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First up, say goodbye to #Kete, folks. Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson called it quits after just nine months of dating. Get the rundown on the biggest breakup of the summer and Kanye’s reaction.  Plus, find out why Megan Thee Stallion’s boo Pardi seems a little upset with The Rock? And did a couple really find love in the Popeye’s parking lot? We quickly break it all down in this week’s Pop Five stories.  Then, we Skimm (in under four minutes) what the heck is going on with the Warner Bros. Discovery merger that killed "Batgirl" — and how this new marriage may affect your streaming options. And since we kinda have relationships on the brain, we’re diving deeper into dating app fatigue. (Yes, it’s a real thing!) We spoke with a reporter who’s done research on the topic to understand what it is, what the signs are, and what you can do if you’re tired of swiping. You’ll hear from: Jessica Klein, contributing reporter for the BBC                                                 Want more Skimm?  Sign up for our free daily newsletter Subscribe and leave us a review wherever you get your podcasts Skimm'd by Senior Producer and Host Bridget Armstrong. Produced by Alaisha Key. Additional production help from Blake Lew-Merwin. Engineered by Andrew Callaway and Elie McAfee-Hahn. TheSkimm’s senior director of audio is Graelyn Brashear.
All hail Queen Bey! The “Renaissance” is here, and the house listening party started last weekend along with the drama. But this act one wasn’t the only thing dominating pop culture news.  Did you hear that Taylor Swift’s is also topping the charts? But this time it isn’t for music. It’s for her terrible private jet CO2 emissions. And after eight weeks of not being able to turn away from Love Island UK, we finally have this seasons’ winners. What else is on our radar? Check out this week’s Pop Five stories.  Then, we dive into one of the biggest trends Millennials and Gen Z are obsessed with: astrology. We speak with a journalist to find out why. And we chatted with an astrologer to get the breakdown on what it’s all supposed to mean. Plus, don’t miss our host getting her chart read! You’ll hear from: Kirah Tabourn, creative, astrologer, and host of The Strology Show podcast                                       Elizabeth Gulino, senior writer at Refinery29                                                    Want more Skimm?  Sign up for our free daily newsletter Subscribe and leave us a review wherever you get your podcasts Skimm'd by Senior Producer and Host Bridget Armstrong. Produced by Alaisha Key. Additional production help from Blake Lew-Merwin. Engineered by Andrew Callaway and Elie McAfee-Hahn. TheSkimm’s senior director of audio is Graelyn Brashear.
From Kid Cudi walking off the stage at Rolling Loud to a weepy Bennifer in Paris, a lot has been going on in pop culture news. So we’re starting off by breaking down our Pop Five — the top five moments we can’t stop talking about. And after, we have convos with Angelica Ross, Tan France, and Christina Milian. So find out the reason Desus and Mero are calling it quits and why Sesame Place is being called out for racial discrimination.   Then, San Diego ComicCon gave “Black Panther” fans what they’ve been waiting for. The “Wakanda Forever” trailer dropped and everyone’s in their feelings. But what really had Twitter chirping? A viral tweet comparing the careers of Keke Palmer and Zendaya — and citing colorism. And the “Nope” star quickly shut the conversation down in a way only she could.   And keeping with stars that we stan, today, check out a few moments that didn’t make it on previous episodes — and some of our favorite interviews. You’ll hear from: Angelica Ross, actress, singer, and TransTech founder  Tan France, host of Netflix’s “Queer Eye”   Christina Milian, actress and singer Want more Skimm?  Sign up for our free daily newsletter Subscribe and leave us a review wherever you get your podcasts Skimm'd by Senior Producer and Host Bridget Armstrong. Produced by Alaisha Key. Engineered by Andrew Callaway and Elie McAfee-Hahn. TheSkimm’s senior director of audio is Graelyn Brashear.
Having a big butt hasn’t always been popular. But now, it seems like everyone wants to be a member of the big booty club. Kim Kardashian, Nicki Minaj, and even Madonna have all been suspected of having work done to make their backsides bigger. But it isn’t just famous people who are bending over backwards to get the derrière they desire. Regular women are also looking for ways to plump up their bottoms. While some are opting for butt implants or injections, many are turning to another surgical procedure: the Brazilian Butt Lift, aka the BBL. We talked to a board certified emergency physician and a reporter about the BBL: what it is, why it can be so dangerous — and why so many people are getting it anyway. You’ll hear from: Dr. Uché Blackstock, board certified emergency physician and founder and CEO of Advancing Health Equity Ruth Etiesit Samuel, culture reporter at HuffPost Want more Skimm?  Sign up for our free daily newsletter Subscribe and leave us a review wherever you get your podcasts Skimm'd by Senior Producer and Host Bridget Armstrong. Produced by Alaisha Key. Engineered by Andrew Callaway and Elie McAfee-Hahn. TheSkimm’s senior director of audio is Graelyn Brashear.
