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ObamaNation: Comedians Tread Lightly When Delivering Obama Jokes

Many writers and comedians are having a hard time creating punchlines when it comes to Barack Obama, according to two articles in the New York Times. “There’s a weird reverse racism going on,” late-night host Jimmy Kimmel said of the mostly-white staff and comedians, who are having difficulty getting past Obama's pristine veneer--and race. The Times claims that due to the presidential hopeful's ethnicity, lack of "buffoonish"-ness, and audiences' resistance to seeing him skewered, Obama's "been flayed by the sort of ridicule that diminished Dukakis, Gore and Kerry." "If Obama keeps being stingy with his quips and smiles, and if the dominant perception of him is that you can’t make jokes about him, it might infect his campaign with an airless quality," Maureen Dowd says in her column. "His humorlessness could spark humor." Mike Sweeney, the head writer for Late Night with Conan O'Brien is pretty hopeful: “We’re hoping he picks an idiot as vice president.” PHOTO: AP
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Ga Ga: BET Goes Marvel with ‘Black Panther’ Comic Series

BET and Marvel Animation are teaming up for an animated series based on the superhero, The Black Panther. The new series--which will be adapted directly from the first six issues of the Marvel Comic written by Reginald Hudlin--is slated to premiere in 2009, with a preview scheduled for July's Comic-Con. "The Black Panther has always been an inspirational character to me," Hudlin, who is also President of Entertainment at BET, says in a statement. "And now I get to share that inspiration with the widest audience he's ever had." Blindie can't wait for the Black Panther to marry Storm! PHOTO: Marvel Comics
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NOTED: From Hilton to Richie to Kardashian…

Khloe Kardashian--sister of celebutante Kim and daughter of the late OJ Simpson attorney Robert--is heading to the county jail, according to the AP. After admitting that she violated her probation stemming from a 2007 DUI arrest, the wittiest Kardashian offspring was ordered to surrender to authorities to serve a handful of days in jail.
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Miss USA Falls Down (AGAIN!) at Miss Universe Pageant

Miss USA Crystle Stewart of Texas repeats a blunder that Miss USA 2007 Rachel Smith encountered at last year's Miss Universe Pageant: she falls on her behind! Is it a coincidence that both Stewart and Smith are of African-American ancestry? Or is it an epidemic, slipping and falling on your derriere on the world's stage? It's utterly ridiculous that this year's Miss USA--who cracked the Top 10--couldn't learn from last year's crown holder. This year's pageant was held on Sunday in Nha Trang, Vietnam, where Dayana Mendoza of Venezuela was crowned Miss Universe 2008. PHOTO: AP/AFP
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Gossip Girl‘s Jessica Szohr: TV’s Latest Phenom of the Ambiguous Ethnic Girl

Gossip Girl's Jessica Szohr isn't the first token TV character. Take a look back: Lisa Turtle (Lark Voorhies) on Saved By the Bell. Rhonda Blair (Vanessa A. Williams) on Melrose Place. And Cleveland Brown on The Family Guy. But the latest phenomenon is the beautiful, ambiguously-ethnic character. Take Szohr as Vanessa Abrams on the CW's hugely popular teen soap. She came onto the lily-white set of Gossip Girl as the boho-esque, Williamsburg hipster waitress who had gifts from Eastern Europe in tow on her first episode. Although Szohr's character was a sharp contrast to the non-speaking, harajuku-costumed black (played by Nicole Fiscella) and Asian (played by Nan Zhang) background characters on the show, it was quite confusing to peg Szohr's ethnicity. Her hair was curly (she could be Puerto Rican/Dominican?), but her eyes were blue/green and her skin was basically the same color as her castmates. She is reportedly Hungarian and African-American. Another primetime example is Rashida Jones as Karen Filippelli on The Office. Calling Karen "exotic," Steve Carell's charmingly clueless character puts everyone's (even our own) curiosity to rest, asking Karen, "Is your father a G.I.?" As most may know, Rashida is Quincy Jones' daughter with Mod Squad star Peggy Lipton. Her sister is Kidada Jones. But, while on past shows, except for Lisa on Saved by the Bell (who was famously fawned over by the un-dateable Screech, and dated Zac Morris for an episode), these characters are far cries from the sassy black girlfriend who tells it like it is roles we've been bamboozled by. They are actually part of major romantic story lines. On The Office, Jones' character was involved in the fabled love triangle between John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer. While Szohr's character shook things up between Blake Lively and Penn Badgley. She also went on to date the prettiest character on the show, Chace Crawford (pictured above). Before joining GG, Szohr also played Barry Watson's neighbor and love interest in the cancelled ABC series, What About Brian? ''Do I want to see any more shows where someone has a sassy black friend? No, because I'm nobody's sassy black friend," Girlfriends creator Mara Brock Akil recently told Entertainment Weekly of TV's lack of diversity. "I just want to see shows in which people get to be people and that look like the world we live in.'' As our frustrations with TV's lack of color continue to flourish, enjoy this Entertainment Weekly article, "Why is TV so White?" PHOTO: Courtesy of The CW
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Preview: CNN’s ‘Black In America’ Series

