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How Bel Biv DeVoe Ignored The 'Backlash' And Made 'Poison' A '90s Classic (Mon, 23 Jan 2017 09:31:32 -0500)






The beginning of the video for Bel Biv DeVoe’s new single “Run” features a snippet of a familiar track: the group’s hit song “Poison.” Lionel C. Martin, the director of “Run,” was the same person behind the video for the trio’s 1990 hit ― the one that catapulted the New Edition members to fame as spinoff group Bel Biv DeVoe. 


That year, “Poison” peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard charts, where it stayed for four consecutive weeks. It has since become a perennial ‘90s favorite that’s appeared in plenty of modern-day films and TV shows –– from “Pineapple Express” and “Pitch Perfect 2” to “Glee” and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” 


What some fans might not know, though, is that “Poison” almost didn’t reach hit-status, let along receive radio play. And back in 1990, radio especially served as a key driver of success.


Initially the song got some backlash to a certain extent,” Ronnie DeVoe told The Huffington Post on BUILD Series. “Even from the individuals that were at our record label. They felt like there was no way we could get this song played at radio because it was fast-forward.”


Essentially, there was nothing like “Poison” ― with its mix of rap, R&B and aggressive beats ― on the radio at that time, so the label didn’t think it could break through.


But DeVoe, along with Ricky Bell and Michael Bivins, didn’t agree. They fell in love with the Elliot Straite–penned song immediately. Straite initially wrote the track as a love letter to an ex-girlfriend, not even thinking about turning it into a song. But then Bel Biv DeVoe got their hands on it. 


“We had a vision for it. As soon as we heard ‘Poison’ we knew exactly — that fits our image. It fits the style. It fits everything about us,” Bell said.


So, the guys ignored the naysayers. They started performing the track live ― and soon enough, fans took to it.



“We just hit the streets with it and we let our fans dictate what was going to happen,” Bell recalled.


After unveiling the accompanying “Poison” video, the track really took off. The visuals helped bring “Poison” ― a song about the complications of love and relationships ― to the masses. 


Now Bel Biv DeVoe are gearing up for the Jan. 27 release of “Three Stripes,” their first new studio album since 2001. The set features “Run,” along with follow-up single “Finally,” which includes guest vocals by R&B group SWV.


Sure, it’s been a long time since the group has had some new tracks on the radio, but Bel Biv DeVoe wouldn’t have it any other way. They wanted to make sure the new music represented who they are today. 


“Music and creativity is all about timing and where you are in your life and just making sure that it’s right,” said Bivins. 


Aha, hence the long wait for a new album from the group. 


Now you know. 




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Bruce Springsteen Declares Support For Women's March Protesters Out In The Street (Mon, 23 Jan 2017 09:20:55 -0500)






Bruce Springsteen declared his solidarity on Sunday with the millions of women who turned out for the Women’s March on Washington and its sister marches around the world.


During a concert in Perth, Australia, the Boss gave a powerful shoutout to participants in Saturday’s events.


“We’re a long way from home, and our hearts and spirits are with the hundreds of thousands of men and women that marched yesterday in every city in America — and in Melbourne!” he said.


Springsteen said demonstrators rallied “against hate and division and in support of tolerance, inclusion, reproductive rights, civil rights, racial justice, LGBTQ rights, the environment, wage equality, gender equality, healthcare and immigrant rights.” 


“We stand with you. We are the new American resistance.”


You tell ‘em, Boss.


Watch his tribute below:






H/T Uproxx

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Here's How Much Has Changed Since 'Bones' Debuted In 2005 (Mon, 23 Jan 2017 08:30:20 -0500)






“Bones,” believe it or not, is coming to an end in March. 


After 12 seasons of forensic findings, investigations and crime scenes, Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz are saying goodbye to their beloved characters, Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan and Agent Seeley Booth. And when you look back on all that’s happened in those years since Season 1 premiered in 2005, you realize not just how much has happened on the show, but how much the world has changed around it. 


“Twitter didn’t exist,” Deschanel told The Huffington Post during a recent Build Series interview. “I had a flip phone, I think everyone had a flip phone. Maybe somebody had a Blackberry, I don’t know. Then I got a Blackberry and held on to that for a million years. But iPhones did not exist when we started the show. George W. Bush was president. I mean, so many things were different when we started the show. It’s been a very long time, even though it feels like a flash.” 


