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ABC Finally Releases ‘Black-ish’ Episode That Was Shelved 2 Years Ago

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The recent uprisings have made clear that Black people aren’t just looking to name their issues, they want sustainable change. I reported on the reactions to Kamala Harris’ recent good-fortune. People are realizing that, even if you check off all of the “representation” boxes, you’ll still have to actively push back on the ways in which a person may have caused harm. The problem is that racists are going to take that opportunity to attack the most vulnerable of us. The same can be said of Black-ish, especially the recently released episode, “Please, Baby, Please.”

Kenya Barris is annoying. Everything he does finds a way to be annoying to me. He’s not a good writer. His shows are not written to be insightful, smart, not even bingeable. But how is that true if the ratings are always high? Well… White people.

Black-ish, and all of its Fool-ish spin offs, are written like after school specials. It’s a universe of poorly-scripted Blackness. It puts it’s characters in these ham-fisted situations, exaggerates their personalities, and then uses these personalities to make a “point”. Most of the Black people I talked to, some whose lives were word-for-word relayed on the screen, kind of liked the novelty of the show in the beginning, but lost interest after a while. That’s likely because they weren’t getting anything out of the show’s messages. These “points” were our lives and we already knew they existed. But White people didn’t. The same can be said of Kamala.

Kamala Harris is the kind of person that White people have never really seen. They think of us as unintelligent, under motivated, and incapable. I don’t really give a fuck, but the White people do. They are surprised, some excited and others appalled, to find that we’re somehow not all they thought we were. So Black-ish and Kamala is something new for them to explore. And watching this latest episode has made it clear that Kenya Barris understands this.

On the flip side, the Whites who are offended by our very existence put us in a moral dilemma. Either we let members of our community be publicly attacked or we step out and defend people and television shows that are harmful. That was the case with this episode. ABC pulled it from the line-up and we all jumped to its defense. In watching the episode, I feel conflicted about my old defensive tweets. Of course I couldn’t have known, but this episode does nothing for Black people. It even leaves room for people to be against Colin Kaepernick and it makes “White pride” seem like a legitimate conversation. Shouts to Yung Miami cus ion like det. The fact is, though, it wasn’t written for me. It was written for White people who actually do see these as quandaries. They need to be taught these things and need answers to these questions. And Kamala makes them feel good about themselves.

The point of the matter, here is that we’re going to be drowning in moments like this. These moments in pop culture and politics demand some critical thinking skills. But they aren’t really for us. They’re for White people. So keep marching, signing petitions, doing what needs to be done to have your voice heard, because it’s your voice that matters. Not the voices that the media and politicians allow to be heard.

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Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Share News of the Loss of Their Unborn Child

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Early Thursday morning Chrissy Teigen and John Legend let the world know of the loss of their unborn child. In a heartfelt and heartbreaking post to social media, Teigen described her and husband John Legend’s “deep pain you only hear about.” She went on to talk about how the couple does not typically name their children “until the last possible moment after they’re born, just before (they) leave the hospital,” but somehow they fell on the name “Jack.”

The heartbreaking news comes just days after first being admitted to the hospital for what she described as heavy bleeding. However, two days ago, she assured fans that both her and baby were healthy and doing well. Teigen, no stranger to social media, continued to engage her following, giving brief updates along the way, when shortly after midnight she shared photos of her and John in the hospital cradling their newborn in the immediate aftermath.

While her husband has remained largely unproblematic and scandal-free, Teigen has been the frequent target of scathing criticism – much of which is completely valid. From her ridiculing Black hair, to her seemingly mocking intimate partner violence when she referenced Megan Thee Stallion and Tory Lanez’s incident, Chrissy Teigen has been the focus of such harsh vitriol that she has threatened to quit social media altogether on multiple occasions. Sharing such personal news with the world may come as a surprise to many. 

Overwhelmingly, however, the internet’s response has been positive and embracing. Celebrities and non-celebs alike have offered words of support to the couple as they go through this difficult time. See both the model’s post and the heartwarming responses to it below.

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Chadwick Boseman Passes Away At 43

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Actor Chadwick Boseman, best known for his role as King T’Challa in the box office smash “Black Panther” passed away from colon cancer Friday.

The actor was first diagnosed with stage 3 cancer in 2016, but remained active in his career with much of his work being released post-diagnosis. A statement from his family confirmed that he continued to work despite his cancer progressing, befitting a man who brought America’s first Black superhero to the silver screen. 

As the news of the actor’s death spread, many took to social media to share their condolences. 

The tributes continue to flood in as news of his passing continues to ripple through. Read the official statement from his family below.

“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman.

Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV.

A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy.

It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther. 

He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side.

The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time.”

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When White Privilege Isn’t Enough to Get Into USC: Lori Loughlin Sentenced to 2 Months in Prison

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Actress Lori Loughlin was sentenced to two months in prison today for her role in the college admissions scandal. If you haven’t followed the 10-month-long saga, Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli, a fashion designer, plead not guilty to a bribery charge in a college admission scam back in 2019… Because white privilege just isn’t what it used to be.

The two later plead guilty to paying William Rick Singer, the mastermind, $500,000 to guarantee their two daughters a spot at the University of South Carolina.

Loughlin’s sentence came several hours after her husband’s five-month sentence. According to the US Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, Giannulli’s five-month sentence also came with a whopping fine of $250,000 and 250 hours of community service.

“[Giannulli] engaged more frequently with Singer, directed the bribe payments to USC and Singer, and personally confronted his daughter’s high school counselor to prevent the scheme from being discovered, brazenly lying about his daughter’s athletic abilities,” US Attorney Andrew Lelling of Massachusetts said in the memo released on Tuesday. “Loughlin took a less active role, but was nonetheless fully complicit, eagerly enlisting Singer for a second time for her younger daughter, and coaching her daughter not to ‘say too much’ to her high school’s legitimate college counselor, lest he caught on to their [fradulent activity].

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