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2Pac Exhibit to Open at Grammy Museum Next Month

2Pac Exhibit to Open at Grammy Museum Next Month

Hip-hop fans are in for a treat when an exhibit dedicated to rapper Tupac Shakur opens next month at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. They’ll be able to look at handwritten notes, lyrics, poems and even the tape box from the slain star’s first recording session after he was released from prison.

“Tupac Shakur was one of the most original and important of all hip hop artists. His writings are both powerful and provocative,” Grammy Museum Executive Director Robert Santelli said in a statement to the “Los Angeles Times.” “It is an honor to be the first music museum to acknowledge Tupac’s legacy and to bring context to what was an incredible career.”

Shakur’s mother, Afeni Shakur, oversees his estate and is celebrating the opening. “It means a lot to me that Bob Santelli and the Grammy Museum have chosen to honor my son with their upcoming exhibit of his works,” she said in the same statement to the Times. “Tupac’s writings are an honest reflection of his passions for, and about life.  His timeless messages have instilled hope for those who have little, and for others, they serve as a catalyst for change. His words continue to motivate and inspire new generations.”

(h/t LA Times)

Head of the Oscars Doesn’t Think It Has a Problem With Diversity

Head of the Oscars Doesn't Think It Has a Problem With Diversity

So far, the story of the Oscars season is about the overwhelming whiteness of the nominees. But one day after the nominations were announced, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the Academy’s first African-American female leader, went on record to say that she doesn’t think Hollywood’s most celebrated award has a diversity problem. 

“Not at all. Not at all,” Isaacs told Vulture when asked if she thinks diversity is an issue. “The good news is that the wealth of talent is there, and it’s being discussed, and it’s helpful so much for talent — whether in front of the camera or behind the camera — to have this recognition, to have this period of time where there is a lot of publicity, a lot of chitter-chatter.”

When asked about “Selma,” which was nominated for best picture, but snubbed in the best actor and director categories, Isaacs said the following:  “Well, it’s a terrific motion picture, and that we can never and should not take away from it, the fact that it is a terrific motion picture,” she said. “There are a lot of terrific motion pictures, it’s a very competitive time, and there’s a lot of great work that has been done. I am very happy that Selma is included in our eight terrific motion-picture [nominations].”

(h/t Vulture)

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12k Sign Petition to Stop Hollywood’s Whitewashing

12k Sign Petition to Stop Hollywood's Whitewashing

More than 12,000 people have signed a petition protesting Scarlett Johanssen’s new role in the American adaptation of the 1995 Japanese sci-fi film “Ghost in the Shell.” The petition’s signees are demanding that DreamWorks, the studio that’s producing the film, recast the role and stop whitewashing Asian characters. 

“What concerns me is the fact that minority actors are so rarely given opportunities in big-budget leading roles,” says Care2 petition author Julie Rodriguez. “It’s a self-defeating cycle: Hollywood insists viewers won’t be drawn unknown minority actors, but they’re never given the chance to break out of a narrow set of background roles to prove themselves. Ghost in the Shell could have been a perfect opportunity to buck this trend, but instead promising actresses are being passed over.”

Recently, more than 25,000 people signed a petition targeted at director Ridley Scott, who decided to cast several white actors to play Biblical Egyptian characters in the recently released film “Exodus: Gods and Kings.”

Read the latest petition here. 

Junot Díaz Relives His ‘Surreal’ Immigration Experience to U.S.

Junot Díaz Relives His 'Surreal' Immigration Experience to U.S.

In a recent interview with literary publication Paradoxa , Junot Diaz talked about migrating to the United States as a kid and his experience of race while he’s been here. Here are some highlights.

On immigration:

When as a young person you lose all your bearings, all your reference points, when the gap between where you were and where you are is as vast as the one that yawned between the DR and the US, you’re going to struggle mightily to explain not only what happened but also to explain oneself. I came to the US at six and with a single flight I jumped literally from one world to another, from one Age to another.