Nowadays, Twitter exists (as does Instagram, Snapchat, etc.), smartphones are all the rage, and Donald Trump is president. Who could have guessed all that?


But Deschanel isn’t so much focused on the past as she is the future and exploring her life and career without “Bones.” 



“It hasn’t hit me yet that I’m done,” she said. “It was certainly emotional leading up to it. I said you could follow the trail of tears to my trailer after it, I just became a puddle of tears ... I think it will be a process of realizing I’m not coming back.” 


For now, Deschanel is spending time with her family ― husband David Hornsby and sons Henry, 5, and Calvin, 1 ― and working on her own happiness. 


“Once I walked away from set, it was actually great to have that time with my family and for myself, too,” she said. “I’ve been able to exercise and go to doctor’s appointments and do things I don’t get to do while I’m working. I’ve just really been enjoying that and I may just enjoy that for the rest of my life! I don’t know, but it’s been really nice actually.” 


“Bones,” the final season, airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET. Watch Emily Deschanel’s full Build Series interview below. 






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Country Singer Who Once Read National Anthem Off His Hand To Perform At Super Bowl (Mon, 23 Jan 2017 06:54:19 -0500)






Luke Bryan will make Super Bowl LI a little more country with his planned performance of the national anthem at the event in Texas next month.


The “Huntin’, Fishin’ & Lovin’ Every Day” singer once sparked controversy after fans noticed him reading certain “Star-Spangled Banner” lyrics off his hand in a performance at a 2012 MLB All-Star game. Bryan later apologized over Twitter, admitting that he had “a few keys words written down” because he was afraid of making a mistake.


Despite that snafu, Bryan jumped headfirst into another national anthem gig for an event that, in 2016, drew the third-largest broadcast audience in U.S. TV history.


“I said, ‘Hell yes, I’ll do it!’” the singer told People. “See y’all in Houston,” he tweeted.






Lady Gaga, who sang the national anthem last year, has been tapped for the 2017 halftime show after Coldplay, Beyoncé and Bruno Mars’ stellar 2016 production, and she’ll reportedly do it without any traditional guest appearances.


Bryan’s “Star-Spangled Banner” rendition at the upcoming event will mark the first time a country (or country-adjacent) singer has stood under the pre-game spotlight since Kelly Clarkson did so in 2012. In 2015, the honor went to Idina Menzel, who was preceded by Renée Fleming in 2014 and Alicia Keys in 2013.


The 2017 Super Bowl will see the New England Patriots face off against the Atlanta Falcons on Feb. 5 in Houston.


Let’s hope Bryan has done his homework by then.

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Stacey Dash's Ouster From Fox News Delights Twitter (Mon, 23 Jan 2017 06:32:27 -0500)






Perhaps Fox News got a clue about “Clueless” sidekick Stacey Dash.


The network opted not to renew Dash’s contract, which is why the actress-turned-commentator has been off the air since September, the Hollywood Reporter confirmed in a report on Sunday.



Dash began offering right-wing commentary for Fox News in 2014, but was suspended briefly the following year for using profanity during an on-air tirade about President Barack Obama.


All the while Dash has generated controversy with her views. She called the fight for transgender bathroom rights “tyranny by the majority.” She said there should be no Black History Month because there isn’t a white history month. And she caused a stir by trolling the Pulse nightclub tragedy with a Donald Trump endorsement.


Needless to say, a chunk of Twitter delighted in the news of her exit from Fox.


































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Madonna Says Her Women's March Speech Was Taken 'Wildly Out Of Context' (Mon, 23 Jan 2017 05:39:41 -0500)






Madonna used her speech at the Women’s March on Washington Saturday to share one strong message against President Donald Trump, but the next day found that one line was taken “wildly out of context.”


“Yes, I’m angry. Yes, I am outraged. Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House, but I know that this won’t change anything,” the singer said at the event, before continuing on to drop a few f-bombs ― to the crowd’s delight, if not cable news hosts’.


“Good did not win this election. But good will win in the end,” she continued in her remarks supporting women and marginalized groups.


Later, Madonna took a moment to clarify her statements over social media after garnering attention for the White House bit in particular. (“I mean, can you imagine saying that about President Obama?” White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said on “Fox News Sunday.”)


