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April 26th, 2014
thesmithian

…a hopeless hustler who asks a producer, “just hypothetically,” if he’ll price-match a discount beat site the way Best Buy would.

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February 11th, 2014
thesmithian
everythingyntk:

Aubrey Plaza for Latina [March 2014]On having her peers in high school doubt her Latina identity: “I was winning the diversity awards and people were always calling bullshit on me. I won the Hispanic teenager of the year and I felt terrible. I always felt like I didn’t deserve to win because I was really half.”

[look of the hour]

everythingyntk:

Aubrey Plaza for Latina [March 2014]

On having her peers in high
school doubt her Latina identity
:
“I was winning the diversity awards and
people were always calling bullshit on me.
I won the Hispanic teenager of the year
and I felt terrible. I always felt like I didn’t
deserve to win because I was really half.”

[look of the hour]

(Source: mayawiig)

Reblogged from everythingYNTK
October 16th, 2013
thesmithian

SNL has done some great stuff to debunk the old stereotypes that women can’t be funny; Tina Fey and Kristen Wiig have pretty much put that argument to bed. Why can’t they make the same strides with regards to race? Black, female comedians do exist, and they are working and becoming famous and having great success. Beyond just fielding the Michelle Obama impressions in a P.C. way, a more diverse cast (and not just black women but performers from a variety of backgrounds) might be just what SNL needs to get out of a rut.

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October 14th, 2013
thesmithian

Like Salinger’s retreat from fame, Chappelle’s departure demanded an explanation: how could any human being have the willpower, the chutzpah, the determination to refuse the amount of money rumored to be Chappelle’s next paycheck: fifty million dollars. Say it with me now. Fifty. Million. Dollars. When the dust settled, and Chappelle had done interviews with Oprah and James Lipton in an attempt to recover his image and tell his story, two things became immediately apparent: Dave Chappelle is without a doubt his generation’s smartest comic, and the hole he left in comedy is so great that even ten years later very few people can accept the reason he later gave for leaving fame and fortune behind: he wanted to find a simpler way of life.

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art: drawing by Blake Souffrant

Like Salinger’s retreat from fame, Chappelle’s departure demanded an explanation: how could any human being have the willpower, the chutzpah, the determination to refuse the amount of money rumored to be Chappelle’s next paycheck: fifty million dollars. Say it with me now. Fifty. Million. Dollars. When the dust settled, and Chappelle had done interviews with Oprah and James Lipton in an attempt to recover his image and tell his story, two things became immediately apparent: Dave Chappelle is without a doubt his generation’s smartest comic, and the hole he left in comedy is so great that even ten years later very few people can accept the reason he later gave for leaving fame and fortune behind: he wanted to find a simpler way of life.

more.

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art: drawing by Blake Souffrant

September 27th, 2013
thesmithian

…the staggering diversity gap that still exists in the entertainment industry.

more, plus the infographic is huge and legible, here.

August 31st, 2013
thesmithian

This was a Black artist shrugging the weight of White consumption, deciding when enough was enough. This isn’t the first time Chappelle has done so and it isn’t the first time his behavior has been characterized as a meltdown. There is a long history of asking African-Americans to endure racism silently; it’s characterized as grace, as strength.

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August 4th, 2013
thesmithian

"So when you say psychosomatic, you mean like he could start a fire with his thoughts?"

July 5th, 2013
thesmithian

Tyler’s life has been a series of spectacularly epic fails—but the personal insights and authentic wisdom she gathered along the way…successfully demonstrate the power of calamity to shape life, learning, and success…

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Tyler’s life has been a series of spectacularly epic fails—but the personal insights and authentic wisdom she gathered along the way…successfully demonstrate the power of calamity to shape life, learning, and success…

more.

July 5th, 2013
thesmithian

The series stuck to its creative guns and grew into one of the best, most beloved shows of the 1970s. The choice to center its comedy on characters, not wacky situations, proved quietly revolutionary, influencing almost every comedy made since.

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