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On TV beat this week, Comedy Central has picked a new Daily Show host, South African comic Trevor Noah. And a group of top African American media thinkers says 60 Minutes spends too much time talking to whites when it covers Africa. Indiana governor Mike Pence is on the defensive about his state’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Kendrick Lamar’s latest release, To Pimp a Butterfly, is on track to sell more than 100 thousand copies this week. Is he rap’s new leading light? And finally, a study finds that its not the quantity of time you spend with your kids, but the quality of that time that matters.

Banner Image: Kendrick Lamar performs at Bonnaroo in 2012; Credit: Jon Elbaz

New Host for 'The Daily Show' 9 MIN, 19 SEC

Comedy Central announced that South African comic Trevor Noah will replace Jon Stewart as host of the Daily Show when Stewart steps down later this year. Also, a controversial article wonders: Do actors of color have it too easy in Hollywood?

Michael Schneider, Indiewire / Variety (@Franklinavenue)
Andy Greenwald, Grantland (@andygreenwald)

60 Minutes' Africa Coverage Criticized 7 MIN, 48 SEC

A group of top African American media thinkers is taking on the CBS newsmagazine 60 Minutes for its coverage of Africa. They’ve written an open letter to the executive producer of the show, saying the content has lately ignored people of black, African descent in its shows about Africa. Two recent segments about African wildlife and one on Ebola relied heavily on interviews with white foreigners, according to the group of journalists and academics.

Howard French, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism (@hofrench)

Indiana's Religious Freedom Law 7 MIN, 53 SEC

Over the weekend, Indiana governor Mike Pence was on the defensive about the state’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Critics -- like Apple CEO Tim Cook, the President of the NCAA, the mayor of San Francisco, and many others -- have blasted the law. They say religious conservatives will be able to use the law as a means to discriminate against LGBT people. And now Governor Pence and Indiana legislators say they plan to “clarify” its intent.

Garrett Epps, University of Baltimore / Atlantic Magazine (@Profepps)

What Makes Indiana's Religious-Freedom Law Different?

Time for Kendrick Lamar 14 MIN, 7 SEC

The number one album in America today is also one of the best-reviewed of 2015. To Pimp a Butterfly is rapper Kendrick Lamar’s second major-label release. And Compton-born Lamar is on track to sell more than 100,00 copies this week. For his new album, Lamar turns inward and examines what it means to carry the expectations of your family, your city, your fans… and yourself.

Jay Caspian Kang, New York Times Magazine (@jaycaspiankang)

Notes on the Hip-Hop Messiah

How Much Time Good Parents Spend With Their Kids 7 MIN, 32 SEC

Some good news for busy moms: It turns out that the sheer amount of time you spend with your kids doesn’t really matter. According to a new study in the Journal of Marriage and Family, more time together doesn’t mean better grades, a happier child, or less bad behavior. Turns out, when it comes to spending time with your child, it’s more about quality than quantity.

Melissa Milkie, University of Toronto (@melissamilkie)

Making time for kids? Study says quality trumps quantity.

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