TV Lists

The 9 Best Thanksgiving TV Episodes to Watch on Turkey Day

Celebrate thanksgiving by hiding from your family and watching these fictional families enjoy turkey day!

Celebrating Thanksgiving usually entails a day of eating, answering uncomfortable questions from your family about your career and romantic life, hearing about your grandma's bunion surgery, and, if you're lucky, a well-earned doze in front of the TV. This year, given the social distancing guidelines, you may bypass the family time and go straight to the couch.

Regardless of your plans for Turkey Day, when that second helping of turkey starts to settle in your belly and your eyelids start to feel heavy, it's time to shove your cousin (or cat) over on the couch, settle in, and turn on one of these classic Thanksgiving-themed episodes.


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The Missed Opportunity in Tracee Ellis Ross’s "Elle" Cover

We know Ellis Ross is fun and has an offbeat style, but her hairstyle felt like a caricature, and one that was completely unnecessary because there are Black women who have the kind of hair she seemed to be trying to mimic.

Tracee Ellis Ross on the cover of Elle magazine's State of Black Beauty issue

Elle magazine

Black hair is political.

It is still a radical act for Black people to wear our hair just as it grows out of our heads.

Just as Black people are diverse, Black hair is inclusive of a broad range of colors, textures, density, and porosity. Terms like 3B and 4C are commonly used to describe hair types. While some people still think of hair types as a grading scheme, much like the debate about having "good hair," we are learning more about how hair types have specific care needs. As we grow deeper in love with ourselves and our hair, Black people are looking for the best products on the market and are committed to supporting Black businesses.

When Tracee Ellis Ross announced the launch of Pattern Beauty, there was a lot of buzz and excitement. A Black woman we love and whose hair has always been an unapologetically overwhelming feature was going to respond to Black hair care needs. Sign us up! Now, however, with her Elle magazine cover, some Black women are wondering if Ross is taking up too much of the Black hair space.

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MUSIC

RECAP | Everything that happened at the American Music Awards

From Taylor Swift's politics to Cardi B's epic return, the AMA's did not dissapoint.

The 2018 American Music Awards aired last night, and I think we can all agree that this year was particularly epic.

Tracee Ellis Ross hosted for a second consecutive year, and once again struck the perfect balance of funny and mean. She opened the show with a dance routine and a monologue, during which she promised to highlight black designers and hoped that she would end up on 'The Shade Room,' or what she called the 'black TMZ.'

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Events

Why Tracee Ellis Ross' Golden Globe Win is Important

Ross won for ABC's "Black-ish."

At the Golden Globes on Sunday, we saw beautiful gowns, outstanding actors, proud producers, a class-act speech from Meryl Streep and so much more.

But there was something that happened during the awards show that we need to acknowledge.

Tracee Ellis Ross, of ABC's Black-ish, won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Comedy or Musical. Why is this important? Not only was it her first nomination and win for the Golden Globes, but this is the first time a black woman has won this award since Debbie Allen in 1983. She won the award for Fame.

Thirty-four years have passed since the Golden Globes has recognized a black woman for this award. I suppose with #OscarsSoWhite trending last year, it's not that hard to believe.

Ross made an impassioned acceptance speech, dedicating the award to "women of color and colorful people, whose stories, ideas and thoughts are not always considered worthy and valid and important."

"I want you to know that I see you," she said. "We see you."

This win comes after years of oppression of people of color in Hollywood. However, Viola Davis and Donald Glover won in the acting categories for Fences and Atlanta, respectively, and Atlanta, Moonlight and The People vs. OJ Simpson won for comedy series, best drama film and limited series, respectively, on Sunday.

Ross was nominated among Issa Rae and Gina Rodriguez (who won in 2015) in her category. And as for the men? For the Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Comedy or Musical, Glover won, as previously mentioned, among Gael Garcia Bernal and Anthony Anderson. Out of the five nominees, three were people of color (the others were Nick Nolte and Jeffrey Tambor), creating a majority of PoC.

Typically the Golden Globes give viewers a peek into the nominees and winners for the Academy Awards, which are just around the corner. Based on the Globes' results on Sunday, we can only hope the night will repeat itself — and then some — when the Academy Award nominations are announced Jan. 24 (the award show will air Feb. 26).

And as for Debbie Allen? She had some kind words to say to Ross:

Click here to see all the winners and nominees.