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Michael Che Breaks Down The Problem With "All Lives Matter" In Hilarious Netflix Skit

It was previously announced that comedian Michael Che was getting his own comedy special on Netflix, titled "Michael Che Matters," and after watching this exclusive, first clip, audiences are definitely in for a good laugh. In addition to bringing the much-needed comedy relief, Che also provides some very valid points about current social movements.

During the nearly 2-minute clip from the Netflix special, the SNL actor talks about the problem with the "All Lives Matter" supporters. "They don't tell you black lives don't matter. That's not what they say; that's not the argument," he said. "They hit you with that slick sh*t, like, 'well all lives matter.' Really, semantics?" He followed with a funny example of how that idea applies to everyday life. "That would be like if your wife came up to you and was like, 'do you love me?' And you were like, 'baby, I love everybody. What are you talking about? I love all God's creatures. You're no different."

He finished up the segment of his skit, commenting on other struggles the black community is faced with. "Why do black people have to get over sh*t so quickly," he jokingly asked. "Slavery. 'That was 400 years ago.' Segregation. 'You guys got Black History Month out of it.' Police shooting. 'That was two weeks, come on, you still...?' 9/11. 'Oh, never forget.'"

Netflix has been popping out solid comedy specials for some time now. Prior to Che's episode, the streaming service announced that Dave Chappelle made a deal to do three specials with them. Past comedy skits have also included Eddie Murphy, Hannibal Buress, Aziz Ansari, and more.

The "Michael Che Matters" comedy special premieres on Netflix on Nov. 25. In the meantime, check out the exclusive clip here.

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Jussie Smollett's Potentially Final 'Empire' Episode Draws Low Viewership

It hasn't been revealed whether Empire will return for a sixth season. However, if the show returns, there's no word on if Jussie Smollett will reprise his role as Jamal Lyon.

Regardless of the unknown, it looks like fans weren't all the way tuned-in to what may have very well have been Smollett's last episode on the show. Per Variety, Jamal's groundbreaking wedding episode garnered low ratings for the Fox series.

"The episode, in which Smollett’s character Jamal Lyon tied the knot in TV’s first-ever black, gay wedding, returned a 1.1 rating in the key 18-49 demo and 3.8 million total viewers," reports the site. "Those numbers are a tick up on the 1.07 rating of the previous two weeks, but are still down on the season 5 average, which currently sits at around 1.4."

Smollett's character was written out of the last two episodes of the fifth season, due to his highly-publicized arrest in February for allegedly filing a false police report claiming that he was attacked physically and verbally in Chicago. All 16 charges against him were dropped in March.

Recently, his Empire family penned a letter of support for their cast member, urging the show's producers to allow him to come back for the unannounced sixth season.

"[Smollett] is kind. He is compassionate," the letter says. "He is honest and above all he is filled with integrity. He is also innocent and no longer subject to legal uncertainty with the criminal charges against him having been dropped."

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John Singleton In Coma After Suffering From A Stroke

John Singleton is reportedly in a coma after suffering from a major stroke, TMZ reports.

The Boyz N the Hood filmmaker has reportedly been in the ICU since last weekend. According to legal documents obtained by TMZ, Singleton's mother, Sheila Ward, is asking a judge to appoint her temporary conservator of his work because he is "unable to properly provide for his personal needs for physical health, food, clothing, or shelter." Singleton was reportedly working on several projects and preparing to sign a lucrative settlement agreement at the time of his stroke, according to Ward.

As previously reported, Singleton suffered a stroke on April 17, after returning from Costa Rica. After experiencing problems with his legs, he reportedly checked into Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles where he suffered a stroke in his hospital room.

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'Empire' Makes History By Airing First Black Gay Wedding On Network TV

Wedding bells have just made their way into the history books. Last night (April 25), FOX's Empire became the first network television show to air a black gay wedding. Jamal and his fiancé Kai (Jussie Smollett and Toby Onwumere, respectively) jump the broom and swap vows in the episode titled "Never Doubt I Love."

As an added treat, Empire even tapped the legendary Chaka Khan to perform at the fictional star-studded wedding (Mario and Wood Harris even showed up) which, as evidenced by the episode BTS video, was a moment for everyone right to the stars of the show themselves. “Today’s wedding is special and controversial,” Khan said of using her voice for this particular cameo. “But my answer to all that is just love is love.”

Cast members Taraji P. Henson and Gabourey Sidibe agree that Jamal and Kai's wedding might have just become the best Empire wedding.

While this doesn't necessarily take away from the controversy still surrounding Smollett's case in Chicago, it was a cause for celebration regarding diversity and representation on television nonetheless. As Ms. Khan said, right here and right now, the most important thing to note is that love is love.

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