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Robin Thede joins the late-night fray to speak to viewers historically excluded from the demographic

Robin Thede joins the late-night fray to speak to viewers historically excluded from the demographic

The opening monologue of “The Rundown With Robin Thede” would have been unthinkable in the Jay Leno and David Lettermen era — if not for its politics then surely for its perspective.

Thede is a she, and she’s black, and her new BET show speaks to viewers historically excluded from the late-night demographic.

Among the news clips the comedian lampooned during her debut episode this month: a video displaying the difference in how police treat black and white motorists during traffic stops, and the mainstream media’s hysteria over an anti-Trump song by Eminem (a.k.a. Marshall Mathers). In one clip a TV anchor decries that the rapper labeled Trump a racist and asks what...

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