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."
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
Trump says goodbye Paris Accord: What does it mean for U.S. and the planet? President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, the landmark international agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Trump was to renegotiate a new deal, but will that happen?