“I am not a violent person, I do not promote violence and it’s important people hear and understand my speech in it’s entirety rather than one phrase taken wildly out of context,” the singer wrote.


She continued:



My speech began with “I want to start a revolution of love.” I then go on to take this opportunity to encourage women and all marginalized people to not fall into despair but rather to come together and use it as a starting point for unity and to create positive change in the world. I spoke in metaphor and I shared two ways of looking at things — one was to be hopeful, and one was to feel anger and outrage, which I have personally felt. However, I know that acting out of anger doesn’t solve anything. And the only way to change things for the better is to do it with love.




Yesterday's Rally. was an amazing and beautiful experience. I came and performed Express Yourself and thats exactly what i did. However I want to clarify some very important things. I am not a violent person, I do not promote violence and it's important people hear and understand my speech in it's entirety rather than one phrase taken wildly out of context. My speech began with " I want to start a revolution of love." ♥️ I then go on to take this opportunity to encourage women and all marginalized people to not fall into despair but rather to come together and use it as a starting point for unity and to create positive change in the world. I spoke in metaphor and I shared two ways of looking at things — one was to be hopeful, and one was to feel anger and outrage, which I have personally felt. However, I know that acting out of anger doesn’t solve anything. And the only way to change things for the better is to do it with love. It was truly an honor to be part of an audience chanting “we choose love”. ♥️ ♥️ ♥️ ♥️ #revoltutionoflove♥️#revolutionoflove♥️*******************************************************

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Reports that the Secret Service will be investigating the singer for her comments at the Women’s March that originated from a right-wing fringe blog appear unfounded.

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Anti-Trump Marches And Rallies Planned For April 15 (Mon, 23 Jan 2017 04:32:59 -0500)






Activists are hoping to keep the momentum alive after a weekend of protest marches and rallies aimed at President Donald Trump.


While last weekend’s marches focused on women’s rights, activists on social media are hoping to use a rally on April 15 to pressure the president into releasing his tax returns. 


During the campaign, Trump repeatedly promised to release his returns. However, White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway said on Sunday that he no longer planned to do so because “people don’t care.” 


That inspired the calls for a protest on April 15, which would normally be tax day, but because it falls on a Saturday ― and since Emancipation Day follows ― taxes will actually be due on April 18 this year.


Several people proposed the date on Twitter, and the idea quickly gained steam: 






























































































It’s not clear if anyone has begun the process of securing permits or if the organizers of the Women’s March will endorse the planned Tax Day events.

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37 Stunning Photos From Women's Marches Around The World (Sun, 22 Jan 2017 19:36:30 -0500)


This weekend will go down in history books as one of solidarity, sisterhood and mass resistance. 


Around the world, on seven different continents, people marched in solidarity with American women to protest President Donald Trump’s sexism, racism and xenophobia ― and the way his rhetoric will be channeled into policy. People from Argentina, Canada, Iraq, Kenya, Poland and more marched to remind the world that women will not stand by quietly when their liberties are at stake. 


Scroll below to see 37 powerful photos from protests around the world. 



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In Netflix's Spotty 'The Discovery,' Rooney Mara And Jason Segel Glimpse The Afterlife (Sun, 22 Jan 2017 19:31:46 -0500)






Hollywood has long been drawn to the glow of the afterlife, posing what-ifs about reversing misdeeds or seeking philosophical resolutions to the mysteries that await us upon death. In “It’s a Wonderful Life,” the despondent George Bailey realized how different the world would be without him. In the comedy “Heaven Can Wait,” Warren Beatty played a football star trying to escape God’s clutch after an angel pulls his trigger too soon. “Flatliners” found med students running experiments to spot the great beyond. The treacly “What Dreams May Come” presented heaven as a phantasmagoric watercolor painting.


“The Discovery,” which premiered Friday at the Sundance Film Festival and hits Netflix on March 31, blends some of the same tropes that steered the aforementioned movies with the memory-warping sensibilities of “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.” It is a curious litter of ideas that requires a second viewing to fully understand, or so I’m hoping.