And race:

Racism and race are still being viewed as our problem and not the problem of the white mainstream that so benefits from white supremacy’s malign racial hierarchies. We live in a society where default whiteness goes unremarked—no one ever asks it for its passport—but God forbid a person of color should raise her voice against this smug occult system of oppression, points out whiteness, its operations and consequences—well, in two seconds flat that person is the one accused of being obsessed with race.

Unfortunetly, the publication isn’t available online, but you can order the latest issue on the Paradoxa website.

(h/t Paradoxa via Gawker)

Lupe Fiasco Leaves Twitter After Fans Object to ‘F*ck Martin Luther King’ Lyric

Lupe Fiasco Leaves Twitter After Fans Object to 'F*ck Martin Luther King' Lyric

Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco is fed up with the public. He’s gearing up to release his new album, “Tetsuo & Youth”, on January 20, but along the way he has gotten into several high profile beefs on Twitter with fellow rappers Kid Cudi and Azealia Banks. Now, after he decided to tweet the lyrics to an upcoming song with Big KRIT called “Lost Generation” with disparaging lyrics about Martin Luther King Jr., he’s decided to leave the social media platform altogether.

From XXL Magazine:

While some fans tweeted the lyrics along with Lupe, many took offense to certain lines, specifically this line “fuck Martin Luther King, n*gga, fuck change.”Lupe replied to many of his responses in an attempt to explain the meaning behind the song’s lyrics and discussed society as a whole. After The Cool MC’s explanations, he announced that he’s quitting Twitter. Just last week (Jan. 9th), Lupe hinted at deleting his account on Jan. 19. Guess he wasn’t joking.

Here’s the lyric in context, from Rap Genius:

My nigga fuck this mic
We should be fucking with MIC
Military industrial complex
And we can get rich, nigga, fuck showing love
They ain’t listening to us
They ain’t playing this bitch in the club
So let’s get paid, turn these motherfuckers into slaves
School is for lames, man, these niggas join gangs
Fuck Martin Luther King, nigga, fuck change
Fuck peace, I want chains
G’s on the internet, bitch like bam
Fuck peace, I want a plane
Fill that bitch with cocaine
And make these bitches move their booties
And help these niggas make their movies
All these niggas into their graves
And talk these hoes out their coochies

Lupe explained his departure on, you guessed it, Twitter:

 

Video: What It’s Like to Get Kicked Out of Your Neighborhood

Video: What It's Like to Get Kicked Out of Your Neighborhood Play

You might remember Kai, the 20-year-old native of San Francisco’s Mission District whose confrontation with white Dropbox employees on a neighborhood soccer field went viral last year. In this video with BuzzFeed, Kai takes us on a tour of the neighborhood and building that he and his family was kicked out of in one of America’s most rapidly gentrifying cities.

Oscars: Ava DuVernay, David Oyelowo Snubbed

Oscars: Ava DuVernay, David Oyelowo Snubbed

Oscar nominations were announced this morning, and they’re more notable for what they didn’t include than what they did. Ava DuVernay’s “Selma” got the nod for “Best Picture,” but was surprisingly shut out of the “Best Actor” and “Best Director” nominations. Common and John Legend’s song for the film, “Glory,” was also nominated for an Oscar after just having won a Golden Globe.

Other notable nomination: “Big Hero 6” and “The Take of Princess Kaguya” earned nominations for “Best Animated Feature.”

But as Scott Mendleson notes at Time, neither DuVernay nor any actors of color were nominated for individual awards today. And that matters.

To the extent that one can be “angry” about a certain filmmaker not being nominated for a major award that honors the best in filmmaking, I am angry. I am angry both because she deserved a nomination. I am angry because if the legacy of DuVernay’s Selma becomes shaped by its Oscar-season controversy, I fear that it will affect the artistic opportunities afforded to its African-American female director in a manner different than if Selma would have come under fire under the directorial lens of a white male filmmaker.

Read more.

