advertisement In that moment, Baldwin was every Black person in America who has had the experience of standing out and […]

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Misha Green Shares What Could’ve Been for Multi-Emmy-Nominated Lovecraft Country, Which Was Canceled

Misha Green arrives at the 48th annual NAACP Image Awards on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017; Jonathan Majors, Jurnee Smollett and Michael K. Williams in Lovecraft Country (2020). Photo: Richard Shotwell/Invision (AP), HBO (AP) Lovecraft Country may have been canceled after one season—much to the dismay of many fans—but its creator Misha Green is keeping the […]

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Cornel West Posts Scathing Resignation Letter to Harvard Dean

Photo: Win McNamee (Getty Images) Cornel West is tired. We don’t usually get to see what happens to superheroes once they get old. Imagine fighting racism every day just to do your job. Imagine waking up and being one of the smartest Black men in America and your job still won’t recognize this. Imagine Harvard […]

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I’m Happy That Nikole Hannah-Jones and Ta-Nehisi Coates Are Going to Howard. Now, Howard Folks Get to Be More Insufferable. Yay

Photo: Mike Coppola/Zach Gibson (Getty Images) Yesterday, Academic African America was abuzz with the exciting news that Nikole Hannah-Jones had not only rebuffed the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s last-ditch attempt to save face by granting her tenure, but was taking (or bringing, depending on where you are located) her talents to Howard University in […]

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What’s New and Black on Broadway: Seven Shows to Catch Now That Theater Is Back

Photo: Courtesy Michael Davis Broadway is back—and Blacker than ever, it seems. According to Time Out, the Great White Way will see the production of at least seven plays written by Black playwrights throughout the 2021 season. Broadway shows have opened or have plans on reopening via a staggered schedule due to ongoing coronavirus pandemic. […]

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Co-Hosts of The View Were Reportedly ‘At Their Wit’s End’ Leading Up to John McCain’s Daughter’s Exit Announcement

Meghan McCainat the Netflix ‘Medal of Honor’ screening and panel discussion on November 13, 2018 in Washington, DC.Photo: Tasos Katopodis for Netflix (Getty Images) Last week, we told you about Meghan McCain’s impending exit from The View. After nearly four tumultuous seasons, the often combative co-host is saying goodbye to her colleagues—most of whom had […]

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Nikole Hannah-Jones Rejects UNC-Chapel Hill Position for Job at Howard U Along With Ta-Nehisi Coates

Photo: Monica Schipper (Getty Images) Nikole Hannah-Jones will not be joining the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill—despite the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist finally being granted tenure at the school following a long, white tears–infused drama that should never have been entertained by the school’s board of trustees. Instead, Hannah-Jones and famed […]

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John McCain’s Daughter Leaving Show She Was Never Qualified to Be on in the First Place

Meghan McCain attends the 2015 Trevor Project NextGen Fall Fete on November 13, 2015 in New York City.Photo: Robin Marchant (Getty Images) Quick, look into the headline! It’s a bird! It’s a plane, its— No, it’s The View saying so long to Meghan McCain! As predicted by Page Six Thursday morning, the conservative arch-cohost announced […]

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Despite Conservative Attempts to Cancel Her, University of North Carolina (Finally) Grants Nikole Hannah-Jones Tenure

Photo: Evan Agostini (AP) Nikole Hannah-Jones, the New York Times journalist, MacArthur “genius grant” recipient, The Root 100 honoree and creator of The 1619 Project, has finally been granted tenure at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill after a prolonged, unnecessary saga. Advertisement According to NPR, trustees at the university voted in favor […]

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PageTurners: It’s Getting Hot in Here

Blackout, Hell of a Book, The Beauty in BreakingImage: Quill Tree Books, Dutton Books, Riverhead Books It’s so hot outside that the covers of my paperback books have curled back onto themselves in response the ever-present humidity that is blanketing much of the country. Luckily for us, this week’s releases happen to be hardcovers. It’s […]

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Georgia’s Emory University Is the Latest School to Rename Buildings Named After a Racist Dead Guy

Photo: Travel_with_me (Shutterstock) Is it just me, or is it starting to feel like every other week another college or university is taking steps to address its “legacy of racism.” The latest school to acknowledge its racist history is Georgia’s Emory University, which announced on Monday it would begin the process of renaming some of […]

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The ‘Thotyssey’ Continues: Zola Cast Talk Sex Positivity and the Makings of a Perfect ‘Ho Trip’

“Y’all wanna hear a story about why me & this bitch here fell out? It’s kind of long but full of suspense,” and with these words began perhaps the most epic thotyssey of our time. In 148 tweets, A’Ziah “Zola” King became an icon, detailing (what the film describes as) a “ho-trip” from Detroit to […]

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The Hair Tales: Tracee Ellis Ross and Oprah Winfrey Join Bestselling Author Michaela Angela Davis to Present a Series Celebrating Black Hair

Tracee Ellis Ross and Michaela Angela Davis at the launch of Tracee Ellis Ross’ Pattern Beauty on September 08, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.Photo: Morgan Lieberman (Getty Images) As the CROWN Act slowly inches closer to becoming a national mandate (12 states down, 38 to go), an “intimate and authentic” upcoming docuseries intends to explore […]

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Malcolm Spellman Deconstructs Challenges of Being Black in Hollywood: ‘Racism Is Coming From People Who Truly Don’t Want to Be Racist’

Head writer Malcolm Spellman of ‘The Falcon and The Winter Soldier’ took part today in the Disney+ Showcase at Disney’s D23 EXPO 2019 in Anaheim, Calif.Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez (Getty Images) Each week on The Ringer’s The Bakari Sellers Podcast, the popular author and commentator draws from his vast experience as both a lawyer and […]

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‘It Always Starts With People’: The Root Presents: It’s Lit! Revisits Such a Fun Age With Kiley Reid

Photo: David Goddard, Illustration: Angelica Alzona “People always say, ‘What made you want to write about race?’” says writer Kiley Reid. “I personally feel like you cannot theme your way into a plot. It has to be the other way around.” Advertisement Reid’s first novel, Such a Fun Age was an instant New York Times […]

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Nikole Hannah-Jones Tells UNC-Chapel Hill She Won’t Join Faculty Unless She Has Tenure

Photo: Monica Schipper (Getty Images) Nikole Hannah-Jones is letting it be known that she has had it with board members at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill dragging their feet in making the right decision in granting her tenure along with the five-year contract with the school that she accepted. Advertisement As you […]

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Tucker Carlson Pretends to Care About Racism While Calling Out Don Lemon for His Blackface Cookie Jar

Screenshot: Fox News Video I’m not sure when news anchors started engaging in the journalistic equivalent of releasing dis tracks, but Fox News’ Tucker Carlson and CNN’s Don Lemon have spent the last year or so cementing themselves as the Drake vs. Pusha T of the mainstream media world. (I was going to go with […]

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