Rockin Robin Image Credit: Essence
Rockin Robin Image Credit: Essence

Rockin' Robin


Regina R. Robertson

Robin Thede talks hella fast. She riffs and laughs a lot, too—about herself, pop culture and the dizzying news cycle. That’s just what she does, and everybody really needs a good laugh right now. Luckily she’ll be providing plenty when BET’s The Rundown With Robin Thede premieres next month. “I purposely put my name in the title so no one can replace me,” she says, cracking up.

If her name and face are familiar, it’s likely because you saw her doing her thing on Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore, where she pulled double duty as on-air correspondent and head writer. It’s also where she made history as the first Blackwoman to lead a late-night writers’ room. For the record she had a hand in composing Wilmore’s now infamous speech (which included the N-word) for last year’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner too. “There was controversy, of course, but I thought it was fantastic!” she says.

But back to the show, the one that bears her name and on which she shares executive producer credit with Chris Rock. The pair collaborated on 2014’s BET Awards, which he hosted and she was one of the writers. “Chris believes in people who are really funny,” she says. “And he’s great at crafting material and making it better.” Nabbing top billing on her own show is a reward, of sor

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