CNN's Soledad O'Brien, anchor for the network's upcoming documentary series, "Black In America," reveals tidbits about the special on African-American culture. “We started doing this about 18 months ago, before Sen. Obama’s candidacy really gained traction,” O’Brien told the Los Angeles Times about Barack Obama only appearing in about 30 seconds of the documentary, which premieres on July 23. But it was when O’Brien explained that comedian D.L. Hughley had to advise his young son on how to act if confronted by law enforcement, that we found upsetting, yet telling: "It’s a conversation every black father has to have with his 11-year-old son, no matter where they come from."
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Lisa Ling: All Night Long

Lisa Ling (no, not Lucy Liu!), who showed the world that a 20-something could be intelligent and beautiful with her stint on The View, is taking her reporting to ABC's Nightline. The 34-year-old TV personality, who left her cushy job at The View in 2002 to host the gritty, gravitas-building National Geographic Ultimate Explorer (and eventually becoming a special correspondent for The Oprah Winfrey Show), will appear in her first segment for the late-night hard news program on Thursday, according to the New York Times. "I have wanted to work with Lisa for a long time," James Goldston, executive producer of Nightline, said in a statement. "She is a terrific journalist with a very distinctive style that fits really well with the Nightline sensibility." PHOTO: The Oprah Winfrey Show
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ObamaNation: Comedians Tread Lightly When Delivering Obama Jokes

Many writers and comedians are having a hard time creating punchlines when it comes to Barack Obama, according to two articles in the New York Times. “There’s a weird reverse racism going on,” late-night host Jimmy Kimmel said of the mostly-white staff and comedians, who are having difficulty getting past Obama's pristine veneer--and race. The Times claims that due to the presidential hopeful's ethnicity, lack of "buffoonish"-ness, and audiences' resistance to seeing him skewered, Obama's "been flayed by the sort of ridicule that diminished Dukakis, Gore and Kerry." "If Obama keeps being stingy with his quips and smiles, and if the dominant perception of him is that you can’t make jokes about him, it might infect his campaign with an airless quality," Maureen Dowd says in her column. "His humorlessness could spark humor." Mike Sweeney, the head writer for Late Night with Conan O'Brien is pretty hopeful: “We’re hoping he picks an idiot as vice president.” PHOTO: AP
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Ga Ga: BET Goes Marvel with ‘Black Panther’ Comic Series

BET and Marvel Animation are teaming up for an animated series based on the superhero, The Black Panther. The new series--which will be adapted directly from the first six issues of the Marvel Comic written by Reginald Hudlin--is slated to premiere in 2009, with a preview scheduled for July's Comic-Con. "The Black Panther has always been an inspirational character to me," Hudlin, who is also President of Entertainment at BET, says in a statement. "And now I get to share that inspiration with the widest audience he's ever had." Blindie can't wait for the Black Panther to marry Storm! PHOTO: Marvel Comics
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NOTED: From Hilton to Richie to Kardashian…

Khloe Kardashian--sister of celebutante Kim and daughter of the late OJ Simpson attorney Robert--is heading to the county jail, according to the AP. After admitting that she violated her probation stemming from a 2007 DUI arrest, the wittiest Kardashian offspring was ordered to surrender to authorities to serve a handful of days in jail.
Read More

