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Lesli-Ann Lewis wrote a great piece for Ebony about Dave Chappelle’s alleged “meltdown” in Hartford, Connecticut a few days ago:

While the racial makeup of the crowd was incidental, the way they treated Chappelle is not. It speaks to a long complicated history: the relationship between the White audience and the Black entertainer. This is a relationship you can easily trace to early minstrel shows, to archetypes of Blacks that still define the roles we’re offered today. We have seen more Black comedians bow to racist tropes, demean themselves—albeit unintentionally—for White audiences.

Entertainment Weekly‘s Karen Valby writes about Dave Chappelle’s first show headlining Funny or Die’s Oddball Fest.

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Jason Zinoman of The New York Times writes about Dave Chappelle and his slow, hidden comeback today:

Seeing Mr. Chappelle here revealed him as struggling with some of the issues that led him to leave the spotlight. It’s also an exhilarating reminder of what we’ve been missing: the laid-back delivery pivoting into explosive bursts of energy; the sideways insight and deadpan gravitas; how every joke seems as if he came up with it on the spot. If there are comics with more onstage charisma than Dave Chappelle, I haven’t seen them.

Seeing Chappelle re-emerge from afar has been rather exciting.  I didn’t mourn the loss of Chappelle’s Show (which I loved, but remained near-perfect with its sudden conclusion — I never bothered to watch the incomplete third season) but I have always missed his voice in our culture.  I’m glad he’s returning, in his own way.

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