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‘Black-ish’ Animated Special Deals With Voter Suppression: First Look



Black-ish is finally returning Sunday, October 4 on ABC at 10 p.m. EST. The season seven premiere episode is titled “Election Special Pt. 1” and it’s animated.

According to a press release, Junior is excited to vote but then discovers he’s been dropped from the voters list, which is an example of voter suppression that many African Americans experience all over the country.

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The episode is directed by Oscar winner for Hair Love Matthew A. Cherry and written by Eric Horsted.

See a first look at the animated characters below:

In June, ABC aired another political episode of the series that was shelved for over two

Titled “Please, Baby, Please,” involved the show’s lead character Dre talking to his toddler son about political unrest and racism in the country in the form of a bedtime story. The episode was originally set to air on February 27, 2018, but was pulled by ABC. The episode is now available on Hulu.


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A blockbuster story from The New York Times on Sunday revealed President Trump paid only $750 in taxes in 2016 and 2017 and no taxes for 10 of the 15 years before entering the White House.

The extremely low figures are shocking because, according to Forbes, Trump is worth approximately $2.5 billion.

“His portfolio, which includes commercial buildings, golf properties and branding businesses, is worth an estimated $3.66 billion before debt,” Forbes reports. “The president has a fair amount of leverage — adding up to a roughly $1.13 billion — but not enough to drag his net worth below a billion dollars.”

To put things in perceptive, the $750 Trump paid in taxes is what a single adult with no children who earned $17,900 in 2017 would pay.

In 2017, the median income American household brought in $63,761 according to the Census Bureau. The federal income tax cost for this family would be about $8,600 for couples filing jointly, and $11,670 for singles — that’s more than ten times greater than what the President of the United States paid.

Trump’s tax payments provide even further evidence of his duplicitous business dealings and are an indictment of a system that treats billionaires differently than working people.

However, to Trump, it’s simply an indicator of his intelligence.

In a 2016 debate, Hillary Clinton brought up his attempts to stiff the government on his tax obligations, to which Trump replied, “That makes me smart.”

“He’s paid zero. That means zero for troops, zero for vets, zero for schools, and health,” Clinton said. “And I think probably he’s not all that enthusiastic about having the rest of our country see what the real reasons are because it must be something really important, even terrible that he’s trying to hide.”

The Joe Biden campaign responded to the tax revelations by releasing a calculator that allows people to compare what they pay in taxes to Trump.

“Do you pay more or less in federal income taxes than our “billionaire” President? Use this calculator to find out,” the site reads.

Democratic representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pointed out the blatant inequity in our system that allows Trump to get away with tax avoidance while lower-wage workers foot the bill.

“In 2016 and ’17, I paid thousands of dollars a year in taxes as a bartender. Trump paid $750,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Sunday. “He contributed less to funding our communities than waitresses and undocumented immigrants. Donald Trump has never cared for our country more than he cares for himself. A walking scam.”

The news about Trump’s taxes has inspired many Americans to follow Ocasio-Cortez’s lead by sharing the amount they pay in taxes and how they earned their money.

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Paper Airplanes Existed Long Before Real Ones




You’ve probably never given much thought to paper airplanes beyond how best to sail one into the back of your math teacher’s head. Still, if you had to guess, you’d think they were the invention of some Depression-era ragamuffin dreaming of a future in the exciting new field of aero-engineering, right? It turns out they actually date back to ancient China, which raises some questions. How did ancient people know about planes? Is it aliens? Is the answer finally aliens?! Once again, no. Those pre-industrialist people simply didn’t know they were making planes.

Those ancient Chinese proto-planes were actually more like origami birds, which they did throw into the air but probably didn’t intend them to fly. Later, pioneers of aerodynamics like Leonardo da Vinci built their model planes out of paper, but the paper planes that kids play with today originated sometime around the Civil War. You know, back when air travel was a science-fiction fantasy that people imagined would look like this.

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That’s why these early paper planes weren’t actually called paper planes. They were called paper darts, but that didn’t stop kids from sailing them toward every oppressive adult they encountered. They were a fixture in those one-room schoolhouses, and throwing one during a meeting at the New York Stock Exchange was punishable with a $10 fine because apparently, finance bros have always been finance bros.

Even long after air travel became a reality, they were still called paper darts until the ’50s, when airplane design trended toward a sleeker appearance. Planes actually evolved to look like paper planes, not the other way around. Should we be telling our kids to start folding flying cars? Is that how this works? That’s probably how this works.

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‘Growing Pains’ Cast Recall Good Times With Alan Thicke On The 35th Anniversary Of Show’s Debut




The cast of Growing Pains has a lot of fond memories of their time together.

The Seavers recently reunited virtually to celebrate 35 years since the show first aired.

As they told Entertainment Tonight, celebrating the milestone without the late Alan Thicke is bittersweet.

“We’re just missing Alan. He always had us laughing, had me laughing,” said Joanna Kearns, who played Maggie Seaver.

“He was one of the most charming men I’d ever met. I think I was a little old for him … But we became really good friends. I saw him a week before he passed.”

Alan played the patriarch of the family, Dr. Jason Seaver. The actor died at 69 years old in December 2016 after suffering a heart attack while playing a game of hockey with his 19-year-old son.

“It’s been years now and I still reach for the phone occasionally, just thinking, ‘I haven’t talked to Alan in a while and want to say hi,’” Jeremy Miller, who played Ben, noted.

The Seavers graced TV screens across the country for seven seasons, starting in 1985.

“It’s unbelievable, unimaginable,” Tracey Gold, who played Carol, said.

“And yet it feels like yesterday in so many ways.”

Kirk Cameron, who played Mike, said coming to set always felt like coming home to a second family. He joked about how Alan would give him tips on how to talk to girls on set. It came in handy when he met his wife, Chelsea Noble, when she appeared on the show.

“Well, I knew that I had to talk to Chelsea before he talked to Chelsea,” Kirk laughed.

“And I’m really glad that I did. It worked out really well for me personally, and here we are 29 years later with six kids.”

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