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January 30, 2023 at 8:28 pm #1205275488
SMDH.January 30, 2023 at 4:10 pm #1205275252
RIP Cindy WilliamsJanuary 30, 2023 at 4:08 pm #1205275248
RIP Cindy WilliamsJanuary 29, 2023 at 4:50 pm #1205274000
Pretty rough episode. The clever State Farm sketch was one bright spot though, as well as the pointed cold open with Merrick Garland.January 29, 2023 at 4:08 pm #1205273981
Watched the first two episodes of “Your Honor” S2. Bryan Cranston is as great as ever as Michael Desiato. He should have been Emmy-nominated for this role, but he’ll have no chance in the drama field if he couldn’t even make a less-competitive limited field. Stacked ensemble with Michael Stuhlbarg, Hope Davis, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Amy Landecker, and Margo Martindale. This season has added Rosie Perez, who really feels like a scene-stealing type performance that could go anywhere. In lesser hands, it’s an obvious stock role/season heavy not worth mentioning. One thing this show does quite a bit is make some huge swings dramatically. Some of the plot twists last season were outrageous to the point of absurd, but it kept my attention, at least. There’s one early on here that’s so eye-rolling, I almost stopped watching. Way too long in S1 with ten episodes, and it looks like no lessons were learned on that front at another ten episodes. Might stick with it, or not, but a fine start regardless. The opener features an insane prison rodeo sequence, which is based on the real-life Angola Prison Rodeo at the Louisiana State Penitentiary. Wild world we live in.January 28, 2023 at 12:47 pm #1205272653
If actual Academy rules were violated, then Riseborough’s nomination should be rescinded. The emergency governors meeting will be juicy.
According to Variety:
A studio can only purchase one e-mail blast per week. Variety can also confirm that “To Leslie” sent at least three e-mail blasts sent to AMPAS voters, which would have been purchased by Momentum Pictures or Riseborough’s campaign team, including Narrative PR and Shelter PR.January 28, 2023 at 11:37 am #1205272624
Interesting design challenge, and a deserved win for Luxx. At first, I thought something was being done to the rooms themselves, but there wasn’t any time for that. Criminal that the reading challenge was rushed to the extent that it was. Too many damn queens to cover, with some of them only getting one read in (either the shit MTV edit or they blew it with unfunny reads), and only the expected frontrunners got multiple reads in. Loosey delivered well, and with this and her epic Joan Rivers in Snatch Game, she’s making a strong case for finale placement. It was Amethyst’s time. Three strikes, and indeed, you’re outta there, bitch. I would have been perfectly fine with Selina going home too, since I find her chola drag aesthetic tacky and overdone. Jax is consistently underwhelming, and I fail to understand why Robin is still there wasting time. Spice without Sugar is kinda sad to watch, but I hope the editors give Spice the solo redemption arc versus the weaker twin imploding without the stronger twin around arc. Loveddd Janelle Monáe as guest judge, and adored them in “Untucked” giving a necessary sermon to the gurls. No damn judges deliberations, so we can’t even get a feel for what the thinking was with the tops and bottoms of the week. Totally get why “Q.U.E.E.N.” was chosen as the lip-sync song, but there were better choices, like practically anything from “Dirty Computer.” “Make Me Feel” was right there, or even something slower like “Pynk” or “I Like That.” Definitely watch “Untucked” this season to get some sort of extra dose of the queens that these short episodes are sorely lacking. The least WOW can do is either drop the unedited episodes on Paramount+ or the WOW app, or cancel that garbage “WeHo” show and make the episodes 90 minutes again.January 28, 2023 at 1:36 am #1205272004
Memphis authorities release graphic video of police beating Tyre Nichols during arrest
BY CHEYANNE M. DANIELS 01/27/23 7:24 PM ET
Memphis authorities on Friday evening released graphic video showing the arrest of Tyre Nichols, a 29-year-old Black man who died after a traffic stop on Jan. 10.
Federal, state, and local authorities had warned that the footage of five former police officers, who are all Black men, was horrific and appalling, bracing the Memphis community and the country for what they would see.
Over the course of the video, officers pepper-spray, deploy a stun gun, and beat Nichols.
Nichols can be heard repeatedly screaming for his mother throughout the beating. At least one officer can be heard repeatedly yelling for Nichols to “gimme your hands,” though Nichols already appeared to be on the ground.
