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Netflix never fails to deliver some pretty amazing content, especially when it comes to their original series. However, when it comes to popularity or sheer controversy, few shows can top its runaway hit series, 13 Reasons Why! Unless you have been under a rock the series centers on a misunderstood, misjudged, and complicated teenage girl named Hannah Baker who commits suicide; and leaves behind thirteen tapes, for thirteen different people, explaining why she did it.

The first season dealt with the revelation of why she committed suicide and those who contributed to it, the second season, however gets LEGAL and deeply personal. Herein lies more controversy as we delve more into what exactly each person did to hurt Hannah, the affect the suicide has had on her family and “friends,” and just how warped the American legal system can be when it comes to dealing with sexual assault.

What We Liked

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-This series gets a number of things right. Especially in its portrayal of misogyny, white privilege, mob mentality, and social issues plaguing teens.

-We loved seeing a posthumous Hannah haunting Clay, forcing him to not only “avenge” her suicide, but making him the glue that brought most of the other tape recipients together. Clay became a bona fide hero, however, we wonder to what cost?

-Jessica came into her own. It took a little while for her to go from victim to victor, but she got there. Although she did not win her case against Bryce, at the very least she is now ready to move on with her life and heal.

-Hannah’s mother is a fighter, and no matter what she learned about her daughter she held steadfast in her belief that the school failed her as it is failing other children like Tyler Down.

-We knew Tyler was going to finally snap based on the bullying and social isolation he’s endured since the first season, but we had no idea he himself might become a new set of “13 Reasons Why” I decided to become an active shooter at my school. His story line will definitely be the one to watch in the next season.

-Tony and his boyfriend are really cute together. Tony seems to be trying to get his anger under control and having a boxer boyfriend to keep him on the straight and narrow path works in his favor. That bloody kiss though…

What We Loved

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-Hannah finally transitioning. That scene with her walking into the light told us her soul was finally set free and her work there was done. Because of her pain and demise, the corruption of a school has been exposed and scrutinized.

-The tape recipients finally began to move on with their lives. We loved the camaraderie between all of them and how they were there for Clay when he began to mourn Hannah at the dance. It really shows that in the darkest of times a little love can go a long way.

What We Hated

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-Bryce got off completely with a mere slap on the wrist. At the very least we hoped he would not be breathing at the end of this second season.

-Watching Tyler be attacked and sodomized had us spinning and mortified. You hear about stories like this in the news, but to actually see it–and so graphically–is a memory we would rather try to forget. Still, we understand how important a moment this was to transitioning Tyler’s character to the active shooter he nearly became.

-Hannah’s parents split up. Her father left her mother for the woman he was having an affair with during their daughter’s trial? She really got the short end of the stick in so many ways.

-Jessica and Justin hooking up is something we definitely could have done without. We know he redeemed himself when he testified on her behalf against Bryce, but he was still an accessory to her rape. How she can move past that to forgive him, let alone hook up with him in a locker room is beyond us. Jessica we love you, but you have got to make better choices when it comes to these guys.

We definitely encourage you to see 13 Reasons Why for yourselves. It is definitely a timely series and the next season will tackle the issue of active shooting. This is a topic that needs to be explored now more than ever as it seems to be appearing more and more frequently. What do you guys think of the series? Sound off in the comments section below!

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ICYMI! LOGO (@LogoTV) Releases “Noah’s ARC” on YouTube; Reboot Rumors Swirl!

It is hard to believe it has been almost fifteen years since Noah’s ARC debuted on LOGO and we have to say it is was love at “first watch.” The epic love story between Noah (Darryl Stephens), and his seemingly straight, boyfriend, Wade (Jensen Atwood), opened new avenues for gay storytelling and inspired masses of gay films, projects, and marketing. We dare say Moonlight owes its success, in part, to the doors this series opened. LOGO recently dropped full episodes of the series on YouTube and reboot rumors are swirling!

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It is hard to believe it has been almost fifteen years since Noah’s ARC debuted on LOGO and we have to say it is was love at “first watch.” The epic love story between Noah (Darryl Stephens), and his seemingly straight, boyfriend, Wade (Jensen Atwood), opened new avenues for gay storytelling and inspired masses of gay films, projects, and marketing. We dare say Moonlight owes its success, in part, to the doors this series opened. LOGO recently dropped full episodes of the series on YouTube and reboot rumors are swirling!

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Jensen Atwood and Darryl Stephens as “Noah and Wade”

Both seasons of Noah’s ARC are currently running via LOGO’s YouTube, prompting many to wonder if the network is rebooting the series. The series’ cancellation in 2006 was highly controversial as it was easily the network’s flagship series and its most highly rated one. What is interesting is that LOGO chose to drop the series on YouTube, which has become prime real estate for the web series we know and love. Perhaps this is the new format the series could be picked back up on. However, if we are talking reboots we either want a complete reboot of the series with a new set of guys as Noah, Alex, Ricky, and Chance; or a continuation of the original cast, updating where they are in life nearly fifteen years later.

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What do you guys think of this new Noah’s ARC news? Are you hoping for a reboot of the series as well? Sound off in the comments’ section below!

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[VIDEO] DL Hughley Opens Up About His Father’s Death & More on “UNCENSORED” on TV One.

