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Was the 1968 TV Show “Julia” a Milestone or a Millstone for Diversity?

The storyline sounds innocuous. A young, well-dressed widow is raising an adorable 5-year-old son in a nice apartment while working as a nurse. However, using that middle-class premise for the first comedy to showcase a black family in 1968 turned “Julia” into a battlefield in the still-ongoing war about how African-Americans are represented on TV today. Squarely situated at an intersection between popular culture and racial politics, “Julia” became a beachhead for critics who insisted that television should not sacrifice African-American authenticity to win viewers. Continue reading Was the 1968 TV Show “Julia” a Milestone or a Millstone for Diversity?

Scarlett Johansson Is Now the Highest-Grossing Actress of All Time

Quick. Check your bank account. How’s it looking? Now, just for the sheer hell of it, compare your current financial standing in life to this: $3.3. billion. That’s the magic number that’s earned Scarlett Johanssonthe title of highest-grossing actress of all time, with recent hits Captain America: Civil War and The Jungle Book boosting Johansson to the top.

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