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Dispatches from the Sunken Place: Kanye, Kim, and Cosby

Get Out's Sunken Place is not at a distant location -- it subsists and persists in the here and now. Kanye West, Kim Kardashian and Bill Cosby should know this.

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Herman Cain and the Myth of Acceptable Black Behavior

Called a 'Stepin Fetchit', an 'Uncle Ruckus' and worse by black pundits, I have to wonder... Has Herman Cain found a way to talk about racism in America without actually saying that word?

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Robert Culp: From 'I Spy' to 'Hickey & Boggs'

Robert Culp and Bill Cosby's wit and warmth in I Spy also established a foundation of fragility and fatalism for Culp's despairing Hickey & Boggs.

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I Am Not Sidney Poitier by Percival Everett

By saying Not is not Sidney Poitier, the reader is tempted to compare him to Sidney Poitier just as the characters do, when the author is pointedly saying that we shouldn’t.

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Joe Louis: America's Hero… Betrayed

While the film reports events of Joe Louis' life, it doesn't shape them or trace specific themes. What does emerge in this bleak outline, however, is the sense that Louis was "betrayed" by a "nation."

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The Bill Cosby Show - Season One

Not quite Frank Capra in 22 minutes.

Jeremy Estes
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The Dick Cavett Show: Comic Legends

While he never developed a singular performing presence, Cavett is a skilled comic technician whose sense of timing and punchline set-ups pays off in playing straight man to his guests.

Michael Buening (Rating: 8; Extras: 9)
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The Best of the Electric Company

This Electric Company retrospective displays the lasting power of entertaining education.

Dan MacIntosh
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Comedian (2002)

Comedian presents stand-up comics as working stiffs.

Stephen Kelly
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