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Tavis Smiley

10 Years After Katrina, A Tribute to New Orleans With Dee Dee Bridgewater and Kataalyst Alcindor

Tavis Smiley | August 28, 2015 | Entertainment
Despite the tremendous losses suffered during those terrifying days and nights in August ten years ago, we pause to remember those who were lost... celebrate those who survived... and praise those who call New Orleans home.
Jaye Watson

Roanoke: He Was Not One of Us

Jaye Watson | August 28, 2015 | Media
The live aspect of our business is just one of the many reasons that television news is not for the faint of heart. Nor is it for the thin-skinned. And in the hours after we found out that Adam and Alison's killer was someone who had been a journalist, I had one thought -- he wasn't one of us.
Newton N. Minow

The Sesame Street/HBO Partnership Is Good for Kids

Newton N. Minow | August 27, 2015 | Media
For several years now, the most innovative programming on television has come from cable programmers, not broadcasters. Understanding that, Sesame Workshop has made a bold and creative move.
Tom Alderman

Two Davids and a Portia - TV Originals

Tom Alderman | August 25, 2015 | Entertainment
This is comedy satire at its best and it works because show creator Victor Fresco has the ability to make the absurd sound perfectly reasonable.
The Daily Dot

Josh Duggar's Hypocrisy Is Part of a Much Larger Cultural Problem

The Daily Dot | August 26, 2015 | Entertainment
America's most high-profile Christian conservatives often use their social media platforms and media prominence to extol the virtues of chastity -- only to get caught up in sex scandals.
The Daily Dot

6 Features Netflix Needs Right Now

The Daily Dot | August 25, 2015 | Entertainment
In June, Netflix got a major redesign, which gave the website a more contemporary look and provided easier navigation. While we're still adjusting to new interface, Netflix could do even more to modernize its streaming service.
Michael Putzel

Brothers in War

Michael Putzel | August 17, 2015 | Impact
The film attempts to convey the drama, pain, chaos, confusion and occasional horror of that year for those grunts. It also shows some of the lighter moments of their band of brothers: How they lived, looked out for each other, how they played and how some died. It is not pretty, but it is a beautiful effort.
Shailee Koranne

Pretty Little Payoff - After Years of Commitment, a Disappointing Finale

Shailee Koranne | August 13, 2015 | Entertainment
While few shows have given me finales that wholly satisfied me, even fewer have given me finales that wholly dissatisfied me. However, PLL is up on the wholly dissatisfying list now.
Brynn Tannehill

Pretty Little Liars Transphobic Writing Is Hackneyed, Harmful

Brynn Tannehill | August 17, 2015 | Gay Voices
Using transgender people and their transitions as a twist, and a way to explain psychotic behavior, is just plain lazy writing and has been for 50 plus years.
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

After Jon Stewart, Can We Find the Funny?

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | August 7, 2015 | Religion
Last night, at the end of his last "Daily Show" program on Comedy Central, Jon Stewart told his audience and viewers that they were the ones who had to carry on the work of finding the humor in the hypocrisy of the world.
Kayvon Zand

Being a Freak on 'America's Got Talent'

Kayvon Zand | August 7, 2015 | Entertainment
Many times as a kid I watched contestants as they were harshly critiqued on shows like "American Idol" or "America's Got Talent." This past Tuesday, I was the contestant.
Olga Marina Segura

This Is What a Latino Looks Like, Kelly Osbourne

Olga Marina Segura | August 6, 2015 | Latino Voices
You really believed that you were being much more open-minded, much more attuned to the Latino community than Trump could ever be. But see, that's the thing with microaggresions; you think you're being helpful, but in reality, you're not. At. All.
Lara Zarum

The One Authentic Relationship on 'UnREAL'

Lara Zarum | August 6, 2015 | Entertainment
Despite the recent, dismal report on the lack of diversity in the 100 top-grossing fictional films between 2007 and 2014--among other depressing statistics, only 30 percent of speaking roles belonged to women--girl-on-girl friendship on TV is thriving.
Lara Zarum

On 'Rectify,' There Is No Cure for Solitary Confinement

Lara Zarum | August 7, 2015 | Entertainment
There are plenty of shows that have premiered since the late 1990s that might give that critic a run for his money. But the show that digs the deepest into America's troubled criminal justice system isn't particularly violent, sexual or otherwise. It's not even set in prison.
Ilana Rapp

Actor Josh Zuckerman of The CW's Significant Mother Secretly Enjoys What...?

Ilana Rapp | August 3, 2015 | Entertainment
I love this guy Josh Zuckerman. Not only does he have a cool name, but he forced me to look up big words that were never mentioned in my SAT prep courses. Now I can take these words and perhaps finally beat my hatchlings at Scrabble!
Tom Falco

10 Things You Didn't Know About Countess Luann

Tom Falco | August 1, 2015 | Entertainment
Countess Luann de Lesseps is one of the Real Housewives of New York City, a favorite and an integral part of the Bravo TV show. Every season there seems to be a break-out star, and this season I think it's the Countess.
Lara Zarum

'Boyhood' Is a Sitcom, Compressed

Lara Zarum | August 3, 2015 | Entertainment
A few weeks ago at Comic-Con, a Simpsons showrunner revealed that the long-running cartoon would devote a Christmas episode to spoofing Richard Linklater's much-gushed-over Boyhood. The Simpsons is know for its spoofs and skewers, and considering the splash that Boyhood made upon its release in 2014-- it was...
Lara Zarum

For TV's Funny Women, Younger Isn't Always Hotter

Lara Zarum | August 3, 2015 | Entertainment
Young female artists hate being lumped together in the same category, as if their vaginas have the same effect on their art, like the moon tugging at the tides. In the words of Tina Fey, "Women don't exist only in relation to other women." But three New York-set comedies created...
Kimberly Burge

5 Lessons I Learned About Writing from the Girls of Gugulethu

Kimberly Burge | July 29, 2015 | Arts
When I went to South Africa in 2010 to lead a creative writing club for teenage girls, I made sure to emphasize that word: club. I had never taught writing before, didn't have a teaching assistantship as I earned an MFA in nonfiction. I would not be correcting their grammar, nor assigning homework. Besides, how could I persuade girls to spend their Saturday afternoons in a writing class?
Nina Bargiel

Enough People in the World Make You Feel Like Sh*t. Don't Help Them.

Nina Bargiel | July 28, 2015 | Entertainment
By the time I turned 30, I had written 17 episodes of an iconic television show ("Lizzie McGuire"), been nominated for two Emmys, had an agent, a manager and a size-6 body that I could cram into all sorts of fun outfits. By the time I turned 35, I was near-broke.
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