Stage and Comedy

Instead of a traditional joke-filled monologue, Jimmy Fallon opened his show with an emotional condemnation of the attack that left a woman dead and President Donald Trump’s failure to immediately denounce the white supremacist groups that organized the rally. Fallon says his “Tonight Show” isn’t political, but it’s his “responsibility to stand up against intolerance and extremism as a human being.”

“It’s only right that artists working in this medium respond to this moment,” said Holmes, a black woman, who added that artists of color often are from marginalized communities. “I didn’t know anything else. Being black in the U.S. is constantly resisting. There are always these big and small ways that we are dealing with some kind of resistance.”