Aisha Tyler on the Criminal Minds Finale: 'The End of the Series Is Going to Be Really Explosive' – Parade

Aisha Tyler has a thirst for trying new things. As an actress, she’s known for her roles on Criminal Minds, Friends, 24 and for voicing Lana Kane on FX’s Archer. She’s also a New York Times bestselling author, talk show host and comedian who made her mark in the male-dominated spirits world with her line of bottled cocktails, Courage + Stone.

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Her true love as of late, however, is getting behind the camera and calling the shots. “I love actors and storytelling and finding extraordinary ways to say new things about the human experience,” she says. Tyler, 48, made her feature film directorial debut with the 2017 drama Axis, which she followed with several episodes of Criminal Minds. Now, she’s gearing up to direct Irwin Winkler’s upcoming female-themed thriller, Vigilante.

The star credits her zest for new ventures to her days of rowing crew for Dartmouth College. “As an athlete, you don’t run your best time and go, ‘Great. I’m done.’ You keep trying to run faster, you keep trying to jump higher, and you keep pushing yourself and testing your limits,” she says. So as long as she’s still able, Tyler plans to keep putting her name in the ring for whatever exciting new opportunity comes next.

Tyler talked to Parade.com about the 15th and final season of Criminal Minds, why she always makes time for french fries, and how President Obama inspired her daily breakfast order.

It’s bittersweet that Criminal Minds is coming to an end. But I’m grateful that unlike some shows, we were given the time to plan a proper series finale. We are all trying to savor our last moments on set. The end of the series is going to be really explosive!

Tara Lewis has been a lot of fun to play. She’s incredibly smart. She’s really passionate and fearless. Even though she’s tough—she’s there to fight very bad guys—she hasn’t lost her soul. I love the combination of hyper-intellectual and just ballsy badass lady.

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I really like acting, but when you’re a director, you get to care for everybody. So it’s a much more interesting creative light for me. It’s important to me that there be diversity in filmmaking, and one way I can affect that is to be a filmmaker. I want to make space for other women and people of color to follow and open the landscape for others. I’m sure I’ll still act, but kind of on the Clint Eastwood/Ben Affleck model. Sometimes they act, sometimes they direct, sometimes they do both in the same project.

I eat the same thing for breakfast every day. And every three or four months I change it. I try to eliminate all non-essential decisions. I actually learned that reading an article about Obama where he said, “I wear the same suit and eat the same thing for breakfast every day so that I can reserve mental energy for critical decisions.” My current breakfast is a whole-wheat breakfast burrito with extra avocado. For years it was grilled chicken and broccoli—my castmates at The Talk would complain about the smell! But it kept me full for hours.

I was a competitive rower in college, so I still train on my rowing machine most days. I row four or five days a week. I’m also a big disciple of CrossFit. I just try to mix it up, but rowing is my number one. I’m probably rowing faster now than I was when I was in college!

I try not to beat myself up about what I eat because I think guilt is worse for you than what you ate. I eat healthy most days and then I eat what I want on the weekends—like french fries.

Everybody’s version of self-care is different. For me, it’s play—meeting friends, going to a concert, watching a movie. Self-care should just be about taking a little time every day to please yourself. I try to do that every day.

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Feds indict Aryan Brotherhood prison gang members on murder, drug and other charges – Los Angeles Times

Five other individuals were also arrested as part of the investigation and authorities are actively searching for two others. Those arrested were Samuel Keeton, 40, of Menifee; Jeanna Quesenberry, 52, of Sacramento; Kristen Demar, 44, of Citrus Heights; Justin Petty, 37, of Los Angeles; and attorney Kevin Macnamara, 39, of La Palma. Warrants have been issued for the arrests of Kathleen Nolan, 64, of Calimesa, and Matthew Hall, 50, of Manhattan Beach.

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Police departments across the US are using video doorbells from Amazon-owned Ring to create an unofficial surveillance network, a new report says (AMZN)

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  • Police departments across the US have partnered with Amazon and its subsidiary, Ring, to offer programs for free or discounted Ring smart doorbell devices to their residents.
  • Some police departments added their own conditions to the programs that allow them to obtain recorded footage from a Ring device upon request.
  • This gives police departments unprecedented surveillance capabilities, and could pose serious concerns over privacy.
  • This condition isn’t supported by Ring, and the company is taking action to prevent such conditions in its programs between police departments and residents. 
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Amazon and law enforcement agencies in the US have been working together to offer free or discounted Ring smart doorbell devices to residents, but some police departments have taken liberties to create a surveillance system with the program, according to a report by CNET’s Alfred Ng

Ring, a company bought by Amazon in 2018 for a reported $1 billion, makes smart doorbell cameras that offer peace of mind for homeowners. They can monitor your front door with motion-sensing cameras, and they’ll record and save footage of anyone who presses your doorbell, as long as you have a Ring subscription-based plan. Users also get a notification on their mobile devices when someone rings the doorbell, and they can watch live footage from the smart doorbell camera from anywhere in the world. 

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But certain police departments have started offering residents free or discounted devices with the condition that residents hand over footage from their Ring device upon request, essentially creating a freely available surveillance network based on a consumer product. 

Ring told CNET on Tuesday that it doesn’t support programs where users have to share their recorded Ring footage, or programs that force users to subscribe to a footage-recording subscription plan. The company also said it’s working with its partners to make sure its stance is reflected with its partner programs. 

In a blog post, Ring states that users have full control over their recorded Ring footage and can choose who to share that footage with. That means Ring users don’t have to share their footage with law enforcement, which some of the Ring programs offered by law enforcement directly contradict.

With Ring’s guidelines in mind, the only way law enforcement should be able to obtain recorded footage from a Ring user who denies a request for their footage is via a subpoena. 

While these kinds of programs might help police to fight crime, they also provide a surveillance network with unprecedented reach that privacy advocates and privacy-conscious consumers may object to.

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