[VIDEO] Archie, Betty, & Veronica! The CW (@TheCW) Has a Dark Twist & Hit in “Riverdale!” (@CW_Riverdale)

Growing up we loved Archie comics! Not only were they hilarious, but they contained–and to this day–the greatest love triangle in fictional history between Archie (K.J. Apa), Betty (Lili Reinhart), and Veronica (Camila Mendes)!

The CW has reformatted the popular comic strip into a teen drama/suspense thriller, set in the comics’ fictional town of Riverdale.

All your favorites are there too; including Reggie (Ross Butler) and Jughead (Cole Sprouse), who also narrates the story. Here, the denizens of Riverdale are reeling from the murder of Cheryl Blossom’s twin brother, set against the backdrop of your typical high school romances, popularity contests, drama, and problems.


(l-r) Camila Mendes, K.J. Apa, and Lili Reinhart as Veronica, Archie, and Betty

The show is very well written; and the dark twist of murder added to it gives it a more realistic take. This marks the first time Archie Comics characters have been brought to life. Beyond the writing we love the cast! An updated Black Josie & The Pussycats, super hot Archie, and a murder mystery? What more can we ask for?

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Kontrol Exclusive (@kontrolmag): We Love “Flaca!” Jackie Cruz (@MsJackieCruz) Dishes On Life & “Orange Is The New Black!”

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Orange Is The New Black (OITNB) is by far one of the best series ever to grace the Small Screen. For four seasons now the show has shown the highs, lows, and backstories of a group of phenomenal women…who just so happen to be incarcerated! Now we at Kontrol Magazine, love all the characters on the show, but few melt our hearts or make us as gaga as Jackie Cruz, better known for her role, of “Marisol ‘Flaca’ Gonzalez” on the hit Netflix series. After four seasons many shows would begin to lose momentum, she attributes the show’s success to good acting and positive reinforcement. “It’s not really a secret really. People want to see themselves on TV. it’s as simple as that. We are finally connecting with characters that look like us and could possibly be us.”

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Jackie Cruz as “Flaca” from orange is the new black

As Flaca, Jackie Cruz is one of the youngest inmates in the prison, but also smart, funny, and very sarcastic. Her loyalty to her gang and friends, especially Maritza Ramos, whom she is practically inseparable from. In the fourth season of the series, Flaca’s role is expanded and she becomes a main character. “I am so in love with my character and how she has developed throughout the seasons. I got to find out about Flaca the same way you guys did, so I never knew what she did to get in there until the third season.  I’m just so happy that the audience took a liking to her.” 

She goes on to reveal Flaca’s most memorable scene to her. “I would have to say the day of her arrest. In fact she felt like she didn’t do anything wrong because it was just paper, but it was fraud and endangerment.  Before I started the show, I was a bit more judgmental about people in prison, but now I understand that because of one mistake that could be one of us in there. I felt like I was in a bubble and being on this show has helped me grow as a person and as a compassionate human.” Interestingly, Jackie admits she would like to see her character interact with Lorna more. “I know she’s a bit crazy, but I think Flaca and her would get along just fine. I believe they are both dreamers and maybe just talking to each other could help them survive in there.”

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[VIDEO] Surprise, Surprise! VH-1 (@vh1) To Do Jodeci (@jodecimusic) Biopic?

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This past week has been pretty amazing after the release of BET’s Biopic on New Edition. I can confess to having watched the series over five times and it gets better every single time. Of course after fans found themselves excited to learn the true nature behind why New Edition fell off the scenes; many wanted to know what happened with Jodeci.

The 90s brought some pretty hot groups with it and one of those sexy bad boy groups was Jodeci!

The group formed in 1983 in Charlotte, North Carolina, Jodeci’s members began their musical careers as two duos of brothers and, after years of limited success, joined forces.


Jodeci has sold more than 20 million records worldwide to date!

These days it feels like biopics behind our favorite R&B and hip-hop acts are falling out of the sky and onto our Twitter timelines. With BET’s New Edition biopic dropping this past week, VH1 has reportedly stepped in to tell the stories of DeVante Swing, Mr. Dalvin, K-Ci and JoJo, better known as Jodeci.

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Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) Announcing World Tour After Superbowl!

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Where are all the Little Monsters? Gather ’round children because your muva, the infamous Lady Gaga may just be dropping a bomb on you after the Superbowl.

According to several sources, Lady Gaga is currently putting the finishing touches to her much-anticipated show at the annual sports event – and Gaga is also said to be gearing up to announce her upcoming ‘Joanne’ tour the morning after her performance at the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, according to Us Weekly.

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Lady Gaga performing in New York City – January 2016

Gaga has toured six times before and has previously told fans they can expect more extravagant shows the next time she takes to the road. Back in October 2016, Gaga said “What I would say to those who are terrified that I’ll never again embrace absurdity or the avant-garde is ‘think again’ because that is my favorite thing.”

Meanwhile, Gaga recently offered an insight into her Super Bowl performance, revealing the show will “span her career so far“. She revealed:

“We were [rehearsing] in the tent for about a week and a half, then we had to move to bigger studios in Hollywood where we are working on the rest of the show. And then we will send that equipment to Houston where we will finish rehearsals.

Fans can expect a performance that spans my career so far. I appreciate everyone that has supported me over the years and that still supports my music and my shows. I can’t wait to do a great show for the world!”