We’ve finally settled into the summer season — meaning warmer days, more three-day weekends, and sneaking in some beach time before Labor Day. But if you’re trying to stay cool inside or you have some time to kill (thanks, flight delays), you’re going to need something to watch. And we’ve got you covered.  Today, we called up some of our favorite media critics and a bunch of our savvy fellow Skimm’rs for their must-see recommendations. Whether you need weekend binges, movies worth seeing in theaters, or hidden gems to add to your queue, enjoy our ultimate summer TV and movie guide. And yes, we’ve got the full list right here for you. What to binge on a long weekend: The Summer I Turned Pretty (Amazon Prime Video) Ms. Marvel (Disney+) Money Heist Korea (Netflix) Only Murders in the Building (Hulu) Love Island UK (Hulu) Heartstopper (Netflix) Joe Pera Talks With You (HBO Max) I Love That For You (Showtime) The Upshaws (Netflix) Movies to see IRL: Nope (July 22) Mr. Malcolm’s List (In Theaters Now) Top Gun: Maverick (In Theaters Now) Elvis (In Theaters Now) Marcel the Shell with Shoes On (In Theaters Now) Everything Everywhere All At Once (In Select Theaters Now) Hidden gems that are getting overlooked: Savage Beauty (Netflix) The Janes (HBO Max) Ziwe (Showtime) The Man Who Fell to Earth (Showtime) Barry (HBO Max) What We Do in the Shadows (FX/Hulu) Everything is Trash (Freeform/Hulu) Irma Vepp (HBO Max) You’ll hear from: Bethonie Butler, TV and pop culture reporter for The Washington Post Lakshmi Gandhi, freelance journalist and co-founder of The Lakshmi and Asha Show Kamaron McNair, finance writer at theSkimm Kristen Lindell, loyalty program manager at theSkimm Nina Moll, senior associate, client services at theSkimm Michelle Simon, senior director, client services and planning at theSkimm Rachel Klein, executive producer, video at theSkimm Rachel Levin, social media producer at theSkimm Alaisha Key, audio producer, culture at theSkimm Andrew Callaway, senior audio engineer at theSkimm Want more Skimm?  Sign up for our free daily newsletter Subscribe and leave us a review wherever you get your podcasts Skimm'd by Senior Producer and Host Bridget Armstrong. Produced by Alaisha Key. Engineered by Andrew Callaway and Elie McAfee-Hahn. TheSkimm’s senior director of audio is Graelyn Brashear.
Last week, the trial for WNBA All-Star Brittney Griner began in Russia. Griner was taken into custody on drug charges back in February, and her detention has been extended four times.  Unfortunately, things aren’t looking good for the Phoenix Mercury star. The trial resumes July 7 and could take several months. She could also face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.   While so many questions remain about Griner’s future and release, there’s one that keeps popping up: what she was doing over there? Simply put, better pay. About half of the WNBA’s athletes play overseas during the offseason, and Griner's situation may make some of them think twice about claiming additional income, especially as war rages between Russia and Ukraine.  Today, we revisit a conversation with sports journalist Meredith Cash on what’s happening with Griner and how it may affect other WNBA players.   You’ll hear from: Meredith Cash, sports reporter for Insider Want more Skimm?  Sign up for our free daily newsletter Subscribe and leave us a review wherever you get your podcasts Skimm'd by Senior Producer and Host Bridget Armstrong. Produced by Alaisha Key. Engineered by Andrew Callaway. TheSkimm’s senior director of audio is Graelyn Brashear.
