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Netflix never fails to deliver some pretty amazing content, especially when it comes to their original series. However, when it comes to popularity or sheer controversy, few shows can top its runaway hit series, 13 Reasons Why! Unless you have been under a rock the series centers on a misunderstood, misjudged, and complicated teenage girl named Hannah Baker who commits suicide; and leaves behind thirteen tapes, for thirteen different people, explaining why she did it.

The first season dealt with the revelation of why she committed suicide and those who contributed to it, the second season, however gets LEGAL and deeply personal. Herein lies more controversy as we delve more into what exactly each person did to hurt Hannah, the affect the suicide has had on her family and “friends,” and just how warped the American legal system can be when it comes to dealing with sexual assault.

What We Liked

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-This series gets a number of things right. Especially in its portrayal of misogyny, white privilege, mob mentality, and social issues plaguing teens.

-We loved seeing a posthumous Hannah haunting Clay, forcing him to not only “avenge” her suicide, but making him the glue that brought most of the other tape recipients together. Clay became a bona fide hero, however, we wonder to what cost?

-Jessica came into her own. It took a little while for her to go from victim to victor, but she got there. Although she did not win her case against Bryce, at the very least she is now ready to move on with her life and heal.

-Hannah’s mother is a fighter, and no matter what she learned about her daughter she held steadfast in her belief that the school failed her as it is failing other children like Tyler Down.

-We knew Tyler was going to finally snap based on the bullying and social isolation he’s endured since the first season, but we had no idea he himself might become a new set of “13 Reasons Why” I decided to become an active shooter at my school. His story line will definitely be the one to watch in the next season.

-Tony and his boyfriend are really cute together. Tony seems to be trying to get his anger under control and having a boxer boyfriend to keep him on the straight and narrow path works in his favor. That bloody kiss though…

What We Loved

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-Hannah finally transitioning. That scene with her walking into the light told us her soul was finally set free and her work there was done. Because of her pain and demise, the corruption of a school has been exposed and scrutinized.

-The tape recipients finally began to move on with their lives. We loved the camaraderie between all of them and how they were there for Clay when he began to mourn Hannah at the dance. It really shows that in the darkest of times a little love can go a long way.

What We Hated

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-Bryce got off completely with a mere slap on the wrist. At the very least we hoped he would not be breathing at the end of this second season.

-Watching Tyler be attacked and sodomized had us spinning and mortified. You hear about stories like this in the news, but to actually see it–and so graphically–is a memory we would rather try to forget. Still, we understand how important a moment this was to transitioning Tyler’s character to the active shooter he nearly became.

-Hannah’s parents split up. Her father left her mother for the woman he was having an affair with during their daughter’s trial? She really got the short end of the stick in so many ways.

-Jessica and Justin hooking up is something we definitely could have done without. We know he redeemed himself when he testified on her behalf against Bryce, but he was still an accessory to her rape. How she can move past that to forgive him, let alone hook up with him in a locker room is beyond us. Jessica we love you, but you have got to make better choices when it comes to these guys.

We definitely encourage you to see 13 Reasons Why for yourselves. It is definitely a timely series and the next season will tackle the issue of active shooting. This is a topic that needs to be explored now more than ever as it seems to be appearing more and more frequently. What do you guys think of the series? Sound off in the comments section below!

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WINNING! Viral BLM Activist & Author, Kimberly Latrice Jones, Strikes Overall Deal w/ Warner Bros. Television Group!

Congratulations are in order for viral Black Lives Matter activist and the author of the critically acclaimed novel, “I’m Not Dying With You Tonight,” Kimberly Latrice Jones! It is being reported she has struck an overall deal with Warner Bros. Television!

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Congratulations are in order for viral Black Lives Matter activist and the author of the critically acclaimed novel, “I’m Not Dying With You Tonight,” Kimberly Latrice Jones! It is being reported she has struck an overall deal with Warner Bros. Television!

via Deadline

Jones is the co-author of I’m Not Dying With You Tonight, alongside attorney Gilly Segal, a YA novel that focuses on prejudice and the racial tension in America. The film rights to the book were optioned earlier this summer by producer Autumn Bailey-Ford of Prominent Productions.

She has subsequently signed an exclusive multi-year deal with the studio to develop and produce original programming. This will include shows for broadcast, cable and streaming in scripted drama, comedy, unscripted and digital series.

