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For over the past decade some of the world’s top grossing films have featured the greatest superheroes. Usually they consists of top tier heroes from Marvel (The Avengers, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, etc.) and DC Comics (The Justice League, Teen Titans, Doom Patrol, etc.) It seems Netflix is now cashing in on the superhero craze, bringing the hit British comic book series, The Umbrella Academy to the Silver Screen!

The series centers on seven adoptive siblings–six with super powers, and one powerless–adopted by an eccentric billionaire, Sir Reginald Hargreeves/The Monocle (Colm Feore) to train them in hopes of deterring crime. However, the heroic family is highly dysfunctional, each sibling suffering with their set of problems, all emotionally scarred by their father’s cold and distant nature. To save the world they will each have to overcome their distrust and shortcomings, band together, and stop an impending apocalypse!

Grade: A+

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What We Liked

-We liked the array of super powers each character has. The only teams that have more unique sets, we dare say, are The X-Men and Doom Patrol!

-The acting was completely on point. These actors really do come off like a set of squabbling siblings. Your entire sibling archetype is there, from the dominant older son/responsible daughter to your middle children crying out for attention, and lastly the overlooked child, or black sheep.

Mary J. Blige as a kick ass assassin! You have never seen Mary in a role like this before and it truly suits her. “Cha Cha” we love you!

What We Loved

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Mary J. Blige as “Cha Cha”

-The girl power! From Rumor and White Violin’s (Ellen Page) powers to the Time Bureau director and Cha Cha’s ruthlessness these women will keep you watching!

-The formula for this series! If you haven’t taken notice two of the biggest franchises in superhero history, The Fantastic Four and The Incredibles involve superheroes in a dysfunctional family kind of setting. It makes the characters way more realistic and relatable.

-Five is the character to watch! He is interwoven throughout this entire story arc. His powers warn him of the apocalypse and as you will see, they may very well avert it,

-Allison/Rumor’s  (Emmy Raver-Lampman) consequences and guilt for using her powers on her young daughter. It really brings full circle the whole “with great power comes great responsibility.” This also includes consequences when one acts irresponsibly.

-The development of Klaus/Seance’s (Robert Sheehan) powers is definitely a coming of age story as he overcomes his fears and begins to embrace his full potential.

-The love story between Luther/Spaceboy and Allison/Rumor is truly a new take on Beauty and The Beat,albeit with the unethical romance between two adoptive siblings.

What We Hated

-Nothing, Netflix you did this!

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YIKES! “Real Housewives of Atlanta’s” Nene, Porsha, Kenya, & Yovanna Almost Come to Blows In Toronto

Filming for the he twelfth season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta is shaping up to quite explosive. Allegedly the ladies’ trip to Toronto almost became a violent getaway when veteran cast members, Nene Leakes, Porsha Williams, Kenya Moore, and “unofficial friend” to the series, Gail ‘”Yovanna” Momplaisir, nearly came to blows! According to sources close to the show the conflict allegedly began when Nene showed up to dinner, “exposed.”

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Filming for the he twelfth season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta is shaping up to quite explosive. Allegedly the ladies’ trip to Toronto almost became a violent getaway when veteran cast members, Nene Leakes, Porsha Williams, Kenya Moore, and “unofficial friend” to the series, Gail ‘”Yovanna” Momplaisir, nearly came to blows! According to sources close to the show the conflict allegedly began when Nene showed up to dinner, “exposed.”

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The night started off all wrong when NeNe Leakes allegedly ‘came in with her bare breasts exposed,’ causing speculation as to whether or not she was under the influence. The photo above was taken by an onlooker — and it’s easy to see how NeNe’s girls could’ve made a guest appearance.

If you recall, NeNe JUST resumed filming with the rest of the ladies last month after her weeks-long suspension.

“No one cared that she was there and she got zero reaction from any of the ladies — including Marlo and Yovanna (who’s around as an ‘unofficial friend).’”

