Mindy Kaling

12 Television Writers of Color You Should Know

After recent widespread criticism about Saturday Night Live’s lack of diversity, prompted by the hiring of six new cast members (five men and all white), Lorne Michaels woke up and added three African-American women to the SNL family. Sasheer Zamata is the show’s new featured player, while LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones (vetted from the recent auditions) will join the writing staff. … Read More

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Mindy Kaling’s ‘ELLE’ Cover Controversy: Why Fashion Magazines Will Never Change

This month’s ELLE has four different covers, and one of them is the black-and-white photograph of Mindy Kaling you see above. If you asked me, without context, if the photograph was attractive, I’d say yes. In fact I quite like it, as a photograph of Kaling. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s Holiday Gift Guide: 50 Gifts for 50 Cultural Icons

Everyone knows that the holidays are a time for tradition, so here’s one of Flavorwire‘s long-time favorites: doling out gifts to some of contemporary culture’s biggest and boldest icons. Whether they’re dead or alive, naughty or nice, whether they’ve been a cultural touchstone for five decades or five minutes — everyone deserves presents this time of year, right? So with that in mind, click through to find the perfect gift for the Miley Cyrus, Joss Whedon, or J-Law in your life. You know you’ve got… Read More

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Etiquette Tips from 10 Pop Culture Icons

You’re not a proper celebrity these days unless you’re a brand and you’ve cornered the lifestyle market. Jay-Z, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Blake Lively are just a few of the famous figures who have built their empire by offering fans wellness tips, recipes, fashion exclusives, and more. Liv Tyler is joining the ranks of celebrity lifestyle gurus with a new book she wrote with her grandmother, Modern Manners: Tools to Take You To The Top. Etiquette is always in style, so we’ve brought you tips from pop culture’s finest that will improve your politeness and make you a better person. … Read More

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10 Film and TV Actresses on the State of Female Characters

A recent study from the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism reported that only 28.4% of the 4,475 speaking characters in 100 of the most successful films in 2012 were female. It was a 4.4% drop since 2009. On-screen women are still struggling to have a voice in media, but the actresses who play them have plenty to say off-screen about the state of female characters in Hollywood and television. We looked to ten different actresses for their thoughts on the difficulties and successes women experience when playing women. … Read More

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‘The Mindy Project’ Season 2 Premiere Recap: Is a Sophomore Slump Inevitable?

If there is any show on television that has backed itself into a corner, it’s The Mindy Project. The sitcom’s phenomenal first season was like an exhilarating car ride in an automobile that isn’t all that sturdy and could crash at any second, but that’s sort of half the fun. Last season left Mindy Kaling’s character following Pastor Casey (Anders Holm) to Haiti, where he would do missionary work for his church and she would, ostensibly, provide medical care for those less fortunate. The idea itself, while not genuinely in poor taste, is a tough comedic conundrum, because there’s little to laugh at about Haiti; many people there do suffer, so Mindy and Casey working there altruistically puts the show’s main character, known for being self-involved, in a tight spot in terms of what she can do and how she can make us laugh. … Read More

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Let Mindy Kaling Be an Asshole

There’s a famous scene at the conclusion of a first-season West Wing episode in which White House chief of staff Leo McGarry, frustrated by President Bartlett’s timidity and caution at governance, hands him a note with a proposed new strategy: “Let Bartlett be Bartlett.” That moment flashed in my mind while reading that Mindy Kaling is “rethinking likability” going into the second season of her ever-evolving Fox sitcom The Mindy Project. In short: her initial notion — which shouldn’t be a radical one — was that the character of Mindy Lahiri didn’t have to be conventionally “likable,” and would in fact be more interesting (and funnier) if she wasn’t, always, all the time. Now Kaling’s walking that back. And that’s a mistake. … Read More

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