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What do square dancing, ice cream trucks and cartoons have in common? A history of racism, according to Samantha Bee’s “Racist Roadshow.” 

On Wednesday’s episode of “Full Frontal,” Bee and her team decided that the best way to celebrate Black History Month is to remind us that racism is actually “lurking where you least expect it.”

“So instead of picking one thing, we’re going to tell you about how everything you see or use or enjoy is racist,” said Bee. 

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What I have to say to the people who haven't gone through a wild period is: Watch out, you know, it's going to come in some way, shape or form. We all have to get that out of our systems.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Drew, We Hardley Knew Ye

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In the private dining room of Lucques in West Hollywood on Tuesday night, there was plenty of excitement as guests celebrated New York-based jewelry company David Yurman's partnership with Academy Award winner and advocate Geena Davis as executive producers on an upcoming documentary examining gender bias in Hollywood.

"It's been a really long time since I've been in a room with so many powerful women," said one guest as she scanned the room. "This feels really good."

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Donald Glover, left, and Sean Baker attend Esquire's "Mavericks of Hollywood" celebration Tuesday in West Hollywood.
Donald Glover, left, and Sean Baker attend Esquire's "Mavericks of Hollywood" celebration Tuesday in West Hollywood. (Donato Sardella / Getty Images for Esquire)

So how does it feel to be named a “Maverick of Hollywood” by Esquire magazine?

“I don’t like to put a label on things, but I feel honored,” said Donald Glover, the “Atlanta” actor-creator and Grammy winner featured as this month’s cover star.

“Oh my God, it’s the first time I’ve ever been called a maverick in any context — and then a ‘Maverick of Hollywood’ — by Esquire. That’s a pretty good first maverick,” said Kumail Nanjiani, star and co-writer of “The Big Sick,” adding that the year has been satisfying and wonderful, but also overwhelming. “I don’t know where we go from here.”

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Jennifer Lawrence caused a stir Tuesday when she wore a revealing gown sans coat at the "Red Sparrow" photo call.
Jennifer Lawrence caused a stir Tuesday when she wore a revealing gown sans coat at the "Red Sparrow" photo call. (Joel C. Ryan / Associated Press)

Jennifer Lawrence is mad, and it’s all the internet’s fault.

Tongues were wagging Tuesday when photos of the “Red Sparrow” photo call revealed Lawrence dressed in a stunning Versace dress surrounded by co-workers who were wearing no fewer than three layers of clothing.

When Versace tweeted about the dress, users asked why the fashion house hadn’t given Lawrence a jacket to complete the outfit.

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Wendy Williams will be taking a break from TV, on doctor’s orders.

The daytime-talk-show host is going on a brief hiatus to deal with health issues relating to her hyperthyroidism and Graves’ disease, an immune system disorder that can squeeze the muscles behind the eyeballs.

“My thyroid has been totally cattywampus. That is the eye thing that you all have been seeing,” the 53-year-old told her “Wendy Williams Show” studio audience Wednesday. “You caught it before I did.”

Ryan Reynolds has purchased Aviation American gin.
Ryan Reynolds has purchased Aviation American gin. (Guy Aroch / Aviation American Gin)

Ryan Reynolds: heartthrob, filmmaker, professional Twitter troll and, now, liquor company owner.

The “Deadpool” star has acquired an ownership interest in Aviation American Gin, the company announced Wednesday.

Reynolds, always quick with a quip, said he’ll now spend his days “being photographed intermittently clinching my jaw muscles while pointing at things and nodding.”

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Stephen Colbert returned from a week-long hiatus with grave solemnity Tuesday night.

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” was not in production last week, meaning this was the host’s first opportunity to address the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. 

After expressing his dissatisfaction with lawmakers, Colbert focused his attention on something more promising: “There is one group that does give me hope that we can do something to protect the children, and sadly, it’s the children,” he said of the Parkland students driven to activism by the shooting.

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Part of being black in this country, or being a minority in this country, is about feeling like we’re perceiving things that we’re told we’re not perceiving. It’s a state of mind. It’s a piece of the condition of being African American, certainly, that people may not know.

"Handmaid's Tale" costume designer Ane Crabtree, right, at the Costume Designers Guild Awards with Mark Hamill and wife Marilou York, left.
"Handmaid's Tale" costume designer Ane Crabtree, right, at the Costume Designers Guild Awards with Mark Hamill and wife Marilou York, left. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

“The Shape of Water” racked up two more honors Tuesday night at the Costume Designers Guild Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The film’s costume designer, Luis Sequeira, won the guild’s award for excellence in period film, and director Guillermo del Toro was given the Distinguished Collaborator Award, presented by Sequeira and actor Doug Jones, who played “Shape of Water’s” creature. 

“I, Tonya” costume designer Jennifer Johnson won the guild’s award for excellence in contemporary film, and Lindy Hemming, who oversaw the costumes in “Wonder Woman,” won for excellence in sci-fi / fantasy film.

Of the three CDGA film winners, only “The Shape of Water” is nominated in the Oscar race for costume design (the other Academy Award nominees are “Beauty and the Beast,” “Darkest Hour,” “Victoria & Abdul” and “Phantom Thread”).

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Celebrities are lining up with their wallets to help protect American kids from gun violence in the wake of another deadly school shooting.

Inspired by “the courage and eloquence” of the survivors of the recent shooting in Parkland, Fla., philanthropic duo George Clooney and Amal Clooney have donated $500,000 to help the students organize the upcoming March for Our Lives rally in Washington, D.C., to tighten gun control.

The Oscar winner and human-rights attorney made the donation in the name of their 8-month-old twins and announced that they will be joining the rally on March 24, the couple said Tuesday.

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