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If you did not catch The CW’s series premiere of its latest superhero series, Black Lightning, then your Black Card should be revoked! Action, drama, family issues, love, police brutality, racism, and most of all HOPE–this series has it all!

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(l-r) Cress Williams, Christine Adams, Nafessa Williams, and China Ann McClain as Jefferson Pierce/Black Lightning, Lynn Pierce, Anissa Pierce/Thunder, and Jennifer Pierce/Lightning

The show centers on Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams), the principal of Garfield High School, and a respected member of the Freeland community. He prides himself on making his school a safe zone an “oasis,” free of the violence currently plaguing the city thanks to a brutal gang known as The 100. Although Jefferson is determined to stay  “above it all,” unbeknownst to most he the retired superhero, Black Lightning. His daughters, however, are determined to do their own thing. Anissa (Nafessa Williams), his oldest daughter, is a medical student, part time teacher, and activist who tires of The 100’s stranglehold on the community. Meanwhile, her younger sister, Jennifer (China Ann McClain), a track star and promising athlete like her father, is bored with her persona “The Queen of Garfield High School.”

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Black Lightning — Image BLK_FIRST_LOOK_THUNDER.jpg — Pictured: Nafessa Williams as Thunder — Photo: Bob Mahoney/The CW — © 2018 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

It is Jennifer’s carelessness and rebellious nature that gets her in over her head when she goes to Club 100. It’s “Daddy to the rescue,” but Jefferson soon find the corrupt police of Freeland do a little too much and retaliates. The 100, however, are not finished with his family yet as the girls are kidnapped and Jefferson, with his ex-wife, Lynn’s (Christine Adams) understanding comes out of retirement. Black Lightning is reborn!

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This series is amazing and deals with a number of real world problems that plague real people. Unlike its sibling series, The Flash, Supergirl, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow; Black Lightning is taking a page from Booker T. Washington and “casting down his bucket where he stands.” (We are not sure where the show fits in The Arrowverse we are not sure, but let’s hope he shares Green Arrow and The Flash’s Earth)The series does tease there are other heroes in the world with super powers and we see already Anissa has powers of her own. We are excited to see where Black Lightning goes and what he does as he and both his arch-enemy, Tobias Whale, come out of retirement. The battle for Freeland has just begun and justice will be written in LIGHTNING!

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FX & FXX In Full Effect! Check Out Clips from The Upcoming Seasons of “Snowfall,” “Baskets,” & “Archer!”

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FX and FXX are really making waves on the Small Screen, thanks to the amazing and original series like Snowfall, Baskets, and Archer. Each one of these series is critically acclaimed and captivating! Thankfully, we have got a few clips from each of these hit series to keep you enthralled! Check them out below, oh, and Happy viewing!

Baskets | Season 4 Ep. 1: Dale’s Sabbatical Highlight | FX
DESCRIPTION:  Chip visits Dale at his new home. It goes off with a bang. This season continues on Thursdays at 10p.m. ET/PT on FX.

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The Category is “RENEWED SERIES!” FX Renews “Pose” (@PoseOnFox) Early for a Third Season!

Pose, and pose, AND POSE! The news is in and FX has wisely, and surprisingly, renewed the hit series Pose early for a third season! Pose, chronicling the lives and love of a group LGBTQ people of color in the ballroom scene against the backdrop of the HIV/AIDS epidemic of the late eighties and early nineties. This series serves as nothing short of groundbreaking as it is the first scripted show on television with a predominantly transgender cast.

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Pose, and pose, AND POSE! The news is in and FX has wisely, and surprisingly, renewed the hit series Pose early for a third season! Pose, chronicling the lives and love of a group LGBTQ people of color in the ballroom scene against the backdrop of the HIV/AIDS epidemic of the late eighties and early nineties. This series serves as nothing short of groundbreaking as it is the first scripted show on television with a predominantly transgender cast.

via Deadline

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Indya Moore as “Angel” in FX’s “Pose”

On the heels of its Season 2 premiere, FX has given an early third season renewal to its groundbreaking drama series Pose, from Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals, Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions.

The June 11 season two premiere of Pose was the series’ most watched episode, drawing 1.2 million total viewers and 572,00 adults 18-49, generating series high ratings in viewers, adults 18-34, adults 25-54 and all key women demos. The season two premiere telecast outperformed the series premiere episode by +10% in A18-49 and +7% in total viewers. In all, the premiere telecast, two encores and streaming have delivered 1.8 million total viewers in the first five days. Pose joins American Horror Story, Sons of Anarchy, Nip/Tuck and The Shield as FX drama series that outperformed their series premiere telecast.

“Pose has elevated our culture and the TV landscape like few shows before it, and we are honored to partner with co-creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals on a third season,” said John Landgraf, Chairman, FX Networks and FX Productions. “Our thanks to the entire creative team, including Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Alexis Martin Woodall, Sherry Marsh, Janet Mock, Our Lady J, Erica Kay, the amazing cast and crew and everyone at Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions for this incredibly entertaining, enlightening and groundbreaking series.”

We are extremely happy another season of Pose is on the way. We love this show and the amazing stories it is telling about marginalized people who managed to create a subculture that survived during the darkest of times. Kudos to the executives over at FX!

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Check It Out! GODFATHER OF HARLEM (Epic) | NEW TEASER

Premium network EPIX released a brand-new tease for the original series Godfather of Harlem – premiering Sunday, September 29 and starring Oscar winner Forest Whitaker, Vincent D’Onofrio, Giancarlo Esposito, Paul Sorvino, Nigel Thatch and Ilfenesh Hadera. Premiering on EPIX on September 29, Godfather of Harlem is inspired by the story of infamous crime boss Bumpy Johnson (Whitaker), who in the early 1960s returned from ten years in prison to find the neighborhood he once ruled in shambles. With the streets controlled by the Italian mob, Bumpy must take on the Genovese crime family to regain control.

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Premium network EPIX released a brand-new tease for the original series Godfather of Harlem – premiering Sunday, September 29 and starring Oscar winner Forest Whitaker, Vincent D’Onofrio, Giancarlo Esposito, Paul Sorvino, Nigel Thatch and Ilfenesh Hadera. Premiering on EPIX on September 29, Godfather of Harlem is inspired by the story of infamous crime boss Bumpy Johnson (Whitaker), who in the early 1960s returned from ten years in prison to find the neighborhood he once ruled in shambles. With the streets controlled by the Italian mob, Bumpy must take on the Genovese crime family to regain control.

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During the brutal battle, he forms an alliance with radical preacher Malcolm X (Thatch) – catching Malcolm’s political rise in the cross hairs of social upheaval and a mob war that threatens to tear the city apart. Godfather of Harlem is a collision of the criminal underworld and the civil rights movement during one of the most tumultuous times in American history.

Produced by ABC Signature Studios, the 10-episode series is written by Narcos co-creator Chris Brancato and Paul Eckstein. The series will launch on EPIX and EPIX NOW, the network’s new streaming service available for download in the App store for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV and in Google Play for Android phones and tablets.

This series is very reminiscent of an episode of American Gangsters! Forrest Whitaker is an amazing actor so we know it is going to be well acted and riveting. What do you think of Godfather of Harlem? Sound off in the comments section below!

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