Gray skies saturate “The Discovery,” as one might expect from a world in which a scientist’s declaration of a provable afterlife has prompted waves of suicides. Offing yourself is a “convenient way to escape pain,” a loner named Isla (Rooney Mara) tells a loner named Will (Jason Segel), not long before the latter — the son of the prophetic scientist — rescues Isla from the ocean, where she hopes to drown. If bliss or peace or some other ideal is as simple as a self-inflicted gunshot, why not take the bullet? That’s the thinking of some 4 million people who have killed themselves during the two years since the scientist’s “discovery” was announced. The statistic rises constantly. Electronic boards hanging in doctor’s offices and on the otherwise empty ferry where Isla and Will meet tally the suicide toll, next to a cheery disclaimer encouraging everyone to stay alive.





On the other side of Will and Isla’s ferry ride is the scientist’s home, or rather the mansion he bought to house a small tribe of suicide survivors. There, he escapes the prying gaze of the larger world and continues his experimentation. Is he remorseful? Not one bit. Have his followers anointed him something of a cult leader? Maybe. Does he know such theatrics are folly, even if the hypotheses are true? Certainly. Maybe you really can have it all, if you’re a white man with messiah-like qualities. He’s cultivated an army of cronies milling about in jumpsuits, led by his other son (a bedraggled Jesse Plemons, who continues to pick interesting roles post-“Breaking Bad”).


“The Discovery” is a weird little movie, strikingly intimate for a yarn with such grave societal implications. Except for the suicide count and a news report announcing the discovery’s anniversary, we don’t taste the precise breadth of this newfound afterlife, though one can gather it’s resulted in an unravelling of the human condition. The revelation is certainly taking its toll on the mansion’s residents, who are tempted by the secretive and possibly dangerous machine that supposedly demonstrates the afterlife.


When a rogue disciple (Riley Keough), angry that she’s been kept from the device, challenges the scientist’s favored treatment of Isla, she is banished from the grounds. Stay in line, or else your leader can no longer help. From there, the truths of the scientist’s work emerge, cryptically and with life-altering implications. Alternate realities, warped memories, reversed regrets and questions about the will to live bubble up, even if some of them become bigger than McDowell and Justin Lader’s script can handle. Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans’ sniveling score intensifies “The Discovery,” as though exploring its own kinetic limitations while the characters learn more.


The film’s revelations take a toll on the audience, too. To outline too many specifics would be a disservice to “The Discovery,” but the ending is frustratingly confusing. And yet, I still want another shot at cracking it. The story’s what-if tactics befit director Charlie McDowell, who made 2014’s sleek (and far superior) “The One I Love,” in which Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass play a struggling married couple handed an odd opportunity to return to their honeymoon phase, sort of. McDowell sets “The Discovery” on a similar thematic path. Too bad it’s more interested in mood than precision of concept. 


Segel and Mara make an enchanting pair, their hardened eyes softening as a kinship grows. They are each other’s manic pixie dream, drawing out a searching quality that complements those gray skies and confounding themes. Like many movies of its kind, the second half of “The Discovery” rushes to tick off answers to the complicated questions posed. The score crescendoes and the story’s fatalistic future is determined, but Mara and Segel remain grounded. New chapters await their characters. Heaven can wait.


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Keke Palmer Accuses Trey Songz Of Using 'Sexual Intimidation' To Get Her In His Video (Sun, 22 Jan 2017 16:29:30 -0500)


“Scream Queens” star Keke Palmer has accused Trey Songz of featuring her in his new music video, “Pick Up the Phone,” without her consent.


On Saturday, the actress shared a post on social media in which she alleges Songz ignored her wish to not be included in the video and accused him of using “sexual intimidation.” 


“This is preposterous,” she wrote in an Instagram caption. “How am I in this video Trey? After you found me in a closet HIDING because I was so afraid of anymore conflict. Literally my last option was to hide because you all would not listen when I said I did not want to be in the video the FIRST time. Just cause you give someone food and alcohol and throw in a little sexual intimidation doesn’t mean they will buckle.”


The 23-year-old actress said she was “secretly filmed” for the video, which shows her for a brief moment sitting on the couch using her phone as MikexAngel says, “I palm her p***y like Keke / Like Keke, like Keke.” 


She referenced a few of her previous Instagram posts, in which she called out the entertainment industry’s sexism and misogyny.


“This is the sexism and misogyny I refer to because if I was a dude, he wouldn’t have even tried me like this,” she wrote. “Let this be a lesson to all, I’m not for the bullshit. I’m serious about my business and you will not use my likeness without MY permission. When you in front of a boss you treat them like one, like I treat YOU. NO MEANS NO!!!!!!!”



