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Say It Ain’t So! FX’s newest series, Pose, may be in danger of cancellation due to falling ratings. The series premiere begin with 500K viewers and each week it has lost nearly 100K of them per episode. For the first season of a series this is seldom good news.

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Pose, set in the eighties, is based on the life of a group of LGBT men and women as they live and love against the backdrop of The Ballroom Scene, the AIDS epidemic, and the rise of Trump-esque big business. The series stars MJ Rodriguez as “Blanca,” a transwoman who is a gay child of Elektra Abundance (Dominique Jackson), the mother of “The House of Abundance.”

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Dominique Jackson as “Elektra Abundance”

Blanca, tired of being belittled and overlooked by Elektra, soon receives news that alters her life. She decides to take the reigns of her future and form a house of her own, “The House of Evangelista,” a safe haven for LGBT youth who have been discarded by their own families and living on the streets of New York City. There, she is the mother of her makeshift family serving as a provider and mentor to Damon (Ryan Jamaal Swain), an aspiring dancer, Ricky (Dyllon Burnside), a hustler and Damien’s boyfriend, Angel (Indya Moore) a street worker who dreams of love and having a family of her own, and Pito (Sebastian Chacon), a fun loving drug dealer. Together they face it all–abandonment, disappointment, the loss of time and self, love, transphobia, and homophobia–all in a bid to have something in this world and truly make something of themselves.

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Mj Rodriguez as “Blanca”

We have to admit we were late to the party when it comes to Pose, coming in on it during its second episode. However, now we are HOOKED! It is easily one of the best series ever created, well written, amazingly acted, and executed. It boasts the largest transgender cast to date in television history, and reveals the Black LGBT ballroom scene, a subculture that has been unknown to most people for over 35 years.

The series’ fourth episode is set to air tonight and we are hoping that there will be an increase in viewers. LGBT people of color often complain that there are no positive or realistic representations of them on television and Pose may very well be the answer to that. If we can watch The Real Housewives franchise, web series, reality television, and other forms of entertainment that do not really speak to the story of the community then surely we can support this series. We encourage each and every one of you to support Pose, as it would be a true tragedy to find it on the cancellation block! Tune into Pose on FX every Sunday

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  • GZeus

    You can’t be serious. “Easily one of the best series ever created”?! I now can’t ever take anything you say seriously. Don’t get me wrong, I like the show and have been watching since first episode. I’m Team Angel all the way. And I forced my husband to finish watching the first episode when he stopped after the ridiculously absurd opening heist scene. BUT the show is far from good. The acting, especially Elektra, is just awful, unless the director asked her to be a Disney Villain. I’m still watching but won’t be surprised when it is cancelled.

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The Brat Pack are BACK! Nickelodeon Relaunches “Rugrats” w/ New Series & Movie!

We really are living in the age of reboots when it comes to television. Many of our favorite sitcoms from the nineties and early 2000s have been rebooted or revamped. Now, it seems one of the the nineties most beloved animated series, Nickelodeon’s Rugrats, is back on the scene! Tommy, Chuckie, Angelica, Phil, Lil, Suzie, Dil, and Kimi are back with new episodes and a new Paramount movie!

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We really are living in the age of reboots when it comes to television. Many of our favorite sitcoms from the nineties and early 2000s have been rebooted or revamped. Now, it seems one of the the nineties most beloved animated series, Nickelodeon’s Rugrats, is back on the scene! Tommy, Chuckie, Angelica, Phil, Lil, Suzie, Dil, and Kimi are back with new episodes and a new Paramount movie!

The new series and film are currently still in the works, however.

via Variety

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RUGRATS Photo: Nickelodeon ©2015 Viacom, International, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Nickelodeon and Paramount Pictures announced today a relaunch of the kids’ entertainment franchise “Rugrats.” A new animated-series revival featuring the characters from the ’90s cartoon has received with a 26-episode order from Nickelodeon; and Paramount Players, the new film division launched to develop projects based on properties from Viacom cable channels, has given a greenlight to a live-action film featuring CGI characters. Both the TV series and the movie will include new adventures with beloved characters Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, Susie and Angelica, and will also introduce a new world of characters.

The show’s original creators Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó and Paul Germain will return to the TV series as executive producers. Nickelodeon’s “Rugrats” will be produced in Burbank, Calif., with production already underway. Additional news of the TV series, airdate and casting will be announced in the coming months.

We have to tell you that we are HERE  for this Rugrats reboot! This series brings back all types of memories as you recall all of their misadventures and realize just how evil Angelica Pickles really was. Rugrats was one of those iconic NickToons we will never get over. Now if someone can just convince them to add Doug, Ren & Stimpy, Aah! Real Monsters, and of course CatDog, to that roster then we really will be talking!

Good job Nickelodeon we officially feel like kids again!

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[VIDEO] #PRIDE! “Steven Universe” Becomes first Children’s Animated Series to Show Same-Sex Wedding!

