Friday TV: Deconstructing Rap Lyricism

nas-word-is-bondBlack History Month brings Sacha Jenkins’ “Word is Bond” (Showtime, 10 p.m.), a thoughtful exploration of hip hop, with a special emphasis on the mechanics the language and the artistry of writing with interviews from old school pioneers like Rakim, Nas (above) and Big Daddy Kane to Jadakiss, Clips and J. Cole. It’s enhanced by snippets of classic videos and distinctive animation by Hectah Arias.

In the new series “Everything Sucks!” (Netflix, streaming) uncool teens try to survive their high school years in Boring, Ore. by making movies in their AV club.

In the romance film “Irreplaceable You” (Netflix, streaming), Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Michiel Huisman play a couple negotiating their next stage, with Christopher Walkin and Kate McKinnon in the cast.

The refugee crisis gets an artist’s eye in Ai Weiwei’s “Human Flow” (Amazon, streaming).

On the third season finale of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (The CW, 8 p.m.), Rebecca makes amends for her past and someone new arrives in West Covina.

A fourth season starts for “Mozart in the Jungle” (Amazon, streaming), some of it set in Japan.

The Olympics (NBC, 8 p.m.) has the finals in men’s figure skating and women’s Super G Alpine skiing. Plus: women’s skiing aerials and skeleton.

A different kind of world games occur with U.S. vs. the World in the “NBA Rising Stars Challenge” (TNT, 9 p.m.) from Los Angeles.

And more international competition: Teams from the Americas, Asia and Europe compete in the “ELeague” (TBS, 10:30 p.m.).

Shannon and James are up for eviction, but there’s a veto competition before anybody goes home on “Celebrity Big Brother” (CBS, 8 p.m.).

On the third episode of “The Trade” (Showtime, 9 p.m.), a drug trafficker explains how heroin is transported to the U.S.

The guy is sidelined by a bike accident and the song “What Are You Up To, Elisabeth Shue” is revived on “High Maintenance” (HBO, 11 p.m.).

JD lines up a press tour for the kids on “The Rap Game” (Lifetime, 10 p.m.).

Anna Deavere Smith, Vincent Fox, Fran Leibowitz and Salman Rushdie are on a new “Real Time with Bill Maher” (HBO, 10 p.m.).

Saorise Ronan, Eric McCormack, Debra Messing and Keala Settle are on “The Graham Norton Show” (BBC America, 10 p.m.).

Tituss Burgess, John Early, Jackie Kashian and Kevin Barnett are on “2 Dope Queens” (HBO, 11:30 p.m.).

Parker suspects Tony of sabotage on “Gold Rush” (Discovery, 9 p.m.).

“Josh Gates; Destination Truth” (Travel, 9 p.m.) goes to the Philippines and Kazakhstan.

Heavenly leads couples therapy on “Married to Medicine” (Bravo, 9 p.m.).

Turner Classic Movies concentrates on the best original story Oscar winners all day with “Manhattan Melodrama” (6 a.m.), “One Way Passage” (8 a.m.), “A Guy Named Joe” (9:30 a.m.), “My Favorite Wife” (11:45 a.m.), “Mystery Street” (1:30 p.m.), “White Heat” (3:30 p.m.), “Action in the North Atlantic” (5:45 p.m.), “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” (5:45 p.m.), “The Champ” (10:30 p.m.), “A Star is Born” (12:15 a.m.), “Boys Town” (2:15 a.m.) and “Vacation from Marriage” (4 a.m.),

NBA All-Star Weekend begins with the All-Star Celebrity Game (ESPN, 7 p.m.).

Hockey has St. Louis at Dallas (NHL, 8:30 p.m.).

Men’s college basketball includes Rhode Island at St. Bonaventure (ESPN2, 7 p.m.), Bowling Green at Buffalo (ESPNU, 7 p.m.), Georgia State at Georgia Southern (ESPN2, 9 p.m.) and Northern Kentucky at Wright State (ESPNU, 9 p.m.).

Women’s games include Seton Hall at St. John’s (Fox Sports 2, 7 p.m.).

In men’s college lacrosse is Denver at Duke (ESPNU, 5 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: Eddie Redmayne, Bethenny Frankel. The Talk: Tiffani Thiessen. Harry Connick: Letitia Wright, Rebecca Hall, Nate Staniforth. Steve Harvey: Diann Valentine, Ashanti, Carie Ann Inaba, Kimberly Caldwell. Ellen DeGeneres: Steph Curry, Ayesha Curry. Wendy Williams: Justina Machado, Chef Michael Chernow (rerun). The Real: Chrissy Metz, Thunder from Down Under.

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: Kate Winslet, Laura Benanti, Wolf Alice (rerun). Jimmy Kimmel: Sam Rockwell, Miranda Kerr, Awoination (rerun). James Corden: Annette Bening, Rachel Brosnahan, Royal Blood (rerun).

 

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