This is preposterous. How am I in this video Trey? After you found me in a closet HIDING because I was so afraid of anymore conflict. Literally my last option was to hide because you all would not listen when I said I did not want to be in the video the FIRST time. Just cause you give someone food and alcohol and throw in a little sexual intimidation doesn't mean they will buckle. Yet, you still disrespected me as a young women, whom you've known since she was TWELVE. YOU STILL, defied my wishes and in turn showed your lack of respect for a brand that took me fourteen years to build and put me in the video against my wishes. Come on bruh, I clearly said no and you said okay, yet I was being secretly filmed when you told me "let me just show you the idea"?? Wow. This is what I'm referring to in my previous post, this is the sexism and misogyny I refer to because if I was a dude, he wouldn't have even tried me like this. Let this be a lesson to all, I'm not for the bullshit. I'm serious about my business and you will not use my likeness without MY permission. When you in front of a boss you treat them like one, like I treat YOU. NO MEANS NO!!!!!!! People have to listen to women and stop questioning them and their intelligence. Speak up, cause when you look someone in the face and they say "I understand. You don't have to feel pressured to do the video" and they STILL put you in it, it is a violation. It would be great to be able to handle these things privately but why when they aren't respected?

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Following her initial post, Palmer shared two videos in which she described the alleged secret filming, which she said happened at a party hosted by Songz. She also responded to a couple of people on Twitter, reiterating her story. 



Life is life. This stuff happens everyday ain't no different in "hollywood." I guess I should say sorry for being real, but I won't.

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It's okay to hide if that's the best way to remove yourself from a situation, Hilary I'm still mad you said that . I have suffered with anxiety most of my life, I did not go to high school, I am a bit socially inept. At the end of the day, it doesn't matter, what matters is I said "no." After all that dramatic shit I still wound up in the video somehow. P.S. Don't feel bad about saying how you feel.

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Later that night, Songz seemingly responded to the accusations with a few tweets. Though he didn’t use her name, it appears he was referring to Palmer, claiming, “Babygirl buggin. Point blank period. Got my number, coulda called, saw the cameras and the lights, heard action.” 










Neither party has commented further, but The Huffington Post has reached out to representatives for Palmer and Songz, and will update this post accordingly. 

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M. Night Shyamalan's 'Split' Defeats 'Return Of Xander Cage' At The Weekend Box Office (Sun, 22 Jan 2017 15:58:29 -0500)







LOS ANGELES, Jan 22 (Variety.com) - M. Night Shyamalan’s “Split” has turned into a horror hit with a surprisingly strong $40.2 million in its opening weekend at 3,038 North American locations.


“Split,” starring James McAvoy as a man with 24 different personalities, performed far above recent expectations for Universal and Blumhouse. It easily topped the 2015 launch of Shyamalan’s found-footage horror movie “The Visit,” which scored an opening weekend of $25.4 million.


“Split” doubled Vin Diesel’s launch of “xXx: Return of Xander Cage,” which is heading for a second-place finish for Paramount with $20 million at 3,651 sites ― in line with recent forecasts. Fox’s historical drama “Hidden Figures” maintained its impressive performance in third with $16.3 million at 3,416 theaters for a domestic total of $84.2 million.


Michael Keaton’s biopic “The Founder” showed little traction for the Weinstein Company with a modest $3.8 million weekend at 1,115 locations.








Shyamalan produced and directed “Split” from his own script in which McAvoy’s multiple characters capture three young women and hold them hostage. The movie, which costs under $10 million, generated the fourth-highest opening for a Shyamalan title following “Signs” with $60 million, “The Village” with $50.7 million, and “The Last Airbender” with $40.3 million.


“Split” carries a 76% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with McAvoy’s performance receiving strong reviews. Shyamalan is self-financing the project and re-teamed with horror specialist Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions after collaborating on “The Visit,” which grossed nearly $100 million worldwide on a $5 million budget.


“Xander Cage” stars Diesel as a skilled government operative character who debuted in the 2002 movie “xXx.” The film also stars Samuel L. Jackson, Donnie Yen, Deepika Padukone, Ruby Rose, Kris Wu, and Nina Dobrev.


