This year’s Emmy nominations are blackish
Record-setting 36 people of color were nominated in acting categories
8:00 AMI had one thought and one thought only after viewing this year’s Emmy nominations:
The 70th Annual Emmy Awards nominations were announced Thursday, and it seems like the television industry has finally started to get the hint. A record-setting 36 people of color, including 28 of African descent, were nominated across all acting categories. While names such as Donald Glover, Issa Rae and Sterling Brown were expected, others such as Letitia Wright, Tiffany Haddish and Brian Tyree Henry came as welcome surprises.
By far the most surprising nomination was Katt Williams for his role as Willy on Glover’s Atlanta. Talk about a comeback. This man went from getting choked out by a teenager to one of the most memorable roles in television history. The crazy thing was that Glover knew this role would resurrect Williams’ career.
— Tre'vell Anderson (@TrevellAnderson) July 12, 2018
Besides Haddish, Henry, Wright and Williams all earning their first Emmy nominations, most notably Kenan Thompson received his first nod after more than 15 years on Saturday Night Live.
Hollywood’s issues with diversity have been well-documented. Although the film industry has been reluctant to give up old habits, it seems that television is well-aware of America’s shifting demographics. By 2045, minorities are predicted to become the majority group in the United States.
It has taken some time to reverse the damage done by more than a century’s worth of typecasting based on malignant racial stereotypes. While there’s obviously more work to do, shows such as Atlanta and Insecure have done excellent work in showing the diversity of the black experience.
Take actor Tituss Burgess, for example, who received his fourth consecutive Emmy nomination for his supporting role on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Burgess plays Titus Andromedon, the eccentric yet hysterically lazy gay best friend to the show’s namesake. A decade ago this role was nonexistent because of falsely constructed narratives of black masculinity.
Reading the Emmy nominations list. Will they please give Tituss Burgess his overdue Emmy? I know and you know he’s the reason people watch Kimmy Schmidt.
— Stacey E. Singleton (@staceyNYCDC) July 12, 2018
Or take the women on Rae’s HBO comedy Insecure. The show in and of itself seeks to provide an unprecedented, uninhibited look at black womanhood. Even better, it does so with a vulgarity usually reserved for men.
Issa Rae, Tiffany Haddish, and Cast of Atlanta all secured Emmy nominations pic.twitter.com/oNhaIubAhv
— The Wiz (@AbumEzeonwu) July 12, 2018
Are these characters perfect portrayals of the archetypes they intend to convey? Far from it. They do, however, add another layer to the complexity of the black experience.
After years of crying for recognition, the convergence of changing demographics with the flux of quality programming has resulted in the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences finally taking notice. And it’s about time.
Thanks, Keke, we love you for giving us the ‘In my feelings challenge’
OBJ, Ciara and James Harden, sort of, killed it
2:24 PMFirst of all, let us all take this moment to thank “Keke,” the woman who inspired Drake to make one of the top hit songs of the summer, “In My Feelings.”
The upbeat love anthem is arguably the best song from the newly released album Scorpion and has had people dancing and belting out, “Keke, do you love me?” since the album was released on June 29.
According to PopBuzz, “Keke” is the nickname of Drake’s first girlfriend, Keshia Chanté.
After the comedian Shiggy, who is most known for his impressions of Stephen A. Smith, took to Instagram to bust his moves to the song, the immediate result is the latest viral dance challenge on social media. High-profile stars such as Ciara, Odell Beckham Jr. and James Harden attempted to show off their dance moves for the #inmyfeelingschallenge.
So we ranked their performances from No. 5 to No. 1:
No. 5: DJ Khaled
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For obvious reasons, DJ Khaled comes in last at No. 5. His dance moves had him looking like Pumbaa from The Lion King. This man’s dancing ability is the visual equivalent of hearing ICE JJ Fish sing. Khaled’s attempt at “shooting” was worse than Rajon Rondo in 2008. We appreciate the effort, Khaled, but as we like to say, “that ain’t it. “
No. 4: The entire set of Good Day L.A.
— Ann ◡̈🍒 (@andreaaalevy) July 6, 2018
Stop. Please Stop. The whole set looks like a private school PTA meeting gone horribly wrong. They look like the Full House cast trying to do the Tootsee Roll. I can only imagine the disappointment on their kids’ faces.
