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A lack of plus-size clothing options led E! host Nina Parker to create her own fashion line for Macy’s. “When I was younger, I would complain and be like, ‘Oh, this sucks.’ As I got older, I started to feel like, ‘OK, what I’m feeling is valid, but what can I do about it?’ I really tried to do something with my discomfort, and my discomfort came from just really the lack of options available,” the host of E!’s “Nightly Pop” and “Live From the Red Carpet” told The Wrap’s Lawrence Yee. “I felt like I had these fashion instincts that I couldn’t play out because the options just weren’t available to me,” she continued. “I was like, ‘Why can’t I have these types of jeans or bodysuits or shirts? Why is this not available to me?’ And that’s really what started me getting interested in doing clothing because I kind of felt like, ‘Well, OK, if nobody’s gonna do it, I’m not gonna just sit here. I’ll do it.'” Parker proudly owns her “everywoman” perspective on fashion — a noticeably different approach from her red carpet colleagues/fashion experts Brad Goreski and Zanna Roberts Rassi. “When [E!] first said we want you on the red carpet for these awards, I was like, ‘Are you sure?'” Parker recalled. “What I’m bringing is a realistic view to fashion that people don’t really always relate to. My mom lives in Sacramento and her name is Phyllis. I always say, ‘Will Phyllis in Sacramento understand what the hell we are talking about?’ And if she wouldn’t, then I knew I needed to break it down in laymen terms.” Wearability is key to the Nina Parker Collection, which features comfortable, versatile designs. But there’s a message behind the clothing line, too, including Parker’s favorite piece: a graffiti-style print that includes handpicked words with special meanings (see above). “I actually placed each word on here strategically,” Parker explained. “There’s the word ‘queen.’ ‘Fearless’ across the chest. ‘Boss.’ ‘Hope.’ ‘Faith.’ Those are all the things that keep me going when I’m frustrated or feeling low, or just how I want people to see me when I go outside. When we talk about women having this invisible crown, that’s what these words of empowerment do when you walk out of the house.” Parker isn’t only a pioneer in fashion, but also in the late-night space. With Lilly Singh’s show “A Little Late” ending, the “Nightly Pop” host is one of just a small handful of women of color in late-night (Amber Ruffin hosts a show on NBC’s Peacock streaming service). Last month, Parker hosted “Nightly Pop” with Loni Love and Kym Whitley, marking the first time three Black women hosted a late-night show (regular cohosts Hunter March and Morgan Stewart were off that evening). Parker called the episode a “magic” experience. If someone tells you they've never been in a relationship, is it a turn off ? #NightlyPop #relationships @MzGossipGirl @kymwhitley @LoniLove pic.twitter.com/oixEANDRaO— Nightly Pop (@E_NightlyPop) April 16, 2021 “It really was fun. Effortless,” Parker recalled. “They are on camera who they are off camera. I’m the same way. So it just was three authentic people.” She continued, “It’s a shame that there’s not more diversity in late-night. And I think that so many people are talking about it because there’s just such a lack of representation. That’s why I’m so happy to be included in that space. I still feel like a lot of people don’t know that there is a Black woman in late-night. I really want to amplify that. I want people to know that they’re being represented.” Part of that representation means tackling more difficult subjects, including policy brutality and the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement. Last summer, Parker hosted a special on race in America on sister network Bravo and shared her personal experiences with racism on “Nightly Pop.” “Growing up Black, you learn how to deal with compartmentalizing your emotions. And unfortunately, you work through pain. You know, I’ve been dealing with racism and microaggressions my entire life, even when I was a child and didn’t understand what was happening,” Parker explained. “For me, it’s about finding joy in the midst of the pain that you could possibly be in because this world does not stop,” she continued. “That’s why I’m able to talk about entertainment and talk about Ben and JLo, but also be able to come back and do this Bravo special on race in America, because Black people aren’t a monolith. There’s so many caveats to our world that don’t necessarily exist in other