Erika Alexander On the Legend of Maxine Shaw, Living Single, and Her Buffy Spinoff Comic

Erika Alexander has one of those signature laughs. It’s really more of a cackle. Over the phone, her effusiveness travels, just as her character Maxine Shaw’s did through five seasons of Living Single, the prototypical ’90s sitcom about four black women in Brooklyn. At one point a cultural force—the highest-rated…

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Hey, Kitty Girl: It's Your RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars 3 Premiere Liveblog!

All-Stars seasons of Drag Race always up the ante just a little bit—the queens, previously disqualified and sometimes disgraced (Willam), know far better what to expect than less seasoned newbies on regular seasons (exception: Shangela), and so they ideally come even more correct and bring a host of looks that won’t…

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Checking in With Judge Kara Brown, Writer on Grown-ish

I called Kara Brown the day after the premiere of Grown-ish, the show on which she recently completed a season as a staff writer. “So prompt,” she complimented me. “I’m a professional,” I responded. Ever the professional herself, she then asked me if it was okay that she was making breakfast while we spoke. “It’s not…

If You Weren't Watching SMILF Before, Now's the Time to Start

The season finale of SMILF, Showtime’s sweet, thoughtful new show about single motherhood, opens with credits in the font from Manhattan and a Woody Allen quote: “The heart wants what it wants. There’s no logic to those things.” Before the quote can dissipate, a young girl’s voice wafts in. She says, “Hey grandma? My…