From the trailer for “Hocus Pocus 2” giving us major nostalgia to the backlash surrounding the chart topping “Elvis” biopic, there’s a lot going on in pop culture this week. So we’re breaking down the top five moments we can’t stop talking about — and revisiting a few others. Find out the latest in the Brittney Griner case and what happened at the BET Awards without Lil Nas X.  Then, last week’s Verzuz between Omarion and Mario brought up old drama with the “Post to Be” singer and his former B2K group members. But the thing that we’re stuck on is Beyoncé’s summer anthem "Break My Soul." The new dance ballad along with Drake’s recent album “Honestly, Nevermind” has fans asking if house music is making a comeback. The answer: It never went away. Today, we explore the history and evolution of the house sound with a music and culture journalist and historian. We’ll give you a playlist that you’ll want to dance to all summer long.  You’ll hear from: Naima Cochrane, music and culture journalist and historian Want more Skimm?  Sign up for our free daily newsletter Subscribe and leave us a review wherever you get your podcasts Skimm'd by Senior Producer and Host Bridget Armstrong. Produced by Alaisha Key. Engineered by Andrew Callaway and Elie McAfee-Hahn. TheSkimm’s senior director of audio is Graelyn Brashear. Additional production help from Blake Lew-Merwin.
Do you remember when the only queer characters on TV seemed to be sassy, gay best friends?  Queer representation in pop culture is changing. With shows and movies like “The Bold Type,” Tom Swift,” “P-Valley,” and “Fire Island,” we’re seeing more depth and range when it comes to LGBTQ+ characters and storylines.  We’re also seeing more queer representation in other mediums like books, cartoons, anime, and manga.  This Pride Month, we’ve been talking about the importance of telling diverse queer stories. And today, we called up some old and new friends of the podcast to talk about the evolution we’re seeing on the page and screen. (Bonus: Get some new reccos to watch and read!) Plus, find out how Beyoncé and Drake are bringing house music back.  You’ll hear from: Torian Miller, actor and star in Hulu’s “Fire Island” Blair Imani, activist, author, and creator of Smarter in Seconds  Daric L. Cottingham, freelance culture and entertainment journalist Briana Lawrence, fandom editor at The Mary Sue  Want more Skimm?  Sign up for our free daily newsletter Subscribe and leave us a review wherever you get your podcasts Skimm'd by Senior Producer and Host Bridget Armstrong. Produced by Alaisha Key. Engineered by Andrew Callaway, Elie McAfee-Hahn, and Ko Takasugi-Czernowin. TheSkimm’s senior director of audio is Graelyn Brashear. Additional production help from Blake Lew-Merwin.
First up, we’ve got questions: Who’s the new addition to the list of EGOT legends? Which ex-husband tried to crash Brittney’s wedding? Who thought “Squid Game” should be a reality show? Why is the Beyhive upset with Saucy Santana, Twitter upset with Lizzo, and everybody upset with Amy Schumer for the tampon shortage? But the big question this week: Why wasn’t Lil Nas X nominated for a 2022 BET Award? Lil Nas X had one of the biggest albums of 2021. “Montero” climbed the charts, and so did its popular singles like “Industry Baby” — along with music videos that still have us talking. Plus, the album was critically acclaimed and nominated for multiple awards. So, it’s not surprising that Lil Nas X tweeted about being snubbed when BET Award nominations were announced. But he’s not just calling out the network. He says he’s also pointing out the larger issue of homophobia in the Black community. And his tweets have Twitter divided. But why? We talked to two reporters about the snub, the response to Lil Nas X calling out BET, and homophobia within hip hop.  You’ll hear from: Daric Cottingham, freelance culture and entertainment journalist Clyde McGrady, reporter for The Washington Post Want more Skimm?  Sign up for our free daily newsletter Subscribe and leave us a review wherever you get your podcasts Skimm'd by Senior Producer and Host Bridget Armstrong. Produced by Alaisha Key. Engineered by Elie McAfee-Hahn. TheSkimm’s senior director of audio is Graelyn Brashear. Additional production help from Blake Lew-Merwin.
First up, we break down the latest in pop culture news from the weekend’s most-talked about breakup — ahem, Lori Harvey and Michael B. Jordan — to the Depp vs. Heard verdict. Then, we kick off Pride Month with a conversation with an icon.  Within the last decade, there’s been a huge shift in trans representation in Hollywood. From “Orange is the New Black” to “Pose,” we’ve seen more diverse storylines that explore queer and trans experiences than ever before. And we’ve been introduced to some of our new favorite actors, like the multitalented Angelica Ross.  Ross lip-synced her way into our hearts as Candy on FX’s “Pose,” and starred in the last few seasons of “American Horror Story.”  Today, we chat with the actress, singer, and TransTech founder about trans representation on screen, her iconic TV roles, how she’s breaking barriers in the tech field, and what’s next on her Hollywood wishlist.    You’ll hear from: Angelica Ross, actress, singer, and TransTech founder  Emily Yahr, entertainment reporter for The Washington Post Want more Skimm?  Sign up for our free daily newsletter Subscribe and leave us a review wherever you get your podcasts Skimm'd by Senior Producer and Host Bridget Armstrong. Produced by Alaisha Key. Engineered by Elie McAfee-Hahn and Ko Takasugi-Czernowin. TheSkimm’s senior director of audio is Graelyn Brashear.
