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We can’t believe we’re writing this, but is it even remotely conceivable that Donald Trump and his press secretary Sean Spicer think noted abolitionist Frederick Douglass is still alive? The celebrated writer, orator and statesmen died back in 1895, but that didn’t stop President Trump from speaking of Douglass as if he were still alive during a Black History Month speech earlier this week. “Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is getting recognized more and more, I notice.”

We’re sure that despite that awkward wording, Trump knew that Douglass had been dead for over a hundred years. Thankfully his press secretary made sense of the speech later. “I think he wants to highlight the contributions that [Douglass] has made,” Sean Spicer responded when pressed for an explanation on his boss’ quote. “And I think through a lot of the actions and statements that he’s going to make, I think the contributions of Frederick Douglass will become more and more.”

What in the world does that even mean? We spent hours trying to figure it out ourselves, but thankfully, folks on Twitter helped us make sense of the language. Apparently, our collective understanding of Black History is flawed, and Trump is rewriting history with more colorful, alternative fact. This movement has been deemed by Twitter as #TrumpBlackHistory and we have to say, it’s pretty damn amazing. Thank you, Donald.

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Is Hollywood Trying To Make Sterling K. Brown The New Denzel Washington?

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Sir Sidney Poitier was a force to be reckoned with in the 60’s and 70’s. Denzel Washington came onto the scene in the late 80’s and instantly stole the hearts of women around the world. And we can’t forget about the Blair Underwoods, Morris Chestnuts and the Shemar Moores of the 90’s.

But while many of these men are still around knocking roles out of the ballpark, we can’t help but notice the push for one major newcomer: Sterling K. Brown.

Although having been in the business for some time, it was Brown’s portrayal of Christopher Darden in FX’s The People v. O.J. Simpson that really stole the attention of audiences around the nation.

And if that wasn’t enough, Brown became one of the most idolized characters on NBC’s This Is Us, playing a successful Black man in a successful Black marriage, navigating his way though his relationships with siblings.

Now after picking up two Emmy Awards, there seems to be a big push in the media to make Brown the new universal “it” man. Sure he is the ultimate trifecta — ear to ear smile, impeccable acting chops and a banging body.

But there’s a very direct narrative being told. Is Sterling on his way to becoming Hollywood’s new beef cake? Is Hollywood setting the star up to have the same level of celebrity and placement in this bizarre hierarchy as the beloved Denzel?

On Monday, Brown even appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres show for the first time somehow ended up with his shirt off.

Sure the popular daytime series had a “reason” behind having the actor ride a tractor without his shirt on … but this is clearly another way of reminding the world that the sex appeal is on point.

Needless to say, nobody will replace the many men who have led the way for stars before them. But there’s no doubt the industry is holding it’s arms wide open for Brown to come running in for the largest embrace of a lifetime.

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