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Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade Have a Low-Key ‘No Thanksgiving Thanksgiving’

Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade Have a Low-Key ‘No Thanksgiving Thanksgiving’
Gabrielle Union and her husband Dwyane Wade celebrated Thanksgiving a little differently this year: by having a “no Thanksgiving Thanksgiving.”

“So baby, you canceled Thanksgiving? Union asked Wade in a video she posted on her Instagram story on Thursday, which she captioned “D canceled Thanksgiving.”

“No, no, no, we did not cancel Thanksgiving,” the Cleveland Cavaliers player insisted.

“So what are we doing?” she asked.

“Nothing,” he said.

The couple then revealed that they hadn’t actually canceled their celebration, they were just delaying it until Saturday. “I felt it would be better because I have a game tomorrow,” Wade explained.
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Jay-z and Idris Elba Among 2018 NAACP Image Awards Nominees

Jay-z and Idris Elba Among 2018 NAACP Image Awards Nominees
Jay-z, Idris Elba, Bruno Mars and Mary J. Blige are among the top nominees of the 2018 NAACP Image Awards. Meanwhile, Anthony Anderson will return as host for the fourth year in a row. Jay-z and Mary lead the nominees with five nominations each. Singers Bruno Kendrick Lamar and Sza and Issa Rae, creator of the YouTube web series Awkward Black Girl, each received four, while Idris and singers Charlie Wilson and Ledisi are nominated for three awards each. Jay-z, who is being honored for his much-talked about album 4:44, Bruno and Issa are all up for Entertainer of the Year. Other nominees include Oprah WinfreyStranger Things' Caleb...
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Joy Bryant Reveals She Was the Product of an Assault: ‘My Mother Was the One Who Was Shamed’

Joy Bryant Reveals She Was the Product of an Assault: ‘My Mother Was the One Who Was Shamed’
Joy Bryant is coming forward to say “me too” — for both herself and her mom.

The Parenthood star, 43, penned an emotional essay for Lenny Letter, revealing that she was born after her mother, Joyce, was sexually assaulted.

“On October 18, 1974, Joyce gave birth to me, not in love but in shame, after hiding her pregnancy from my grandmother for six months,” she wrote. “I am the product of a fifteen-year-old girl and an older man she knew.”

Bryant continued, “It doesn’t matter how or why or when. It happened, and with both my mother and my father dead, I’ll never know the specifics.
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Issa Rae Knew From The Start She Wanted To Be at HBO, And That’s Where She’s Growing Her Empire — Watch

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Issa Rae Knew From The Start She Wanted To Be at HBO, And That’s Where She’s Growing Her Empire — Watch
Issa Rae admits that her first TV experience (at a broadcast network) didn’t go so well — but at HBO, she’s found her “Cinderella story.”

“That journey was definitely not overnight,” she said while speaking before the inaugural IndieWire Honors. “It was years in the making but [it’s gratifying] to be recognized for something I think had such a strong indie sensibility and to be able to do that for a larger network.”

Rae, who was awarded the Vanguard Award for her success in creating and starring in “Insecure” for HBO, created her first YouTube video in 2006 and her first web series in 2007. That evolved to “Awkward Black Girl,” the web series that put Rae on the map and eventually led to her deal with HBO.

“I maintained from the beginning, if I were to do a version of ‘Awkward Black Girl’ for television I didn’t want to take it
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Re-Thinking the Canon

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My recent tweet storm about the need to re-think the (overwhelmingly white and male) canon led The Guardian to invite me to elaborate on my thoughts. They’ve used my piece as an introduction for a feature that asks writers, directors, producers, actresses, and other women in the industry to imagine a new, more inclusive canon.

The Guardian sourced contributions from women like Lynne Ramsay, Gurinder Chadha, and Amma Asante, whose respective picks are Claire Denis’ “Beau Travail,” Mira Nair’s “Monsoon Wedding,” and Barbra Steisand’s “Yentl.” This is what the canon looks like when women have a voice.

Head over to The Guardian to check out the feature. I’m really excited about how it turned out, but I’m even more excited by the reaction it’s causing. This was intended to be a conversation-starter, and people are talking. I’m receiving lots of tweets about what the canon could and should look like.

