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Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel and now Robin Thede. Late-night hosts who speak to us — and for us

Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel and now Robin Thede. Late-night hosts who speak to us — and for us

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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