Final video footage from a police camera mounted on a pole show Nichols surrounded by the officers, with at least three simultaneously punching and kicking him. Officers who were not physically participating in the beating did not intervene or attempt to stop those who were. At least eight officers were present at the scene.
Video of the arrest was taken from polecam, SkyCop, and police body camera footage.
The five police officers were fired from the department last week. On Thursday, they were charged with second-degree murder and other offenses.
The officers were part of the SCORPION unit of the Memphis police. Attorneys for Nichols’s family have called for that unit to be disbanded.
SCORPION, or the Street Crimes Operation to Restore Peace in Our Neighborhoods unit, is a 50-person unit that polices particular areas of the city—which disproportionately end up in Black and brown communities, the attorneys argued.
“What we’ve seen this month in Memphis and for many years in many places, is that the behavior of these units can morph into ‘wolf pack’ misconduct that takes away a person’s liberty or freedom to move, akin to a kidnapping,” attorneys Benjamin Crump and Antonio Romanucci said in an open letter.
“These often aggressive encounters flat out destruct trust between police and the communities they are sworn to protect and serve, but as we saw in the tragic and unnecessary death of Tyre Nichols, can also lead to physical injury or death when the culture of unchecked, pro-active policing overtakes common sense.”
Two unidentified firefighters have not been charged, but Shelby County District Attorney Steve Mulroy said Thursday it is possible more charges could be forthcoming.
Nichols’s family had already seen the video before its release. His stepfather, Rodney Wells, called the footage “horrific.” His mother, RowVaughn Wells, said she was unable to watch the full video.
Crump, the famed civil rights attorney representing the family, likened the footage to that of Rodney King, a Black man brutally beaten by Los Angeles police officers during a traffic stop in 1991.
Ahead of the release, Memphis, Tenn., Police Chief Cerelyn Davis called the incident “heinous, reckless, and inhumane.”
Davis on Friday said police decided to release the video on a Friday evening instead of during the workweek so any potential protests would not be as disruptive to people in school or at work.
Officials in cities around the country are now calling for peaceful protests in response to the video.January 28, 2023 at 1:31 am #1205272000
McDaniel wins reelection as RNC chair in contentious election
BY CAROLINE VAKIL 01/27/23 3:19 PM ET
Ronna McDaniel won a fourth term to head the Republican National Committee (RNC) during a secret ballot vote by members on Friday, capping off a contentious election spurred by calls within the party for new leadership.
McDaniel fended off two challengers—California attorney Harmeet Dhillon and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, a staunch denier of the 2020 presidential election results.
She received 111 votes, while Dhillon received 51 and Lindell received four. Former Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.), who did not ultimately make a run for RNC chair, also received one vote.
The last three elections have proven disappointing for Republicans: The party lost the House in 2018, lost the Senate and presidency in 2020 and only gained a thin majority in the House in 2022. Many in the party cited last November’s midterms as a reason to elect fresh blood, as McDaniel oversaw the RNC through the last three elections.
McDaniel, in brief remarks, told RNC committee members that she heard the concerns from those who voiced criticism in the wake of the November elections while also projecting unity within the party.
“We need all of us. We heard you, grassroots. We know. We heard Harmeet, we heard Mike Lindell. But with us united and all of us going together, the Democrats are going to hear us in 2024 when we take back the White House and the Senate,” she said to applause in the room.
While the incumbent was predicted to win, the race was another example of intraparty tensions.
Some top Republicans, like former President Trump and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), avoided weighing in the race. But others waded in, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who told Charlie Kirk, the founder of the conservative Turning Point USA, in an interview aired Thursday, “I think we need to get some new blood in the RNC.”
“I like what Harmeet Dhillon has said about getting the RNC out of D.C. Why would you want to have your headquarters in the most Democrat city in America? It’s more Democrat than San Francisco is,” he added.
Dhillon’s campaign website offered the names of only 29 state chairs and RNC committee members endorsing her, noting it was a “partial list.”
Meanwhile, more than 150 Republican donors endorsed McDaniel in the leadership race, and some lawmakers, like Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), also backed the incumbent.
“.@GOPChairwoman has played a major role in helping turn Florida red and fighting for conservative values across the country,” Scott tweeted. “Thank you Ronna for all you’ve done to help elect strong Republicans in the Sunshine state!”