Here are some of the suggestions:

The Piano” — Directed by Jane Campion

Pariah” — Directed by Dee Rees

Born in Flames” — Directed by Lizzie Borden

Clueless” — Directed by Amy Heckerling

“Girlhood” — Directed by Céline Sciamma

“Eve’s Bayou” — Directed by Kasi Lemmons

“Raw” — Directed by Julia Ducournau

Middle of Nowhere” — Directed by Ava DuVernay

Black Girl” — Directed by Ousmane Sembene

Strange Days” — Directed by Kathryn Bigelow

The Elements trilogy (“Earth,” “Fire,” and “Water”) — Directed by Deepa Mehta

I’d love to hear from more people and to expand this important list. Please tweet me your picks @melsil. As more titles get added we’ll compile them and make a permanent home for this radical new canon, a celebration of the films that have been undervalued for far too long.

Re-Thinking the Canon was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Issa Rae Put Together a Mostly Female Writing Staff for ‘Insecure,’ and They All Have ‘Me Too’ Stories To Tell

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Issa Rae Put Together a Mostly Female Writing Staff for ‘Insecure,’ and They All Have ‘Me Too’ Stories To Tell
Issa Rae is one of the six names in entertainment being celebrated at the inaugural IndieWire Honors on Nov. 2. Her voice and creativity showcased on HBO’s “Insecure” has earned her the Vanguard Award for television.

The success of Issa Rae takes on even more symbolism right now. Her HBO comedy “Insecure” is the story of a young woman, living in the big city, and trying to figure it all out — while often getting it wrong. Rae said she realized that the obstacles that come with being a woman in this society couldn’t be ignored on her show either.

According to Rae, her show’s writing staff has been sharing and discussing the recent litany of stories about how the industry’s misogynistic culture allowed for high-profile figures to commit sexual harassment and assault, and the unfair pressure put on women in Hollywood.

“In our writers’ room it’s mostly comprised of women,
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Dove Soap Apologizes for Turning a Black Woman White in Controversial Ad

Dove Soap Apologizes for Turning a Black Woman White in Controversial Ad
Dove Soap is under fire for what many are calling a racist ad on the company's Facebook page. Many followers of the company and celebrities have taken to social media to express their outrage over the 3-second, looping advertisement. Dove has since apologized, but even their apology has attracted criticism by people wondering how the mistake was made for a second time in recent years, with many pledging to stop buying Dove products all together.

Viewers said that there were racial implications of the soap advertisement that shows a black woman transforming into a white woman, with some critics accusing it of suggesting that black skin is "dirty" and pointing out the historical legacy of racism in soap commercials. Dove quickly removed the advertisement and issued an apology. The apology reads.

"An image we recently posted on Facebook missed the mark in representing women of color thoughtfully. We deeply regret the offense it caused.
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6 Things You Need to Know About Insecure Star Issa Rae

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6 Things You Need to Know About Insecure Star Issa Rae
Issa Rae has gained a huge following due to her role on the HBO series Insecure, and it's not hard to tell why. Aside from being an extremely talented actress, she's also just an incredibly inspiring human being. The 32-year-old isn't afraid to speak up on important issues like sexism and the need for more diversity on television. As you patiently wait for the return of her hit show, get to know her even better with these key facts. She was named after her grandmothers. Bet you didn't know that Issa goes by a stage name. Her full birth name is Jo-Issa "Issa" Rae Diop. Her first name, Jo-Issa, is after her grandmothers Joyce and Isseu, while her middle name, Rae, is after an aunt, who was also an artist. She went to Stanford University. In 2007, the actress graduated with a degree in African and African-American studies at the private university.
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10 great online series to discover

Nick Horton Oct 6, 2017

Nick has dug up 10 highly recommended gems from the digital online world for your viewing pleasure...

It’s no secret that the gap between premium television (paid for by and broadcast on traditional networks and/or the big online players like Netflix and Amazon) is getting smaller. Not in terms of budgets, but in terms of creativity, talent and opportunity. Increasingly the next big thing might come from the online world, and that wouldn’t be such a strange thing. Broad City and Insecure, two celebrated Us comedy series, both had their origins online, with sketches by Abbi and Ilana, and Issa Rae’s Awkward Black Girl. The celebrated Fleabag was a BBC Three digital show.

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Issa Rae Is Looking for Just One Emmys Photo: Where Are You, Shonda Rhimes?

