One of the issues I like most about Late Night with Seth Meyers is how the present highlights its writers onscreen, giving them a platform to be humorous, however to additionally handle points, questions, or comedy which may really feel a bit of uncomfortable coming from host Seth Meyers. It’s made an absolute star out of Amber Ruffin, a delight of a human being and a comedic drive all her personal (she is lengthy overdue to have her personal present, which she’ll get on the upcoming streaming service Peacock).
As the Black Lives Matter protests arose within the wake of the homicide of George Floyd, Meyers spent a complete week handing the opening of his show over to Ruffin to inform tales about her private experiences coping with police. It stood in stark distinction to just about every other late night time TV “move” I’ve ever seen, and I haven’t been in a position to cease desirous about it.
Last night time, Ruffin debuted a brand new phase a bit lighter in tone however nonetheless putting, as she answered ceaselessly requested questions on Juneteenth—which is immediately! The vacation commemorates the emancipation of the ultimate slaves on June 19, 1865, and whereas it’s definitely trigger for celebration, the vacation is tinged with deep wounds and a extra sophisticated historical past than some wish to acknowledge.
Ruffin will get into it on this pleasant and poignant and intensely humorous phase, which it is best to completely watch beneath. And for extra on Juneteenth, take a look at our record of joyful Black motion pictures you possibly can stream all weekend lengthy.