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Wednesday TV: Black Film, BRIT Awards

Never mind that #OscarsSoWhite is slightly less so this year. But before that all gets on display Sunday, here’s the 2017 American Black Film Honors (BET, Centric, 8 p.m.) taped last weekend from Los Angeles. Regina Hall hosts the event, which will present special awards to Denzel Washington, Issa Rae, Queen Latifah, Terrence Howard and [...]

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Monday TV: President Obama Sings Carols

If only to hear President Obama join Chance the Rapper on “Jingle Bells,” it may be worth tuning into the “National Christmas Tree Lighting” (Hallmark, 7 p.m.). The annual event is rarely also on TV but last week’s ceremony, hosted by Eva Longoria also featured James Taylor, the Lumineers, Yolanda Adams. Plus there might be [...]

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Monday TV: What’s Next for Cuba?

Days after the death of Fidel Castro comes two previously scheduled documentaries on the future of Cuba. In Platz Lopez Garmendia’s “Cuba, Fatherland or Death” (HBO, 8 p.m.), executive produced by Julian Schnabel, artists and activists discuss what’s coming for the island nation. It’s followed by “Mariela Castro’s March: Cuba’s LGBT Revolution” (HBO, 9 p.m.) [...]

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Sir Tom Jones Live at the Warner Theatre

He’s not moving his hips quite so much any more. His dark hair has long since gone to silver. But time has done little to take the pipes of Tom Jones, who at a remarkable 76 is doing far more than just reciting the hits that made him a star in the ’60s, but reinterpreting [...]

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Monday TV: JonBenet Onslaught Begins

The first of what will be four specials this month on the death of 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey in Colorado nearly 20 years ago starts with “The Killing of JonBenet: The Truth Uncovered” (A&E, 9 p.m.) which includes a 1998 interview with JonBenet’s older brother and a more recent interview with her father. “The Comedy Central [...]

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Playlist 9-2-16

A most eclectic pre-holiday set tonight started with songs of work from all corners of popular music, from George Jones and Tennessee Ernie Ford to The Vogues, The Kinks, The Clash, James Brown to Charles Bradley. It ended with Springsteen — fitting since he played a set longer than this show last night at Nationals [...]

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This is ‘The Night Of’ Big HBO Finale

This summer’s best television viewing has come with “The Night Of” (HBO, 9 p.m.) the terrific adaptation of a British series written by Peter Moffat, “Criminal Justice,” that came into its own with a very particular look at the city of New York and its criminal justice system through the case of a Muslim-American arrested [...]

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Sort of Gone Fishin’

We try our best here to keep you appraised, at the very least, of the daily television offerings every day despite the challenges of travel or demands of day to day life. That all falls apart at times when travel takes us to parts of the world where wifi is rare and/or prohibitively expensive. These [...]

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Playlist 5-20-16

Birth, death, time passage. We cover it all on Friday Night Rock. Tonight, started with some music from Guy Clark, who died Tuesday at 74. There were some songs from Cher who somehow turned 70 today; it was also Joe Cocker’s birthday, he died at 70 two years ago. Heard a great deal from Bob [...]

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Tuesday TV: ‘Black Girls Rock’ Again

A new “Black Girls Rock” (BET, Centric, 8 p.m.), recorded last week in Newark, honors Rhianna, Gladys Knight, Shonda Rhimes, Dana Gurira, Amanda Stenberg and Black Lives Matter organizers Patrisse Cullers, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi. Tracee Ellis Ross hosts, and Hillary Clinton stops by to say hello. Immediately after, Kelly Rowland looks for a [...]

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