The Most Important Angry Black Women In Hollywood History.

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Last week, the New York Times’ Alessandra Stanley praised Shonda Rhimes for taking ownership of the often demeaning “Angry Black Woman” label. “Ms. Rhimes has embraced the trite but persistent caricature of the Angry Black Woman, recast it in her own image and made it enviable,” Stanley wrote. “She has almost single-handedly trampled a taboo [...]

Random Midday Hotness: In Which Carlton Goes In.

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Alfonso Ribeiro is going to [...]

A List Of Rules For Women.

Jay Smooth is having a hard time keeping them all straight. [...]

Random Late Afternoon Hotness: Sandbox Spit-Game, Crazy.

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You might remember  the adorable Khaliyl Iloyi from his first viral video. Now he’s back with more pre-pre-school #bars. Let it be known:  It’s time for a nap-nap for these other wack rap cats.

[h/t Veronica Miller]

What We Mean By ‘Criminal.’

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Monica has written here before about her days as investigator for the Civilian Complaint Review Board, the NYC agency that looks into allegations from civilians about police misconduct.

She dropped by NPR’s Code Switch — my day job — to talk about what it’s been like to watch all these videos of police officers [...]

Random Midday Hot(m)ess: And I’m Telling You…

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Ms. Lake Dardanelle, Naomi Shure, really wanted to go in here…

…but those bouncers were no joke, I guess.

Random Midday Hotness: ‘Cups’ x ‘Monster’

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Nicki Minaj’s filthy verse on Kanye West’s “Monster” — the crazy-ass voicess, the breath control — was the first moment a lot of people started to take her seriously as an MC.

“Cups” was a many-lived ditty that achieved ubiquity after Anna Kendrick covered it in Pitch Perfect and used a plastic cup (and her hands) [...]

Random Midday Hotness: On A Day Like Today.

If the Foreign Exchange is coming to your town, you sorta gotta see them. They are one of the best live shows I’ve seen in years. (Seriously: during the encore, Phonte led the crowd at the Williamsburg Music Hall in a rousing rendition of Mark Morrison’s “Return of the Mack.”) Somehow I missed them [...]