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Justin Stephens(NEW YORK) -- Amy Schumer is best known for her shocking comedy, but also for being a feminist. In fact, Glamour magazine has named her the new face of feminism. It's a role she didn't expect to fill. 

"It was very unexpected. I don’t try to be feminist. I just am. It’s innately inside me," she explains in the August issue on which she also graces the cover. "I have no interest in trying to be the perfect feminist, but I do believe feminists are in good hands with me."

The Inside Amy Schumer creator, who often calls out sexism in her comedy bits, says  that since childhood she's paid attention to how women are treated differently than men.

"Every woman deals with it most every day of their lives. Growing up, it’s just in your day-to-day," she adds. "There are all these preconceived notions of what it means to be a woman or a girl, and straying from those ideas of femininity is sort of shocking to people. I felt angered by that as a kid. I felt like that was unjust. Like that was not right."

The comedienne also has dealt with sexism in her own life, especially now that she's found success. For instance, some in comedy circles have joked that Schumer has slept her way to the top -- but it's no laughing matter for her.

"And the whole 'Who did she sleep with?' to get whatever? I’ve never slept with anyone who could help me at all," she clarifies, before joking, "No one. I wish I had. If anything, everyone I’ve had sex with has been a real step in the wrong direction."

Schumer continues, "I had a comedian one time pull me onto his lap, and I said, 'Never do that to me again. You and I are not gonna play like that.' I hope I do influence other women to set better boundaries for themselves."

Schumer next will be seen on the big screen in Trainwreck, in which she portrays a woman who loves dating but has no interest in being tied down. It hits theaters July 17.

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Paul Zimmerman/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Paula Deen is right about one thing: she's got some explaining to do.

The chef landed in another racial controversy Tuesday after posting a picture to her Twitter account of herself with her son, Bobby, dressed as I Love Lucy stars Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. The thing is, Bobby is in brownface. The caption on the since-deleted tweet reads, "Lucyyyyyyy! You got a lot of esplainin’ to do!"

The New York Post's Page Six clarified that although the photo was posted to Twitter Tuesday, it's actually from the former Food Network star's 2011 Halloween special. The photo also includes producer Gordon Elliott, who produced Deen's Food Network shows.

Many on social media were still quick to respond to the photo, asking why Bobby felt the need to darken his skin to portray Cuban bandleader leader Ricky Ricardo, Arnaz's onscreen character. 

So far, neither Paula or Bobby Deen have responded.

The flap comes after charges of racial insensitivity by Paula Deen after she admitted in a deposition that she'd used the N-word in the past,  She subsequently lost her Food Network TV show in 2013, as well asnumerous sponsors. 

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The Boris and Nicole Show(LOS ANGELES) -- Husband and wife Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari-Parker are going the way of Sonny and Cher: the couple will be hosting their own TV show. The Boris and Nicole Show began its four-week run Monday on Fox stations around the country.

It's not the first time the acting couple have been co-stars. They met and fell in love while starring together on Showtime's Soul Food.  "We have a great professional relationship because that's how we met," Parker tells People. "So I think the beginning [of our show's foundation] is all there, but we're going to learn as we go and have great guests and be thrown for a loop and recover. We're ready for it all."

The summer daytime show debuted just weeks after the couple celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary. Kodjoe calls it "a new chapter in our relationship. It's a new chapter in our careers. We're super excited. We're ready for the challenge."

The pair plan to talk about everything from relationships to current affairs to family, including their daughter, Sophie, who was diagnosed with spina bifida the day after she was born in 2005, and their 8-year-old son, Nicholas.

Kodjoe and Parker will also chat with celebrities, but hope to offer deeper interviews than other daytime shows. "The advantage we have is that we know what it's like to be the celebrity," Parker tells People. "So we're going to put a special effort into coming up with topics that are fresh. We're there to give them a place to celebrate them and give them a place to share."

Parker admits she's nervous about exposing herself to greater personal scrutiny as a talk host. "If somebody doesn't like a movie I've done or a TV show we've done, you can kind of walk away, shake it off," she says. "This is a whole new arena. You're being yourself, but you're also opening your real self up to a lot of criticism. If someone says, 'I don't like the sound of her voice,' I might cry."

The couple have a secret weapon, though, for keeping viewers interested. "If the ratings drop, my husband will just take his shirt off," Parker jokes. "I've gotten my abs [in shape]. The muffin [top] is shrinking. I might take my shirt off, too."

Adds Kodjoe, "We'll be naked most of the time."

Kodjoe and Parker aren't the only married couple coming to daytime TV. Debuting next month on Fox: rapper Ice-T and his reality-star wife, Coco Austin.

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ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) -- Bill Cosby's former The Cosby Show co-star, Raven-Symone, said Tuesday she still needs time to process her feelings after it was revealed Monday in newly released court documents that Cosby admitted to procuring drugs for use in having sex with women.

"I don't really like to talk about it that much because he's the reason I'm on this panel in the first place," she said on The View. "He gave me my first job. But at the same time, you need the proof and then I'll be able to give my judgement here or there."

Cosby has been accused by dozens of women of drugging them and then having sex with them against their will. Monday’s revelation came in an unsealed 2005 court filing that was part of a civil case. Cosby said he obtained seven prescriptions for Quaaludes and answered "yes" when asked if he got them with the intent of giving them to women with whom he wanted to have sex.

The View moderator Whoopi Goldberg also said she needed more time to properly react.

"I don't like snap judgments because I've had snap judgements made on me. So I'm very, very careful," she said. "And you know, save your texts. Save your nasty comments. I don't care!"

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Buena Vista/Marvel(LOS ANGELES) -- Paul Rudd plays the titular tiny hero in Marvel's Ant-Man, and Tuesday's Good Morning America got a behind-the-scenes look at the film set, and also chatted with the stars.

One of those stars is Evangeline Lilly, aka the film's Dr. Janet Van Dyne, who said Rudd will make a big impact onscreen, especially on the ladies: "I think they’re going to be shocked at how fricking sexy Paul Rudd is going to be in this movie," she said.

She added, "I’ve had moments where, like, the beauty team, the glam squad will come be like, 'Oh my God, you should have seen those shots of Paul, he looked hot!'"

Co-star Michael Douglas -- who plays Dr. Hank Pym, Lang’s mentor and Van Dyne’s father -- appears to back her up, adding: "Paul Rudd has worked out so much that they had to tone his suit down because his eight-pack and his pecs were exploding." 

In the film, Pym is the brains behind the special process that shrinks a human to the size of an ant.

As for Rudd, he said when you're in a movie like Ant-Man, you've got to bring a sense of humor.  "Yeah, it’s very serious. It’s very serious," said Rudd. "You have to be serious when you’re riding around on the back of an ant."

Ant-Man debuts into theaters July 17. 

Marvel and ABC News are owned by The Walt Disney Co.


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