Link About It: This Week’s Picks

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Sesame Street Welcomes Two Black Muppets Though Sesame Workshop (the non-profit behind the beloved TV show Sesame Street) continues to cast “a racially and ethnically diverse human cast,” it’s never directly addressed race or racism. This season, that changes with the introduction of two Black muppets, Wesley and Elijah Walker, who will have conversations about what it’s like to be Black in America. According to …

The Sims Comes to TV With a Creativity-Focused Competition Series

Debuting Friday, 17 July on TBS, The Sims Spark’d is a game show centered around the popular Electronic Arts video game The Sims. Within, human contestants (mostly in their 20s) will be tasked with challenges like “design two rival families from different neighborhoods.” The show is an attempt at offering e-sports-focused content that isn’t terribly “hardcore,” meaning there is an emphasis on life beyond the bounds …

At Home: COOL HUNTING in May

Highlights from what we've read and watched this month

Over the last month, all members of our editorial staff have (like everyone else) spent substantial time seeking distraction from the news by way of film and television, as well as all types of books. We all recognize the value of quality content—thoughtful independent cinema, detailed nonfiction biographies, well-written streaming series—but we also cherish the escapism provided by blockbusters, binge-worthy programs and, to be honest, …