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This has been one busy week for Disney!

The beloved company that serves as the home of iconic characters like Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck has been making power plays by attempting to add 21st Century Fox shows and movies to its roster, and is now announcing ALL future Marvel shows will air exclusively on a new Disney streaming service!

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Several months ago, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that the company would be launching its very own streaming service which is expected to launch in 2019. Disney also revealed their intention to produce their own original content for the service, including films and TV series, which leaves Netflix’s Disney produced Marvel shows in an awkward position.

According to a report by the Wall Street Journal (via /Film), any future Marvel shows will play exclusively on Disney’s streaming service, and although there’s no word on whether Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Defenders, and The Punisher will be following them, it’s probably a good bet that they will at some point. The WSJ also confirms that Disney’s attempt to purchase much of Twentieth Century Fox was part of their plan to compete with Netflix. “[W]e’ve turned our attention to the one platform seeing growth challenges,” Disney Chief Strategy Officer Kevin Mayer said in the WSJ article. “That’s the television platform.” Had the Fox deal gone ahead, it would have given Disney control of much of Fox’s TV shows, which they likely would have then moved over to their streaming service. Mayer added that he doesn’t think of Disney’s new service as “an anti-Netflix move,” but rather as a “pro-Disney move.” Bringing all of Disney’s movies and TV shows under one roof won’t be cheap, as the WSJ claims that it will end up costing Disney more then $300 million a year.

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Honestly we do not care where the new Marvel shows air as long as Disney keeps making them! It is rumored that new superheroes getting their own shows on Disney’s streaming service will include Moon Knight, Ghost Rider, and Ms. Marvel. We will keep you posted!

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Currently Mikey w/ Rocc- The Trifecta of Tripp Ali, Savion Garcon, & Caleb Anthony!

“It’s been a long time we shudna left you…” Well it’s only been a month! Your favorite Radio Boys, Mikey & Rocc are back with a vengeance and the trifecta of Web Star, Tripp Ali, Love, Sex, & Marriage star, Savion Garcon, and one half of the gay power couple that went viral, Caleb Anthony!

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“It’s been a long time we shudna left you…” Well it’s only been a month! Your favorite Radio Boys, Mikey & Rocc are back with a vengeance and the trifecta of Web Star, Tripp Ali, Love, Sex, & Marriage star, Savion Garcon, and one half of the gay power couple that went viral, Caleb Anthony!

The show began with our usual salutations–we love to “catch up”–and this time Tripp was there with us to co-host. Tripp began the show telling us a little bit about what he has been up to; namely with his latest web series, Honest Men. The web series explores sexuality while discussing the complexities of father-son relationships. (See what he had to say below).

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Justice Like Lightning! The CW’s “Black Lightning” (@blacklightning) Keeps It 100!

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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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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[EVENT RECAP/PHOTOS] Growing Up Hip-Hop Atlanta (@GUHH_WEtv) Screening!

We were in the building for the screening of the new season premiere of We TV’s Growing Up Hip-Hop Atlanta (GUHHATL)!
The night kicked off with a very cute and classy concessions stand filled with the perfect snacks for a movie night. Movie theater styled complementary boxed candy favorites like Milk Duds, M & M’s and even Swedish Fish. The smell of fresh popcorn filled Midtown’s Woodruff Arts Center and the weather couldn’t have been better for celebrities and exclusively invited guests to get appropriately slayed for the occasion.

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We were in the building for the screening of the new season premiere of We TV’s Growing Up Hip-Hop Atlanta (GUHHATL)!

The night kicked off with a very cute and classy concessions stand filled with the perfect snacks for a movie night. Movie theater styled complementary boxed candy favorites like Milk Duds, M & M’s and even Swedish Fish. The smell of fresh popcorn filled Midtown’s Woodruff Arts Center and the weather couldn’t have been better for celebrities and exclusively invited guests to get appropriately slayed for the occasion.

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Celebrities, reality stars, rising stars and Web Stars in attendance included the cast in attendance alongside their famous parents Jermaine Dupri, Debra Antney and DJ Hurricane. Additional VIPs included Da BratDatari Turner (producer, “GrowingUp Hip Hop Atlanta”); “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” stars Estelita Quintero, Karlie Redd and Melissa ScottKenya Moore and Cynthia Bailey (“Real Housewives of Atlanta”); Mama June and daughter Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson (“From Not to Hot”); Trina and Towanda Braxton (“Braxton Family Values”); Gocha Hawkins (“LA Hair”); Quad Webb-Lunceford (“Married to Medicine”); Demetria McKinney (eOne Recording Artist), Gary Hayes (“Dish Nation”), Juicy (“Rickey Smiley Morning Show”), Syleena Johnson (“Sister Circle”), Dawn Halfkenny (“Saints & Sinners”), Bangladesh (music producer); as well as Web Stars Rahim Brazil, Rocc and November. As the seats filled quickly it seems Atlanta was ready for cast members Bow Wow, Zonnique Pullins, Reginae Carter, Shaniah Mauldin, Brandon Barnes and Ayana Fite to return and the cast ready to show us their growth.

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Web Star and Co-Host of WTTRadio’s “Currently Mikey w/ Rocc,” Rocc Sherrill, and Demetria McKinney

WETv introduced the event as well as gave us a sneak peek into the return of Bridezilla! Without giving away too much just stay tuned for a hilarious season!!!

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As we all know in Season 1 Bow Wow returns to Atlanta to record his final studio album but runs into trouble at the studio. Since last season Bow Wow has grown although we have to wait and see what drama unfolds with Jermaine Dupree and DaBrat due to Bow wanting to make Executive decisions. Zonnique continues to step up to take control over her music career. and is very focused on creating her identity in this season. Reginae, 19 now and in college, last year the conflict with castmate Brandon Barnes got out of control!!! We, literally have watched this young girl grow into a beautiful young woman who genuinely reminded us in the audience that “she is young and makes mistakes” this left us all wondering what’s going to happen next with Reginae and Brandon as we hope they sort out their differences.

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Shaniah, Jermaine Dupri’s daughter returns, but with a secret boyfriend???!!! Let’s see how this unfolds this season. Brandon is back and with no patience for anyone or anything but focused on Artist Development. We had the pleasure of being introduced to, Promise, his managed group. They were so good, Reginae got up to give Brandon his props on their work. Ayana is fierce hunnayyy!! This season the young Mogul and entrepreneur is focused on growing and managing her clothing line Cozy Closet, where sexy meets comfort. Overall, this season is starting to look very interesting as we see the young Hip Hop moguls create their own lanes in the Hip Hop history like their parents.

Make sure you catch Season 2 Episode 1 of Growing Up Hip Hop ATL this Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 9:00PM EST!

Written By: Ebony Spratley

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