Issa Rae Is Looking for Just One Emmys Photo: Where Are You, Shonda Rhimes?
Issa Rae was surrounded by fellow TV royalty on the red carpet at the 2017 Emmys but there was one star was looking for. When asked what person that she admired would she like to take a photo with, the co-creator and star of HBO's Insecure and the YouTube series Awkward Black Girl told E! News' Giuliana Rancic, "I mean, I feel like Shonda Rhimes has just really paved the way for so many women of color, so many black women, so that's, hands down, a picture I would love to take." Sadly, Rhimes was not present on the Emmys red carpet. One of her currently airing shows, How to Get Away With Murder, earned two nominations this...
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Insecure’s Yvonne Orji: 'I’m 33 years old and I’m a virgin'

Her role as Molly in HBO’s hit comedy has provided us with one of the most complex characters on TV. Here, she discusses the gender pay gap storyline, code switching and why her sexual status is no big deal

‘You don’t realise that you’re impacting or influencing the culture,” says Yvonne Orji, shaking her head in wonder. “It’s a TV show – we’re just trying to entertain people.” But the Los Angeles-set HBO comedy Insecure – in which Orji stars as Molly Carter, a corporate lawyer with a tongue as sharp as her tailored wardrobe – has done much more than that, including inspiring audience members to call out inequalities. In an episode shown earlier this summer, Molly discovers that a white male colleague of the same position is paid significantly more. With incredible timing, the show’s second season began airing in the UK days after the
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Black Women Are an Integral Part of a New Era of TV, and It's Absolutely F*cking Necessary

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Image Source: Netflix Recently, I was on a five-hour-plus flight back home and decided to check out the movie The Incredible Jessica James on Netflix (which I initially thought was the first season of a show and was heartbroken to find out I was wrong). It had everything I love in my movies - a quirky (but not annoying) protagonist, an awkward love interest, and that modern-millennial romance that makes us wince in secondhand embarrassment while wishing we had that kind of love. Plus, Jessica James is played by Jessica Williams, who I basically want to be when I grow up. So I went into it guessing that I was going to enjoy it. By the end of the movie, I was crying. She's creative, smart, a little bitter, a lot jaded, full of swagger, and black. Just like me. I wasn't crying because the movie is particularly heartbreaking or
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Insecure Star Issa Rae Says Being Famous Feels Like Being 'Popular In High School'

Insecure Star Issa Rae Says Being Famous Feels Like Being 'Popular In High School'
How has life changed for Issa Rae since she made the transition from YouTube star (of her web series Awkward Black Girl) to creator, writer, actress and household name in HBO’s hit Insecure?

Not much, she tells People. Except just a few more people want to say hello.

“I tell people it just feels like I’m popular in high school,” she said before speaking at the Create & Cultivate conference in partnership with Microsoft, Sorel, Express, and The Mine in Seattle on Sept. 9. “Nothing drastically changed other than people just wanting to say hi all the time. I’m
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YouTube Chief Business Officer: Issa Rae’s ‘Insecure’ Would Have Made Sense As A YouTube Red Project

In February 2015, Issa Rae landed a pilot order from HBO for Insecure, a sitcom that would go on to become a full series and a critical darling. At that time, YouTube's plans for long-form original content were still in their nascent stages, but if the video site had been farther along in the process that ultimately led to the launch of YouTube Red, it may have given Insecure a look. In an interview with Business Insider, YouTube Chief Business Officer Robert Kyncl theorized that Insecure "would be on YouTube right now" if the company had been "doing our originals" at the time when the show was developed.

Insecure, which follows a pair of black women as they navigate uncomfortable situations, is based off Rae's web series Misadventures of an Awkward Black Girl, which she distributed through YouTube. Given her existing relationship with the video site, Kyncl believes a spot
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Cooking Web Series From Executive Producer Issa Rae Heads To TV

Issa Rae, best known as the creator of the web series Misadventures of an Awkward Black Girl and the HBO show Insecure, is also a noted producer of digital content, and one of the shows she released through her production company has found a home on TV. Butter and Brown, a cooking show hosted by Seth Brundle and Leslie Antonoff, has been picked up by Aspire, the five-year-old channel launched by Magic Johnson.

In Butter and Brown, Brundle and Antonoff cook up a few of their favorite dishes, which they accompany with some carefully crafted cocktails. The show's recipe calls for a liberal helping of comedy and wry banter, which its hosts provide.

Butter and Brown's original run consisted of six episodes, which arrived on Rae's YouTube channel in 2014.

