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50 Years of Black Actors on American TV
Closer to 70, actually, but +Michael Brown and I get through a lot of history in 90 minutes!

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The Good Fight (CBS) is about a black law firm. The show has a brilliant cast, including great guest stars like the highly-acclaimed Louis Gossett Jr., who won an Oscar in 1983 for his supporting role in the movie An Officer and a Gentleman. Good for CBS!

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American Crime, on ABC, is one of the most diverse shows ever on American Television. It represents a huge depth and variety of people.
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Madiba features Laurence Fishburne as Nelson Mandela
(in three parts)

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One Day at a Time (Netflix)
Gloria Calderon Kellett, show-runner, talks about the origins of this show about a Cuban-American family.
"I’m Cuban, my parents came here when they were 15 years old not knowing a word of English, they’re a huge part of my family. He just had me talk about my family, and said, “That’s it. That’s what I want to do.” I’m not what people think when they think of Latino — which is strange, because I’m 100% Latino."

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After the success of Empire for Fox, here's Star by the same creative team


Quote from Screener TV: https://goo.gl/J6PWPf

"[Empire is ] the first one-hour network drama with a predominantly black cast to get a second season order."
And it has a spinoff.
Star (Fox)
I haven't seen this yet. it came out last year. This is done by some of the creative forces behind Empire, inspired by that series huge success. I see the series of four episodes was followed by Next of Kin.

More info on IMDB: https://goo.gl/MrMGB5
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Being Mary Jane (BET)
We may have missed this story on our December discussion. This is a honest look at a woman's life, bringing back a whiff of Waiting to Exhale in that it's comic and dramatic at the same time. Nicely acted and shot, it also resembles another great show, Survivor's Remorse.
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This is the edge of television today, showing how it gets real. Donald Glover does an amazing job taking us there.
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USA Today 'Grades' the American Networks on Diversity
This is a superficial look at how networks today have used minority actors and themes.

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Jeffrey Wright is an extremely talented American film, television and stage actor. He currently stars as Bernard Lowe in the HBO series "Westworld"., also starred as Felix Leiter in the James Bond films Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, Valentin Narcisse in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, and Beetee in three out of the four The Hunger Games films.

Along with that, Jeffrey Writght is an highly intelligent, longtime activist working to end resource-related conflicts.
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