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All the Things I Loved About Star Trek: Discovery, Despite One Huge Disappointment

Here's the truly disappointing thing.

Last night was the night that Trekkies all over the world were waiting for! Star Trek: Discovery had its two-hour premiere! Two hours, you ask? Yes indeedly. If you were only watching the CBS broadcast, you only saw what ended up being the first half of the pilot. Hour two was uploaded exclusively to CBS All Access, and it was well worth taking in on the new platform.

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Interview: Natalie Morales Describes Her “Weird and Serendipitous” Journey to Battle of the Sexes

After hearing Team Billie Jean and Team Bobby at the Battle of the Sexes press conference this weekend, I had the chance to sit down with one of the film's stars, Natalie Morales, one-on-one.

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Issa Rae Pitches a “Black 90210 or Gossip Girl” and It Sounds Like the Best Show Ever

Attention TV networks and streaming services! Issa Rae has an idea for a new TV show that will almost certainly make you bank. Check out her pitch after the jump, and then get on that shizz before someone beats you to it.

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Things We Saw Today: Lin-Manuel Miranda Honors Grandfather With Commemorative Plaza in Puerto Rico

Shut up. I'm not crying, you're crying. Lin-Manuel Miranda took to Twitter today to proclaim #YoSoyVegaAlta (I Am Vega Alta), which is the town in Puerto Rico where his family is from.

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Gina Rodriguez and Stephanie Beatriz Star In a Totally Made-Up Superhero Movie…As Girlfriends!

Following the advice of Lin-Manuel Miranda, with an assist by @loudlysilent on Twitter. Sí se puede!

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Brie Larson Urges Fellow White People to Check Out Crowdsourced “Syllabus for White People to Educate Themselves”

Brie Larson, our future Captain Marvel, is increasingly using her growing platform to try and do good in the world. Today, she retweeted a tweet from NY Times Magazine staff writer and host of the Still Processing podcast Jenna Wortham that contains a link to an amazing resource: the "Syllabus for White People to Educate Themselves."

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Ava DuVernay to Bring Octavia Butler’s Dawn to Television, and It’s About Time

We're finally getting an Octavia Butler adaptation for television! Thanks, Ava DuVernay!

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Review: Detroit a Powerful Depiction of Racism That Manages to Erase Black Women

4 out of 5 stars.

They say that art imitates life, and at times of sociopolitical turmoil, art tends to take on a more dour, intense tone. Right now, there's Kathryn Bigelow's Detroit, a film that takes place in 1960s Michigan, but feels all-too-relevant to the present moment.

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Niecy Nash Reminds Chelsea Handler That Diversity Goes Beyond “Black and White Women”

We've written about TNT's Claws, which stars the incomparable Niecy Nash at the head of a diverse cast of nuanced female characters, has a black female showrunner, and was created, in part, by a woman of color. It's certainly an example of progress. But, as Nash points out in a recent appearance on Netflix's Chelsea, diversity goes beyond "black and white."

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Michelle Obama Addresses Racism and Sexism in Women’s Foundation of CO Talk

Last night, former First Lady Michelle Obama was invited to a conversation being hosted by the Women's Foundation of CO to celebrate its 30th Anniversary. She inspired a crowd of 8,500 while speaking frankly about issues of race and gender.

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Ava DuVernay Continues to Kill It With a S3 Renewal For Queen Sugar and a New Deal with Oprah

If you haven't been watching Queen Sugar, get thee to OWN (or to Hulu, where I've been watching it, because I'm a heathen who doesn't have cable) and prepare yourself for some of the most powerful, thought-provoking, and visually stunning storytelling on TV right now. And there will be plenty more to enjoy, as Queen Sugar just got renewed for a third season!

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Issa Rae as Lovably Adorkable as Ever in First Season 2 Trailer For HBO’s Insecure

One of our favorite breakout shows of last year is back with an all-new season! Check out the first Season 2 trailer for HBO's hit series, Insecure.

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Spineless New Jersey College Fires Black Professor For Expressing an Angry Opinion on Television

Former Essex County College professor and political commentator Lisa Durden was fired from her professorship, because she went on a talk show and expressed a valid opinion in too loud and angry a voice.

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Gina Prince-Bythewood’s More Than Ready to Bring Superheroes to the Big Screen in a Post-Wonder Woman World

We were thrilled to learn that Love and Basketball and The Secret Life of Bees director Gina Prince-Bythewood was taking the helm of the upcoming Spider-Man spin-off film, Silver & Black, becoming the first black woman to direct a big-budget superhero movie. With Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman kicking ass at the box office the way it is, Prince-Bythewood is more than ready to bring superheroes to the big screen.

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The Color Purple and What it Means for Black Women

It comes as no surprise to Black women that a novel by a Pulitzer Prize winner about a silenced Black girl that made millions at the box office by one of the most famous directors of all time could so easily be forgotten. The more things change the more they stay the same.

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HBO Developing Digital Series Brown Girls, Bringing Story of Queer Women of Color to a Wider Audience

Another digital darling is moving up to the big leagues! Brown Girls debuted back in February and became a popular web-based series. Now, these queer women of color are moving to HBO.

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Racists and Sexists Hate On Star Trek Discovery‘s Diversity Even Though It’s Still Unbalanced in Their Favor

It's not even that serious, you guys.

It always makes me laugh whenever the very people who complain that "liberals are too sensitive," or that we're seeing injustices where they don't exist are the first people to pitch a fit at the slightest hint that maybe white, straight, male, cis, able-bodied, straight-sized people aren't the only people in the world. It doesn't surprise me, but it does always make me laugh. After all, people often project their own behavior on others, amirite?

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The Lupita Nyong’o and Rihanna Scammer Movie Is Really Happening

What started off as essentially fan fiction and fan casting quickly picked up steam as Nyong'o and Rihanna both said they were game for the film, leading Black Twitter to start enlisting all kinds of Black Girl Magic like director Ava DuVernay and writer Issa Rae. Guess what? That's happening too.

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Normal Handshakes, Chris Pine: SNL Imagines the First Black Bachelorette

Pine's contestant makes multiple attempts to woo the beautiful bachelorette with classic likes like "I have said the word, but only when I sing along to rap music. Now, are they raps I write myself? Yes. Do I feel cool when I say it? Absolutely.”

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No, It’s Not a Hate Crime to Set a Trump Sign on Fire

Two women were initially charged with committing a hate crime after burning a Make America Great Again yard sign.

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