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Do We Love Having A Pop Culture President?

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This morning I watched one of the funniest videos I’ve seen since I fell in love with Amy Schumer’s Football Town Nights. As a big, huge fan of Key & Peele, I almost died watching one of their most beloved sketches come to life. Luther, Obama‘s anger translator played by comedian Keegan-Michael Key showed up alongside the President of the United States and just slayed everything in sight. I could not believe it happened, but I’ve had that feeling many times about Obama, and his unique status as a pop culture President. And now that he’s on his way out of office, I thought it would be fun to look back and talk about this space he occupied—and to discuss this hilarious video. Click inside for more!

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You Must Choose: ‘GOT,’ ‘Silicon Valley,’ ‘Mad Men,’ And ‘The Good Wife’ Are All On TONIGHT

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Looking at my Sunday To Do List (which is actually a rectangle made up of squares numbered 1-4 so that I know my priorities and don’t get overwhelmed/my therapist is a genius) like FMLiiiiife when am I going to watch TV?! Tonight is a huge, huge night in TV and I don’t think I can handle it. Last week I spent all Sunday mentally preparing for the Mad Men premiere/worrying that The Good Wife was going to run late and I’d have to choose, only to fall asleep circa 8:30 PM anyway. I believe these are called First World Problems, but there you have it. I’m very curious to know what all of YOU are most excited about watching tonight so click inside for more!

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It’s Time To Publicly Request Your Celebrity ‘Hall Pass’

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Earlier this week I stumbled upon a new photo of Michael B. Jordan on Instagram, and proceeded to tag all of my friends—beginning with PITNBr Devonte Antonio—in the picture. Jesus. Take. TheWheel. Later in the week I was catching up on the new Bravo series Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce (created by the amazing Buffy the Vampire Slayer writer Marti Noxon), and one episode featured a “hall pass” scenario between one of the couples on the show. I couldn’t help but wonder about who I’d request a “hall pass” situation for, and well, that line of thought sent me right back to Michael B. Jordan‘s Instagram page.

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‘Nobody Cares’: Is It Time To Start Changing The Coming Out Narrative?

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FOX‘s new show Empire started out as a guilty pleasure for me. The first episodes were way too soapy to be taken seriously, and I figured it’d be a fun show that I’d watch more for the over-the-top dramatics than anything else—oh, and Taraji P. Henson. Like everyone else, I was there for Taraji/Cookie. But something has changed with the last few episodes. The show has, IMO, gotten really good and it’s starting to play like a legit drama. The music has gotten better (unlike Trent, I wasn’t a big fan of the drippity drop song, LOL), and the plot more interesting. From the beginning, Empire has always taken on big issues, like homophobia (especially in the black community), but the most recent episode, “The Lyon’s Roar” did it in a huge way. It got me wondering if people are ready to change the coming out narrative, and the way we perceive a person’s decision to come out. Click inside for more!

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Which Film Deserves To Win Tonight’s Best Picture Academy Award?

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Last night after watching the Film Independent Spirit Awards and seeing Birdman win big, I was like, that’s it. Must. Watch. Now. And I did. And like nearly everyone in the world who saw it, I really, really enjoyed it. I still haven’t seen all of the Best Picture Oscar nominees, but I’m going to catch a few tonight. But I’ve decided this year that I won’t be watching the Oscars. Recently, an Oscar voter revealed in a Hollywood Reporter article that her opinion on Selma was effected by the cast and crew wearing “I Can’t Breathe” shirts to the premiere (and said some other, very bothersome things), and that’s when I realized that it was completely true: racism, ignorance, and the Academy Awards were inextricable. It’s not new information, but that someone was so bold as to admit it (because they knew it was acceptable) really troubled me. This doesn’t mean I think the Oscars are meaningless or useless. I’m still excited to see who wins, and I still want to hear about which films you guys are rooting for—I’ll just be checking for the winners in the morning. Click inside for more!

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Tell Us EVERYTHING About Your ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ Movie Going (Or Anti-Movie Going) Experience!

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It’s happening!!! I have purchased my ticket for an afternoon showing of Fifty Shades of Grey, and none of you can stop me! I’ve been avoiding spoilers and reviews… okay I’ve sneaked in a few paragraphs here and there, but I really want to decide for myself whether or not this movie is the worst thing ever (as some critics have claimed), or if it’s a fun, but disappointing experience because it’s only rated R (which is what I’m expecting). When I get back from the show, I want to hear all about what you guys thought, who you saw the movie with, and all that good stuff. And if you refused to lower yourself and go to this movie, I wanna hear about that too! Click inside for more!

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Which Celebrity Bump Watch Did You Take Way Too Seriously?

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It’s Sunday afternoon, and, as Trent announced earlier, it’s officially Baby Day! Trent’s BFF is in the throws of labor as we speak, and I’m so ridiculously psyched for Emma. We’ve actually been swapping pregnancy/motherhood articles on Facebook, and I can safely say that I’ve gotten way too worked up about this person becoming a mother. Isn’t that weird—how some of us take other people’s pregnancies super personally, lol??? Last week MANY of you confessed to your most intense binge-watching experiences, so I thought this week it’d be fun to get some confessions about celebrity bump watches you’ve obsessed over, perhaps to a fault. Click inside for more!

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Melrose

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Despite the #BlizzardOf2015 that was ravaging the East Coast yesterday, the weather here in LA was sunny and absolutely beautiful. I swear, I’m not trying to rub it in or anything … it’s just that the usually perfect weather here in SoCal makes me so happy that I thank my lucky stars everyday that I get to enjoy living here. I had to run out to take care of some boring tax return stuff so I made my way back to my old neighborhood in West Hollywood to take care of biz. Last night, I randomly met up with Tamar and Caleb for a dinner/catch-up sesh, which rounded out a pretty decent day. More »

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Is Everyone Being Way Too Hard On Lena Dunham?

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So, here is one valuable lesson I learned (of many) from my time at Sarah Lawrence. One of my favorite classes was Introduction to Literary & Cultural Theory, and I remember learning the importance of seeing how, even if you didn’t agree with an idea, or a person, you can always put them into perspective. You could dislike theory itself, or a particular theory, or a particular theorist—but if they held some kind of cultural or critical significance—you should also be able to see that, and critique that too. That is to say, if people are talking about it, it can’t be insignificant or unimportant. This lesson comes to mind with Lena Dunham. So many people seem to love her, or find her completely disdainful. And I admit, before I watched Girls, I was annoyed by all of the hype. But now that she’s here, and she’s clearly making an impact, I’m struck by some of the comments I see about her. Click inside for more.

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Is Television Getting Better Than The Movies?

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Hannibal. True Detective. Mad Men. Love and Hip-Hop New York. Real Housewives… wait. Okay, I know. There is a lot of crap on television, which makes it incredibly difficult to suggest that what’s happening on television is better than what’s happening on the big screen. However, there’s also some pretty epic epicness going down, and—aside from the amazing plots and compelling characters—there’s also far more diversity. Today I posted an article about the show Empire on Fox, and I’d seen earlier that Jussie Smollett (the actor playing Jamal Lyon) came out in an interview and said that people should be looking to TV, and not the movies, for more diversity. Things are changing, and this is indeed the golden age of television. So does that mean a good TV show is now on par with (or better than) a good movie? Click inside for more!
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