McDaniel has defended her tenure in the RNC, arguing that she was not responsible for the way Republicans performed in the November midterms.
“I’m not the coach. I don’t pick the players, the voters do. I don’t call the plays, the candidates pick their own plays,” she told Semafor in an interview published earlier this month.
“I mean, we defied history in 2018, picking up three Senate seats in a midterm year. We picked up 15 seats in 2020 in the House, which was unprecedented, and then this year, winning back the House,” she also noted at the time.
But Dhillon and some members of the party remained unconvinced, arguing that the GOP could have had better election cycles. The RNC election follows a contentious House Speaker race, which saw a group of Republicans splitting from the rest of the caucus before electing Speaker Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) in the 15th vote.
Trump cheered on McDaniel’s win in a post on his Truth Social, writing, “Congratulations to Ronna McDaniel on her big WIN as RNC CHAIR.”January 28, 2023 at 1:11 am #1205271986
If the Academy inquiry goes as far as rescinding Riseborough’s nomination, a reminder that according to Academy rules, there would be no replacement nominee (i.e., the sixth-place finisher moving up to fifth place). The category would just have four nominees instead.January 27, 2023 at 8:27 pm #1205271747
I’m expecting some rules chances in the future. Something this major wasn’t going to stand without some level of scrutiny moving forward.January 27, 2023 at 1:52 am #1205270069
Episode Title: “House of Fashion”
Synopsis: The remaining queens must turn home decor into haute couture; actress Janelle Monáe (“Glass Onion”) serves as guest judge; another contestant is eliminated from the competition.
Discuss.January 26, 2023 at 2:04 pm #1205269491
College Board: States have not influenced our new African American studies course
The College Board, in its Thursday letter to its members, said the course has “been shaped only by the input of experts and long-standing AP principles and practices.”
by BIANCA QUILANTAN
01/26/2023 04:30 PM EST
The College Board on Thursday defended its African American Studies Advanced Placement course by rebuking claims that Florida or other states have influenced its new framework that has yet to be unveiled.
Their letter comes as Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis claimed success in potentially changing the course, and Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker, a Democrat, has sent his own letter urging the nonprofit that oversees AP exams not to follow Florida’s lead, calling it “political grandstanding.”
“To be clear, no states or districts have seen the official framework that will be released on February 1, much less provided feedback on it,” the College Board said in a letter to its membership that was obtained by POLITICO.
The DeSantis administration made the decision earlier this month to bar high school students from taking the new course over concerns that the lessons run “contrary” to state law that restricts how race is taught in the classroom and that it “significantly lacks educational value.”
DeSantis, who said the original coursework “pushed an agenda,” claimed victory this week after the College Board announced changes could be expected by the framework’s unveiling on Feb. 1. The state’s feedback included scrapping the lessons flagged by Florida officials, such as pieces on “Black Queer Studies,” advocacy for reparations, activism, and intersectionality, which is a piece of critical race theory.
Critical race theory is the study of how racism has been weaved into American laws and institutions throughout history. Most public school officials across the country say they do not teach the theory.
“We are glad the College Board has recognized that the originally submitted course curriculum is problematic, and we are encouraged to see the College Board express a willingness to amend,” Alex Lanfranconi, director of communications for the Florida Department of Education, said in a statement on Wednesday. “AP courses are standardized nationwide, and as a result of Florida’s strong stance against identity politics and indoctrination, students across the country will consequentially have access to an historically accurate, unbiased course.”
On Wednesday, Pritzker urged the College Board to “refuse to bow to political pressure” and maintain its course. “I am extremely troubled by recent news reports that claim Governor DeSantis is pressuring the College Board to change the AP African American Studies course in order to fit Florida’s racist and homophobic laws,” he wrote, adding that he will “not accept any watering down” of history.
The College Board, in its Thursday letter to its members, said the course has “been shaped only by the input of experts and long-standing AP principles and practices.” More than 300 professors of African American Studies from more than 200 colleges nationwide, including dozens of historically Black colleges and universities, were consulted in developing the official course framework. The yearlong framework development process was completed in December.
“We invite everyone to read the framework for themselves when it is released; it is a historic document that deserves your attention,” the letter from College Board said.
Andrew Atterbury and Shia Kapos contributed to this report.Not now