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With #OscarsSoWhite, CBS' diversity talent showcase crackles with added relevance

With #OscarsSoWhite, CBS' diversity talent showcase crackles with added relevance

Thursday night at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood, a packed crowd got its comedy ripped from the headlines.

A showcase sponsored by CBS to spotlight diversity and expose almost two-dozen diverse performers was just getting underway when the show's director, Rick Najera, as he welcomed the crowd, was interrupted by a crew member telling him that the cast had mysteriously disappeared. "Are they boycotting the Oscars?" Najera deadpanned. Within moments, the stage was swarmed by almost two dozen performers singing, dancing and celebrating people of...

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