A few weeks ago, rappers Young Thug, Gunna, and 26 of their YSL crew members were charged in a Georgia RICO case. And prosecutors are arguing that YSL is actually a criminal gang instead of a record label.  One of the things they plan to use to prove that: Young Thug’s rap lyrics.  Violent lyrics show up in a lot of music genres. But when it comes to rap and hip hop, it’s not unusual for those lyrics to be used in court as evidence to convict artists of crimes. But is it a violation of first amendment rights? Today, we look back at the history of rap lyrics on trial, and talk to a media attorney about RICO cases and a New York bill that would make it harder for artists’ words to be used against them.  Plus, what’s #Swedengate, why art museums had a bad weekend, and the two TV show premieres bringing us all the ’80s vibes.  You’ll hear from: J. Christopher Hamilton, entertainment attorney, author and professor Want more Skimm?  Sign up for our free daily newsletter Subscribe and leave us a review wherever you get your podcasts Skimm'd by Senior Producer and Host Bridget Armstrong. Produced by Alaisha Key. Engineered by Andrew Callaway and Elie McAfee-Hahn. TheSkimm’s senior director of audio is Graelyn Brashear.
When model Lori Harvey took to TikTok earlier this month to detail her weight-loss diet, the backlash was swift. That’s because, as plenty of dietitians pointed out, the 1,200 calorie-per-day plan she shared was just not enough food for most full-grown humans.  But Harvey’s not alone. We’re bombarded with stories about how people are losing weight — from Kim Kardashian’s met-gala dress diet to influencers and #FitFam posts pushing restrictive eating and excessive exercise. At the same time, messages about body positivity are pushing us to love the skin we’re in.  Today, we’re taking a long, hard look at diet culture — why it has such a grip on us, and how we can make sure we’re taking care of our own physical and mental health in the face of an onslaught of questionable advice. Plus, Rihanna’s baby announcement, the big Deux Moi reveal, and the TV finales that have us in tears…or not. You’ll hear from: Patience Owunwanne, registered dietitian Want more Skimm?  Sign up for our free daily newsletter Subscribe and leave us a review wherever you get your podcasts Skimm'd by Senior Producer and Host Bridget Armstrong. Produced by Alaisha Key. With production help from Blake Lew-Merwin. Engineered by Andrew Callaway and Elie McAfee-Hahn. TheSkimm’s senior director of audio is Graelyn Brashear.
It’s a huge week for music and TV. We have questions — and answers.  First up: Kendrick Lamar’s new album dropped, but does it live up to the hype? Next: Who won Eurovision, and who tried to cheat by hacking the results? Then: What happened at the Billboard Music Awards, and why are people talking about Cara Delevingne, Doja Cat, and Travis Scott? But the question of the week: Why are folks so mad at the latest casting news?  Since Disney+ announced it was adapting the popular YA series “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” into a show, fans have been eager to see who would play the main characters.  In April, fans learned Walter Scobell landed the role of demigod Percy Jackson, and they celebrated. But last week, it was announced that Leah Jeffries would play the role  Annabeth Chase, and some fans weren’t exactly thrilled — despite author Rick Riordan choosing Jeffries to play a character he created.  Jeffries is Black and in the book it’s implied that Annabeth is white. And angry fans made their feelings known by getting the 12-year-old star’s TikTok banned.   Unfortunately, Jeffries isn’t the only actor getting mixed fan reactions. BBC announced that “Sex Education” star Ncuti Gatwa will take on the title of the Doctor in the next season of “Doctor Who.” Many fans and even showrunner Russell T. Davies say they can’t wait to see what Gatwa does with the role, but others are criticizing the series for what they say is a “woke” casting decision.  Why are diverse casting decisions so controversial, especially with fictional shows? We talked with someone who studies and writes about fandom about the backlash.  You’ll hear from: Briana Lawrence, fandom editor at The Mary Sue  Want more Skimm?  Sign up for our free daily newsletter Subscribe and leave us a review wherever you get your podcasts Skimm'd by Senior Producer and Host Bridget Armstrong. Produced by Alaisha Key. Engineered by Andrew Callaway and Elie McAfee-Hahn. TheSkimm’s senior director of audio is Graelyn Brashear.
