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Jenny Block

Chef Renee Blackman: Bringing LGBTQ Visibility To 'Chopped'

Jenny Block | November 1, 2016 | Queer Voices
Growing up in Barbados, I saw my mom and granny cook literally every day. I spent summers with my granny picking fresh veggies in the backyard and watching her cook. To this day, I have to say I remember every smell and taste as if it was yesterday.
Brandon Kneefel

Logo TV's 'Finding Prince Charming': Shame, Sex, And Sister-wives

Brandon Kneefel | October 4, 2016 | Queer Voices
From someone inside the house, sex was the least interesting thing about the show, instead, the psychology of how many of the suitors came to know each other affectionately as "sister-wives" fell front and center for us as a way to explain the ways in which we could build community even in a high-stress, competitive environment.
Ed Cripps

Jeffrey Tambor: A Selfless Virtuoso

Ed Cripps | September 19, 2016 | UK Entertainment
Tambor reinvigorated sitcom parenthood and found the role of his career as Maura Pfefferman (formerly Mort Pfefferman) in Transparent. It is the sort of performance that comes around once every ten years, soul-naked, eyes like wet jewels, his voice a ripple of canyon wind. He handles Maura's self-consciousness so sensitively, and her transformation so unshowily...
Dave Pell

15 Thoughts On The 2016 Couch Olympics

Dave Pell | August 11, 2016 | Sports
3. The Bob Costas Hologram is incredibly realistic.
Amanda Gorman

Meet Laya DeLeon Hayes, Voice Of Doc McStuffins

Amanda Gorman | August 12, 2016 | Black Voices
This July parents stormed social media with the #savedocmcstuffins tag when it appeared that Doc McStuffins, the hit animated series about a black girl serving as a doctor to toys, had been cancelled. After a few days of countless tweets and posts about the importance of...
Daniel Collier

Why We Really Don't Need an American Version of 'Peep Show'

Daniel Collier | July 31, 2016 | UK Entertainment
Peep Show, my favourite TV comedy, is to be adapted for audiences in the United States. And what should be an exciting prospect, is something I'm instead meeting with a sentimental sigh and the thought: "Here we go again..."
Claire Patel-Campbell

The 'Gilmore Girls' Revival is Coming - Can It Live Up to the Dreams of the Die-hards?

Claire Patel-Campbell | July 12, 2016 | UK Entertainment
Here's the thing about Gilmore Girls: it's pure fantasy. Of course it is. No town is that picturesque. No one is that quirky or witty. But that doesn't matter. In fact, it's part of what makes the show so much fun to watch. It's comforting when you've had a bad day, like a hug for the brain. It's a fairy tale.
Hanan Issa

There's a Hijabi in the New Season of 'Orange Is the New Black' - And She Is Awesome

Hanan Issa | July 1, 2016 | UK Entertainment
She wasn't shown to be a zealot constantly praying or sharing words of wisdom with her fellow inmates. She read books not exclusively about Islam and even participated in a money-making scheme some of the other African-American inmates organised. She. Is. Normal. And I can't tell you how awesome it is to see a 'normal' Muslim on TV.
Tanya Wright

What I Learned About Life From My 'Orange Is The New Black' Character, Crystal Burset

Tanya Wright | June 23, 2016 | Entertainment
I have no idea what will happen between Sophia and Crystal in the coming seasons. Playing her has been one of the great highlights of my lucky career as an actor. I've learned more from Crystal than just about any character I've ever played. And for that, I am eternally grateful.
Paul A. Bromley

Actually Snoop... We Should Be Proud, Not Ashamed, Of Our 'Roots'

Paul A. Bromley | June 6, 2016 | Black Voices
Let's be clear: The institution of slavery took thousands, if not millions, of Black lives. The institution of slavery is never to be lauded or celebrated. But the people who were enslaved? These people are nothing to be ashamed of.
Tanya Wright

If I Could Control My Hair, I Could Control My Life

Tanya Wright | July 14, 2016 | Black Voices
With a busy career as an actress on "Orange Is the New Black," my life sometimes feels more out of control than ever. At the same time, I know that the opposite is also true: That I am the captain of my ship; I am the master of my fate. And I would never have known that if it were not for my hair.
Delia Melody

'The Powerpuff Girls': Not Doing Trans People Any Favors

Delia Melody | May 2, 2016 | Queer Voices
Trying to tackle "trans issues," as though that were somehow a simple topic, with a token character in a one-off episode generally ends up being problematic at best and outright harmful at worst, and this episode was no exception.

All 87 Real Housewives, Ranked

Thrillist | May 3, 2016 | Entertainment
By: Brian Moylan Credit: Flickr/Boss Tweed Just last month, Bravo's Real Housewives franchise celebrated a decade of captivating audiences with their ostentatious wealth, narcissistic behavior, ridiculous arguments, and more dance singles than a gay disco could play over...
L.E. Kalikow

Reasons I'm Disappointed in HBO's 'Vinyl'

L.E. Kalikow | April 18, 2016 | Entertainment
The Velvet Underground, Andy Warhol flashbacks were actually well-done, but as soon as Cannavale came back on the screen with the phony, oversimplified A&R meeting, any credibility went out the door with the guy who was fired.
Eric Olander

What It's Like for a Chinese Journalist in Africa to Cover the China-Africa Story

Eric Olander | April 6, 2016 | World
How foreign journalists report on the China-Africa story is often determined by the national origin of their news organization. These so-called "embedded narratives" run deep, particularly among older journalists, but a new generation of young foreign correspondents in Africa is challenging some of these dated caricatures. Zhang Zizhu is one of them. She joins Eric & Cobus -- in the podcast above -- to reflect on covering the Chinese in Africa.
Amy Goldwasser

Presidential Candidate Apparel Truths

Amy Goldwasser | March 30, 2016 | Comedy
When you purchase a T-shirt from Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton or Ted Cruz, what are you really buying into?
Kat Blaque

Performative Blackness and the Problem With 'RuPaul's Drag Race'

Kat Blaque | March 27, 2016 | Black Voices
The show is problematic and it often relies on oppressive tropes that for some reason seem to be excused because RuPaul is black and gay.
Loolwa Khazzoom

Why 'The Good Wife' Is a Fail

Loolwa Khazzoom | March 15, 2016 | Entertainment
Initially I was intrigued by the show, so much so that I binge-watched the first season and part of the second, before getting bored and irritated.
Lil Wayne

College Students Ride Tidal's Social Wave for Change

Lil Wayne | March 16, 2016 | Entertainment
Not many people are fortunate enough to say that they can make a difference. Not many people are blessed enough to inspire America's youth. I'm always trying to do good and give back to communities that need it most: from rebuilding NOLA, supporting after-school programs, giving back to Haiti, and most recently working with Tidal on the Social Wave for Change.
Michael Cook

RuPaul's Drag Race Star Acid Betty -- "I Try to Take Drag to Another Level"

Michael Cook | March 11, 2016 | Queer Voices
In the world of drag, Acid Betty is an absolute enigma. A true individual, she is giving a completely different kind of drag to this season of RuPaul's Drag Race.
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