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Jada Pinkett-Smith’s Red Table Talk is winning! Her sit down interview with Jordyn Woods on the hit Facebook Watch series struck a record number of viewers on its first day–becoming the platform’s most watched series in that time frame!

via Variety:

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The episode, “Jordyn Woods Shares The Truth,” was posted at 12 p.m. ET on Friday, March 1. Within 24 hours, it had been viewed by about 7.5 million Facebook users for at least 60 seconds, according to the company. That’s a separate metric from Facebook’s public views counter, which tabulates a “view” if a video is watched for as little as three seconds.

In the segment, Woods spoke exclusively with Pinkett Smith about rumors that Woods had sex with NBA star Tristan Thompson, the father of Khloe Kardashian’s daughter, at a party over Presidents Day weekend. Woods — who has been Kylie Jenner’s best friend — admitted she kissed Thompson and grew “touchy-feely” with him, but denied sleeping with him and asserted that she wasn’t the reason he and Khloe split up.

“This is grown-woman mess on another level,” Woods told Pinkett Smith.

How exactly the 7.5 million viewers for the most recent “Red Table Talk” stacks up with the rest of Facebook’s lineup of funded content is unknown: The company did not provide comparable stats for other shows, except to say the Woods episode drew the biggest audience among all originals. Also, Facebook is citing the total number of people who viewed at least one minute of the episode rather than the average minute audience (which is the TV industry’s standard).

Meanwhile, the Woods episode of “Red Table Talk” also garnered 285,000 social and press mentions in less than a week, per Facebook — also a record for Watch originals.

In addition, within the first 72 hours, the Jordyn Woods episode of “Red Table Talk” registered over 800,000 interactions, including reactions and comments. The social engagement stats are important measures for Facebook, which is funding content for Watch with the goal of helping spur the growth of user communities and overall activity.

“Red Table Talk,” with 5.5 million followers on Facebook, has been one of the company’s leading originals since the company first rolled out Watch in the U.S. about 18 months ago. Produced by Westbrook Studios and Very Tall Productions, the talk show centers on Jada Pinkett Smith, along with her daughter Willow and mother Adrienne, in a series of candid conversations with guests that have included Gabrielle Union, Ellen Pompeo, and survivors who appeared in the Lifetime docu-series “Surviving R. Kelly.” The premiere episode featured a conversation between Pinkett Smith and Will Smith’s ex-wife, Sheree Zampino.

There’s also a companion discussion group for “Red Table Talk” with more than 477,000 members, who discuss a range of issues like addiction, loss, domestic violence, and race relations.

Meanwhile, Westbrook Studios — a short-form content company, owned by Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith and Miguel Melendez — is producing another show for Facebook Watch, from Pinkett Smith’s husband: “Will Smith’s Bucket List,” with the actor engaging in different adventures and stunts around the world. Since bowing Feb. 27 on Facebook Watch, the first episode, in which Will urges Jada to go skydiving in Dubai, has notched over 40 million views (based on the three-second standard).

Even with the relatively strong numbers for “Red Table Talk” and Will Smith’s new reality show, it’s not clear Watch is bringing in significant ad dollars for Facebook. The company generates the bulk of its revenue from ads in users’ News Feeds, but is trying to win more ad business for longer-form episodic video. Facebook is now pitching advertisers on TV-style upfront buys for Watch programming with fixed rate cards, and also is emphasizing the “brand safety” of the original and third-party content in the Watch queue.

Congratulations Jada! We wonder what other celebrities will want to air their grievances on Red Table Talk now.

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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.”

via Love B. Scott

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.

Aqualad coming out gay

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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