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Digital art cover for Lady Gaga’s single “Poker Face”

If what’s been said thus far is true, I can’t wait to tune in for Gaga’s performance. The first Lady Gaga song I ever heard was “Poker Face” and even to this day, I can remember watching my cousin do full blown choreography to this song and damn pledging his allegiance to Stefanie Germanotta. If Gaga’s show spans from “The Fame” to “Joanne” I am thrilled!

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“Finding Unity!” Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) Breaks Down Immigration To The President

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Trump has been in office for less than a month and has already caused chaos that will take years to undo. Trump’s executive orders have caused an already divided America to be in a total uproar. The executive order on immigration has everyone taking a stand including Hollywood. Recently, comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres decided to break her silence on the matter. Ellen sends  a message on immigration that she hopes Trump understands and hears loud and clear.

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“Thank You For Being A Friend” Netflix (@Netflix)! Golden Girls’ Reboot On The Way!

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Golden Girls cast (l-r) Estelle Getter, Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan, and Betty White

Netflix is more than winning with its trend of rebooting series near and dear to our hearts! Fuller House lead the way, but now an older and even more beloved show is coming back to television–Golden Girls! Yes our favorite, but mostly dearly departed, girls are getting the reboot treatment!

You might, and rightfully so, ask how? Especially since all of the original cast, save Betty White have passed. Well where there’s a will, there’s a way. Read below:

via Empire.net

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The original series starred – all of whom have passed on, save for White. The rebooted series will star White, but so far no other cast members have been announced.

“The original series ended, and then we went on to film The Golden Palace for awhile, but then that one ended, too,” said White. “I have only seen the pilot script for the reboot, but it’s very funny. It takes place in the same house. A woman outbids Rose for Blanche’s house at an auction, but the two become friends and end up moving into the place together. Then, Rose’s daughter, who is now in her 60s, moves in as well, along with her 30-something daughter. The house is full once more, and the story really is a laugh riot.”

White says that she signed on for the initial 6 episodes, but doesn’t know much more about the story or the characters.

“It didn’t take much coaxing to get me to play Rose one more time,” said White. “I truly cannot wait.”

We cannot wait either! More laughs, cheese cakes, St. Olaf stories,  and we are going gaga over here! No one can take the places of Dorothy, Blanche, or Sophia, but this new generation needs to see that older ladies still got it. After all if 40 is the new 20, then 60+ still has all the energy it needs to bring the story back to life! We will keep you posted as more details become available!

Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning

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[VIDEO] “Project Make America Great”–Children Write Letters to Donald Trump (@realDonaldTrump) Concerning His Presidency

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Here we are not even a month into Trump’s presidency and already it has been marred with controversy, hate, and ignorance. In the last week alone there has been a ban on abortions, Muslim immigration, repealing healthcare, trying to build a wall, and dangerously upsetting the international community at large. Times are more treacherous than they have been in decades with people everywhere wondering where do we go from him and how do we resist the Trump administration and its policies?

Well those “people everywhere” include children; many of whom are affected by Trump’s policies and executive orders.

In a video called Project Make America Great, produced by a Rutgers alumna, Dominique Turner, children ages six to eleven wrote letters to Donald Trump.

He had just been elected at that time, but since the inauguration their views remain the same. See what they had to say.

via Baller Alert

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“I think you have a good heart, but sometimes you say mean things,” one student named Karter-Jay, 7, wrote in a letter to Trump. “Treat people like you want to be treated. I want you to be a very good president because bad presidents make bad laws, all the time.”

“I want you to make the world a better place,” Chase, 11,  said. “I think you won fairly, but I don’t want you as my president. Stop acting like a bully. You make fun of people for no reason,” he said.

“You could be a good president if you know what to say,” Gabriel, 9, said. “If I could give you advice, I would tell you to be kinder to people and say kinder things on TV. A president should be smart, kind, outgoing, funny, fair and can make good decisions. I hope you can do that.”

“I am worried about you becoming president because you don’t treat everyone fair” Kaden Anderson, 8, said.

Turner’s inspiration for the video came from a Muslim teacher, featured in Huffington Post for making her students feel safe in her class, by allowing them to express themselves. The teacher gave her students the opportunity and the platform to find their voice. The opportunity, ultimately, gave the children confidence to speak up and out against the things they don’t approve of or believe in. In that, Turner realized that although children may not understand fully what is going on in the world, no one ever really asked how they feel, in regards to politics.

“You do not like African Americans and Muslims,” Sumiyah, 9, said, as she wore her hijab. “You want me to leave my home and go somewhere that is unknown to me.

“I do worry about my future and that of my family because I am of Hispanic heritage,” a young boy named Javier, 11, said.

“I hope this letter will change your views, thank you,” Anderson said.

The letters written by the children were organic, with little help from their parents. The goal was to create a body of work that would be a sense of accountability for the President. To send a message showing that everyone is concerned, even our youth.

Activism is not limited to marching and being on the front-lines of the major protests across the country. But also, giving those who have concerns the opportunity to express them. Project make America great is an open letter fro the voices of minority children, our country’s future. #BlackExcellence

This is both heartbreaking and hopeful. It is heartbreaking in the sense and notion that children have to write letters of concern and resistance to a world leader in hopes he will not harm them or their loved ones; and hopeful in knowing that children like them are the voters and leaders of tomorrow! You can check out more of that the children had to say in the video below. Excellent work kids!

Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning

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