The latter is particularly relevant given that Jones went viral over the summer following the killing of George Floyd, when she posted a nearly seven minute video – How Can We Win – that spoke to the anguish, fear, and outrage felt by Black people in America, and used a Monopoly analogy to address the history of systemic racism and economic inequity that persists in this country. The video, which has over 2M views on YouTube, was featured on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.

She also has a publishing deal with Henry Holt and Co. to write two new books. The first, to be published in 2021, is How We Can Win: Race, History and Changing the Money Game That’s Rigged, which will continue the conversation from that video.

A former bookseller, Jones now hosts the Atlanta chapter of the popular Well-Read Black Girl book club and has also worked in film and television with the likes of Tyler Perry, Whitney Houston, and 8Ball & MJG.

Kimberly Latrice Jones said, “Storytelling is an essential component in my journey. It’s a rich educational tool and I’m thrilled to have such an exciting new platform.”

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We have known Kimberly for years and she is a personal friend. This is nothing short of amazing and she has worked her entire life for it. We are sure she is going to create amazing programming for the culture, her community, and just great work in general. It is only up from here queen! Keep shining!

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WHY!? The CW Cancels “Black Lightning” After Upcoming Season!

In shocking news, The CW has opted to cancel its seemingly hit series, “Black Lightning” after its upcoming fourth season; despite green lighting a spin-off series, “Painkiller!”

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In shocking news, The CW has opted to cancel its seemingly hit series, “Black Lightning” after its upcoming fourth season; despite green lighting a spin-off series, “Painkiller!”

The series’ cancellation was announced by its showrunner, Salim Akil:

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“When we first started the Black Lighting journey, I knew that Jefferson Pierce and his family of powerful Black Women would be a unique addition to the superhero genre,” series developer and executive producer Salim Akil said in a statement. “The love that Blerds and all comic book fans around the globe have shown this series over the past three seasons proved what we imagined, Black People Want To See Themselves in all their complexities.”

“Thank you to the phenomenal cast, writers, and crew without whom none of this would’ve been possible,” he continued. “I’m incredibly proud of the work we’ve been able to do and the moments we’ve been able to create in bringing DC’s first African-American family of superheroes to life for the culture. I’m very grateful to Peter Roth, Warner Bros. TV, Mark Pedowitz, The CW Network and Greg Berlanti for their partnership and support of my vision at every step of this journey. While Season Four may be the end of one journey, I’m extremely excited to usher in a new chapter and continued collaboration with The CW as we tell the story of Painkiller.”

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Jordan Calloway as “Painkiller”

We have to tell you we are NOT here for this cancellation. Black Lightning was one of the first Black led series on The CW in years since it was formed from the merger of The WB and UPN networks. Black Lightning and Painkiller can easily coexist on the network. Also, with Batwoman not starring Javicia Leslie and the All American being a hit series; we wonder if this is an attempt to keep The CW from being perceived as being “too Black?”

This marks the second series to be canceled on The CW after its upcoming 2021 season, the other being Supergirl. We sure are going to miss The Pierces…

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Marvel Reportedly to Confirm Loki is Bisexual in Disney+ Series

The god of mischief and Thor’s adoptive brother, Loki, is set to come back to us early 2021 in his own self-titled series on Disney+! In it we find out what happened to Loki as he disappeared into the time stream, escaping from Captain America’s custody in Avengers: Endgame. 

In a plot twist, however, it is being reported that Loki will be portrayed as being bisexual in his series.

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The god of mischief and Thor’s adoptive brother, Loki, is set to come back to us early 2021 in his own self-titled series on Disney+! In it we find out what happened to Loki as he disappeared into the time stream, escaping from Captain America’s custody in Avengers: Endgame. 

loki bisexual disney plus

In a plot twist, however, it is being reported that Loki will be portrayed as being bisexual in his series.

via WeGotThisCovered.com

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Right now, it sounds like Richard E. Grant will be playing an older version of the character, with Sophia Di Martino spotted on set as Lady Loki. If the antihero really is freely switching genders, then it makes sense for him/her to be bisexual, though we don’t have any indication on who his/her partners might be.

Now, I know what some of you are thinking. Oh no, Disney is making yet another character LGBTQ. Aren’t they just pandering in the hopes of scoring some woke points? Well, that may be a fair criticism in certain instances (*cough* The Rise of Skywalker), but it doesn’t apply to Loki, as his bisexuality is canon to Norse mythology and to Marvel Comics.

 

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