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Kenya Barris is easily one of the best writers in Hollywood, bringing black stories and experiences to the forefront of mainstream culture from a Black and “Black adjacent” point of view, hence the “-ish” on most of his programs. from black-ish, grown-ish, and mixed-ish to now Netflix’s #blackAF we get a real sense of who Kenya is. #blackAF centers on mockumentary (fictional documentary) of Kenya’s family as told through his second oldest daughter, Drea Barris (Iman Benson), an aspiring filmmaker looking to apply to New York University’s film school.

Grade: A-

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Throughout the series Kenya and his non-practicing, but lovable wife, Joya (Rashida Jones), try to raise their six kids with all the benefits of being upper class while instilling (here and there) what it still means to be Black in America. The comedy takes on issues like the adultification of black girls, the history of Juneteenth, bisexuality, being the first person in your family to make it, judging Black content, and having to prove your blackness when you are biracial. The series also features some really amazing guest appearances from Tyler Perry, Issa Rae, Lena Waithe, Will Packer, Tae Heckard, Nia Long, Ava DuVernay and others.

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However, the series is essentially a richer, more shallow version of black-ish, which may very well be Kenya poking fun at himself for being a “one trick pony” as his television daughter discusses in the series. The Barrises are very similar to black-ish’s Johnsons led by Andre (Anthony Anderson) and Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross) however they are far busier living the life and hype of having made it as opposed to a middle class family maintaining it. Essentially, imagine Andre and Rainbow “bad and boojie!” Kenya and Joya, however, are definitely way more fun and a bit more carefree than their middle class counterparts, and Drea is a true gem. She is actually the heart of the show as she hilariously shows the highs and lows of her family, while dropping some much needed Black history and facts. She is far more woke than any of the Johnson children, with the exception of Junior (Marcus Scribner), ever were.

Still this is a series worth watching because it is actually good and entertaining, and without saying it #BingeWatchWorthy! You can stream #blackAF now only on Netflix!

What We Like:

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-Drea is LIFE! Showing the family through her gaze was sheer genius. It is refreshing, funny, and informative in a fun, cool, and trendy way.

-The comedic timing from the characters is hilarious

-The Barrises approach to parenting is very modern and hilarious. They clearly say what so many parents think on a daily basis, but would not dare talk to their kids about.

What We Loved:

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-The backdrop of a mockumentary for the series

-The Black facts and information. The explanation of adultification when it comes to Black girls was especially informative and timely.

-The return of Bumper Robinson and Tae Heckard to the small screen. We have not seen them since BET’s The Game.

-The guest appearances from the elite of Black writers in Hollywood. The solidarity and support of their appearances says a lot.

What We Hated:

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-Six children is a bit much. Besides Drea and Izzy the other children pretty much get lost in the mix. They have their moments here and there, but we could have done without them.

-Some aspects of the show are too similar to black-ish. Perhaps both shows are truly based of Kenya’s actual life but did we really need to see another pro-Black, luxury jumpsuit wearing, successful Black man with a biracial wife overcompensating for her former ambition by trying to be a “cool mom?”  We actually would have preferred a character a little closer to The Fresh Prince’s original “Aunt Viv”–truly “black AF!”

 

 

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Girl Power! Marvel Casts Tatiana Masley as “She-Hulk” in Disney+ Series!

You can never have too many Hulks! The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) just got a little larger and greener as Tatiana Masley has been cast as the “Jennifer Walters/She-Hulk” in Disney+ forthcoming titular series!

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You can never have too many Hulks! The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) just got a little larger and greener as Tatiana Masley has been cast as the “Jennifer Walters/She-Hulk” in Disney+ forthcoming titular series!

via Deadline

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Tatiana Masleny cast as “She-Hulk” in Disney+ series

The project is just one of a handful of anticipated series Marvel Studios is working on for Disney+, with The Falcon and Winter Soldier, WandaVision and Loki all in production and set to bow in the next year.

Maslany also becomes the latest female talent to lead a Marvel project following in the footsteps of Brie Larson in Captain Marvel and Scarlett Johansson in the upcoming Black Widow movie. Marvel head Kevin Feige has made it his mission to diversify the MCU and this latest addition to the universe does just that.

Best known for her Emmy-winning role in Orphan Black, Maslany is coming off her highly-lauded role in HBO’s Perry Mason opposite Matthew Rhys. On the film side she has been seen in the Lionsgate pic Stronger and Destroyer. She appeared on Broadway opposite Bryan Cranston and Tony Goldwyn in 2018’s Network.