According to our sources, Yovanna and Porsha went at it as well as Kenya and NeNe.

“Yovanna is a snake. No one really likes her and it’s clear she’s only around to be the villain,” said the source.

All we can say is this is a bit much. We are not sure what could make all of them get to a point where they are ready to fight in a restaurant, but we are not surprised. Kenya and Nene are practically mortal enemies at this point; and Porsha and Yovanna (As you recall last season she stated she was “that bitch” at Clark Atlanta University in her heyday) are hot heads. Last season was rather lackluster so it seems the ladies are making up for their less than stellar peformance in 2018. Kenya, welcome back!

 

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ICYMI! “Young Justice: Outsiders” Cartoon Reveals Aqualad is Gay

News of Young Justice’s return for a third season was the talk of the town just a couple of years ago, and then when it began airing earlier this year news of inclusivity was abuzz! The creators of the series teased there would be LGBT characters in the latest season, revealing Aquaman (Kaldur’ahm), formerly Aqualad in previous seasons is in fact gay. Aqualad was pictured in a romantic relationship in the undersea kingdom of Atlantis with an Atlantean man known as Wyynde, a powerful sorcere. The two were pictured kissing towards the end of the episode.

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News of Young Justice’s return for a third season was the talk of the town just a couple of years ago, and then when it began airing earlier this year news of inclusivity was abuzz! The creators of the series teased there would be LGBT characters in the latest season, revealing Aquaman (Kaldur’ahm), formerly Aqualad in previous seasons is in fact gay. Aqualad was pictured in a romantic relationship in the undersea kingdom of Atlantis with an Atlantean man known as Wyynde, a powerful sorcere. The two were pictured kissing towards the end of the episode.

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News of Kaldur’ahm’s sexuality should not come as a surprise. In the canon of DC Comics he is also gay, with his sexuality being revealed a couple of years ago. Kaldur’ahm is not the only LGBT character seen in the series as the female vigilante, Bluebird, has expressed interest in Halo, a biologically female superhero who identifies as non-binary. The series seems to reflecting in the growing acceptance and understanding of gender and sexual fluidity.

Having a Black Gay Male superhero on a series of the magnitude, albeit, animated, is still a step in the right direction. It challenges stereotypes and serves as a powerful reminder that heroes comes in all shapes, sizes, races, and sexual preferences!  #PRIDE!

 

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Oh No! The Wendy Williams Show May End After Upcoming 11th Season! Jerry O’Connell Show May Replace IT!

We are really hoping this turns out to be “fake news” as Donald Trump infamously–and erroneously–likes to claim, but the rumor mill is turning and reporting that the Wendy Williams Show may be ending after its upcoming eleventh season! Back in December rumors that the show was on the chopping block circulated due to Wendy’s health,  personal struggles, and marital issues. Now, it seems, that her time away did more to harm the show than good. Sources close to the show are reporting that talk show hosted by actor, and one of Wendy’s stand-in host, Jerry O’Connell may take her slot.

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We are really hoping this turns out to be “fake news” as Donald Trump infamously–and erroneously–likes to claim, but the rumor mill is turning and reporting that the Wendy Williams Show may be ending after its upcoming eleventh season! Back in December rumors that the show was on the chopping block circulated due to Wendy’s health,  personal struggles, and marital issues. Now, it seems, that her time away did more to harm the show than good. Sources close to the show are reporting that talk show hosted by actor, and one of Wendy’s stand-in host, Jerry O’Connell may take her slot.

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“This was an extremely difficult season to get through for the staff and Wendy herself, obviously. With the show’s renewal set to end after the 2019-2020 season, everyone thinks it’s the perfect time to say goodbye move on. Wendy has enough going on as it is and honestly no one, including Wendy, is sure she can even make it through season 11. Not to mention, advertisers consider her to be a ‘risk’ due to her unplanned hiatuses and extended breaks. It’s very likely the show won’t be back.”

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