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We adored the first season of Issa Rae’s HBO series Insecure, and the first teaser trailer for season 2 has us counting down the days til it returns to our TV screens/HBONow.com tab. (It’s 38 days, btw: Season 2 premieres July 23.) The trailer doesn’t give too much away: We see Issa wandering a dreamscape as “Slide” by Calvin Harris feat. Frank Ocean and Migos plays. She sits next to Lawrence on a couch that says “hella confused”; she looks Daniel up and down by a...
I thought Harlots, Hulu’s costume drama about the sex industry in 18th century London, was going to be another pissing match between high-powered men with sex workers as eye candy, victims, and pawns, as they are typically portrayed on TV. Boy, was I wrong. In addition to being a super fun, raunchy costume drama, Harlots is one of the first shows I’ve ever seen that portrays sex workers as having actual agency and humanity. This, among many other surprises, should put it atop any feminist...
We didn’t think that we could get even more excited for the next season of Broad City, but it turns out, we can. Because Ilana Glazer has announced that Broad City will bleep out Trump’s name in the upcoming season 4. "There's no airtime for this orange (person)," Glazer told USA Today. "We bleep his name the whole season.” Broad City released an Inauguration Day clip that did, in fact, bleep out Trump’s name: “We are T-minus 60 seconds until [BLEEP] is inaugurated.” (Not bleeped: “Woman-hating, fucking...
As you recall, last week’s episode ended with a repentant DeMario returning to the mansion in the hope of restoring his standing in Rachel’s eyes. This week, Rachel decides to hear him out, partly out of curiosity but mostly because she is a merciful rose goddess. Outside the villa, Chris Harrison and all the suitors watch from afar as DeMario makes an almost-tearful speech about how his “entire life changed” when he met Rachel and she’s the “woman of his dreams.” Then he begs to...
Broad City is back, kweens, and we are here. for. it. The Season 4 trailer is a delicious montage, bumping to J. Lo’s “Get Right,” filled with Abbi (Abbi Jacobson) and Ilana’s (Ilana Glazer) unique brand of madness that we all know and love. We see our baes decked out in ‘80s swag and ballgowns, chillin’ with seniors packing heat, blowing smoke in the face of an abortion protestor, and trippin’ themselves into cartoon characters. Plus, we can look forward to our favorite pioneers of...
The release of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, based on Margaret Atwood’s book of the same title, has the internet alive with discussions about how the show relates to current events when it comes to class, gender, sexuality, race and more. Reading 2017 headlines in the age of Trump’s presidential reign of humanitarian fails makes you think you’re living in Gilead.In the Republic of Gilead, religious fundamentalists successfully have successfully taken over the U.S. government. In this dystopian world, most of society has become infertile, and...
Watching Michaela Coel's outrageous Netflix comedy, Chewing Gum, it's hard to believe the 29-year-old Brit didn't set out to be a comedic actress. With her masterful use of physical comedy and ability to contort her gorgeous face into all kinds of shapes, you'd swear she worshiped at the altar of Gilda Radner. "I don't have a ton of comedic influences because I didn't plan on doing comedy," says Coel, whose journey to TV stardom began eight years ago when, while performing her original poetry, she...
Samantha Bee, never one to miss a beat, saluted Donald J. Trump on Full Frontal for finally uniting America with his “Despite the constant negative press covfefe” tweet. Bee praised the Twitterverse that “greeted covfefe’s arrival with unfettered rapture. . . like passengers on the Titanic who decided to say ‘Fuck it’ and rock out to the band.” Now, nobody is exactly sure how "covfefe" is pronounced, but, bless their hearts, who can blame them when it’s a step ahead of the usual Donald Trump...
It was raining gold in Minneapolis, and I’m not talking about a Donald J. Trump pee party. On Saturday, May 13, 2017, a Minneapolis-based event company, Flip Phone organized the first ever Golden Girls Bar Crawl in Downtown Minneapolis. The goal was to achieve the Guinness World Record for the most people dressed as Golden Girls in one room. While the jury is still out on the record, more than 1,000 people rolled up dressed as their favorite characters then split into four teams - Blanche,...
A Russian ensign, a Japanese pilot, a black communications officer; the first on-air interracial kiss, a civilization gone extinct over skin color, kohms and yangs. Star Trek: The Original Series tackled civil rights and Cold War era political issues with a deft commitment to diversity. Though following series  — The Next Generation, Voyager, Deep Space Nine and Enterprise — took up thoughtful stories about exploration and humanity, none quite matched the sheer political commentary of the original. That is, perhaps, until now. The Star Trek: Discovery trailer opens...