Miss USA Falls Down (AGAIN!) at Miss Universe Pageant

Miss USA Crystle Stewart of Texas repeats a blunder that Miss USA 2007 Rachel Smith encountered at last year's Miss Universe Pageant: she falls on her behind! Is it a coincidence that both Stewart and Smith are of African-American ancestry? Or is it an epidemic, slipping and falling on your derriere on the world's stage? It's utterly ridiculous that this year's Miss USA--who cracked the Top 10--couldn't learn from last year's crown holder. This year's pageant was held on Sunday in Nha Trang, Vietnam, where Dayana Mendoza of Venezuela was crowned Miss Universe 2008. PHOTO: AP/AFP
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Gossip Girl‘s Jessica Szohr: TV’s Latest Phenom of the Ambiguous Ethnic Girl

Gossip Girl's Jessica Szohr isn't the first token TV character. Take a look back: Lisa Turtle (Lark Voorhies) on Saved By the Bell. Rhonda Blair (Vanessa A. Williams) on Melrose Place. And Cleveland Brown on The Family Guy. But the latest phenomenon is the beautiful, ambiguously-ethnic character. Take Szohr as Vanessa Abrams on the CW's hugely popular teen soap. She came onto the lily-white set of Gossip Girl as the boho-esque, Williamsburg hipster waitress who had gifts from Eastern Europe in tow on her first episode. Although Szohr's character was a sharp contrast to the non-speaking, harajuku-costumed black (played by Nicole Fiscella) and Asian (played by Nan Zhang) background characters on the show, it was quite confusing to peg Szohr's ethnicity. Her hair was curly (she could be Puerto Rican/Dominican?), but her eyes were blue/green and her skin was basically the same color as her castmates. She is reportedly Hungarian and African-American. Another primetime example is Rashida Jones as Karen Filippelli on The Office. Calling Karen "exotic," Steve Carell's charmingly clueless character puts everyone's (even our own) curiosity to rest, asking Karen, "Is your father a G.I.?" As most may know, Rashida is Quincy Jones' daughter with Mod Squad star Peggy Lipton. Her sister is Kidada Jones. But, while on past shows, except for Lisa on Saved by the Bell (who was famously fawned over by the un-dateable Screech, and dated Zac Morris for an episode), these characters are far cries from the sassy black girlfriend who tells it like it is roles we've been bamboozled by. They are actually part of major romantic story lines. On The Office, Jones' character was involved in the fabled love triangle between John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer. While Szohr's character shook things up between Blake Lively and Penn Badgley. She also went on to date the prettiest character on the show, Chace Crawford (pictured above). Before joining GG, Szohr also played Barry Watson's neighbor and love interest in the cancelled ABC series, What About Brian? ''Do I want to see any more shows where someone has a sassy black friend? No, because I'm nobody's sassy black friend," Girlfriends creator Mara Brock Akil recently told Entertainment Weekly of TV's lack of diversity. "I just want to see shows in which people get to be people and that look like the world we live in.'' As our frustrations with TV's lack of color continue to flourish, enjoy this Entertainment Weekly article, "Why is TV so White?" PHOTO: Courtesy of The CW
Read More

Preview: CNN’s ‘Black In America’ Series

CNN's Soledad O'Brien, anchor for the network's upcoming documentary series, "Black In America," reveals tidbits about the special on African-American culture. “We started doing this about 18 months ago, before Sen. Obama’s candidacy really gained traction,” O’Brien told the Los Angeles Times about Barack Obama only appearing in about 30 seconds of the documentary, which premieres on July 23. But it was when O’Brien explained that comedian D.L. Hughley had to advise his young son on how to act if confronted by law enforcement, that we found upsetting, yet telling: "It’s a conversation every black father has to have with his 11-year-old son, no matter where they come from."
Read More

Lisa Ling: All Night Long

Lisa Ling (no, not Lucy Liu!), who showed the world that a 20-something could be intelligent and beautiful with her stint on The View, is taking her reporting to ABC's Nightline. The 34-year-old TV personality, who left her cushy job at The View in 2002 to host the gritty, gravitas-building National Geographic Ultimate Explorer (and eventually becoming a special correspondent for The Oprah Winfrey Show), will appear in her first segment for the late-night hard news program on Thursday, according to the New York Times. "I have wanted to work with Lisa for a long time," James Goldston, executive producer of Nightline, said in a statement. "She is a terrific journalist with a very distinctive style that fits really well with the Nightline sensibility." PHOTO: The Oprah Winfrey Show
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