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Freeform continues to push the envelope with some pretty amazing series targeting teens and young adults. With shows like The Fosters, Famous In Love, and the black-ish spin-off, grown-ish on its line up the fledgling network is totally winning right now! Well it looks like Marvel Comics is getting in the mix as its studios have partnered with Freeform to bring the dynamic duo of Cloak & Dagger!

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Aubrey Joseph and Olivia Holt as “Tyrone Johnson/Cloak & Tandy Bowen/Dagger”

The series centers on teens, Tyrone Johnson (Aubrey Joseph) and Tandy Bowen (Olivia Holt) two teens from opposite sides of the track. Tandy begins her life in a well to do family that becomes unraveled after a car accident kills her father, while Tyrone’s older brother is unwittingly murdered by the police. Their lives–and powers–are then intertwined by energy released from a freak accident. Flash forward to their teenage years and Tandy has become a criminal and impoverished, while Tyrone is a star basketball player from a well to do family. After years apart their paths cross and their powers emerge. Tyrone finds he can transport himself through shadows over great distances while Tandy can create light and daggers of light. The two began to explore not only their shared past, but destinies…as it is rumored one of them will die! Are you #TeamCloak or #TeamDagger?

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In case you didn’t know, Cloak & Dagger are superheroes in the Marvel Universe who serve primarily as a scourge to the drug and criminal underworld and have at time fought alongside other superheroes like Captain America, Spider-Man, and The X-Men! The heroes are sort of a walking yin and yang. Cloak’s body is mostly a long cloak that allows him to teleport; and contains The Darkforce Dimension, a pocket dimension that he can trap people in forever. Dagger can fire beams of light and solidify light into daggers that can stun or cause others excruciating pain.

We attended an advance screening for the first episode of the series last night and we have to say it was amazing. Held at Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinema Theater in Atlanta, the event was filled with fun, food, and really cool photo booths! We really love this series and how it tackles some pretty important topics like racism, assault, police brutality, poverty, and substance abuse. When you see how race and class play a role in their lives you will find these characters to be more and more relatable. Aubrey and Olivia are amazing actors who really deliver on these heroes. We hope they will be connected to the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe or even other outlying shows like Runaways.

Be sure you catch the series premiere of Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger, Thursday June 7th only on Freeform!

 

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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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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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