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ABC’s “Freeform” channel is a trendy, young addition of the ABC/Disney family with lots of inclusive content. The channel boasted LGBT friendly series like The Fosters and Pretty Little Liars, and now has other series like The Bold Type and Good Trouble. The network is now turning up the “gay volume” with its latest endeavor a gay romantic comedy, “The Thing About Harry!”

via Out.com

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Jake Borelli and Niko Terho

Starring Grey’s Anatomy’s Jake Borelli and newcomer Niko Terho, the film follows two former high school enemies who are trapped sharing a car together on a long road tip to a mutual friend’s engagement party. A classic rom-com setup, and I’m already hooked!

Things start heating up when Sam (Borelli), who has been out since high school, finds out that Harry (Terho) is also gay and that they have a lot more in common then they originally thought. Like the title, the plot is a nod to When Harry Met Sally, one of the most classic of all rom-coms. According to a press release, the pair “begin to develop a deep friendship — with neither admitting a potential romance may be brewing — leaving them wondering if one road trip could change the rest of their lives.” I, for one, am fully onboard with all of this.

Sam is described as a “handsome, funny, neurotic, intelligent gay man” with “a scathing wit” and “an overly idealistic worldview” who was bullied in high school for being gay. Harry, meanwhile, is an “emotionally uncomplicated, promiscuous player” who “yearns for love, family and stability” deep underneath his player veneer. Opposites really do attract!

The cast also includes Queer Eye’s Karamo Brown as Paul, a gay man who is “exceedingly well put-together” but “overbearing and pretentious”; GLOW’s Britt Baron as Sam’s best friend; and Queer As Folk’s Peter Paige (who also directs), as Sam’s roommate.

In a statement, executive producers Paige, Greg Gugliotta, and F.J. Denny it’s been an honor giving gays the rom-com they deserve.

“True equality can only be achieved when you see yourself reflected in the movies, music and stories that paint our culture,” they said. “As young gay men in the 90s, whenever a rom-com opened, we would watch the leading lady fall in love, and imagine what it would be like if the boy was saying all those things to another boy.” Awwww same, but with lesbians.

“We’ve always wanted to make a movie — an unabashedly romantic comedy — that queer boys wouldn’t have to translate,” the team added. “It’s rewarding to take the genre to a new, all-inclusive level.” 

The Thing About Harry will premiere in February 2020 just in time for a very gay Valentine’s Day.

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We are here for this film and will definitely be watching it on Valentine’s Day, especially if our own romantic holiday is a bust. What do you guys think of the new movie 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. 

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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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