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We love Yara Shahidi! This beautiful young actress is really making waves in Hollywood and we are loving every minute of her rise to the top. Part of that ascension will be starring in her own series, grown-ish, the name of her very own black-ish backdoor pilot spin-off!

As you saw in a last season when Yara’s character, Zoe Johnson, attended a weekend of student orientation at her college.

via Deadline:

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Saturday Night Live alum Chris ParnellEmily Arlook (The Good Place), and Trevor Jackson (American Crime) have been tapped as series regulars on the comedy, joining previously cast Shahidi and Deon Cole. Parnell and Jackson will reprise the roles they originated in the planted spinoff episode of black-ish, while Arlook plays the role originally played in the black-ish episode by Mallory Sparks.

The series, from ABC Signature Studios, will start production next month and is set to premiere early 2018 on Freeform and the Freeform App .grown-ish follows the Johnson’s eldest daughter Zoey (Shahidi) as she heads off to college and quickly discovers that not everything goes her way once she leaves the nest. Deon Cole plays Charlie, Dre’s eccentric and unpredictable co-worker at Stevens & Lido. Arlook plays Miriam, a freshman know-it-all at Southern California University with a no holds barred attitude. Parnell plays the dean of Southern California University. Jackson will portray a socially-conscious sophomore at Southern California University.

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Freeform Gets Grown With ‘grown-ish’ (Formerly ‘college-ish’), Emily Arlook, Chris Parnell and Trevor Jackson ..

“grown-ish reflects what we’ll be dealing with in the show – that in between place where you’re not quite an adult but facing grown world problems for the first time,” said creator and executive producer Kenya Barris. “Where black-ish examines what it means to be black, grown-ish is an examination of what it is and what it means to be grown.”

Barris, Anthony Anderson, Laurence Fishburne, Helen Sugland and Brian Dobbins are executive producers of the series. grown-ish is one of two upcoming single-camera comedy series on Freeform, along with Alone Together.

Congratulations Yara we cannot wait for your grown-ish’s debut!

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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.”

via Love B. Scott

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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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