Why I Wish “The Mindy Project” Was Cancelled

In 2012, when I found out that the Mindy Kaling landed a show, I was ecstatic. At the time, I was still in the Scandal and Nicole Beharie in Sleepy Hollow bliss. When I first started watching Kaling’s show, The Mindy Project, I was willing to ignore some of the jokes that didn’t land or the undeveloped characters because it’s still a struggle for people of color to be represented on television. Now almost four years later, my enthusiasm and dedication for The Mindy Project has disintegrated. I am left wishing that the show was canceled because it doesn’t even try to confront race.

How To Get Away with Murder and Its Complicated Representation of Blackness

Even though How to Get Away with Murder (HTGAWM) is a brilliant show in terms of its character development, casting, and plot structure, it still has fewer viewers than Scandal, a show that’s been on its last leg for the past couple of seasons. HTGAWM, unlike Scandal, is unflinching in its complex representation of Blackness.

Whose Side Are You On, Olivia?

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Last night’s episode of Scandal tackled police brutality in a way only Scandal could.

The episode in short: The dead teen, Brandon, supposedly had a knife. Officer Newton claims he was just following protocol. Olivia is hired to control the optics for the DC police. The Ferguson like shooting in Southeast, DC  led to a stand-off between the police and Brandon’s father. In real life, a gun-toting grieving father would have been shot dead, but this is Scandal where anything is possible.

Is Olivia on the side of the police or the people? It’s questionable at first, but Olivia ends up on the side of the truth, which, unsurprisingly, is on the side of the people.

The episode was frustrating, sad, and at times, seemed to take excruciating painful steps to explore the issue from all perspectives. But Shonda tackled this issue in a way not seen on network television. Which is to say, she did it at all, and didn’t rely on the anti-black tropes that often underline plots in series that have covered similar situations. For that, I applaud her.

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Columbus Short: ‘the last three months have been the most trying times of my life’

 

In May, it was announced that Scandal star Columbus Short would no longer be appearing as Harrison on the hit ABC television show. That was around the same time that allegations of assault and domestic abuse involving Short surfaced. 

During an interview with Access Hollywood, Short opened up about the many personal issues that we’ve heard about in recent months.

UNC’s Rashad McCants says tutors wrote his papers, showed up to class half of the time

 

The second-leading scorer on North Carolina’s basketball team that took home the 2004-2005 national title, told ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” that tutors wrote his term papers and he rarely went to class.

Rashad McCants’ confession comes amid a scandal involving the University of North Carolina’s unfair practices when keeping athletes academically eligible. 

NAACP LA chapter president resigns after Donald Sterling controversy

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The president of the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP has resigned after outrage over a decision to give Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling an award for promoting civil rights.

Leon Jenkins was to present Sterling with the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award later this month, but later rescinded the offer after a recording of racist statements by Sterling were made public last Saturday. 

Columbus Short axed from ‘Scandal’

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After portraying Harrison Wright a.k.a. “brother Pope” on the hit ABC television show Scandal for three seasons, actor Columbus Short will no longer appear on the show.

Short, 31, released the following statement about his departure from the show on Friday. 

Miami-area Police chief resigns after racial profiling charges surface

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Miami Gardens Police Chief Matthew Boyd resigned Wednesday after allegations that officers in his department systematically harassed, intimidated and racial profiled citizens.

Boyd has denied the allegations which were brought to light two weeks ago after surveillance video footage captured by a convenience store clerk showed police unjustly stopping innocent black men. The Quickstop owner decided to record the incidents after becoming frustrated with his employees being targets of racial profiling.