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June Foray, Voice Of Rocky From 'The Bullwinkle Show,' Dies At 99

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:30:00 -0400

June Foray voiced many cartoon characters but she was best known as the voice of Rocky the flying squirrel and Natasha Fatale in Rocky and His Friends, a TV series that ran from 1959 through 1964.

Whatever The Character, June Foray's Voice Was Warmly Familiar

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:00:24 -0400

Foray voiced a wide variety of animated characters, and she brought the same genial humor and warmth to them all — except one.

Black Producers, HBO Defend Upcoming Series 'Confederate'

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 11:30:00 -0400

Executive producers Nichelle Tramble Spellman and Malcolm Spellman spoke to NPR's Eric Deggans to push back against the notion the show will be "a celebration ... of slavery."

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Girls Trip'

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:24:00 -0400

The "surprising" success of the raunch-com Girls Trip didn't particularly surprise us; we talk about precisely where this "out-of-nowhere" hit came from.

Stretch & Bobbito On Race, Hip-Hop, And Belonging

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:10:00 -0400

The pioneering hip-hop radio duo drop by the Code Switch podcast to talk about making their way in a traditionally black genre and their new NPR interview show, What's Good? with Stretch & Bobbito.

Comic Jessica Williams On 'The Daily Show' And Learning To 'Never Be Average'

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:10:00 -0400

Williams joined The Daily Show when she was 22. She says, "I was younger and I was black and I was a woman, so ... I'm like, I have something to prove." She now stars in The Incredible Jessica James.

Feeling 'Young, Scrappy And Hungry'? Have A 'Hamilton'-Inspired Meal

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 14:35:00 -0400

It was only a matter of time before fans of the Broadway hit sought out culinary tributes to their most treasured folk hero. Here are historically minded ideas to eat like the Founding Father.

'Game Of Thrones' Season 7, Episode 2: 'You're A Dragon. Be A Dragon'

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 03:30:00 -0400

In "Stormborn," lots of long-hoarded information was finally shared, and in a massive sea battle, buckles got gruesomely swashed.

The Next 'Game of Thrones' Could Be Set In Post-Apocalyptic Africa

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 07:00:00 -0400

HBO has optioned the novel Who Fears Death by sci-fi writer Nnedi Okorafor. And the man behind GoT — George R.R. Martin — is at the helm.

'Awkward' And 'Insecure' Get To The Root Of Writer Issa Rae's Humor

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:12:26 -0400

As a self-described "awkward black girl," Rae says she often felt that she was straddling two worlds growing up. She created and stars in the HBO series Insecure. Originally broadcast Nov. 8, 2016.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Dunkirk'

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:10:00 -0400

Christopher Nolan's war drama about the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of Allied troops has immediacy, scope, and a sense of the unique terrors inherent in war.

Tens Of Thousands Of Fans Expected To Attend Comic-Con In San Diego

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 05:04:00 -0400

It's time for the San Diego Comic-Con! Fans of all ages gather in costumes (and not) to get a sneak peek at upcoming books, movies, TV shows and more.

'Hawaii Five-0' Casting Announcement Doesn't Fix CBS's Larger Diversity Problem

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:39:00 -0400

CBS announced the three new actors who will be joining the cast of its cop drama. To no one's surprise, all are nonwhite. But the network still has work to do.

YouTube Star Jake Paul's Neighbors Tell Him: We're Not Jake Paulers

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 12:45:00 -0400

Residents of the street where Paul rents a large house are meeting with police and city officials to review code requirements after a series of pranks and antics at his West Hollywood home.

'Despacito' Quickly Becomes The Most-Streamed Song Ever

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 10:49:00 -0400

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's hit, with help from the remix including Justin Bieber, has generated more than 4.6 billion plays on digital services in just over six months.