Shows and podcasts to get you through the week: Roast of Rob Lowe, #GoodMuslimBadMuslim
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Must Watch: Atlanta, 10 p.m., FX, Tuesday
Starring and created by Donald Glover, Atlanta follows two cousins and their friend as they navigate the gritty hip-hop scene in an attempt to better their lives. Times music critic Jay Cridlin says parts of the show feel like "a beautifully filmed portrait of an underrepresented community." Atlanta just might be Glover's melancholy masterpiece.
REVIEW: Donald Glover's 'Atlanta' a distinct, leisurely look at reality of Dirty South rap
Roast of Rob Lowe, 10 p.m., Monday, Comedy Central: The roast of actor-turned-comedian Lowe (The West Wing, The Grinder) is hosted by David Spade with roasters Jimmy Carr, Pete Davidson, Bo Derek, Peyton Manning, Jeff Ross, Nikki Glaser, Jewel and ... Ann Coulter?
Loosely Exactly Nicole, 10:32 p.m., Monday, MTV: The star vehicle for everyone's favorite comedian on Girl Code, Loosely Exactly Nicole follows the not-exactly-true story of Nicole Byer, a hilarious, impulsive actress trying to find her next big gig on the cutthroat world of Los Angeles. But instead of being cynical about the limited roles for curvy African American women, she exudes confidence.
Mary and Jane, 10 p.m., Monday, MTV: MTV is going full throttle with new female-fronted comedies, and Mary and Jane is like Broad City with more marijuana. The two (actually named Jordan and Paige) operate a "mostly legal prescription delivery service" out of their Los Angeles apartment.
Better Things, 10 p.m., Thursday, FX: Created by Pamela Adlon and Louis C.K., Better Things is an offbeat comedy following actor Sam (Adlon) who juggles the pressures of Hollywood while being a single parent to three daughters.
While TV and movies may be lacking in their diversity game, podcasts are one of the best places to hear voices from around the world and from different cultures right in our own communities. I could fill up this entire issue with amazing, diverse podcasts, but these are just two of my favorites.
I just discovered this podcast the other day and I'm already hooked. Hosts Tanzila ‘Taz' Ahmed and Zahra Noorbakhsh discuss what it means to fit into the gray area between being a "good" Muslim and a "bad" Muslim. They discuss how the Muslim community sees them as "bad" because they drink, eat pork and go to punk shows. But with the non-Muslim community, they've been called "the good kind" because they are "less" Muslim.
Ahmed and Noorbakhsh also take on current events and trends, giving viewpoints of two Muslim women living in a culture that constantly attacks their religion and heritage. They blow up contradictions and challenge stereotypes. Most of these topics are discussed with a humorous twist, like when they created their own Muslim American Christmas traditions.
Listen on Stitcher, iTunes and goodmuslimbadmuslim.com.
2 Dope Queens
Comedians Jessica Williams (The Daily Show) and Phoebe Robinson (Broad City) are black, best friends and host a weekly podcast comedy show out of Brooklyn, N.Y. Each episode is half a stand-up special with a slew of diverse comics that will have you tearing up with laughter. My favorite so far was the episode with Naomi Ekperigen, who was a writer for Broad City in seasons two and three.The other half is casual banter between Williams and Robinson, delving into sex, romance, politics, and race while celebrating diversity.
The world would be a much better place if everyone listened to the two talk about their adventures at a Billy Joel concert.
If you loved 2 Dope Queens, check out Robinson's podcast, Sooo Many White Guys, where she brings out mostly non-white, non-male guests from TV, movies, comedy, books and more to chat. The cast showcases those who have to fight a little harder for the spotlight. Robinson welcomes a "token white guy" at the end of the season. Listen to both through Stitcher, iTunes and wnycstudios.org.
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