No. 3: James Harden and Meek Mill
— Drake Brasil (@SiteDrakeBrasil) July 8, 2018
Harden’s moves were respectable. His two-step was similar to the drunk uncle at a Labor Day cookout who lost his knees 10 years ago. While Harden did not show anything spectacular, he displayed enough church rhythm to be slotted at No. 3. Having Meek Mill as a hype man added some bonus points.
— Ciara (@ciara) July 8, 2018
With all due respect to Ciara, she would have been No. 1 if it weren’t for her husband, Russell Wilson. Ciara showed out, as we all expected. However, hubby seemed to be overwhelmed by the moment. Wilson looked like that father whose daughter forces him to do a dance routine. He gave about as much effort as Trae Young gives guarding the pick-and-roll. The Seattle Seahawks quarterback acted like Malcolm Butler was in the background ready to steal another Super Bowl from him. Yet, I can’t talk about Wilson too bad. Sometimes you got to know when to hand the ball off to your teammate.
No. 1: Odell Beckham Jr.
OBJ’s technique and precision were masterful. Every beat drop was on point, and his creativity level put him over the top. You could see every ramen noodle strand of his hair flopping to the sound of Drake’s voice. OBJ made the challenge seem effortless, and that is why he is our “In my feelings challenge” winner.
Here are some other notable “In my feelings challenge” videos, including Drake doing the dance on stage and even one from Golden State Warriors guard Nick Young, most notably known as “Swaggy P.”
Drake did the dance lol pic.twitter.com/KVXV5IIr0Q
— Stephen Dacres (@SRDtv) July 9, 2018
— #A1chops (@A1chops_Trill) July 6, 2018
— Aleks Ostojic (@Aleksostojic1) July 6, 2018
Behind the scenes at NBA Las Vegas Summer League: The vibe is all LeBron, Donovan Mitchell and Boogie Cousins
And not even top-level NBA execs seem to have a clue where Kawhi Leonard is going
5:15 PM“We’ve got LeBron,” says a Lakers fan in a throwback Magic Johnson jersey — to another fan in a vintage Kobe Bryant No. 8. “It’s lit. I don’t care. At least we’re relevant again. I’ll worry about the rest later.”
Rookies, undrafted rookies and unknown free agents looking for a chance to change their lives are the main plot lines of summer league in Las Vegas. It’s where the legend of Donovan Mitchell was born this time in 2017. This week, Mitchell is shaking hands, kissing babies, and signing autographs in Sin City like he’s the mayor.
NBA Summer League is a first chance to see the league’s new crop of talent in action, from Trae Young to Deandre Ayton to Zhaire Smith. The annual summer tradition is a bridge between the draft and the start of training camp. A potluck of players — rookies, young vets, older veterans and retired OGs — are in Las Vegas, as well as scouts, agents, fans, sportswriters and broadcasters from across the country. Tourists trying to escape the heat, or nurse a hangover, show up for the festivities as well.
Summer League is also a hotbed of speculation about how the league will look when the season tips off in a few months. The dominant conversation among the NBA extended community in town for NBA Summer League is still free agency.
A group of Warriors fans walk past press row at the University of Nevada’s Thomas & Mack Center during Saturday’s Hawks vs. Knicks game, the best game of summer league so far, in Warriors jerseys. One is wearing an Andre Iguodala swingman. The other, a Klay Thompson. A third rocks a Stephen Curry swingman, and the fourth is in a makeshift DeMarcus Cousins jersey with “Boogie” written on Scotch tape pasted on the back. The Warriors organization isn’t too far from anyone’s mind either.
“It’s a case of the rich get richer. Boogie never reached out to us,” said one Western Conference executive. “I don’t think it was a case of anyone trying to disrespect Boogie. It was more so shock. Like this guy is really available?”
He continues, “It’s great for Golden State. Great for Boogie because he gets to rehab with the best team, basically have a strong second half … and get paid next summer. Great for them … terrible for the rest of us.”
By far the most glaring question mark hovers above superstar San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard. Quite literally no one knows (or will even whisper) what will happen with the former Finals MVP. But Kawhi is the talk in the casinos. He’s the talk on The Strip. He’s the talk throughout the Thomas & Mack.
“It’s weird, right? Where do you think he goes?” asks a Western Conference executive. He never expected the Spurs to be in a position in which the face of the franchise wants out. “You gotta expect that he’s gone sooner than later. You don’t want that dragging into the season. And for someone like Kawhi, you absolutely have to get something in return. … It’s like the entire league is just waiting on the shoe to drop.”