One of the Original King’s of Comedy, DL Hughley was raised a Jehovah’s Witness in Los Angeles and no stranger to his neighborhood gangs, which provided a sense of structure, family and community. His sister’s teenage pregnancy led him to leave the church, giving him a crash course in resiliency that later helped him while pursuing his comedy career. DL dropped out of high school, joined the LAPD Academy, quit and eventually married his wife of over 30 years to start a family. As the star and producer of his namesake television show that ran on ABC and UPN “The Hughleys,” DL is also well known as one of the standout comedians on the hit comedy docu-film “The Original Kings of Comedy.” He has an unapologetic work ethic and is dedicated to providing for his loved ones. His motivation to leave a legacy led to the transition of his comedy from frivolous jokes to political topics that inspire change.

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One of the Original King’s of Comedy, DL Hughley was raised a Jehovah’s Witness in Los Angeles and no stranger to his neighborhood gangs, which provided a sense of structure, family and community. His sister’s teenage pregnancy led him to leave the church, giving him a crash course in resiliency that later helped him while pursuing his comedy career. DL dropped out of high school, joined the LAPD Academy, quit and eventually married his wife of over 30 years to start a family.

 As the star and producer of his namesake television show that ran on ABC and UPN “The Hughleys,” DL is also well known as one of the standout comedians on the hit comedy docu-film “The Original Kings of Comedy.” He has an unapologetic work ethic and is dedicated to providing for his loved ones. His motivation to leave a legacy led to the transition of his comedy from frivolous jokes to political topics that inspire change.

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The popular show UNCENSORED resumes for its second season and explores the private lives of some of today’s most notable personalities including comedian/radio host DL Hughley, American Idol Fantasia, legendary hip-hop producer Jermaine Dupri, actress Tasha Smith, reality TV star Tami Roman, actress/singer Naturi Naughton, the reigning king of urban gospel Kirk Franklin and singer/songwriter Ne-Yo. The eight episode auto-biographical series delves into the lives of luminaries as they reveal secrets to their success, obstacles they faced and how they’ve navigated the perils of social media that helped but sometimes haunted their careers. Viewers will get a glimpse into the lives of celebrities as they personally reveal their own stories, in their own words.

UNCENSORED is produced for TV One by Eric Tomosunas (Executive Producer), Keith Neal (Executive Producer), Paul Hall (Showrunner) and Jay Allen (Supervising Producer) of Swirl Films. Radio One Atlanta Personality Ryan Cameron directed Tami Roman’s episode. For TV One, Jason Ryan is Executive Producer in Charge of Production, Donyell McCullough is Senior Director of Talent & Casting and Robyn Greene Arrington is Vice President of Original Programming and Production.

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“The Flash” Star, Grant Gustin, Honors “Arrow’s” Stephen Amell in Moving Post

DC Comics fans are heartbroken over The CW’s decision to cancel Arrow after it next, and eighth season. The announcement was made earlier this week by the network that the series would end later this year after a half-season culminating in the network’s annual superhero crossover event. Many are concluding that Green Arrow (Stephen Amell) is set to die in the event. The Flash is just one of a number of spin-off series of Arrow, collectively dubbed by fans as the “Arrowverse;” and its star, Grant Gustin, has recently broken his silence on his feelings on the cancellation.

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DC Comics fans are heartbroken over The CW’s decision to cancel Arrow after it next, and eighth season. The announcement was made earlier this week by the network that the series would end later this year after a half-season culminating in the network’s annual superhero crossover event. Many are concluding that Green Arrow (Stephen Amell) is set to die in the event. The Flash is just one of a number of spin-off series of Arrow, collectively dubbed by fans as the “Arrowverse;” and its star, Grant Gustin, has recently broken his silence on his feelings on the cancellation.

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Grant Gustin and Stephen Amell

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It kinda just hit me this morning that Arrow will be leaving us next year. Ever since I started doing this, it’s always been “Flash & Arrow” (or really this should of said “Arrow & Flash” on it’s cover….right, Stephen?)We don’t get to see a lot of each other, because we both work very similar schedules, on different shows, for 9 1/2 months out of the year. But when we’re brought together for those grueling crossover episodes, it always results in something pretty special. And not JUST a special kind of hell. It’s just absolutely bananas to stand around with that many people in super suits, and get paid to play make believe on tv. It’s something that wouldn’t happen year after year if it weren’t for the groundwork that Arrow, Stephen and the whole cast and crew laid for us. Not just that, but Stephen has always brought a different kind of passion to his show and the whole Arrowverse. It’s always been clear to me how much it means to Stephen to have the privilege of getting to go on this journey as Oliver Queen. And how much care he’s always put towards it. I will never forget ohh soo many memories we shared together during our hundreds, if not thousands of hours of crossover filming. Thank you to everyone who was a part of making Arrow for letting me come on this journey with you all. Congratulations on a badass show that will live on forever. I’ll never forget binge watching season one and being scared shitless my first day on set, seeing you all in person. Stephen, you’re a legend. Maybe this means we can hang out more?

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As DC Comics fanboys we really hate to see Arrow cancelled, it is one of our favorite series. Still, we wonder is there a place for Green Arrow elsewhere in the Arrowverse. We love DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, but the show could use a more serious tone to it. Team Arrow will be greatly missed. Let’s enjoy these last few episodes guys (wipes tear away).

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