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She-Hulk is the first cousin of Bruce Banner, better known as The Incredible Hulk. In the comics, her origins lie in an accident where she was horribly injured and an emergency blood transfusion from her cousin caused her to transform into an eight foot tall, statuesque female version of the Hulk endowed with all of his amazing abilities. She has also been a long running member of both the Fantastic Four and The Avengers.

However, unlike The Hulk she retains her intelligence and her strength does not increase dramatically with rage. She also exhibits the ability to “break the fourth wall,” or talk directly to the audience because she is aware she is a comic book character.

We think Tatiana will be a great Jennifer Walters/She-Hulk and are really glad more superheroes are coming to the MCU. We are not sure what major villain will mark Phase 4 for Marvel, but now there are two Hulks for them to deal with! “SHE-HULK SMASH!”

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Netflix Debuts The Official Trailer And Key Art For Michelle Buteau: “Welcome To Buteaupia!”

Michelle Buteau, the scene stealing queen of Netflix, delivers the night out we all need right now in her uproariously funny new special Michelle Buteau: Welcome to Buteaupia.

Letting loose with a goblet of rosé in hand, she delivers a dynamic hour of comedy that delves into parenthood, cultural differences, and the overlooked value of short men. Her refreshingly honest approach reminds us to appreciate government workers named Otis and, most importantly, that character counts.

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Michelle Buteau, the scene stealing queen of Netflix, delivers the night out we all need right now in her uproariously funny new special Michelle Buteau: Welcome to Buteaupia.

Letting loose with a goblet of rosé in hand, she delivers a dynamic hour of comedy that delves into parenthood, cultural differences, and the overlooked value of short men. Her refreshingly honest approach reminds us to appreciate government workers named Otis and, most importantly, that character counts.

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Michelle Buteau is one of the funniest actresses and comediennes we have ever seen. We have loved her ever since we first saw her in Tales of The City and then in the reboot/series, First Wives Club starring alongside Jill Scott and Ryan Michelle Bathe. We are sure her comedy special is going to be a hit.

Be sure to catch it streaming Tuesday, September 29th exclusively on Netflix! For more information on the comedy special click here, http://netflix.com/michellebuteauwelcometobuteaupia.

Happy viewing!

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CLIPS: Eve on Race and Marriage + Sitcom & More on TV One’s UNCENSORED

Eve is a rapper and actress, best known for hits like ‘What Ya Want,’ and her Grammy-winning “Let Me Blow Ya Mind” collab with Gwen Stefani. She’s also starred in the ‘Barbershop’ film franchise.

A self-proclaimed “pitbull in a skirt” — an epithet better suited to her tomboyish early years than now — Eve was barely out of her teens when she had her first No. 1 album in 1999.

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Eve is a rapper and actress, best known for hits like ‘What Ya Want,’ and her Grammy-winning “Let Me Blow Ya Mind” collab with Gwen Stefani. She’s also starred in the ‘Barbershop’ film franchise.

A self-proclaimed “pitbull in a skirt” — an epithet better suited to her tomboyish early years than now — Eve was barely out of her teens when she had her first No. 1 album in 1999.

eve uncensoredBy 2002 she had two more hit albums and won a Grammy — her sound and colorful personal style bridging the gap between the feminist Queen Latifah and the more overtly sexual Lil’ Kim. Since 2017, Eve has been one of the hosts of the CBS Daytime talk show, The Talk and in 2014 she married Maximillion Cooper, the British multimillionaire founder of the celebrity motor rally Gumball 3000, and now lives with him in London.

Eve is now making her debut on TvOne’s hit series “Uncensored!” Check out a few clips below!

·         CLIP: Eve on Race and Marriage – https://youtu.be/sDEKagWE3Do

·         CLIP: Eve’s Chance Encounter with Ma$e Propelled Her Rap Career – https://youtu.be/NfBFzuAKAPc

·         CLIP: Eve Explains How Her Actions Cause Her Sitcom To Get Cancelled – https://youtu.be/zDYCurHnvU8 

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We cannot wait to see the full episode. Eve is amazing and hip-hop royalty! She rode “Ruff” so rappers like Nicki Minaj, Cardi B., and Megan Thee Stallion could stand proud!

Catch Eve’s “Uncensored” episode, Sunday September 20th! Happy viewing!

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