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Apr 28, 2020. 3 comments

Why Insecure Is the Best Show on TV Right Now

Why Insecure Is the Best Show on TV Right Now

I feel alien sometimes when considering the demand for representation that many of us make when assessing and critiquing television shows. Mainly because I just don’t give a damn if I’m reflected. I’m speaking strictly as a consumer, though. The value of us existing in every aspect of the production ecosystem is unquestionable. I just don’t require it on screen with what I choose to watch;...

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Apr 14, 2020.

The Insecure Characters Are Having All the Sex That Single People Aren't During Social Distancing

The Insecure Characters Are Having All the Sex That Single People Aren't During Social Distancing

Writer’s Note: The following article contains spoilers for Insecure’s Season 4 premiere.

After what seemed like four score and seven years (plus, add the time warp that the coronavirus pandemic inspired), Insecure is back and its comeback episode has single viewers a bit “insecure” about their sex lives—or, lack thereof during the stay-at-home order and current age of social distancing.

Apr 11, 2020.

When It Comes to Conquering Hollywood, Jay Ellis Is Feeling Secure

When It Comes to Conquering Hollywood, Jay Ellis Is Feeling Secure

“I always wanted to act,” Jay Ellis tells The Root while reminiscing about his earliest aspirations. “I had taken a couple of random theater classes as electives when I was in college, but I [also] played college basketball. I couldn’t tell my teammates ‘Yo, y’all want to come check me out in Jesus Christ Superstar?’” he adds with a laugh.

In time, the South Carolina-born military brat put his...

Apr 01, 2020.

In The Scheme, a Basketball Mastermind Provides the Perfect Playbook to the NCAA's Biggest Scandal

In The Scheme, a Basketball Mastermind Provides the Perfect Playbook to the NCAA's Biggest Scandal

Note: This review contains minor spoilers. Proceed with caution. 

Every great story has an even better villain.

Marvel’s Cinematic Universe has Thanos, the United States has President ‘China Virus’ and HBO’s riveting documentary, The Scheme, trots out 25-year-old Christian Dawkins; a basketball prodigy-turned-business manager who was sentenced in October for attempting to funnel collegiate...

Mar 13, 2020. 2 comments

Finally, Some Good News: 'Insecure' Is Back With Teaser Trailer

Finally, Some Good News: 'Insecure' Is Back With Teaser Trailer

As coronavirus containment efforts are underway, folks are staying at home, canceling weddings, and foregoing movie theaters in exchange for at-home entertainment. These are good and necessary precautions that are being supported by local governments (New York City, for example, recently announced it’d be shutting down Broadway shows for a month).

This can all be terrifying and...

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Mar 04, 2020.

Slave Play Writer Jeremy O. Harris' Overall HBO Deal Includes a Fund Built to Support the Theater Community

Slave Play Writer Jeremy O. Harris' Overall HBO Deal Includes a Fund Built to Support the Theater Community

Jeremy O. Harris has signed a two-year overall deal with HBO. As part of the deal, the Slave Play playwright will be developing an untitled pilot along with continuing his co-producer role for Euphoria, the premium cable series starring

Zendaya .

Deadline reports:

The HBO announcement said that Harris’ untitled pilot will be based on his Yale Drama graduate thesis. Though the subject matter...

Feb 21, 2020. 11 comments

The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Will Officially Become a Part of Oklahoma School Curriculum Beginning in the Fall

The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Will Officially Become a Part of Oklahoma School Curriculum Beginning in the Fall

Growing up in Tulsa, Okla., I distinctly remember learning all about the Sooner State’s transition from a Native American territory to becoming the 46th state in 1907, Oklahoma City supplanting Guthrie as the state’s capital in 1910 and about the land runs that began in 1889, transforming acres of public land into bustling farms and cities.

What I don’t recall ever being taught in school was...

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Feb 03, 2020.

First Look: The Children Are Our Future In HBO's We Are the Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest

First Look: The Children Are Our Future In HBO's We Are the Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest

It’s Black History Month and The Root is here to give you the most adorable inspiration ever.

Growing up black meant realizing that the

most important speech ever uttered was by a man named Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Four words, “I Have A Dream,” would be embedded in the minds of every black kid by either their black-ass parents or black-ass teachers for eternity. For example, my black-ass...
Jan 31, 2020.

Sundance 2020: Insecure Is Very Secure in How It Truly Showcases Diversity on Set

Sundance 2020: Insecure Is Very Secure in How It Truly Showcases Diversity on Set

In addition to settling into a dark theater to watch a bunch of independent films, Sundance Film Festival is a time to network at a bunch of exclusive dinners and parties. Since we’re about that black-ass life over here, I decided to make sure to poke my head into events dedicated to black folks.

The term “diversity and inclusion” has become a buzzword so buzzy, it risks becoming something...

Jan 22, 2020. 4 comments

Sundance 2020: A List of Black Movies to Watch While You’re in the White Mountains

Sundance 2020: A List of Black Movies to Watch While You’re in the White Mountains

It’s a brand new decade, but we have a familiar festival season!

Like

last year , I’m going to give you the scoop on some black-ass films I’m looking forward to. The mountains may be white, but we are going to stay black, always.

I, along with most of Hollywood, will be lollygagging in Park City, Utah, during opening weekend of the festival so I will be stuffing my rarely-used winter coat into...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jan 17, 2020. 16 comments

Watchmen Is Getting the F*ck Up Off the Pool and Will Not Return for a Second Season

Watchmen Is Getting the F*ck Up Off the Pool and Will Not Return for a Second Season

A network and a show creator walk into “Abar”... and decide to end their popular and acclaimed show on a high note.

