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This diverse group of travelers and self made entrepreneurs, self-dubbed the “Southside” group, blesses the cast of popular unscripted series, Below Deck Mediterranean” airing on Charter 5 of Season 5, the highest-rated series in its franchise history.

The “Southside” group made up of married couples Sean and Crystal Foote, Richard and Karen Bramwell, Corey and Barbara Graham, and Chris and My Lowe, joins the mega yacht’s crew, to bring an unparalleled episode highlighting black love, interracial marriage, cultural diversity, unity and positivity as they journey together to exotic luxury destinations aboard The Wellington, premiering Monday, July 27, 2020 on Bravo.

The hour-long reality series offers fans a peek into the lives of these four fabulous married couples who travel the world together all while remotely managing professional careers and driving their businesses to new heights. The “Southside” guests bring their “work hard and play harder” ways to the reality series unlike any group before as they live out the fruits of their labors and lifelong relationships stemming back to the late 80’s when Sean Foote, Rich Bramwell, Karen Bramwell and Corey Graham attended private elementary school in the midst of a drug infested and crime ridden neighborhood of Southside Jamaica Queens.

The “SOUTHSIDE” group boards BELOW DECK MEDITERRANEAN, Season 5 bringing with them a cultural spectrum and life experience unlike any other charter guests today. Each couple takes with them a strong set of values along with a rich sense for Fun, Family, Fashion and Food, as we get a sneak peek into how they navigate adversity and life’s challenges in this inspiring venture.

Learn more about the cast below:

ABOUT THE “SOUTHSIDE” GROUP

The Footes

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Sean & Crystal Foote

“We must be the change we wish to see in the world.” 

–Mahatma Gandhi 

Sean and Crystal Foote, a dynamic Atlanta based husband & wife team with a vibrant 4-year-old daughter, are guided by the power of manifestation towards a life of growth & success.  

Sean was born on the Caribbean island of Antigua and migrated to New York City where he lead a successful career as a Grammy nominated Music Producer, having produced music for the likes of Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Lopez, Ma$e and many more… Sean transitioned to a thriving wealth management practice as a Financial Advisor and Portfolio Manager for a top wall street wealth management firm, while managing and cultivating a personal portfolio of real estate holdings both domestically and abroad. Crystal is a seasoned & award winning Advertising Executive, Entrepreneur, Manifestation Coach, Wife and Mom, who holds a passion and desire to make a positive impact on the world. This hunger to help foster spiritual connections, has led her to host vision board events for various organizations to guide individuals on their journey to turn their dreams into realities.

The Bramwells

Corey and Barbara Graham Southside Crew

“When you see the end results in the beginning, what happens in the middle doesn’t matter.” 

—The Bramwells

Richard & Karen Bramwell’s love story began early on as they attended elementary school together, but coincidentally barely spoke as classmates. 20 years later they reunited at their school reunion and saw they were living parallel lives, though their paths never crossed. Now as husband and wife, they have become parents of a baby boy who would be the final ingredient to add their ‘Blended & Blessed’ loving family of five.

As the co-owner of one of the largest minority certified property management & development firms in New York State, Richard enjoys educating and training others, believing that there is room for all of us at the top. He is deeply passionate about sharing the secrets of what it took to develop $500 million in valued real estate projects and navigating 2,500 housing units. As his rock and support, Karen assists her husband with the day-to-day operations of the firm and is also a realtor. Karen truly believes that everything in life happens for a reason, and to whom much is given much is required, with her primary goal centered on always giving back. Richard and Karen’s mission is to exemplify positivity, which will uplift and empower others to live beyond life’s limitations.

The Grahams

Richard and Karen Bramwell southside crew

“The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.” 

—Winston Churchill 

Corey met his soulmate Barbara at the tender age of 15 and quickly, their love blossomed into a business ‘partnership,’ as they ventured into their first business together importing & exporting wholesale American made garments to Europe and South Africa while in high school.

Corey & Barbara have spent the past few decades cultivating a prosperous real estate investment & management firm. Through the years they have helped many families fulfill their dream of home ownership and become one of the top African American real estate investors and developers in the greater New York City area and beyond. Together they are the proud parents of two sons, and participate in philanthropic activities that give back to those who are less fortunate.

The Lowes

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Chris nd My Lowe

“We have nothing in common but each other, but that’s all we need.” —Chris Lowe

Chris & My Lowe are one of the fastest rising, self-made power couples of Atlanta, and known for being the Owner/Operators of the fastest growing personal injury firm in the south based Lowe Law Firm. Both have a passion for traveling the world and for delivering unique real estate transformations to their investment fixer uppers around Atlanta and the Florida panhandle.

Chris, born in Louisville, Kentucky, and raised on Signal Mountain in Tennessee, found success in several business ventures, including financial services, and owning a chain of dry cleaners, but he now puts all his energy toward managing their portfolio of real estate and overseeing operations of the Lowe Law Firm. My is the first of her Vietnamese family born in the United States beating the odds after growing up in poverty-stricken neighbors of New Orleans before earning her J.D. from Loyola Law School, passing the Louisiana State Bar and establishing The Lowe Law Firm. Their two beautiful children Woods (4yrs) & Fallon (2yrs) can usually be found by their side wherever they may be in the world.

The BELOW DECK MEDITERRANEAN Season 5 “Southside” episode (Charter 5) airs on Bravo Monday, July 27th, 2020. Stream live on the Bravo Now app. Follow the “Southside” group’s Instagram @Southside_POV_TV.

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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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how Richard Grant might look as an older Loki

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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