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The 2010s will go down in entertainment as “The Age of Reboots!” First our favorite sitcoms, dramas, and movies from the nineties are revamped (Full House, Roseanne, Charmed, Boy Meets World, etc.) Now it seems it is time for animated series to get their own rebooted treatment as a true blast from the past–the eighties to be exact–series, She-Ra & The Princesses of Power, is now available on Netflix!

The series is set in a mystical dimension on a planet known as Etherea. There the natives are rebelling against The Horde, an evil, occupying force led by Hordack and his sorceress, Shadow Weaver, is bent on ravaging their world. The Rebellion, led by Angella, Queen of Bright Moon, is constantly on the defense against them while the other monarchs of Etherea have opted to protect their lands solely. The tide begins to turn in The Rebellion’s favor as Adora, a young girl with a mysterious past, and a former Horde soldier, is chosen to become She-Ra, The Princess of Power, prophesied to save Etherea from The Horde and restore it to its former glory. To do so Adora/She-Ra must unite all the Princesses on the planet, all while learning the full extent of her power, and being confident in her destiny.

What We Liked:

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-Adora was an experienced fighter and soldier already. She-Ra’s power only supplemented that.

-The diversity of The Princesses of Power. Each one was from different cultures but manage to overcome their differences for the greater good! Girls CAN work together!

-The friendship between Adora, Glimmer, and Bow. It was the heart of the series, and kept the story grounded.

-Swift Wind–who doesn’t like a flying and talking unicorn?

What We Loved:

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Catra vs. She-Ra

-Adora’s transformation sequence into She-Ra! It was very reminiscent of The Sailor Scouts from Sailor Moon.

-The complex, love-hate friendship between Adora/She-Ra and Catra. Even though they are on opposing sides and even fight, neither of them truly wishes to destroy the other. Their friendship is more like sibling rivalry than actually enemies.

-Shadow Weaver set as a motherly villain for Adora and abuser of Catra adds layers the series. It really juxtaposes the characters and brings in the whole nature versus nurture argument. Who would be the heroine here if Shadow Weaver’s affections had been switched.

-The more powerful characters of the series were primarily women.

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Scorpia and Catra at the Princess Prom

-The Princess Prom was not gender conforming. People wore what they wanted and went with whomever they desired.

-The Princess Alliance was everything! We have to admit Frosta and Mermista are our favorites!

What We Hated:

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Shadow Weaver

-We did not see enough of Hordak. What makes him so ominous and threatening. Hopefully we will see him in action in Season 2.

-Where’s the mention of Adora’s biological family? In the eighties series, she was Prince Adam of Eternia/He-Man’s long lost twin sister who was stolen from their family on Eternia shortly after their birth.

-We did not see what finally caused Mara to lose her way and banish Ethera to the Despos Dimension.

-Most of the characters looked like adolescents. In the OG series they were at the very least teenagers or young adults.

 

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Slay Queen! Queen Latifah (@IAMQUEENLATIFAH) Steals The Show as “Ursula” in Disney’s “The Little Mermaid LIVE!”

Disney’s The Little Mermaid is hands down one of the beloved in animated movies in history, thus it is no surprise it has been adapted into a live musical for television audiences. All of our favorite singles from the movie were there including “Part Of Your World,” “Under The Sea,” and “Kiss The Girl,” but it was Queen Latifah as Ursula giving life to her signature song, “Poor, Unfortunate Souls” that took–and saved–the show!

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Disney’s The Little Mermaid is hands down one of the beloved in animated movies in history, thus it is no surprise it has been adapted into a live musical for television audiences. All of our favorite singles from the movie were there including “Part Of Your World,” “Under The Sea,” and “Kiss The Girl,” but it was Queen Latifah as Ursula giving life to her signature song, “Poor, Unfortunate Souls” that took–and saved–the show!

Queen Latifah really brought it with this role. We actually would prefer to see her reprise this role in the live action adaptation set for 2021 alongside Halle Bailey. All too often we forget that not only is the Queen an amazing actress, but a songstress as well. As you recall she was amazing in Chicago (2002) as “Mama Morton,” and she shows her range in a previous album, Dana Owens (2004). Without her performance in the show it would have been otherwise drab and disappointing. Every move, sashay, and evil laugh screamed diva/sea witch in control!

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The other actors gave it their best shot, but truthfully we were disappointed with Shaggy and Auliʻi Cravalho’s (Sebastian and Ariel, respectively). Both were lackluster and bland. Auli’i’s voice lacked the warmth and strength we love from Ariel of a curious [mer]girl determined to be her true self, and Shaggy—well–he clearly missed some rehearsals. His timing was off and his costume was terrible. The only thing he and Sebastian had in common were the color he was wearing and a Jamaican accent. To put it plainly, thank God for Queen Latifah!