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Issa Rae: Why 'Insecure' Is Not Made 'for Dudes' or 'White People'

Issa Rae: Why 'Insecure' Is Not Made 'for Dudes' or 'White People'
Issa Rae didn't find out how her dad, a Senegal-born doctor, felt about her HBO series Insecure until a couple months after the first season wrapped. In fact, she thought he might hate it. "Then in our family group chat, he dropped a really inappropriate reference about Lawrence's back shots to Tasha," she says with a laugh, referring to the shocking, explicit finale scene where her character's ex-boyfriend rebounds with his bank teller. "I was like 'Wow, he made it to the finale! That's cool! This is not the place to show me,
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HBO Renews ‘Insecure’ For Season Three

Insecure” was a hit when it debuted on HBO last year, turning its creator and star Issa Rae into an exciting and fresh mainstream voice. In addition to writing and directing, Rae stars in the series (her character’s name is also Issa) that follows the experiences of a modern-day African-American woman as she navigates her career, relationships, and racial tension, partially-based on her well-received 2011 web series “Awkward Black Girl.”

Read More: Issa Rae Grows Up In New Trailer For ‘Insecure’ Season 2

The success of “Insecure” was certainly a good look for HBO, offering viewers a more inclusive replacement for “Girls” and adding a much-needed diverse voice to their line of programming.

Continue reading HBO Renews ‘Insecure’ For Season Three at The Playlist.
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Issa Rae: 'So much of the media presents blackness as fierce and flawless. I’m not'

The creator of Insecure talks the dating ‘totem pole’, film’s obsession with slavery and the gender-race pay gap as season two begins

Related: Issa Rae: from Awkward Black Girl to HBO star

“I don’t want the stench of the current administration on this show,” says Issa Rae. “I don’t want people to look back and be like: ‘Oh, this was a Trump show.’ I want them to look back and say Insecure was an Obama show. Because it is: Obama enabled this show.” The sharp, pithy, Los Angeles-set comedy, dubbed by Us fashion and beauty site the Cut as “the black, millennial Sex and The City”, which Rae co-created, writes and stars in, first aired on HBO last autumn, exactly a month before the Us election. “Culturally, Obama made blackness so present, and so appreciated; people felt seen and heard; it influenced the arts, and it
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People of Color Share #FirstTimeISawMe Representation Stories on Twitter

Issa Rae’s series “Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” is a popular #FirstTimeISawMe subject:

It’s powerful when you see a character in TV or film who’s like you. It can make you feel seen, understood, and important. However, there are swaths of viewers — people of color in particular — who rarely (if ever) see themselves on screen. So when an interesting, resonant character does appear, it strikes one hell of a chord. This is the driving force behind Netflix’s #FirstTimeISawMe, a campaign that called on artists like Ava DuVernay to discuss the first time they encountered a character that reminded them of themselves. What started as a series of short videos morphed into a trending topic on Twitter.

People of color are tweeting their #FirstTimeISawMe stories, and members of the Lgbtq community, people living with disabilities, and many more have joined them.

Jane the Virgin” star Gina Rodriguez participated by giving a shout out to America Ferrara’s turn in Patricia Cardoso’s coming-of-age drama “Real Women Have Curves.” It goes to show how powerful representation can be: Ferrera helped Rodriguez feel “present and heard” and Rodriguez is doing the same for plenty of Latina women.

The #FirstTimeISawMe was @AmericaFerrera in Real Women have Curves and I fell absolutely in love with her. I felt present and heard. ❤️❤️❤️

— @HereIsGina

Other tweets, like the one below, emphasize that a character does not always have to be the same racial demographic in order to resonate with the viewer. Pocahontas’ “independent and strong-willed nature” made just as much of an impression as her skin and hair.

@_TheOtherBox #FirstTimeISawMe in Pocahontas - different ethnicity but same skin and hair and her independent and strong-willed nature called out to me
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Bww Review: Kirsten Childs' The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin Tackles Racial Identity Issues

Connoisseurs of American musical theatre wishing to make a point about the genre's ability to dramatize even the most unlikely of subjects often cite examples like Sweeney Todd's vengeful barber on a killing spree or The Pajama Game's labormanagement dispute, but bookwriterlyricistcomposer Kirsten Childs may have topped them all in 2000 when Playwrights Horizons premiered The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin.
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