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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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“P” is For “Poppin’!” Starz’ “P-Valley” is FIRE!

Starz never fails to deliver with trendy, edgy, and sometimes risque programming. It’s latest series, “P-Valley” now takes the cake in the risque department as it explores the lives of a group of women working as strippers in the Deep South! Needless to say the “P” is for “Poppin’!”

Written by Katori Hall, “P-Valley” centers around “Autumn Night,” (Elarica Johnson) a young woman seemingly running for her life from an unknown assailant. In her running, and looking for work she comes across “Pussy Valley” (P-Valley) a backwoods strip club ran by the flamboyant and scheming, Uncle Clifford (Nico Annan).

Grade: A+

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Starz never fails to deliver with trendy, edgy, and sometimes risque programming. It’s latest series, “P-Valley” now takes the cake in the risque department as it explores the lives of a group of women working as strippers in the Deep South! Needless to say the “P” is for “Poppin’!”

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Elarica Johnson as “Autumn Night”

Written by Katori Hall, “P-Valley” centers around “Autumn Night,” (Elarica Johnson) a young woman seemingly running for her life from an unknown assailant. In her running, and looking for work she comes across “Pussy Valley” (P-Valley) a backwoods strip club ran by the flamboyant and scheming, Uncle Clifford (Nico Annan).

Grade: A+

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Nico Annon as “Uncle Clifford”

Autumn soon learns there are a lot of players and problems in P-Valley. Keyshawn (Shannon Thornton), a new mother back deals with domestic violence. Diamond (Tyler Lepley) a handsome security guard protects the club and strippers with a two-fisted approach.

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Brandee Evans as “Mercedes”

In the club, Clifford gives Autumn a job and has his star stripper, Mercedes (Brandee Evans), show her the ropes; hoping she will eventually replace Mercedes after she retires. Mercedes, however, has reservations about Autumn and is determined to focus on what brings her joy in life, while dealing with the shame and damnation her mother places on her for stripping. Meanwhile, a DL rapper Lil Murda (J. Alphonse Nicholson), tries to hustle Mercedes and Uncle Clifford into playing his new song while covering for his entourage’s antics.

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J. Alphonse Nicholson as “Lil Murda”

Elsewhere, a mysterious, seemingly goodhearted man, Andre (Parker Sawyers), secretly photographs the dancers and ongoing of P-Valley!

Starz granted us access to a screener of the first episode of the series and we are now hooked. The show is very much so a new “The Players Club” with a modern update, and LGBT friendliness. We cannot wait to see more of the series and what is in store for all of the characters.

We do know for sure our friend to the site, Toni Bryce, is set to appear in the fifth episode of the series! Let’s hope this sets her on track to become a series’ regular in Season 2–which we are sure Starz will greenlight!

You can catch the series premiere of “P-Valley,” tomorrow night, 9 PM EST only on Starz!

 

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Why!? Netflix Cancels “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” After Two Seasons!

The “Archieverse” (Archie Comics-related comics television series is now significantly smaller after another “Riverdale” related series (Katie Keene was canceled last week) has bitten the dust.

Netflix has opted to cancel its popular series, “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” after only two seasons, with the final episodes to air later this year. Netflix has dubbed the series’ ending as “a spooky, sexy, and supernatural series finale.”

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The “Archieverse” (Archie Comics-related comics television series is now significantly smaller after another “Riverdale” related series (Katie Keene was canceled last week) has bitten the dust.

Netflix has opted to cancel its popular series, “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” after only two seasons, with the final episodes to air later this year. Netflix has dubbed the series’ ending as “a spooky, sexy, and supernatural series finale.”

via Comicbook.com

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Over the course of Part 4’s eight episodes, The Eldritch Terrors will descend upon Greendale. The coven must fight each terrifying threat one-by-one (The Weird, The Returned, The Darkness to name a few), all leading up to…The Void, which is the End of All Things. As the witches wage war, with the help of The Fright Club, Nick begins to slowly earn his way back into Sabrina’s heart, but will it be too late?

