HBO Winter 2007 TCA Press Tour

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Big Facts

Following his senseless use of the n-word during an interview with Sen. Ben Sasse (nah, but forreal—TF was he thinking?), Bill Maher was set straight by none other than Ice Cube, who stopped by Real Time to give the comedian a lesson on white privilege. “I did a bad thing,” Maher told Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, who was also a guest during the episode. “For Black folks, that word, I don’t care who you are, it’s caused pain. It doesn’t matter that it was not said in malice, it caused pain and that’s why I apologized. I’m not that big of an a–hole.” But Cube wanted to be sure Maher understood how his actions perpetuated the blatant racism in our country. “I accept your apology,” Cube told Maher, “but I still think we need to get to the root of the psyche. Because I think there are a lot of guys out there who are too familiar, or think they’re too familiar, or they had a Black girlfriend or two that made them some Kool-Aid and they think they can cross the line. And they can’t.” Activist and political commentator Symone Sanders was also there to weigh in.

Big News

You heard the new SZA album yet? Listen. If you haven’t, do yourself the favor. Not only has CTRL hit #1 on iTunes, but it also has Issa Rae and Diddy singing its praises. “CTRL makes me wish I had a bathtub, weed, candles and a temporary n-gga,” Rae (aptly) tweeted Saturday. And this video of Diddy vibing to the album in various lavish locations made our whole Monday morning:

SZA lost her shit upon seeing the video. “DIS SHIT DONT MAKE NO SENSE IM SCREAMING,” she tweeted. “@diddy BLESS U.”

(Woman, your album’s flame emojis! Of course it makes sense!)

Big Lies

Attorneys general for D.C. and Maryland say they’re suing Trump on Monday, “alleging that he has violated anti-corruption clauses in the Constitution by accepting millions in payments and benefits from foreign governments since moving into the White House,” according to The Washington Post. It’s reportedly the first lawsuit of its time, and if a federal judge gives it the green light, D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine and Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh say Trump’s attorneys may have to defend before the Supreme Court why his tax returns should stay on the low—especially since he’s “broken many promises to keep separate his public duties and private business interests.” Let’s see how this goes.

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