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This week on Represent, Aisha Harris talks to actress Marlee Matlin about her recent guest spot on The Magicians, her 30+ years in Hollywood, and her advocacy for deaf representation on screen. But first, Slate web designer Derreck Johnson shares his “Pre-Woke Watching” story about noticing colorism in movies like House Party and Coming to America.
- Eddie Murphy’s classic 1988 comedy Coming to America
- Aisha’s interview with Tichina Arnold on the politics of colorism and her favorite moments on Martin
- Marlee Matlin as the owner of a BuzzFeed-style clickbait site on The Magicians
- Slate contributor Pilot Viruet’s case for The Magicians as compelling television
- Matlin on Hollywood’s portrayal of people with disabilities
- Switched at Birth
- Why Switched at Birth is breakthrough TV
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For the first time ever, Slate will be bringing two live shows to The Tribeca Film Festival: Represent with Aisha Harris on April 24 at 6:45 p.m. and Trumpcast on April 30 at 8:15 p.m. For more information and tickets visit slate.com/live.
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Update, April 8, 2017: In the introduction to this episode, Aisha Harris uses an outdated term to refer to people with hearing loss. The preferred terms are “deaf or hard of hearing.” Thanks to our readers and listeners who pointed this out.