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Empire is doing almost inconceivably crazy numbers each week, and it’s become the kind of watercooler show that isn’t supposed to exist any more.  We know we’re jumping into the recap game late on this, but this show is undeniable. Terryn and Ang will be doing the Thursday-morning quarterbacking for the rest of the season. — G.D.  Read More

It’s been a fairly epic week for Kanye, even by his lofty standards. He may have never beaten a white artist head-to-head for a Grammy, but he just became a father and lots of people seem to like his new album. If you’re looking for opinions on his latest release, try this one and this Read More

In the wake of the hullaballoo over folks refusing to say Quvenzhané Wallis’ name got me to thinking: what’s the most hilarious/horrifying experience people have had regarding their “unconventional” or “ethnic” names? Here’s how Twitter responded. [View the story “A Quvenzhané by Any Other Name…” on Storify] Got any stories/gripes of your own? Post ‘em Read More

Jamelle thinks so: If I had to hazard a guess for the most likely replacement, it is Congressman Tim Scott, who has achieved a fair amount of prominence given his short time in the House. Part of this has to do with novelty; Scott is an African American Republican who represents Strom Thurmond’s old district Read More

Between Anderson Cooper, Bono, and the New York Times deigning to (at least briefly) put a story about famine on the front page, it seems the world has finally taken notice of the unfolding disaster in the Horn of Africa. It is about DAMN time.  The US Agency for International Development (USAID) created the Famine Early Read More

Without further ado, “Otis”: Oh look, another article about who black women should be dating.  Great. Our own jbouie on last night’s debate. A new poll finds that only 34 percent of Americans would be able to find $1,000 in their savings account if they needed to. And lastly, your Friday cute. Have a good Read More

see 10 min doc here. From HuffPo: This addiction to challenges carries over into the album’s production, with the rappers flipping through genres and tempos and verse structures like a veritable Wikipedia of pop music. They each rap entire verses, they battle line-to-line, Jay dips back into double-time, Kanye drawls out words that should never Read More

As you all might have noticed, we’ve had nothing to say – thus far, at least – about the 25-year-old Orlando woman who was acquitted on murder charges Tuesday in the death of her 2-year-old daughter in 2008. But if I had something interesting and edifying to say about that circus, it probably would sound Read More