Frangela on the Oscars The big winners at the Oscars last night were, unsurprisingly, white. But how about a new hashtag today, perhaps #OscarsSoIrrelevant? One of the highlights of last night's telecast was host Chris Rock interviewing movie-goers on the street in Compton, none of whom had heard of several Best Picture nominees. Plus, the Oscar ratings were the lowest in eight years. Madeleine dissects the show with the comedy duo known as Frangela.
Oscars So White Earlier this week, Jada Pinkett Smith put out a video on YouTube calling for a boycott of the Oscars ceremony. That’s because #OscarsSoWhite has been a prevalent issue with the lack of minority nominees for the awards for many years in a row. In 2015 there was no dearth of movies with highly talented actors of color, including “Straight Outta Compton,” “Beasts of No Nation,” “Creed” and “Concussion.” None of these movies were nominated by the Academy, and that’s certainly led to a call for change, if not a boycott. Some people think the boycott idea is ridiculous because there are other, more important issues at hand involving people of color.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.