It’s official, show creator Damon Lindelof is stepping away from Watchmen and will not be pursuing a second season of the series.

USA Today reports:

Lindelof told USA TODAY this week that he’s told the story he wants to tell and has no interest in a second season, though he’s...

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Dec 17, 2019. 4 comments

How ‘The Case for Reparations’ by Ta-Nehisi Coates Inspired Damon Lindelof in Watchmen

How ‘The Case for Reparations’ by Ta-Nehisi Coates Inspired Damon Lindelof in Watchmen

Writer’s Note: Major spoilers ahead for Season 1 of Watchmen, including the season finale.

What has been heralded as one of the greatest seasons of television has now ended and we’re still left with a bunch to unpack. HBO’s Watchmen is one of those shows that leaves you thirsty and obsessed with revisiting every missed Easter Egg and plot device through a re-watch.

One of the primary aspects...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Dec 10, 2019. 8 comments

My Best Friend and I Went to the Taping of Lil Rel’s HBO Special and Had The Time of Our Lives. It Was Also the Last Time I Saw Her

My Best Friend and I Went to the Taping of Lil Rel’s HBO Special and Had The Time of Our Lives. It Was Also the Last Time I Saw Her

I don’t remember the very last words she said to me, but I remember the overall sentiment: “That was fun as hell.”

When I was invited to the live taping of HBO’s Lil Rel Howery Live In Crenshaw, I knew the perfect person to join me: one of my best friends, Bonique’a (We called her “Niq,” for short). I don’t throw around the term “best friend” lightly, but she certainly earned it easily when...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Oct 18, 2019. 4 comments

Regina King Has 'A Nose for White Supremacy' in HBO's Watchmen

Regina King Has 'A Nose for White Supremacy' in HBO's Watchmen

Tick tock—we’re counting down to Watchmen’s series premiere on HBO.

From the series’ press release:

Set in an alternate history where masked vigilantes are treated as outlaws, Watchmen, from executive producer Damon Lindelof (Emmy winner for Lost; HBO’s The Leftovers) embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel of the same name, while attempting to break new ground of...

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Damon Young Damon Young Oct 01, 2019. 18 comments

I Just Binged Season 1 of Succession and It Feels Like I Was on a White People Safari

I Just Binged Season 1 of Succession and It Feels Like I Was on a White People Safari

I don’t remember exactly what Kotaku staff editor Natalie Degraffinried said a month ago when attempting to convince me to watch Succession. But knowing Natalie, I’m certain it involved some combination of “these white people” and “wild.” What I do remember was that she was the fourth or fifth black person in the last two months to implore me to watch this show, and each ask wasn’t “Hey, if...

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Sep 04, 2019. 21 comments

The Black Barbershop Is a Safe Space. Is It for Lil Nas X, Though?

The Black Barbershop Is a Safe Space. Is It for Lil Nas X, Though?

The black barbershop is not just a sacred space, it’s a safe space. Much like Vegas, whatever happens within the confines of that room colored with scattered floor follicles stays in that room.

There is no filter in the barbershop. Some of the greatest debates happen in the barbershop.

Cue HBO’s

The Shop: Uninterrupted .

From the show’s official website:

In collaboration with LeBron James and...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Aug 28, 2019. 9 comments

They Made It to the Top: A Black Lady Sketch Show Renewed for Second Season at HBO

They Made It to the Top: A Black Lady Sketch Show Renewed for Second Season at HBO

Remember the “Bad Bitch Support Group” sketch from A Black Lady Sketch Show (ABLSS)? Well, the show’s writers are also “bad bitches” because ABLSS has been renewed for a second season at HBO!

The show, created by Robin Thede, stars four powerhouse black women, Thede, Quinta Brunson, Ashley Nicole Black and Gabrielle Dennis. Thede executive produces along with Issa Rae.

“It’s been thrilling to...

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Damon Young Damon Young Aug 06, 2019. 17 comments

So...Um, Did Rue Die?

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So...Um, Did Rue Die?

I’m still processing some aspects of both Euphoria’s season finale and the entire completed season. (Namely, whether the show is actually good, or if I just enjoy it and think it is.) But one cemented detail is that Zendaya catapulted into the holy shit stratosphere of acting and talent and presence and range. Anything this role required her to be—witty, menacing, vulnerable, pitiable,...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jul 25, 2019. 3 comments

Insecure to Begin Shooting 4th Season in September, Will Add More Episodes

Insecure to Begin Shooting 4th Season in September, Will Add More Episodes

Unlike Nathan (Kendrick Sampson) did Issa Dee (Issa Rae) in Season 3, HBO’s Insecure isn’t ghosting its fans; it’s just taking its sweet time, is all.

According to Deadline, during the Television Critics Association (TCA) panel for A Black Lady Sketch Show (where she serves as executive producer), Rae confirmed the show’s Season 4 shooting schedule will begin in September. Additionally, Rae...

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Damon Young Damon Young Jul 23, 2019. 18 comments

10 Burning Questions for David E. Kelley About That Big Little Lies Finale

10 Burning Questions for David E. Kelley About That Big Little Lies Finale

1. Wait...what?

2. I mean I know we got to see Mary-Louise versus Celeste and Mary-Louise versus Renata and Mary-Louise versus Madeline and Renata versus the trains and Jane versus her bangs, but you brought this whole entire ass show back just to conclude it with a group of white women escorting a black woman to prison?

3. The same black woman whose only narrative purpose in season 1 besides...

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