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The landscape of television is becoming more diverse by the day. In effort to reflect real life series have become more inclusive and that means more characters of different races, ethnicities, and sexual preferences.

It looks as if The CW’s latest superhero series, Black Lightning, will also be in the forefront of inclusion as it introduces television’s first Black Lesbian Superhero–Thunder!

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Thunder/Anissa Pierce and her girlfriend, Grace Choi

“Anissa Pierce/Thunder” (Nafessa Williams) is the oldest daughter of “Jefferson Pierce/Black Lighting.” In the comics she has the ability to alter her density becoming extremely hard, heavy, invulnerable, and super strong–so strong that when she stomps her foot she sends shock waves through the ground that sound like thunder rumbling–hence her code name. Thunder is also a lesbian in an interracial relationship with fellow superhero, an Asian woman named Grace Choi who also possesses superhuman strength, courtesy of her Amazon heritage!

Chantal Thuy as "Grace Choi"

Chantal Thuy as “Grace Choi”

Thunder’s television counterpart will possess the same powers and it is being reported she too will share her comic counterpart’s sexual preference. Black Lightning has already Chantal Thuy in a recurring role as Grace Choi. Thus far there has been only one episode of the series and Anissa comes as pretty straight-laced until she or her family are threatened. She has also begun exhibiting powers, accidentally breaking the sink in her bathroom using her density powers.

As you can see from our main picture, Anissa will be joining her father in the field. Based on what he is up against in Freeland he is going to need all the help he can get. We just wonder will he be accepting of her sexuality. In the comics, Black Lightning is not too keen of his daughter’s sexuality initially, hinting at how it makes him uncomfortable. Time will tell, but you all just be sure to catch the second episode of Black Lighting tonight at 9 PM EST, right after The Flash!  Happy viewing!

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[VIDEO] ICYMI! “Pokemon’s” Ash Ketchum Wins His 1st Pokemon League in 22 Years!

“I wanna be the very best like no one ever was…” Those were the first few words to the lyrics of the original Pokemon theme song,. This hit anime has went on to become one of the most successful animated series in the world, marking the journey of everyone’s favorite pokemon trainer, Ash Ketchum and his partner, Pikachu. Since April 1, 1997 we watched Ash try, and fail, over the course of twenty-two years to win one of the Pokemon Leagues in the various regions of the world he has journeyed through. Now in the latest installment of the series, Pokemon: Sun & Moon, he FINALLY won at the Alola Pokemon League! Needless to nostalgia is bubbling and the internet is hype about the news!

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“I wanna be the very best like no one ever was…” Those were the first few words to the lyrics of the original Pokemon theme song,. This hit anime has went on to become one of the most successful animated series in the world, marking the journey of everyone’s favorite pokemon trainer, Ash Ketchum and his partner, Pikachu. Since April 1, 1997 we watched Ash try, and fail, over the course of twenty-two years to win one of the Pokemon Leagues in the various regions of the world he has journeyed through. Now in the latest installment of the series, Pokemon: Sun & Moon, he FINALLY won at the Alola Pokemon League! Needless to nostalgia is bubbling and the internet is hype about the news!

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Ash Ketchum and his Alola Region Pokemon Team

Ash Ketchum has to be the epitome of what it means to chase a dream. This kid, who’s been ten years old for decades now, has never given up on wanting to become the best pokemon trainer in the world. We have watched him battle goofy villains (Team Rocket), poachers, otherworldly beings, and even time travel all in the name of learning about the magical and powerful creatures inhabiting his world. We are surprised the folks over at Nintendo decided it was finally time to allow him to become a champion. Perhaps, they thought it would end the anime since he would theoretically have accomplished his goal. However, that is not the case, as he is allegedly headed (with Pikachu, of course) to the fabled Galar region (based off the United Kingdom). There, he’s expected to meet and catch new pokemon, make new friends, and try to win their league as well.

Whether you are still a pokemon fan or not, this is a momentous event in television history and should let you briefly flashback to your childhood. At the very least you should take away the notion of never giving up. You can fail a 1,000 times, but that one big win can change your life for the better and it will all be worth it. Congrats Ash!

 

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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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yovanna nene porsha kenya fight real housewives of atlanta

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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