worlds.” Parker has been able to find that joy in creating her fashion line, and offers these parting words of advice to others who also want to be a “disruptor,” especially women of color: “Reach out. I don’t think it ever hurts to shoot your shot. Also just being tenacious, but also doing your own research … it’s always great to have a plan [and] know what you want to do.” Check out Parker’s wide-ranging interview above for more on her clothing line and how E! navigated awards season during the pandemic. The Nina Parker Collection for Macy’s is available beginning May 14. Read original story How E!’s Nina Parker Went From Fashion Commentator to Fashion Disrupter (Video) At TheWrap

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2 hours agoIs There a New Episode of Bill Maher’s ‘Real Time’ Airing This Week?After spending much of 2020 taping his weekly HBO show from his home due to the coronavirus, Bill Maher returned to his L.A.-based studio last September — though with a limited studio audience and live guests who were kept at least six feet apart from one another. That same set-up continues for the 19th season of “Real Time,” which returned in mid-January and saw Maher hilariously booting Donald Trump from the White House. In a recent episode, the comedian even introduced viewers to a new segment that gives an inside look into the Republican party’s newly elected senators (more on that below). There is not a new episode of “Real Time” this week on May 14. Maher was scheduled to be on in his usual time slot at 10 p.m. Friday but was forced to cancel the show last minute after testing positive for COVID-19. Guests Neil deGrasse Tyson, Max Brooks and Dan Carlin will not join Maher to tape Friday evening as planned. “‘Real Time’ production has taken every precaution following COVID CDC guidelines,” HBO said in a statement May 13. “No other staff or crew members have tested positive at this time. The show will be rescheduled at a later date.” Also Read: Bill Maher: It Makes Perfect Sense That Christians Are Into QAnon (Video) In one of his first “New Rules” segments of 2021 on Jan. 21, Maher introduced a new class of Republican senators after sending off Trump, former VP Mike Pence and other members of Trump’s cabinet who left to make way for the Biden administration. And just in case you thought Maher has softened his opinion of Republicans now that Trump has left the White House, the segment was pointedly called “Hello, Douchebags.” “Republican restock douchebags with the efficiency of an Amazon warehouse,” Maher joked as he started the bit. “They churn out new crazy like the Hallmark Channel makes Christmas movies. So I thought it might be prudent moving forward if we took a moment at the beginning of the year to get to know the up-and-comers — the douchebags to keep an eye on. The new, fresh-faced, hate-for-profit, truth-bending opportunists that you’ll be cursing out for years to come.” In that spirit, Maher noted that Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, who expressed support for the seditious Capitol riot Trump instigated on Jan. 6, is “the far-right JFK with a little dash of KKK.” Maher also joked, “Washington insider says he’s among 2021’s most punchable faces.” Also Read: Bill Maher Could Barely Believe Marjorie Taylor Greene's Insane 'Jewish Space Lasers' Thing Is Real Other targets on Maher’s list included Rep. Madison Cawthorn, Sen. Tommy Tuberville and Rep. Lauren Boebert. He also ripped into Sen. Marjorie Taylor Green, calling her “the congresswoman who makes most people say, ‘How is she not a teacher from Florida who f—s her students?’ I don’t know, but holy s–t, is this lady crazy? She does not listen to lobbyists and special interests. No, she listens to microwaves.” Maher continued to book high-profile political guests in 2020, and recent episodes of “Real Time” have featured Al Franken, Adam Schiff, Bernie Sanders, Al Gore and Bill de Blasio. As is customary for Maher on “Real Time,” he doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to commentating on and satirizing policy decisions — in his last show of 2020, Maher ripped into both President Trump and Rudy Giuliani and their bungled attempts to convince the public that the 2020 election was somehow falsified or inaccurate. Maher joked that when a judge says “order in the court,” Giuliani typically responds with, “a Tanqueray and tonic!” Read original story Is There a New Episode of Bill Maher’s ‘Real Time’ Airing This Week? At TheWrap

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