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Tavis Smiley


My Conversation With George Benson

Tavis Smiley | September 30, 2014 | Entertainment
He's played with the greats, from Frank Sinatra to Stevie Wonder, and has a slew of number one hits to his credit, including his version of "On Broadway."
Lalit Kundani

Masters of Manipulation

Lalit Kundani | September 29, 2014 | Crime
Crime does not polarize so conveniently into black and white. Rather, it is liminal. It can live and breathe in the spaces between good and bad -- on cusps and thresholds and borders -- which troubles us because, while we can instantly identify crime as a "bad" thing, we want so badly to believe that those who commit it are just as easily recognizable.
David Kanegis


Gilligan's Island, Where Were You When The Minnow Ran Aground?

David Kanegis | September 29, 2014 | Fifty
It seems hard to believe that 50 years have elapsed since the debut of Gilligan's Island on September 26th, 1964. Virtually every baby boomer born in The U.S. was alive during the premiere.
Lonna Saunders


How to Get Away with Murder, Where Race Doesn't Matter

Lonna Saunders | September 29, 2014 | Chicago
For in creator Shonda Rhimes' ABC Network Thursday night three-show slate of Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder, race doesn't matter.
Raini Rodriguez

Choose Kindness

Raini Rodriguez | September 26, 2014 | Teen
Sometimes it's easy to see the negative side of things or question why people bully you. You could think, "maybe they're right, maybe I'm not worth it, maybe I should just quit." But that's when you should fight the hardest.
Karen Fratti


Grey's AnatomyRecap: Can They Break Up Already? in "I Must Have Lost it in the Wind"

Karen Fratti | September 26, 2014 | Entertainment
sort of forgot that we were going to have to deal with this. Could anyone make sense of that opening flashback? I watched the clip of it on ABC's website about four times and I still don't understand -- did her mother try to kill herself?
Diana Tourjee

Meet Two of the Trans Minds Behind the Groundbreaking New Show 'Transparent'

Diana Tourjee | September 26, 2014 | Gay Voices
Transparent is an early triumph for the transgender community in film. It is a bridge between worlds, where the tender underbelly of culture has been upturned. Without a careful hand in its creation, it is a story that could never have been told.
Frances Cudjoe Waters


'Black-ish': Horrible Parody of Black Family Life

Frances Cudjoe Waters | September 25, 2014 | Black Voices
I cringed when I saw the name and promos for Black-ish. But, I tried to reserve judgment until I saw it. And sure enough, its premise and the actual show is as offensive as its name.
Em & Lo

15 Great Feminist Shows to Watch Now

Em & Lo | September 25, 2014 | Women
Has there ever been a show with this many women in it? A show that has a ratio of female-to-male characters at about 10 to 1? That's so comfortable showing female diversity, in looks, body size, race, age and sexual orientation?
Matt Cohen


Bad Ads: Does Sexism Sell?

Matt Cohen | September 25, 2014 | Business
You shouldn't target your audience by explicitly denigrating other audiences... especially when you've crudely drawn your segments along gender lines.
Katie Tandy

Lena Dunham Launches Advice Vlog And It's So Awesome I Hate Her

Katie Tandy | September 25, 2014 | Women
Herein lies the rub. I have a confession to make: I have a very conflicted relationship with Lena Dunham.
Tavis Smiley


My Conversation With Berry Gordy and Suzanne de Passe

Tavis Smiley | September 25, 2014 | Entertainment
Tonight on PBS, I talk with Berry Gordy, the legendary founder of Motown, and Suzanne de Passe, the executive who moved the label into television and movie production, resulting in a slew of awards, including Emmys, Oscar nominations and a Peabody.
Victoria Namkung


Will John Cho Be Television's First Asian Romantic Lead?

Victoria Namkung | September 25, 2014 | Entertainment
When I was growing up, Asian American men were virtually absent from television and popular culture. And when they were present -- Bruce Lee or Lieutenant Sulu, for example -- they never got the girl.
Zaki Hasan


The MovieFilm Podcast: Grading Gotham

Zaki Hasan | September 25, 2014 | Entertainment
For this week's show, we pick apart the premiere episode of Fox's new Batman-minus-Batman TV series, Gotham. We look at what worked, what didn't, and where we hope things go in the weeks ahead.
Ilana Rapp


Christie Laing of ABC's 'Once Upon a Time' Shares Some Personal Stuff!

Ilana Rapp | September 24, 2014 | Entertainment
Christie Laing is great at teasing us, isn't she?! This down to earth actor really gets us going. Her bold personality is surely part of the cause. Christie is one of those actors that you want to keep an eye on throughout her career because you never know what's going to happen next.
Taylor Marsh


Outlander and Lena Dunham Prove Great Sex Takes a Woman

Taylor Marsh | September 24, 2014 | Women
What women don't like is men having sex with us who are doing it badly by only considering themselves. Bad sex is defined differently for every woman, but it begins with not having a voice when you're naked with a man.
Andrew Fish


A Reflection of Modern Times: An Insider's Take on The Knick

Andrew Fish | September 24, 2014 | Entertainment
The steady build of excitement and dread emblematic of our modern age is likely how our forebears felt at the turn of the 20th century, which is why now is the perfect time to revisit 1900, a similar age of ingenuity overdrive.
Dana Elle Salzberg


USA Network, Playing House Is Groundbreaking and Here's Why

Dana Elle Salzberg | September 24, 2014 | Entertainment
USA Network, I'm trying to be on your side since you were the ones who took a chance on Playing House in the first place, but it's as if you don't understand the magic of what you now have.
Karen Fratti


The Good Wife Recap: Is She Wearing Panties? And Other Scandals in 'The Line'

Karen Fratti | September 24, 2014 | Entertainment
Predictions: It takes all season to figure out is Alicia will run. Diane won't join the firm unless they drop Bishop or something to keep clients. Eli's daughter sticks around as an assistant. Cary makes friends and clients in jail. Kalinda has lots of sex to get that recording to fudge his innocence.
David Juskow

There Is No Mystery to The Mysteries of Laura

David Juskow | September 24, 2014 | Entertainment
I saw Debra Messing on The Today Show talking about how much she loved the script. What script was she reading? Matt Lauer asked her if her character in TMOL was the same as Grace Adler in Will & Grace. She didn't deny it.
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