You can catch encore presentations of Disney’s The Little Mermaid LIVE by checking your local listings and showtimes. Happy viewing!

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Yikes! BET Cancels Tyler Perry’s “The Oval” After Its First Season!

The verdict is in and Tyler Perry’s “The Oval” is a “no go” with viewers! In fact, BET has opted no to renew the series after its first season due to complaints about the series including its acting, scenes of domestic violence, and alleged poor lighting. As you may already know, the series premiered last week to amazing ratings, and was paired with another series Tyler Perry series, “Sista.” “The Oval” is expected to be replaced by “Bruh,” a series that is apparently already in the works.

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The verdict is in and Tyler Perry’s “The Oval” is a “no go” with viewers! In fact, BET has opted no to renew the series after its first season due to complaints about the series including its acting, scenes of domestic violence, and alleged poor lighting. As you may already know, the series premiered last week to amazing ratings, and was paired with another series Tyler Perry series, “Sista.” “The Oval” is expected to be replaced by “Bruh,” a series that is apparently already in the works.

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The Cast of “The Oval”

The Oval opened with Hunter Franklin (Ed Quinn), the newly elected president of the United States, and his handsome wife Victoria (Kron Moore) fighting like cats and dogs in the private residence of the White House. The scene was a literal slap in the face to Black women who tuned in to see a regal Black First Lady represented in Tyler’s White House drama.

The Oval premiered with strong ratings. But the viewer complaints were plentiful. Many complained about the acting, the domestic violence scenes, the sparsely decorated sets, and the poor lighting.

The latter is probably due to Tyler’s ongoing disagreements with local motion picture and TV electrical lighting unions.

Tyler reportedly won’t employ union workers on his sets because they demand too much money. So he makes do without paying high union dues. The result are shadowy sets that look like they were illuminated with flashlights and an open refrigerator door.

People in the know say Tyler shelled out millions for his star-studded studio opening extravaganza earlier this month – which left little money in the budget for his shows.

Tyler probably isn’t worried about this current failure. He knows he has enough faithful fans to keep the lights on – even if he doesn’t have enough technicians to work those lights.

Yikes! We really hope Tyler’s future shows fare better. “Sistas,” however does deserve a chance. It very well could be “Girlfriends” (2000) for millenials. We wish the cast and crew the best of luck on future endeavors. What do you all think of the cancellation of “The Oval?” Sound off in the comments section below!

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TI (@Tip) Stars In & Searches for the Next Rap Star in Netflix’s “Rhythm + Flow!”

 Netflix continues to push the envelope with a riveting, innovative, and above all else authentic music competition series, Rhythm + Flow. The series has set its sights on the rap world, searching music hubs like Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City, for the next big rap star.  Veteran rapper, Clifford “TI” Harris, alongside Chance The Rapper and Cardi B serve as judges and executive producers of this new series set to the take the world by storm. “I signed onto this because I believe in it, but I was only going to do it if it was authentic…this show gets real, especially when you see people putting it all out there trying to be the next big rap star…”

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 Netflix continues to push the envelope with a riveting, innovative, and above all else authentic music competition series, Rhythm + Flow. The series has set its sights on the rap world, searching music hubs like Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City, for the next big rap star.  Veteran rapper, Clifford “TI” Harris, alongside Chance The Rapper and Cardi B serve as judges and executive producers of this new series set to the take the world by storm. “I signed onto this because I believe in it, but I was only going to do it if it was authentic…this show gets real, especially when you see people putting it all out there trying to be the next big rap star…”

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TI and our owner, Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning

Rhythm + Flow stands out from other music competition series like American Idol and The Voice in its subject matter and rap/hip-hop roots, and with how it is being released via Netflix. Usually, Netflix releases all the episodes of it series at once allowing viewers to binge watch, however, Rhythm + Flow consists of nine episodes with three episodes being released each week until the finale. This is actually an idea TI suggested. “I didn’t want people just being able to go to the last episode, missing the journey, and spoiling it for everyone…I was like something like this has to be approached differently. ” TI’s input and wisdom are definitely an asset on the show, offering pertinent advice to competitors contrasting Chance’s straightforward approach and Cardi’s hilarious quips. “I bring longevity to the mix, because in this rap game you’ve got to have that to make your mark. Re-branding, evolving, and knowing how to hustle is what I’m teaching.”

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The show eliminates contestants through cyphers, rap battles, live performances, and music videos that allow them to tell their backstories. TI admits the hardest part of being a judge is watching someone be eliminated that he feels would have won if they would have made it further in the competition. When asked if he is signing anyone that was eliminated he replies: “No comment.”

We cannot wait for you all to see Rhythm + Flow! Catch it on Netflix today!

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