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  • The complete list of 2017 Emmy winners and nominees

    The complete list of 2017 Emmy winners and nominees

    The 2017 Emmy Awards have come to an end, with “Veep,” “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Big Little Lies” taking home the top prizes in the comedy, drama and limited series categories, respectively. Elisabeth Moss of “The Handmaid’s Tale” and Sterling K. Brown of “This Is Us” went home with the lead acting...

  • Two Muslims walk into the Emmys...

    Two Muslims walk into the Emmys...

    Two Muslim men, on prime-time television, clutching shiny metal objects close to their black garments amid an unsuspecting crowd. No, this wasn’t an episode of “Homeland,” and those weren’t weapons. It was the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, where actor Riz Ahmed and actor-writer Aziz Ansari won two...

  • A major lesson from Lena Waithe's 'Master of None' Emmy and 'Moonlight's' Oscar wins

    A major lesson from Lena Waithe's 'Master of None' Emmy and 'Moonlight's' Oscar wins

    Is 2017 the year of black queer storytelling? After Lena Waithe’s historic Emmy win Sunday night — for writing, with Aziz Ansari, the “Thanksgiving” episode of “Master of None,” based on her own coming-out story — the week’s headlines and think pieces will surely make it seem so. Especially since...

  • Byrds co-founder Chris Hillman taps David Crosby, Roger McGuinn, Tom Petty for new solo album

    Byrds co-founder Chris Hillman taps David Crosby, Roger McGuinn, Tom Petty for new solo album

    Byrds co-founder and ace musician Chris Hillman is on the verge of releasing “Bidin’ My Time,” a new album he’s recorded with Tom Petty co-producing, but at his home office and study in Ventura this August, the artist is in a reflective mood. He reaches down toward a phalanx of instrument cases...

  • This year's Emmys didn't even pretend not to be political

    This year's Emmys didn't even pretend not to be political

    Subtext became text when issues of race, gender and national politics, long a part of Hollywood awards shows, took center stage at the 69th Emmy Awards telecast Sunday night. “You can’t deny that every show was influenced by Donald Trump in some way,” said host Stephen Colbert in his opening monologue....

  • VH1's 'Hip Hop Honors' looks to '90s nostalgia

    VH1's 'Hip Hop Honors' looks to '90s nostalgia

    A back lot at Paramount Studios shook from the bass of classic rap records pumping through speakers as members of the crowd picked up free bandannas, sunglasses and faux gold chains. The strip of brownstones and storefronts that often stand in for New York — or whatever metropolis filmmakers see...

  • The iconic comic takes a look back in 'Jerry Before Seinfeld'

    The iconic comic takes a look back in 'Jerry Before Seinfeld'

    From variety hours to talk shows to dedicated specials, stand-up comedy on television is just about as old as television. Millions (I am guesstimating) who have never seen a comic work a nightclub or theater have seen dozens upon dozens of them on TV. Some of these people decide to become comedians...

  • The Juggalos don't want to be called a gang — so they marched on Washington

    The Juggalos don't want to be called a gang — so they marched on Washington

    A mass of people with red noses and faces covered in white paint descended Saturday on Washington. They hoisted signs declaring “Clown Lives Matter” and posters decorated with doctored images of President Trump. Also highly visible were numerous images of a wild-haired man wielding a hatchet. One...

  • Pay attention to Ken Burns’ ‘The Vietnam War’ on PBS, there's much to learn

    Pay attention to Ken Burns’ ‘The Vietnam War’ on PBS, there's much to learn

    Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, who a decade ago co-directed "The War," about World War II, have now made "The Vietnam War." Written — like that series and other Burns projects running back to "The Civil War" — by Geoffrey C. Ward, it begins Sunday on PBS, with 10 episodes running some 18 hours. The...

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