So much is trending in pop culture news. We have questions — and answers.  First up: Rapper Young Thug was indicted with 27 other members of his crew for gang related charges.  Then: What’s the latest in the Johnny Depp. v. Amber Heard trial? We’ll catch you up on the highlights since Heard took the stand.  And: Why were people mad at Kim Kardashian for wearing the iconic Marilyn Monroe dress to the Met Gala? A fashion historian gives us the tea. Next: What does being “wrongfully detained” mean in the case of WNBA star Brittney Griner? We called up a sports reporter to explain. But our biggest question of the week: What’s going on at Netflix? Lately, things don't look too great over at the streaming giant. Last month, the company announced it’s lost 200,000 subscribers this year, and expects to lose more. Its stock continues to drop, costing the company billions.  The prices for subscriptions have gone up, and there’s also been real talk about a crackdown on password sharing — meaning no more using ex’s account.  And just two weeks ago, Netflix layed off a number of employees — including many women of color — from their fan site Tudum, and others on their marketing team.  The streaming giant has long been ahead of the game, but is it finally falling behind the competition in the streaming wars? We chat with two reporters who break down what all of these changes at Netflix mean for our queues and our wallets. You’ll hear from: Dr. Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell, award-winning fashion historian, curator, and journalist  Meredith Cash, sports reporter for Insider Rani Molla, senior data reporter at Recode Dawn Chmielewski, U.S. entertainment business correspondent at Reuters and co-author of "Binge Times" Want more Skimm?  Sign up for our free daily newsletter Subscribe and leave us a review wherever you get your podcasts Skimm'd by Senior Producer and Host Bridget Armstrong. Produced by Alaisha Key.  Engineered by Andrew Callaway. TheSkimm’s senior director of audio is Graelyn Brashear.
From “Everything Everywhere All At Once” to “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” and “Crazy Rich Asians,” more Asian American stories have made it to the mainstream in the last few years.  But it isn’t just the big screen that’s changing. Recently, more TV shows representing the experiences of Americans with East Asian and South Asian backgrounds are popping up on our small screens.  We’ve definitely come a long way from 1994’s “All-American Girl” — one of the first primetime sitcoms to feature an Asian American family. Since then, we’ve had shows that have ditched the stereotypical portrayals and best friend or sidekick roles. And shows like “Fresh Off the Boat,” “Kim’s Convenience,” and “Never Have I Ever” are showing audiences a more realistic view of what it’s like to grow up as an Asian American.      Today, we're kicking off Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month by exploring the evolution of the lived experience of first- and second-generation Asian Americans on TV.  And we interviewed a few culture critics to get their takes on the shift in AAPI representation and where we go from here. You’ll hear from: Natasha Jung, founder of Cold Tea Collective                                                          Sharon Kwon, psychotherapist, social worker, writer, and mental health advocate Lakshmi Gandhi, freelance journalist and co-founder of The Lakshmi and Asha Show Want more Skimm?  Sign up for our free daily newsletter Subscribe and leave us a review wherever you get your podcasts Skimm'd by Senior Producer and Host Bridget Armstrong. Produced by Alaisha Key. Engineered by Andrew Callaway. TheSkimm’s senior director of audio is Graelyn Brashear.
It seems like celebs can’t stay out of court these days. Former Real Housewives of Atlanta star Nene Leakes is suing Bravo for what she says was a racist work environment. Megan The Stallion has an ongoing felony assault case against Torey Lanez. Kardashian friend-turned-foe Blac Chyna is suing the family for allegedly ruining her reality television career. And a few months ago, Cardi B won a defamation lawsuit against YouTuber Tasha K. But the case that everyone seems to be talking about is Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard. Depp is suing Heard for defamation, and she’s countersuing for the same thing.  Today, we'll get into the details of Depp vs. Heard and Cardi B vs. Tasha K — and explain why we may see more cases like theirs in the future.