“Working on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has been an incredible honor from Day One,” showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa said in a statement. “The cast, beginning with Kiernan as everyone’s favorite teen witch, has been an absolute joy. I am beyond thankful to the crew, writers, editors, assistants, and everyone for pouring so much love into this dark dream of a show. I’m also grateful to our partners at Netflix, Warner Bros., Berlanti Television and Archie Comics for letting us tell the story we wanted to tell, the way we wanted to tell it. We can’t wait for everyone to see Part Four.”

This is the second cancellation of an Archie Comics-inspired spinoff in as many weeks, with The CW‘s Katy Keene also getting axed just a matter of days ago. While both shows had disparate connections to The CW’s flagship Riverdale, fans had campaigned for all three series to continue on — and maybe even cross over with each other.

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We hate to see Sabrina go! This was definitely one of our favorite series. We are wondering what the final decision to chop the series was based on. Ratings? On set drama? Perhaps we can get a spinoff off from it? Perhaps an Ambrose Spellman spinoff if we are lucky.
What do you think of Netflix’s decision to cancel “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina?” Sound off in the comments’ section below!

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Black & Bisexual Actress, Javicia Leslie, Cast As New “Batwoman” on The CW Series!

The CW’s “Batwoman” has seen a lot of action and drama on and behind the scenes in its first season. The largest amount of drama being the surprise and abrupt exit of the series’ star, Ruby Rose. Immediately, The CW began looking to recast for a lead, opting not to base the series on Kate Kane, but instead a new Batwoman all together underneath the cape and cowl.

Now The CW’s “Batwoman” has announced that African-American actress, Javicia Leslie, has been cast as the new Batwoman, as reposted on the series main Twitter page from Deadline.

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The CW’s “Batwoman” has seen a lot of action and drama on and behind the scenes in its first season. The largest amount of drama being the surprise and abrupt exit of the series’ star, Ruby Rose. Immediately, The CW began looking to recast for a lead, opting not to base the series on Kate Kane, but instead a new Batwoman all together underneath the cape and cowl.

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Now The CW’s “Batwoman” has announced that African-American actress, Javicia Leslie, has been cast as the new Batwoman, as reposted on the series main Twitter page from Deadline.

Batwoman producers Warner Bros. Television and Berlanti Productions did not look far to find their new Batwoman — Leslie is coming off a two-season run as a series regular on the Berlanti Prods./WBTV drama for CBS God Friended Me. 

With Leslie’s casting, Batwoman continues to break new ground.

via Deadline

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“I am extremely proud to be the first Black actress to play the iconic role of Batwoman on television, and as a bisexual woman, I am honored to join this groundbreaking show which has been such a trailblazer for the LGBTQ+ community,” Leslie said.

Batwoman premiered last fall as the first superhero series in television history to feature an avowed LGBTQ character as the central character. Following Rose’s departure, the producers vowed to cast another LGBTQ actor in the role.

As Deadline previously reported, Leslie will play a new character in the title role who will succeed Rose’s Kate Kane. Leslie will portray Ryan Wilder who is about to become Batwoman. She’s likable, messy, a little goofy and untamed. She’s also nothing like Kate Kane, the woman who wore the Batsuit before her. With no one in her life to keep her on track, Ryan spent years as a drug-runner, dodging the GCPD and masking her pain with bad habits. Today Ryan lives in her van with her plant. A girl who would steal milk for an alley cat and could also kill you with her bare hands, Ryan is the most dangerous type of fighter: highly skilled and wildly undisciplined. An out lesbian. Athletic. Raw. Passionate. Fallible. And very much not your stereotypical All-American hero.

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We have to say we are looking forward to seeing Javicia as Batwoman. It definitely takes the character in a new direction and even away from the source material in DC Comics. The CW prides itself on diversity. It certainly is doing that by casting a Black and bisexual woman in this role. (The show did promise the next actress would be LGBT as well.) This is not Javicia’s first LGBT-related role as she played a lesbian on “God Friended Me” before it was canceled on CBS.

We also hope fan reaction to the new casting is somewhat kind. We know fanboys and fangirls can be quite brutal when it comes to their favorite superheroes being altered. Now, the final question is what will Kate Kane’s ultimate fate be. Will Ruby Rose reprise her role just long enough for her to say a proper goodbye to the character she brought to life?

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