A not-so-funny story about blackface

(CNN)Some of your favorite comedy stars and “Saturday Night Live” cast members have donned blackface and escaped major criticism for it. “Saturday Night Live” was called out on social media after it aired a skit this past weekend that poked fun at Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s current controversy. There have been calls for Northam to resign over of a racist photo surfaced from his 1984 yearbook page that showed one person dressed in blackface and another in a KKK hood. The governor denied being in the photo, but has said he darkened his skin to mimic singer Michael Jackson for a dance contest in 1984. Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has also admitted to donning blackface as part of …

Grammys to take world stage Sunday, but 21 Savage will not

(CNN)When the Grammys kick off Sunday night, there will be one notable absence. He has long touted his Atlanta bona fides, so when Immigration and Customs Enforcement said 21 was British and had overstayed his visa, fans were caught off guard. Before collaborating with Post Malone — and long before his second album topped the Billboard 200 — 21 shot into hip-hop’s collective conscience in 2016 with two words: “Issa Knife.” It was in that moment — nonchalantly discussing with VladTV the tattoo of a knife that rests between his eyes — that 21 became celebrated as one of the most authentic rappers in the industry. The phrase was repeated from the city to the suburbs, made into memes and …