In this Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, file photo, Lena Dunham arrives at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards at NeueHouse Hollywood in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
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"Girls" creator Lena Dunham and author-essayist Ta-Nehisi Coates, strangers until Monday night, found they had a lot in common.Dunham, author of the best-selling essay collection "Not That Kind of Girl" and at work on a novel, is a self-described "rich white girl" from New York City.But Dunham says that she has long admired Coates' work, and Coates has written warmly about "Girls," which has been criticized for its scarcity of black actors. Coates recalled applying years ago for an internship at an alternative newspaper in Washington, D.C. and his shock at being accepted by Carr, the then-editor, despite submitting a chapbook of "Hate Whitey" poetry.Carr, who died in 2015 at age 58, was "brash and vaguely inappropriate," Dunham said of him. Coates noted that blacks have spent more time enslaved in North American than emancipated and vowed to continue the struggle his ancestors had waged for centuries.
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