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Oprah Winfrey’s network OWN has undergone quite a few changes lately. First came the announcement of the departure of Oprah’s friend and creative partner Tyler Perry. Oprah and Tyler had an exclusive deal where he would create original content for the OWN network. While Tyler is moving on to create original content with BET, Oprah has also moved on to sign an exclusive content deal with director and producer Will Packer.

Writer/producer Tarell Alvin McCraney

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Recently, the OWN network announced yet another change coming forth to the network. The co-writer and executive producer of “Moonlight”.

Tarell Alvin McCraney, has signed on with the OWN network.

McCraney has created a one hour drama series that will join the television line up amongst OWN’s popular hits such as “Greenleaf”, “Queen Sugar”, and “The Haves And The Have Nots”.

This television series has not been titled yet, and will be the first television project for McCraney.  The project was created, written, and produced by McCraney. Mike Kelley, Melissa Loy, and “Creed” actor Michael B. Jordan also serve as executive producers on the project. The show will be produced for the OWN network by way of Page Fright and Outlier Productions. Warner Horizon Scripted Television will also be a part of the production for this project.

Oprah’s Stamp Of Approval

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McCraney’s show will be a new coming of age drama centered around a 14 year old prodigy. The 14 year old is faced with a very important decision. Should he follow the path of the streets that call his name or should he put his education to use to find a way out of his circumstances. The series takes place in South Florida and is inspired by events that have taken place in McCarney’s own life. Oprah shared her thoughts of the new series,

“When Tarell shared his powerful story with us there wasn’t a dry eye in the room. I knew this was something special that our viewers will without a doubt connect to and feel compelled to explore with us. I am honored to be working with Tarell and the rest of the producers on this project.”

McCraney also shared his thoughts on his upcoming project.

“I wanted to explore the pivotal steps towards adulthood and identity, the ones we take when we think or feel we have no other choice.”

 

writer/producer Tarell Alvin McCraney

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So, what are your thoughts? Do you think this new project will have as much as success as McCraney’s “Moonlight”? Let me know in the comments.

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Ruby Rose (@RubyRose) Cast as The CW’s “Batwoman,” Batwoman Co-Creator Responds

As we have previously reported, The CW is once again expanding its superhero line up of DC Comics related characters, affectionately dubbed the “Arrowverse” by fans, with a new series based on Batwoman. The series is groundbreaking as the lead character will be a lesbian. Speculation on who would play the titular character is now over as it has been announced that Ruby Rose has landed the part!

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As we have previously reported, The CW is once again expanding its superhero line up of DC Comics related characters, affectionately dubbed the “Arrowverse” by fans, with a new series based on Batwoman. The series is groundbreaking as the lead character will be a lesbian. Speculation on who would play the titular character is now over as it has been announced that Ruby Rose has landed the part!

Ruby Rose is an Australian model and DJ, and also an out lesbian.

via Maxim

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The CW has found its Batwoman, who will appear in a DC crossover event of Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl in December and then likely again in her own standalone series.

Ruby Rose, the stunning scene-stealer from Orange Is the New Black, John Wick: Chapter 2and The Meg, has been cast as the caped crusader’s female contemporary.

What’s more, the character Batwoman will be openly lesbian, the first to lead a TV show.

“Rose will be playing the Kate Kane version of the character, who, armed with a passion for social justice and flair for speaking her mind, soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence,” an overview from DC Comics reads.

“But don’t call her a hero yet—in a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.”

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 Batwoman’s co-creator, Greg Rucka, has sounded off in support of Ruby’s casting as Kate Kane/Batwoman:

We have to say AGAIN we are here for this new Batwoman series and cannot wait for this year’s crossover event. Team Arrow, Team Flash, The Legends, Supergirl, and Black Lightning are finally getting some help from at least one of Gotham’s superheroes! What do you guys think of this casting news? Sound off in the comments’ section below!

 

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Healthy Living! Mya (@myaplanet9) Talks on Her New Album, “TKO,” & Vegan Challenge Gone Viral!

Grammy award-winning R&B singer Mya tells all about her new studio album, TKO and her alkaline vegan challenge on an all new episode of Fuse’s Mind Massage. This episode appeared today on fuse.tv as part of Fuse’s Hip Hop at 45 celebration

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Grammy award-winning R&B singer Mya tells all about her new studio album, TKO and her alkaline vegan challenge on an all new episode of Fuse’s Mind Massage. This episode appeared today on fuse.tv as part of Fuse’s Hip Hop at 45 celebration.

Check out the clip below to learn about Mya’s favorite healthy snacks, new music and more!

One thing for sure is that Mya looks AMAZING. This healthy eating and vegan lifestyle has to play some part in that. Her album, TKO, is amazing as well. This album is definitely a love letter from the singer to her fans. Our favorite single from it has to be Ready For Whatever; the maturity of it just shows Mya is confident, powerful, and courageous.

Be sure you join Mya’s vegan challenge and download TKO on all streaming platforms!

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Yikes! Whoopi Goldberg & Jeanine Pirro Get Into It Backstage at “The View!”

It looks like arguments do not stay at the table when it comes to ABC’s The View. On Thursday, panelists, Whoopi Goldberg and Jeanine Pirro got into a heated interview. Now we learn that the real drama went on behind the scenes with Whoopi and Jeanine getting into a shouting match backstage!

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It looks like arguments do not stay at the table when it comes to ABC’s The View. On Thursday, panelists, Whoopi Goldberg and Jeanine Pirro got into a heated interview. Now we learn that the real drama went on behind the scenes with Whoopi and Jeanine getting into a shouting match backstage!

via Page Six

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The confrontation ended with liberal Goldberg allegedly shouting, “F–k you, get the f–k out!” at President Trump supporter and Fox News host Pirro.

During the screaming match, Pirro told Goldberg, “I’ve done more for abused women than you will ever do,” we hear.

The trouble, sources told us, started before Pirro even went on-air to promote her new book, “Liars, Leakers, and Liberals: The Case Against the Anti-Trump Conspiracy” — when Pirro arrived at “The View” to learn that anti-Trump CNN contributor Ana Navarro was filling in for Joy Behar.

“When Jeanine arrived on set she was looking for a fight and refusing to be on with Ana, demanding [Ana] not be in the segment,” an insider said. “[Pirro] was yelling at [‘The View’] executive producer and her staff like, ‘You need to handle this.’”

Another source told us that Pirro “was upset that Ana was there because she wasn’t told until the last minute. Ana is 24-7 anti-Trump. Jeanine wasn’t yelling, but you could tell they felt like the segment was being hijacked by shoving in an anti-Fox, anti-Trump person.”

Navaro did appear in Pirro’s segments, and things came to a head on the ABC show when the “Justice with Judge Jeanine” host accused left-wing Goldberg of having “Trump Derangement Syndrome.”

Goldberg responded of Trump, “I have never seen anybody whip up such hate.”

It really sucks that Donald Trump can cause such chaos on a well-respected show. We are sure both ladies held their own, but this only serves as a sign of the times as politics have become more and more volatile.

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