‘USA Today’s’ New Books (Jan. 7) — ‘Operator Down’

USA TODAY’s Jocelyn McClurg scopes out the hottest books on sale each week. 1. Operator Down by Brad Taylor (Dutton, fiction, on sale Jan. 9) What it’s about: Special agent Pike Logan and his team stumble onto an attempted military coup in Africa when they search for...

Winter TV: ‘The Chi’ (Showtime)

Sunday, 10 p.m., Showtime Summary The coming-of-age drama from Common, Elwood Reid, and Lena Waithe follows a group of residents in the South Side of Chicago including Brandon (Jason Mitchell), who dreams of opening up a restaurant with his girlfriend (Tiffany Boone)...

Winter TV: ‘Grown-ish’ (Freeform)

Tuesday, 8 p.m., Freeform Summary The spin-off of ABC’s Black-ish follows eldest daughter Zoey Johnson (Yara Shahidi) as she begins her freshman year at Southern California University What The Critics Say (Metascore 71) More than a worthy inheritor to its...

JH Fave: Morgan Radford

Great job by Morgan Radford pinch-hitting for Willie Geist on Sunday Today. Geist lost his voice an hour before air time and Radford got an emergency call to fill in. No time to read the scripts, according to Geist. Radford, 30, an African-American and Cuban reporter...

‘Black Panther’ Movie Stirs Excitement

Jesse J. Holland, who covers race and ethnicity for The Associated Press, writes that Marvel’s “Black Panther” movie — coming Feb. 16 — is creating excitement across the country. Axios hits the high points: “Superhero fans, movie...
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