D.J. Caruso directs from a script by F. Scott Frazier, which centers on Diesel’s Xander Cage coming out of self-imposed exile in a race to recover a seemingly unstoppable weapon known as Pandora’s Box.


“Xander Cage” has an $85 million budget with backing from Chinese companies Huahua Media and Shanghai Film Group, which limits Paramount’s exposure to about 50%. Paramount and the two companies announced a three-year $1 billion co-financing deal on Thursday.


“Hidden Figures,” which won the first two weekends of 2017, held well with a 22% decline during the three days. The drama may be a major beneficiary from Tuesday’s Academy Awards nominations.


Illumination-Universal’s fifth weekend of “Sing” led the rest of the pack in fourth with $9 million at 3,193 locations for a 33-day take of $249.4 million. Lionsgate’s awards contender “La La Land” finished a close fifth with $8.4 million at 1,865 sites to push its total to nearly $90 million.



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'SNL' Bids Obama Farewell With Touching Rendition Of 'To Sir, With Love' (Sun, 22 Jan 2017 14:52:48 -0500)




On the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, “Saturday Night Live” bid farewell to Barack Obama with a touching musical number. 


Cecily Strong kicked off the performance, singing “To Sir, With Love” as she stood in front of a large photo of Obama. Fellow cast member Sasheer Zamata joined in for the second half of the song, which was slightly modified from the 1967 original. 


The duo sang, “And as you leave / I know that I am losing my best friend / A friend who taught me right from wrong / And weak from strong / That’s a lot to learn / What, what can I give you in return?” 


They then pulled out a coffee mug for Obama that read, “World’s Best President.” Because nothing says “thank you” quite like a slogan mug. 

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Aziz Ansari Offers Donald Trump Simple Advice On Combating Hate Crimes (Sun, 22 Jan 2017 14:42:18 -0500)




Aziz Ansari got political during his opening monologue on “Saturday Night Live” this weekend.


The comedian used his signature wit to raise some thought-provoking points about the election of Donald Trump. He presented an explanation for why so many people voted for the reality star-turned-politician, warning everyone else to “be careful” not to demonize Trump’s supporters by calling them all racists, misogynists and xenophobes.  


“I’m sure there’s some people that have different political priorities. I’m sure there’s some people that voted for him with reservations,” he said. “I’m sure there’s a lot of people that voted for Trump the same way a lot of people listen to the music of Chris Brown.” 


“It’s like, ‘Hey man, I’m just here for the tunes. I don’t know about that other stuff. I just like the dancing and the music. I don’t condone the extracurriculars,’” he joked, before dubbing Trump “the Chris Brown of politics.” 


Along with his jokes, Ansari assured everyone that “as long as we treat each other with respect, and remember that ultimately, we’re all Americans, we’ll be fine.” 


He then went on to talk about racism in our country and the emergence of what he referred to as “the lowercase kkk” ― a group of people who are growing more comfortable with expressing xenophobia. Ansari also addressed the wave of hate crimes that flooded the nation following Trump’s election and how the entertainment industry amplifies people’s fears about Islam. 


Finally, he offered up some advice for the president .


“I think Trump should make a speech. A real speech denouncing the lowercase kkk,” Ansari said. “Don’t tweet about me being lame or the show being lame. Write a speech. A real speech. Because these people are out there and it’s pissing people off. And I think he could make a difference.” 


That’s not bad advice. 

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‘SNL’ Uses 'Chicago'-Style Skit To Explain Why Kellyanne Conway Joined Trump’s Campaign (Sun, 22 Jan 2017 11:21:57 -0500)




 


Kellyanne Conway got a musical makeover on “Saturday Night Live” this weekend. 


The skit began with Conway (played wonderfully by Kate McKinnon) speaking to CNN’s Jake Tapper (Beck Bennett) about President Donald Trump and his relationship with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Instead of answering the questions clearly, McKinnon’s Conway annoys Bennett’s Tapper by focusing on the fact that Trump won the election. 


When Tapper questions Conway’s motivations for joining the campaign, the White House counselor initially says she thinks Trump will be “president for all people.”


But then she unleashes her inner Roxie Hart from “Chicago” and sings about her true desire: fame. She launches into a spot-on parody of “Roxie (The Name On Everybody’s Lips),” singing lines like, “The name on everybody’s lips is gonna be... Conway!” and “Who says that lying’s not an art?”


Watch the whole thing above. 

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