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Yes, We Need to Trot Out This Old Issa Rae Book Excerpt

Yes, we need to revisit something from Issa Rae's past.

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Lena Waithe Centers “a Queer Black Girl” in Her Latest Comedy Twenties for TBS

#NoMoreSidekicks

Apparently working on two shows, one of which she created, isn't enough for Emmy Award-winning writer Lena Waithe. Now, another one of her shows has received a pilot order, and if all goes well, the result will be a show that puts a queer girl of color at the center of the storytelling.

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Gina Rodriguez Needs to Make This Awesome-Sounding Latinx Superhero Movie Immediately

We're already excited about Gina Rodriguez's upcoming film project, Annihilation, a female-led sci-fi offering from Alex Garland that premieres next week. However, while promoting that movie she let slip an idea that we hope she genuinely takes on, because it's basically an awesome take on the superhero genre that we haven't really seen in film before!

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Exclusive: Black Panther: Long Live the King #5 Preview Showcases a Female Chief as Written by a Black Woman

Long Live the Chief.

One of the best things about Black Panther fever lately is that it's, in large part, powered by women of color. T'Challa is great as he comes into his own as a leader after the death of his father, but he'd be nothing without Ramonda, or Shuri, or the Dora Milaje. In this exclusive preview of Black Panther: Long Live the King #5, we get to spend time with a female chief named Ikoko, who does not have time for T'Challa's judgmental attitude.

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The Cloverfield Paradox Q&A Reveals the Process Is as Much a Work of Art as the Finished Product

Yesterday, Netflix hosted a Facebook Live Q&A with Cloverfield Paradox director, Julius Onah, producer J.J. Abrams, and stars Roger Davies and David Oyelowo. Now, I'm gonna be doing a hardcore Cloverfield binge this weekend, so I haven't yet seen The Cloverfield Paradox, but I continue to be fascinated by the release and the reaction, both good and bad. To me, that's become as much a part of the art as the actual film.

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Drunk History Spotlights Nichelle Nichols, the “First Black Woman in Space for Fake”

We all obviously love Nichelle Nichols for her role as Lieutenant Uhura on the original Star Trek (and several subsequent films). However, Nichols was also responsible for changing the game up for women, specifically black women, in real life, both in STEM fields and beyond. All this is paid respectful and hilarious tribute in the most recent episode of Drunk History.

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96% of Star Wars Writers and Directors Are Men, and 100% Are White

Variety's Maureen Ryan recently crunched the numbers on the Star Wars creative teams. Of the 24 people hired to write, direct, or otherwise lead a Star Wars film, including upcoming projects, 23 were white men.

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Mindy Kaling’s New Comedy Looks Adorable, and Is Rife With Musical Theater

While we're excited to see her in the upcoming Disney blockbuster, A Wrinkle in Time, we've been excited to see when and how Mindy Kaling would be coming back to television comedy now that The Mindy Project is no más. We don't have to wait too much longer. Her latest show arrives this spring!

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Things We Saw Today: Buy Black Panther Merch and Help the Hungry! Win-Win!

We're basically just throwing ourselves on all things Black Panther until this dang movie comes out. Now, there's one more way to do that that also allows us to lend a helping hand to those experiencing hunger in the U.S. Check out this awesome new Black Panther collection from Box Lunch!

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First Reactions to Black Panther are In, and the MCU’s Latest is Apparently Completely Hype-Worthy

Marvel's Black Panther had its red-carpet (or, rather, purple carpet) premiere last night, and if early Twitter response is anything to go by, this latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe is totally worth the hype.

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Here’s an Idea, Hollywood: How About Treating Latinx Characters Like People Instead of Like an “Issue?”

Latinx make up 18% of the U.S. population and 23% of frequent moviegoers (going at least once a month). But only about 3% of speaking characters in films during the last decade were Latinx. As we move into this year's Oscar season, Latinx will, once again, be one of the most underserved and underrepresented ethnic groups in film.

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[UPDATED] It Seems Like the Shorty Awards for Social Media Excellence Are the Only Ones With Gender and Racial Parity

Social media has become media, so it makes sense that the Shorty Awards exist to recognize excellence among those who entertain, educate, and inspire via those platforms. What's interesting is that, unlike other award shows, the Shorty Awards seem to do a better job with inclusion.

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Where Did the Black Action Heroine Go?

Who has inherited the legacy of Pam Grier?

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Mother of Young H&M Model Tells People To “Get Over It” & “Stop Crying Wolf”

In addition to the dialogue surrounding the hoodie itself, the mother of the young boy in the photo took to Facebook with a message that  basically amounted to "get over it."

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Ava DuVernay and Jay-Z Construct an Epic “Family Feud” That Centers People of Color and a Feminine Perspective

After seeing snippets and hints for seemingly forever, we finally have the full video for Jay-Z's "Family Feud," featuring Queen Bey and directed by another Queen, Ava DuVernay. Oh yeah, and it stars damn near every celebrity on the planet.

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Cate Blanchett Is This Year’s Jury President at Cannes…So, Why Can’t I Be Entirely Happy About It?

I love me some Cate Blanchett. I love her when she's mainstream, and I love her when she's artsy and weird. She's not only a phenomenal actress, but she's been the artistic director of a theater company, she's been a producer, and she's an outspoken feminist. All of these things make me thrilled that she's just been chosen to be this year's Jury President at the Cannes Film Festival. So...what's this feeling of dissatisfaction that's gnawing at me...?

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So What Exactly Is Kwanzaa?

Today is Ujima the third day of Kwanzaa, which is something a lot of people might not know. So what is Kwanzaa? Why is it celebrated? And why don't people know more about it?

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C.B. Cebulski Issues a Second Apology for His Akira Yoshida Pseudonym, But Marvel Remains Weirdly Quiet

Marvel's editor-in-chief C.B. Cebulski has issued a second apology for his Akira Yoshida pseudonym: "I’ve spoken with talent close to this issue, and have had candid and productive conversations about how we can improve the industry and build better stories, while being mindful of the voices behind them."

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Former Bernie Sanders Staffer Erika Andiola and Six Other DACA Recipients on Hunger Strike

The deadline for the U.S. federal government to pass spending legislation in order to avoid a shutdown is December 22nd. Among other things up for debate is the question of whether any spending bill should be passed without a clean DREAM Act. In order to stress the importance of this, seven "Dreamers" are on a hunger strike.

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Lena Waithe’s New Showtime Series The Chi Already Looks Like a Must-Watch

Ever since I first got to know her work on Master of None, especially the awesomeness that was the Emmy-winning "Thanksgiving" episode, which she co-wrote with show creator, Aziz Ansari, I've been down for anything Lena Waithe-related. Well now, she's got her own show coming to Showtime, and it looks amazing! Check out the trailer after the jump!

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