Here’s the full list of nominations:

Best Picture
Boyhood
The Imitation Game 
Birdman
The Theory of Everything
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Whiplash
Selma
American Sniper

Best Actress
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Reese Witherspoon, Wild
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night

Best Actor
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper, American Sniper

Best Supporting Actor
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Edward Norton, Birdman
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
Robert Duvall, The Judge

Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Emma Stone, Birdman
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods
Laura Dern, Wild

Best Director
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game
Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher

Best Adapted Screenplay
Graham Moore, The Imitation Game
Anthony McCarten, The Theory of Everything
Damien Chazelle, Whiplash
Jason Hall, American Sniper
Paul Thomas Anderson, Inherent Vice

Best Original Screenplay
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo, Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler
Dan Futterman and E. Max Frye, Foxcatcher

Best Foreign Film
Ida 
(Poland)
Leviathan 
(Russia)
Tangerines
 (Estonia)
Timbuktu 
(Mauritania)
Wild Tales 
(Argentina)

Best Documentary Feature
Citizenfour
Last Days in Vietnam
Virunga
Finding Vivian Maier
The Salt of the Earth

Best Animated Feature
Big Hero 6
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The Boxtrolls
Song of the Sea
The Tale of Princess Kaguya

Film Editing
American Sniper
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Whiplash

Best Song
Gregg Alexander, Danielle BriseboisNick Lashley, and Nick Southwood, “Lost Stars” (Begin Again)
John Legend and Common, “Glory” (Selma)
Shawn Patterson, Joshua Bartholomew, Lisa Harriton, and The Lonely Island, “Everything Is Awesome” (The Lego Movie)
The-Dream, “Grateful” (Beyond the Lights)
Glen Campbell, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” (Glen Campbell … I’ll Be Me)

Best Original Score
Johann Johannsson, The Theory of Everything
Alexandre Desplat, The Imitation Game
Alexandre Desplat, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Hans Zimmer, Interstellar
Gary Yershon, Mr. Turner

Best Cinematography
Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman
Dick Pope, Mr. Turner
Robert D. Yeoman, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ryszard Lenczewski and Łukasz Żal, Ida
Roger Deakins, Unbroken

Costume Design
Colleen Atwood, Into the Woods
Anna B. Sheppard, Maleficent
Milena Canonero, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Jacqueline Durran, Mr. Turner
Mark Bridges, Inherent Vice

Makeup and Hairstyling
Guardians of the Galaxy
Foxcatcher
The Grand Budapest Hotel

Production Design
Adam Stockhausen and Anna Pinnock, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Suzie Davies and Charlotte Watts, Mr. Turner
Dennis Gassner and Anna Pinnock, Into the Woods
Nathan Crowley, Garry Fettis, and Paul Healy, Interstellar
Maria Djurkovic, The Imitation Game

Sound Editing
American Sniper
Interstellar
Unbroken
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Birdman

Sound Mixing
American Sniper
Birdman
Unbroken
Interstellar
Whiplash

Visual Effects
Interstellar
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Guardians of the Galaxy
X Men: Days of Future Past
Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Short Film, Live Action
Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis, Aya (Chasis Films)
Michael Lennox, director, and Ronan Blaney, Boogaloo and Graham (Out of Orbit)
Hu Wei and Julien Féret, Butter Lamp (La Lampe au Beurre de Yak) (AMA Productions)
Talkhon Hamzavi and Stefan Eichenberger, Parvaneh (Zurich University of Arts)
Mat Kirkby, director and James Lucas, The Phone Call (RSA Films)

Short Film, Animated
Daisy Jacobs and Christopher Hees, The Bigger Picture (National Film and Television School)
Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi, The Dam Keeper (Tonko House)
Patrick Osborne and Kristina Reed, Feast (Walt Disney Animation Studios)
Torill Kove, Me and My Moulton (Mikrofilm in co-production with the National Film Board of Canada)
Joris Oprins, A Single Life (Job, Joris & Marieke)

Documentary Short Subject
Perry Films, Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
Wajda Studio, Joanna
Warsaw Film School, Our Curse
Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica, The Reaper (La Parka)
Weary Traveler, White Earth

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Watch Childish Gambino Perform ‘Sober’ on Jimmy Kimmel

Childish Gambino made an appearance on last night’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” to perform the song “Sober” from his 2014 project “Kauai.” Check it out:

The official video for the song was released late last week.