Gay “Pride” is not just for the month of June as daily LGBT people continue to make leaps and bounds in the arenas of acceptance, equality, and representation. One series, Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe has always pushed the envelope with its LGBT-friendly characters and content. Just this week, however, the series took things a step further with a wedding–a same-sex one!

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Gay “Pride” is not just for the month of June as daily LGBT people continue to make leaps and bounds in the arenas of acceptance, equality, and representation. One series, Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe has always pushed the envelope with its LGBT-friendly characters and content. Just this week, however, the series took things a step further with a wedding–a same-sex one!

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As you may already know most of the characters in Steven Universe are female aliens known as Gems. Two of these gems, leader of the Crystal Gems, faction of gems, sworn to protect the Earth, Ruby and Sapphire, are in a romantic relationship and are usually fused together to become the heroine, Garnet. Garnet is in many ways not only a physical manifestation of their love, but a symbol of a lesbian relationship. Ruby proposed to Sapphire this week and most of the other characters prepped for the wedding, made amends with one another, and finally teamed up to fight the series‘ antagonists, Blue and Yellow Diamond.

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Ruby proposes to Sapphire

This is not the first time Steven Universe has showcased gay content. Another character Pearl was in love Rose Quartz/Pink Diamond, Steven Universe’s mother, and has even pursued a human woman. Steven himself fuses with his female friend Connie, to become the intersexed fusion, Stevonnie, Rhodonite, another fusion, is the physical representation between two other female gems; and even more interesting is another character is Fluorite, a fusion of several gems in a polyamorous relationship!

You can check out the episode featuring the wedding, Reunited, in the video below. Happy viewing!

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ICYMI! Netflix’s “Luke Cage” (@LukeCage) features Gay Storyline in Season 2!

Netflix/Marvel’s Luke Cage is back an we could not be happier. Everyone’s favorite Harlem hero in a hoodie with bulletproof skin and super strength, is back walking the streets. This time around he’s going to need more than super powers to take down the villains that threaten his home turf. In fact it is the villains showcased in the second season of the series that really add the depth and power to the series. Although most of them are larger than life, two of them, Shades (Theo Rossi) and Comanche (Thomas Q. Jones) have actually been intimate with each other

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Netflix/Marvel’s Luke Cage is back an we could not be happier. Everyone’s favorite Harlem hero in a hoodie with bulletproof skin and super strength, is back walking the streets. This time around he’s going to need more than super powers to take down the villains that threaten his home turf. In fact it is the villains showcased in the second season of the series that really add the depth and power to the series. Although most of them are larger than life, two of them, Shades (Theo Rossi) and Comanche (Thomas Q. Jones) have actually been intimate with each other.

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Shades, as you recall, is a hired gun who worked for Cottonmouth in the first season, but by the season’s end he aligned himself with Black Mariah (Alfre Woodard), becoming her lieutenant and boy toy. In a surprising twist of events in Season 2, Shades brings on his childhood best friend, Comanche, as his right hand man. As their bond is explored we learn not only did they have each other’s backs, but were intimate while in prison.

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Thomas Q. Jones as Comanche

Until episode six, “The Basement,” where it is revealed that they were lovers in prison as well as being childhood friends. While Shades has processed their relationship jail as one of comfort in a dark place, Comanche makes it clear that who was in prison wasn’t a cover it’s who he is.

Comanche: We are more than that. Or did you forget that shit, too?

Shades: Inside was inside. Lack of human interaction. Lack of trust. We did what we had to do to keep from going crazy.

Comanche: We didn’t have to do shit. I wanted to. You did, too.

Shades: Life inside is inside. Prison has its own set of rules that no one in the outside world would ever understand. We’re out now. It’s different. I’m different, we’re different.

Comanche: I ain’t different. Inside, outside; I am who I am, B.

Shades: What do you want me to say?

Comanche: Come on, man. Cat’s out here getting their heads cut off. Maybe we survive, maybe we don’t. I’m just saying how I feel.

Shades: I would die for you, Che. That’ll never change. But it is what it is.

For Shades it seems his gay tryst with Comanche was situational for their time in prison. It is not the first time we have heard of guys beign “prison gay.” Theo Rossi has come forward to state that Comanche is in fact the true love of Shades’ life in an interview with SyFy.com:

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Theo Rossi and Thomas Q. Jones

Caught in the middle of the action is Shades’ long-time friend, partner, and “the love of his life,” Darius “Comanche” Jones (Thomas Q. Jones). Rossi says Comanche was Shades’ heart, his true soulmate, so when Shades finds it necessary to kill Comanche to protect Mariah’s (and his own) interests in Episode 7, “On and On,” he ends up inflicting permanent damage to himself.

Either way this is very progressive. Marvel continues to push the envelope with its characters and Luke Cage. What do you guys think of Shades and Comanche’s relationship? Sound off in the comments’ section below!

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