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  In December 2018, US Netflix released the UK-hit series Derry Girls, and it has since attracted a worldwide viewership. Set in Derry, or Londonderry, “depending on your persuasion," in Northern Ireland in the early 1990s, the show follows teenagers Erin, Clare, Michelle, and James (Michelle’s British cousin) on their adventures. While teenagers getting into trouble is a well-worn TV trope, Derry Girls convinces because it tells a local story with universal appeal, and puts teenage girls front and center. The show taps into '90s nostalgia, as evidenced by its...
  Bisexual. Sometimes it can feel like a “bad” word, both in queer culture and in heteronormative society. You might think that bisexuals would feel at home both worlds, however, many bisexual folks feel excluded or erased from both straight and queer communities. Writer/director/actor Desiree Akhavan's own experiences led her to feel the need to tackle “the bisexual” dilemma in her new Hulu series, released in October 2018.  In a Q&A during the New York LGBTQ Film Fest, Akhavan explained that when promoting her first film, 2014's...
June Diane Raphael has a lot going on right now. In 2018, the actress, writer, and producer co-founded a co-working space for women; she has a film coming out this June with Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen; and she's currently working on a book for women looking to run for office, out this September. And—of course—there’s Season 5 of Grace and Frankie, the show starring Raphael as Brianna, the snarky, CEO daughter of the titular Grace (Jane Fonda), returning to Netflix this weekend. “There’s a tension between...

Yvonne Orji is a hugger. She’ll approach you with her arms as wide as her smile and bring you in for a solid, firm hug. If she welcomes you into her world, you’ll feel at home instantly. But she also knows how to maintain firm boundaries, especially as her star rises in Hollywood. The 35-year-old actor refuses to make compromises when it comes to her devout Christian faith. And she maintains a careful separation between her public and private lives. Before fans came to love...
It’s the most wonderful time of year in New York City. The streets are lined with Christmas trees, filling the air with the smell of evergreens, and holiday lights glow throughout the boroughs. Starbucks has released its seasonal cups, and the frigid air has made it once again acceptable to wear sweatpants out in public. December is also a time for many of us to start feeling the effects of seasonal affective disorder settling in. The sky is mostly void of sunlight from now until...
Maaarge! Girl, you’ve been killing it for 30 seasons. Aside from being matriarch of the Simpsons clan, you’ve had numerous careers throughout your tenure on the small screen. You’ve been leaning in long before Sheryl Sandberg. From police officer to novelist to body builder, you’re waaaay more nuanced than people give you credit for, yet everything you do is through a nurturing maternal lens and a superhuman degree of patience. You really contain multitudes. But it can get dark sometimes. You’ve sacrificed a lot of...
Abbi and Ilana are out voting, what about you? The Broad City queens just released a new video, “Russian,” aimed to remind you all to the jump out of bed and run – yes, RUN – to the polls. Of course, the skit isn’t quite that straightforward. It opens with Abbi quizzing Ilana on Russian phrases, which quickly escalate from “yes” to “would you like me to urinate on you strong man". Don’t worry, it’s all part of Ilana’s master plan to infiltrate Russia. Watch the video...
Megyn Kelly, following her latest display of racism, might be leaving NBC for good. The Megyn Kelly Today host didn’t appear on the network this morning, with an NBC News spokesperson saying that her show will be airing reruns this week. Sources close to NBC told CNN that it’s likely she won’t return back, but information about her departure and its timing are still getting figured out. Kelly got a lot of well-deserved backlash after she discussed—with an all-white panel—whether blackface was ever okay for Halloween. “What is racist?” she asked. “Because...
  Megyn Kelly is at it again: being racist, that is. During a Tuesday taping of her show “Megyn Kelly Today,” Kelly and a panel of three other white people, Melissa Rivers, Jenna Bush Hager, and Jacob Soboroff, discussed racial sensitivity with regard to Halloween costumes. It didn’t go well. “But what is racist?” asked Kelly before continuing, “because truly you do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface at Halloween or a black person who puts on white face for...
Dinette, a webseries that premiered earlier this month on BRIC TV, is a perfect way to spend an hour of your time. The series revolves around a group of quirky women and nonbinary friends all trying to make it through the world in their own way—the only cis male characters are peripheral and appear briefly. The pace matches its primary setting well (relaxed and cozy, as if your best friends are sitting beside you at your favorite diner counter). One of the first lines is...