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November 14th through the 20th marks Transgender Awareness Week. According to GLAAD, Transgender Awareness Week was founded to “help raise the visibility of transgender and gender non-conforming people, and address the issues the community faces,” and throughout the week, many individuals from around the world have shown their support for this community by posting on social media, paid tribute to influential trans activists, as well as attended services and discussions about the transgender community. However, another way to celebrate this week is to tune some...
“I started out with my own feminine and masculine duality for each character,” says South Korean-born actress, musician, and multimedia artist Jihae about developing the characters of twin sisters Joon and Hana Seung — she plays both — in the six-part National Geographic miniseries Mars. “I found that immersing myself in both the outer and inner makings of the characters helped to separate Joon from Hana, who are also very much alike as identical twins.” The series, which takes place in the years 2016 and 2033,...
Image via BBC During a conversation on BBC Newsnight Friday, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the We Should All Be Feminists author, shut down grumpy troll/American Spectator editor-in-chief R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. when he insisted that Trump “hasn’t been racist.” “If you’re a white man, you don’t get to define what racism is,” she said. “It’s not about your opinion. Racism is an objective reality, and Donald Trump has inhabited that reality.” Tyrrell’s response to that elegantly stated truth? “You know, the false consciousness theory that you’re talking...
Leslie Knope has written an open letter in response to the news of Trump/Pence’s election. Leslie is the Associate Director of the Parks Department for Pawnee, Indiana, a former history major, a councilwoman, a parent, a crafter, a tireless force for good, an organizer, an inspiration, a woman, a Pawnee Goddess, and a friend. Leslie cares about her community and the people around her, and she works relentlessly to improve their lives (whether that means building a new park or stamping out at dealthy library. She is...
Samantha Bee’s show Full Frontal With Samantha Bee has been on the air for less than a year, but she’s proven herself a much-needed voice in this election season, especially with Jon Stewart gone from the Daily Show, Colbert leaving The Colbert Report behind, and The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore canceled. And Bee’s show last night was one of her strongest yet. In an ironically sparkling jacket, Bee ruthlessly broke down the results, placing appropriate blame on white people for buying into Trump’s racist rhetoric...
On Halloween night Samantha Bee and President Obama got spooky discussing the upcoming election. During the interview on her show Full Frontal, Bee asked the president to share a scary story with viewers about what could happen if they don't vote. Warning: his response was extremely terrifying, and potentially too much for some readers to handle: "Donald Trump could become president." The interview started with Bee and Obama discussing their costumes for the show's "annual" Halloween presidential interview. Obama said he was dressed as "What happens when...
Warning, this article contains spoilers for Black Mirror's "San Junipero" episode. It is rare to find a piece of queer television that brings a nonheteronormative sexual relationship to life without succumbing to the pitfalls of essentialism and tropes. Maybe you’ve seen it trending at the top of your newsfeed, but Black Mirror, an anthology series, is quickly becoming the next cult TV show. While the show is known for its seriously twisted physiological plots, this season offered a refreshing and groundbreaking lesbian happily ever after, an...
White privilege is truly sickening. Quit your whining and take your wins with your losses. Better yet, take responsibility for not being able to police your rudeness and lewd behaviors. Male privilege stinks up society, but what is further troubling is when there is numbness to such offense. When a diabolical number of people become “comfortable” with men behaving badly, then we have lost a sense of decorum, and humanity spirals into a cesspool of unsolicited penises. Men, call out your penis-sharers. What if your 12-year-old daughter,...
  Are you watching Jane the Virgin? If you’re not, you should, because it’s one of the best shows on TV right now. It’s got the grandmother/mother/daughter relationship of Gilmore Girls, the heartwarming and hilarious humor of Parks & Rec, and the impossible-to-keep-track-of-but-highly-entertaining plot of a show like Gossip Girl — or a telenovela, a genre it both embraces and parodies. Plus, lead actress Gina Rodriguez is AMAZING and makes me cry all the time.   And another reason to watch Jane the Virgin — the way it deals...

Tom Hanks played Fox News Channel host Chris Wallace on SNL, moderating a gut-wrenching presidential debate between Alec Baldwin's Donald Trump and Kate McKinnon's Hillary Clinton — and then played a hilarious Trump supporter on “Black Jeopardy," where he bonded with fellow black contestants over their distrust of government and skinny women. But neither of those skits were Hanks' best performances — that is reserved for David S. Pumpkins. Hanks seems to have never grown out of his ability to make us laugh. Dressed in a...