Rachel Kaadzi Ghanash Revisits Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Lady Studios

Rachel Kaadzi Ghanash Revisits Jimi Hendrix's Electric Lady Studios

The fantastic writer Rachel Kaadzi Ghanash has a new piece in The Believer about Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Lady Studios and the role it’s played in contemporary black music:

Hendrix recorded only a handful of songs at Electric Lady before his death, in 1970, including several that appeared on his posthumous album, The Cry of Love, but the list of albums produced at the studio is legend: Stevie Wonder recordedTalking Book there, Led Zeppelin mixed some of Houses of the Holy there, David Bowie did Young Americans, and Patti Smith decided early on that Horses could be made nowhere else.

Tucked into the whirl of Greenwich Village, Electric Lady could have become a priceless real-estate curio. Instead it has continued to be a place where great American music is born. Unlike many historical sites in Manhattan, Electric Lady Studios has a strict but logical door policy: no tours, no strangers. For the most part, the only people admitted are those who have come to make music—the artists and their retinues.

Read more at “The Believer.”

Margaret Cho Isn’t Apologizing for That Golden Globes North Korea Skit

Margaret Cho Isn't Apologizing for That Golden Globes North Korea Skit Play

Margaret Cho isn’t apologizing for her North Korea bit at this year’s Golden Globes. The comedian had a recurring character named Cho Young-Ja, a humorless North Korean Army general with a stereotypically “Asian” accent who was also a contributor to the fictional to Movies Wow! magazine.

E. Alex Young wrote over at Vulture that the bit was plainly racist, and falls in line with a long line of problematic comedy in Cho’s history:

Margaret Cho’s comedy has always relied on utilizing a brand of Orientalism. For instance, in her HBO comedy special from 1994, she does a sketch where she plays a “sponsored child” for Star magazine. She dons a rice paddy hat and “Asian” accent as she shares her weight-loss secret: contracting malaria. On the face of it, this could be just another instance of yellowface, but Cho introduces the sketch with a story of when her brother sent her a clipping from Starmagazine that featured her on the cover with the headline “Chow Like Cho Diet” and a fake interview. “When I was young, I was raised on rice and fish, so when I get heavy I go back to that natural Asian way of eating,” Cho relays. “That’s so racist you can almost hear the choppers overhead.”

But Cho defending her actions on Twitter:

She also spoke to BuzzFeed and added, “I’m of North and South Korean descent, and I do impressions of my family and my work all the time, and this is just another example of that,” she said. “I am from this culture. I am from this tribe. And so I’m able to comment on it.

I can do whatever I want when it comes to Koreans — North Koreans, South Korean. I’m not playing the race card, I’m playing the rice card. I’m the only person in the world, probably, that can make these jokes and not be placed in a labor camp.”

‘Selma’ Wins Golden Globe for Song ‘Glory’

'Selma' Wins Golden Globe for Song 'Glory' Play

Common and John Legend’s song “Glory” won last night’s Golden Globe award for best original song in a motion picture. The award, presented by Prince, was the film’s first, but probably won’t be its last.

“The first day I stepped on the set of ‘Selma’ I began to feel like this was bigger than a movie,” Common said during his acceptance speech. “As I got to know the people of the Civil Rights Movement, I realized I am the hopeful black woman who was denied her right to vote. I am the caring white supporter killed on the front lines of freedom. I am the unarmed black kid who maybe needed a hand, but instead was given a bullet. I am the two fallen police officers murdered in the line of duty. ‘Selma’ has awakened my humanity.”

Aziz Ansari Trolls Rupert Murdoch Over Anti-Muslim Tweets

Aziz Ansari Trolls Rupert Murdoch Over Anti-Muslim Tweets

In light of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, Rupert Murdoch thinks that all Muslims should be held responsible for what he calls the “growing jihadist cancer.”