Each week, we have incredible conversations with smart culture critics and experts about the biggest pop culture stories, but we don’t get to include every moment. Today, we’re going back to interviews that stuck with us — and sharing moments that didn’t make it into the show before. Like the story comedian Hari Kondabolu told us about an unforgettable encounter at a comedy show that taught him a valuable lesson. And check out our deep dive into Black TV sitcoms with Shadow & Act editor Trey Mangum, where we talked about representation and the new wave of binge-worthy shows. One to add to your queue: Peacock’s “Fresh Prince” reboot “Bel-Air.”  You’ll hear from: Hari Kondabolu, standup comedian and writer  Trey Mangum, managing editor at Shadow & Act Want more Skimm?  Sign up for our free daily newsletter Subscribe and leave us a review wherever you get your podcasts Skimm'd by Senior Producer and Host Bridget Armstrong. Produced by Alaisha Key.  Engineered by Andrew Callaway and Elie McAfee-Hahn. TheSkimm’s senior director of audio is Graelyn Brashear.
It seems like everyone is obsessed with fast fashion, and social media has been huge in helping brands like SHEIN, Zara and other online retailers show up in your Instagram, Facebook and TikTok feeds. Love ’em or hate ’em, you can’t deny these brands have changed many people's relationship with clothing. Shopping is cheaper, sizing is seemingly more inclusive, and being trendy is more accessible than ever. SHEIN even landed a spot on TIME’s 100 Most Influential Companies of 2022 list for its impact. But before you hit check out on your cart, know this: there are some real environmental costs to buying these uber cheap clothes. Ahead of Earth Day, we’re returning to one of our favorite episodes to share the three questions you should be asking yourself to see if that $20 top is really worth the cost. You’ll hear from: Aja Barber, writer, stylist, fashion consultant and author of “Consumed: The Need for Collective Change” Want more Skimm?  Sign up for our free daily newsletter Subscribe and leave us a review wherever you get your podcasts Skimm'd by Senior Producer and Host Bridget Armstrong. Produced by Alaisha Key. Engineered by Andrew Callaway. TheSkimm’s senior director of audio is Graelyn Brashear.
When one of the most successful Black actors in Hollywood slaps one of the most famous Black comedians on international television, it's bound to spark conversations. One debate that keeps coming up is whether or not Chris Rock should have even made that “G.I. Jane” joke aimed at Jada Pinkett Smith, who has publicly spoken about her struggles with alopecia.  But it feels like we've been having this discussion about comedy — and where we draw the line — a lot lately. Plenty of comedians have come under fire recently, like Dave Chapelle for his comments about trans people in his specials and Joe Rogan for frequently dropping the N word on his podcast.  So is there a line comedians shouldn’t cross with their jokes? If so, where is it? And is it ever OK to punch down? This week, we unpack our evolving relationship with standup and how the industry is changing — and isn’t. We get some help from a culture writer, and from a comedian who understands the difference between a punch and a punchline. And while you’re here, we want to hear from you! Help us bring you the stories you want us to cover by checking out this quick listener survey. You’ll hear from: Aja Romano, culture staff writer at Vox Hari Kondabolu, standup comedian and writer  Want more Skimm?  Sign up for our free daily newsletter Subscribe and leave us a review wherever you get your podcasts Skimm'd by Senior Producer and Host Bridget Armstrong. Produced by Alaisha Key. Engineered by Andrew Callaway and Elie McAfee-Hahn. TheSkimm’s senior director of audio is Graelyn Brashear.
Everything that happened at the Academy Awards still has us reeling — especially the moment that stole the show, when Will Smith walked onstage and slapped Chris Rock after the comedian made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head.  People have a lot of opinions. So we talked to the creator of the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag, April Reign, about what happened and the social media storm that followed.  And while the Oscars are still trending, awards season isn’t over yet. This Sunday, the 2022 Grammy Awards air on CBS, and the music world is supplying its own brand of drama. Kanye West is banned from performing. Drake withdrew his Grammy noms. And some of the requirements for Grammy nominations and voting have changed. But what does any of this mean?   To break down the controversies and get a quick look at contenders in the top categories, we speak with a few writers who give us their thoughts on what to expect at the Grammys.  And while you’re here, we want to hear from you! Help us bring you the stories you want us to cover by checking out this quick listener survey.   You’ll hear from: April Reign, creator of #OscarsSoWhite hashtag and co-founder of She Will Rise Allison Hussey, staff writer at Pitchfork Oris Aigbokhaevbolo, film and music critic   Joey Guerra, music critic at the Houston Chronicle  Want more Skimm?  Sign up for our free daily newsletter Subscribe and leave us a review wherever you get your podcasts Skimm'd by Senior Producer and Host Bridget Armstrong. Produced by Alaisha Key. Engineered by Andrew Callaway. TheSkimm’s senior director of audio is Graelyn Brashear.
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