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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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Yikes! Fox Cancels “REL” After One Season!

Comedian, Lil Rel Howery, is definitely one of the funniest comedians alive and a rising star in the movie scene. However, that has not stopped Fox from canceling his self-titled, show, REL, after only one season. Low ratings may have been an attributing factor, still others are blaming the controversies surrounding cast mate, Instagram Star, Jess Hilarious.  Rel took to Instagram to thank his fans and viewers for their support. 

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Comedian, Lil Rel Howery, is definitely one of the funniest comedians alive and a rising star in the movie scene. However, that has not stopped Fox from canceling his self-titled, show, REL, after only one season. Low ratings may have been an attributing factor, still others are blaming the controversies surrounding cast mate, Instagram Star, Jess Hilarious.  Rel took to Instagram to thank his fans and viewers for their support.

We really liked REL and are surprised to see it has been canceled. Then again, Fox can be brutal with its line up, especially when it comes to its comedies. We wish Lil Rel and the rest of the cast the best. We are sure he will be fine though, he is appearing in five movies between the end of this year and next year.

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#BingeWatchWorthy- Netflix’s “Love, Death, & Robots”

Netflix is always pushing the envelope with its series, but one of its newest series–a series of animated short films–may be one of its most innovative! Enter the worlds of Love, Death, & Robots! As aforementioned the series consists of eighteen animated short films, each set in a different world dealing with the themes of love (in various forms), different ways death affects the world, and of course ROBOTS–just about every kind you can think of; from giant mechs to true artificial life forms. Get ready to have your minds and senses blown as the graphic series leave little to the imagination, but always delivers a story you will never forget.

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Netflix is always pushing the envelope with its series, but one of its newest series–a series of animated short films–may be one of its most innovative! Enter the worlds of Love, Death, & Robots! As aforementioned the series consists of eighteen animated short films, each set in a different world dealing with the themes of love (in various forms), different ways death affects the world, and of course ROBOTS–just about every kind you can think of; from giant mechs to true artificial life forms. Get ready to have your minds and senses blown as the graphic series leave little to the imagination, but always delivers a story you will never forget.

Grade: A+ 

What We Liked

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-The diverse stories that make up this show are amazing and each one is so different you will always find yourself eager to know what is next.

-We like the originality of each series and how so much was compartmentalized into 10 to 30 minutes of action.

 

What We Loved

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-The different styles of animation in each series. Both Western and Eastern influences played a role in their style. Some were reminiscent of the Animatrix (2003), a film made in a similar style to this series but with the overarching theme of the Matrix trilogy movies.

-Our favorite episode of the series was undoubtedly, “Good Hunting.” It centered on the friendship between a Chinese boy and a shape-shifting huli jing (Chinese mythological creatures who can be either good or bad), who rekindle their friendship after years apart in a steampunk Hong-Kong.

-The various genres--sci-fi, cyberpunk, steampunk, folklore, post-apocalyptic, etc. The series really gives you something for nothing.

-The series were graphic and as aforementioned left nothing to the imagination. The human form is fascinating–even when animated.

 

What We Hated

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-There was nothing to hate about this show, we do hope however some of the shorts can become full-fledged series. (“Good Hunting” of course!)

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[VIDEO] Jermaine Dupri Shares Why XSCAPE Really Broke Up on ‘UNCENSORED’ on TV One Inbox

Jermaine Dupri’s career started when he was just 12-years-old and landed a gig dancing as the opening act for the Fresh Fest Tour during hip-hop’s Golden Era. He quickly went on to become a successful record producer by the age of 16. Dupri is responsible for the success of artists such as Kris Kross,TLC, Xscape, Da Brat, Usher, Jagged Edge and Lil Bow Wow. Never giving up on his hustle, his Atlanta based empire So So Def just reached its 25 year anniversary milestone. Looking back on all of his accolades and his recent induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Jermaine Dupri has cemented his status as one of the greatest songwriters of all time.

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Jermaine Dupri’s career started when he was just 12-years-old and landed a gig dancing as the opening act for the Fresh Fest Tour during hip-hop’s Golden Era. He quickly went on to become a successful record producer by the age of 16. Dupri is responsible for the success of artists such as Kris Kross,TLC, Xscape, Da Brat, Usher, Jagged Edge and Lil Bow Wow.

Never giving up on his hustle, his Atlanta based empire So So Def just reached its 25 year anniversary milestone. Looking back on all of his accolades and his recent induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Jermaine Dupri has cemented his status as one of the greatest songwriters of all time.

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UNCENSORED dives deep into the lives of your favorite personalities as they reveal secrets to their success, obstacles they’ve faced, and how they manage this new world of social media that has helped but sometimes haunted their careers. UNCENSORED resumes for its second season and explores the private lives of some of today’s most notable personalities including actress Tasha Smith, actress/singer Naturi NaughtonGrammy Award-Winning R&B artist Ne-Yo and the reigning king of urban gospel Kirk Franklin.

Viewers will get a glimpse into the lives of celebrities as they personally reveal their own stories, in their own words. Previously featured in this season of UNCENSORED:

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