Comedian Aziz Ansari thinks that’s ridiculous, and tweeted as much:

Then Ansari started the hashtag #RupertsFault:

(h/t BuzzFeed)

Watch Gina Rodriguez’s Tearful Golden Globe Speech

Watch Gina Rodriguez's Tearful Golden Globe Speech Play

“Jane the Virgin’s” Gina Rodriguez won the award for best actress in a comedy. In her acceptance speech, she said that the award meant the world to her Latino community. “This award is so much bigger than myself. It represents a culture that wants to see themselves as heroes,” Rodriguez said through tears while accepting her award. “My dad used to tell me, ‘Today’s a great day, you can and you will,’” she said. “Well, dad, today’s a great day, and I can and I did!”

Black Business Leaders Offer NYC Students Free Tickets to ‘Selma’

Black Business Leaders Offer NYC Students Free Tickets to 'Selma'

Ava DuVernay’s “Selma” opens in theaters nationwide today, and thanks to some enterprising black business leaders, students in New York City will be able to get free admission to see the film. Here’s more from The Hollywood Reporter:

Paramount Pictures has partnered with 27 African-American business leaders in New York to offer free admission to its awards contender Selma, centering on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Seventh-, eighth- and ninth-grade students in New York will be admitted to screenings of the film for free at participating theaters if they provide a student ID or report card. The initiative kicks off at 7 p.m. Thursday and runs through Jan. 19, which is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, or while tickets last.

In total, 27,000 students will benefit from the partnership. Read more.

San Francisco Muralists Sue Realtor For Using Art to Sell Luxury Condos

San Francisco Muralists Sue Realtor For Using Art to Sell Luxury Condos

The fact that San Francisco artists Francisco Aquino, Mona Caron, Susan Kelk Cervantes, Jetro Martinez, Sirron Norris, Henry Sultan, Jennifer Badger Sultan and Martin Travers had images of their artwork yanked from sfmuralarts.com, a website that displays local public art online, was bad enough. But then they found out that their art was being used by Zephyr Real Estate to sell luxury condos in the city. So they sued.

From San Francisco Weekly:

Eight muralists on Tuesday submitted a federal complaint in San Francisco against Zephyr Real Estate, the city’s largest independent real estate firm, for allegedly using unauthorized reproductions of copyrighted works of art in a 2013 calendar to advertise properties.

“We tried before filing a lawsuit to resolve matters with Zephyr and that was frustrating,” said attorney Brooke Oliver, who represents the plaintiffs. “The artists regret having to file a lawsuit but are determined to protect their rights to not have their artwork taken without their permission to promote a real estate company that is so deeply involved in gentrifying the San Francisco neighborhoods where these murals live.”

A representative for the company told the SF Weekly the accusation that company used the calendars for profit was “completely wrong.”

Read more at San Francisco Weekly

 

Margaret Cho to Talk Polyamory, BDSM, Sex Toys on New TLC Show

Margaret Cho has made a career for herself as a queer comedian who’s not afraid to talk about sex. In fact, she’s built such a reputation for it that TLC’s given her a new show devoted exclusively to what she describes as “alternative sexualities” called “All About Sex.” The show premieres Saturday on TLC at 11pm, and Cho talked with Momo Chang at the Center for Asian American Media to give readers a preview.

It’s an advice show and it’s a talk show. And we’ll take questions from social media about sexuality. It kind of covers all different kinds of sexuality. My area is alternative sexuality—BDSM, queer questions, questions about sex toys. I have been in the alternative sexual community for my entire adult life and I served on the board of Good Vibrations, which is a really important sex toy company for women. And I have a lot of experience in the area of polyamory and alternative sexuality in general. So I’m there to field questions about that.

I’m really thrilled about the show. We have myself on the panel, a doctor who’s really knowledgeable about everything— Dr. Tiffanie [Davis Henry]—and Heather [McDonald] and Marissa [Jaret Winokur] are there to keep it really funny. We’re ready to rock. (See all the hosts’ bios below).

Read more over at the Center for Asian American Media

Golden Globe Nominee David Oyelowo Compares ‘Selma’ to Ferguson

Golden Globe Nominee David Oyelowo Compares 'Selma' to Ferguson

It’s awards season in Hollywood and “Selma” is rightfully on a lot of people’s radar. At this year’s Golden Globes the film stands to win big, with nominations in four categories including Best Motion Picture—Drama. David Oyelowo, who stars as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,is nominated for Best Actor in a Motion Picture. 

