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ICYMI: John Oliver’s Take On Baltimore Was Hilarious And Heartbreaking

'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,' FTW!

I’m not sure if I believe in love at first sight, but I will never forget the first time I watched Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. I was doing dishes and looking for something on HBO, and was sort of like, “Ah, let’s try this out.” Within seconds I was looking around, asking the entire world why they hadn’t told me about this guy. And I’d been meaning to catch up on some episodes when I saw that his Baltimore clip was going around. ICYMI, you have to watch. It’s amazing how prevalent racism in this country is—and how ridiculous it all is when you really look at it. Click inside for more.

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Do We Love Having A Pop Culture President?

PITNB's Weekly Discussion Forum

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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Hillary Clinton Is Officially Running For President!

"Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion."
"Getting Started"

All day Trent and I have had our eyes glued to Hillary Clinton‘s official Twitter account, as we heard reports on Friday that the big announcement would be made on social media. And it finally happened. About a half-hour ago, Clinton confirmed in a new video clip that, indeed, she is running for President of the United States of America. And in reality, this news has been something many people have been waiting for, since rumors surface following the launch of her new wesbite back in 2013. This automatically makes Clinton the Democratic Party frontrunner for the US Presidency. HUGE news. Check out the video above to get a sense of what Hillary Clinton‘s campaign will look like (she’s not shying away from some big issues, including marriage equality), and click inside for more!
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New Mom Chelsea Clinton Says It’s Time For A Woman President In An ‘Elle’ Magazine Interview

"It's important, for symbolic reasons"

If you ever want to have any kind of real faith in politicians, the justice system, or the President of the United States, you probably shouldn’t watch this year’s Oscar-winner for Best Documentary Feature, Citizenfour. I watched it last night, and it was terrifying and powerful, and mostly terrifying. So I was prepared to read Chelsea Clinton‘s new interview—in which she speaks about the possibility of a woman president (but probably not just any woman)—with some eye-rolling because all politicians everywhere frighten me. However, she used a really important word that I’m going to focus on, because I think it makes perfect sense in the case of American politics: “symbolic.” Click inside for more.

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Hillary Clinton Will Reportedly Launch Her Presidential Campaign On Sunday

The announcement will reportedly be made on social media first

Way back in February of 2013, First Lady/Senator/Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton launched an official website that seemed to be the first official sign that she was planning a bid for the US presidency. Today, all this time later, we are hearing that Clinton is planning to formally announce her presidential campaign this weekend. The Associated Press is reporting today that sources claim she will announce her presidential bid first on social media this Sunday to be followed by more traditional means afterwards when she visits cities around the country on the campaign trail. If true, Hillary Clinton will immediately become the Democratic Party frontrunner for the US Presidency. More »

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Amber Rose Celebrates Booty Dimples, Her New Book And ‘Slut Walk’

I co-sign this movement

This is weird. I’ve been obsessing over Amber Rose a bit via her Instagram posts, but I’m actually finding myself aligned with her on an idealogical level and it’s a little bizarre. In just a few key Instagram posts, she took down entertainment articles that fat-shamed her, slut-shamed her friend Blac Chyna, and announced the release of her forthcoming book. So. Yeah. I think I’m in love or something. Click inside for more.

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Watch: President Obama Reads Mean Tweets On ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’

"The 'LOL' is redundant when you have the 'HAHA'"
#ThanksObama

President Obama paid a visit to Jimmy Kimmel Live last night and agreed to do a round of Jimmy‘s trademark Mean Tweets bit. As you may know, Jimmy routinely has celebs on his show read aloud mean tweets that people post on Twitter. Last night, it was Obama‘s turn to read aloud some of the mean tweets that have been posted about him. Honestly, this bit could’ve been much funnier if they had used more scathing tweets but the safe tweets the selected for the president to read in his calm manner kinda deflates the bit from its usual hilarity. Still, I think it’s really fun to see President Obama have fun like this so … check out the video above and see what you think.

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Why Aren’t We Talking About Atheism And ‘The Good Wife’?

Because there is LOTS to discuss

Last night, another amazing episode of The Good Wife aired, and I woke up still thinking about how much I enjoyed the very strange, very honest “Mind’s Eye.” The episode was like a Virginia Woolf fan’s erotic dream (yeah, I said it), and there are about a million reasons to watch it, and experience the unfolding of Alicia Florrick‘s thought processes. But one subject the show took on, as it has been doing a lot recently, is atheism. A proud and forthcoming atheist, Alicia Florrick has never seemed to struggle with her lack of faith in a higher power. But after her break down last week, and another awkward situation this week, she finds herself in need of faith—even though it’s not her own. Click inside for more!

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Watch: President Obama Delivers A Powerful Speech On The 50th Anniversary Of The Selma March

"What could be more American than what happened in this place?"
"It is a rare honor ... to follow one of your heroes"

President Barack Obama and his family, First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia, were on hand for the 50th anniversary of the Selma march in Selma, AL yesterday. Not only did the first family march on the very same streets, on the very same bridge that the civil rights heroes did 50 years ago this weekend but President Obama delivered a speech so powerful that it will surely be remembered as one of his greatest speeches ever and will likely be remembered by History as one of the greatest speeches delivered by a US president. President Obama‘s entire speech is available for viewing in the embed above and the transcript of his speech is available below. If you have the time to watch/read, I urge you to do so. If you don’t have the time, I implore you to spare even a small bit of time to watch/read. More »

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President Obama Speaks Out Against The Ferguson Police Department As More Officers Resign

"It systematically was biased against African-Americans"

Thursday night, the Ferguson-inspired Scandal episode had everyone and their mama talking. Just last night my BFF and I were still rehashing the events of the episode—and lamenting about what we felt went wrong. In my recap I talked about my immense disappointment in the fairytale ending, and PITNBrs ella and Karen both brought up excellent points about how the episode vilified one cop as opposed to the entire police force, and/or the greater systems that play a part in all of this. One thing that I did think about, is the fact that an episode on a show as huge as Scandal can—at least—keep the dialogue about these issues going. And it aired at the right time—just as the Department of Justice is releasing its report on corruption and racism in the Ferguson Police Department. Click inside for more.

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