Along with director Ava DuVernay, Britian-born Oyelowo is one of several black actors who belong to Blackout for Human Rights, the loosely knit network of high-profile and ordinary people who campaign against police killings of unarmed black people.

On this past Thanksgiving, Blackout called for a nationwide boycott of America’s busiest shopping day of the year, Black Friday, to show the might of the African-American dollar. It’s nearly impossible to measure how much of the group’s efforts contributed to the 11 percent drop in the day’s sales, but they clearly demonstrated how some of today’s leading black filmmakers and actors refuse separate their art from their politics.

When asked if he had any hesitation in joining Blackout, Oyelowo called “Selma” incredibly “evocative of Ferguson.” Here’s more:

“It’s not exactly the same situation, but the parallels are very stark and real. Jimmie Lee Jackson was one of the motivating elements within the Selma campaign that really galvanized that campaign. He [was] shot by law enforcement unjustly, unarmed, brutally, in a public setting. And there was no recompense for those who did this. There’s that, but also what you see in “Selma” is the use of strategy, the use of coming together and forcing people to act out in front of cameras, forcing them to show their true colors when the press aren’t present. That’s what brought attention to Selma and ended up in a very efficacious way, bringing about change.”

The actor continued by saying that the film presented “non-violence and [love] as means of shaming people who are hell-bent on injustice to take a look in the mirror.” Hopefully, said Oweyelo, “Selma” will encourage people to “use love as a force and use strategy as opposed to bitterness.”

In a recent interview with Variety’s chief film critic Justin Chang, DuVernay, Oyelowo and Oprah Winfrey, who plays activist Amelia Boynton, praised the film’s “divine timing.” When it came to playing one of history’s most compelling characters, Oyelowo said in another interview that he “felt this bizarre feeling of death around me.”

He continued: “[MLK] had consistently been told not to make that speech as there was a real fear of possible assassination. At the end of the day I felt almost surprised that I would be alive. I know that sounds strange, but I feel like I had so deeply entrenched myself that I could feel some of the fears he must have felt.”

‘Selma’ Earns Its First Big Magazine Cover

“Selma” director Ava DuVernay, actors David Oyelowo and Oprah Winfrey are on the cover of the latest issue of Variety. It’s the film’s first big magazine cover, but with the project earning tons of critical praise, it won’t be the last. The film will be released in theaters nationwide starting tomorrow.

Don Lemon to Muslim Human Rights Attorney: ‘Do You Support ISIS?’

Don Lemon to Muslim Human Rights Attorney: 'Do You Support ISIS?'

It’s a new year, but Don Lemon is up to his old, ignorant ways. The CNN anchor asked human rights attorney Arsalan Iftikhar, who’s Muslim, if he supported ISIS, apparently because Lemon thinks all Muslims support religious extremism. 

Iftikhar was on to discuss this week’s deadly shooting rampage at the Paris-based office of the satirical (and deeply problematic) paper Charlie Hebdo. He had just finished making a point about the difference between supporting a religious ideology versus sanctioning the mass executions of innocent people. 

Lemon doubled down on his line of questioning. “I just want to get more specific,” he said. “Do you support ISIS?”

“Wait, did you just ask me if I supported ISIS?” Iftikhar replied. “I just answered your question. I said that obviously these 16 percent of people support the ideology, but I don’t think that would necessarily extrapolate to supporting of killing of innocent people. You can have sympathy for an ideology and not support the mass murdering of people.”

Watch a clip of the interaction below:

Viola Davis’ Awards Speech Responds to NYT ‘Classic Beauty’ Diss

Viola Davis' Awards Speech Responds to NYT 'Classic Beauty' Diss

After Viola Davis, star of ABC’s “How to Get Away With Murder,” accepted the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Actress in a New TV Series last night, she made a speech that took aim at Alessandra Stanley’s screed in the New York Times against so-called “angry black women.” Stanley infamously described Davis as “less classically beautiful than Kerry Washington,” to which the actress responded last night: “Thank you Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers and Peter Norwalk for thinking of a leading lady who looks like my classic beauty.” 

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