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(l-r) Malcolm, April, Raquel, Keisha, and Omar

(l-r) Malcolm, April, Raquel, Keisha, and Omar

VH-1’s “Single Ladies” is back for a third season after over a year of hiatus. Everyone’s favorite Atlanta girls, Keisha, Raquel, and April are back with a new season of love, sex, and drama. Season 2 left us on cliffhangers with all the major characters. Malcolm and Kesha reunited, Raque chased down Charles to tell him she loved him, and April was left speechless when Shawn’s family confronted him about being gay, and Omar was caught in a love triangle when he unwittingly fell for two friends.

Fast forward three months (in “Single Ladies” world) and are characters are reunited at Morgan’s decadent wedding to her Arabian Prince. There, we immediately notice Keisha seems to be out of the loop on what’s been going on with her friends. It’s revealed she and Malcolm have been traveling all over the world, and she’s been communicating very little if all with her friends. Even more noticebale is the mounting tension between Kesiha and Raquel. In her absence, Raquel has made some noticebale changes to their apartment and Indulgence. Meanwhile, Raquel’s love life has hit an all time low, not only was she rejected by Charles, but her relationship with Antonio also soured and failed. April discovers Shawn’s family was lying about his sexuality just to break them apart, but opts to dissolve their relationship realizing deep down he wasn’t “The One.” With all the girls caught up in their drama and at a distance, Raquel works through her issues alone.

Meanwhile Malcolm’s family drama takes a tragic turn as his father suffers a heart attack passes away. Despite his brother (Terence) urgently trying to reach him, the news came too late as Malcom had ignored his phone calls. Keisha and the rest of the gang try to comfort the brothers, only to watch them tear each other down in a shouting match at the funeral. Raquel tries to comfort Terence to no avail.

Letoya Luckett made her debut as the series’ latest villainess, “Felicia Price.” Felicia is music’s answer to fashion’s Miranda Priestly. She’s beautiful, powerful, intimidating, and described by Omar as “evil personified.” Well evil has its sights on April and offers her a position on her label if she can steal a new hot rapper that has piqued her interest. April reluctantly pursues the deal, but cowers when she realizes she’ll have to resort to being underhanded to attain her quarry. She opts to return to Felicia empty handed with a soapbox speech of how she refuses to compromise her integrity until she overhears the latter on the phone already underestimating her abilities. Angry, she secures a deal with the rapper’s manager under the table. This pleases Felicia so much that she offers April a position immediately.

Raquel’s life hits a new low when Eve cancels her investment in Indulgence, leaving Raquel frantic and clueless as to how she will save her business and herself from financial ruin. Keisha, surprisingly, finally admits she hasn’t been the best friend she could be lately and confides in Raquel that she is ready to settle down–although she is not sure Malcolm is, or wants to in Atlanta. After stressfully planning his father’s funeral and multiple run-ins with his brother Malcolm finds himself in sync with Keisha, weary of traveling and ready to settle down as well. Unfortunately he won’t be doing any “settling” anytime soon. His father’s will places Terance as an equal partner in the family business and an unknown woman, claiming to be his father’s wife surfaces challenging his will–with Sean (Keisha’s ex) as her lawyer!

Highlights:
-Raquel checking Keisha about carelessness and neglecting their friendship
-Morgan got married!
-Terence snapping on Raquel and Keisha
-April knocking Felicia on her ass
-The revelation of Malcolm’s stepmother
-Eve pulls her investment from Indulgence

Disappointments:
-Nothing from season 2 ran into this season. April, Omar, and Raquel’s love interests were all written off.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LWRw-O5Zfws

A storm really is coming to Atlanta via our “Single Ladies,”–a storm of drama! Catch “Single Ladies” on VH-1, Mondays @ 9:00 PM EST.

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TI (@Tip) Stars In & Searches for the Next Rap Star in Netflix’s “Rhythm + Flow!”

 Netflix continues to push the envelope with a riveting, innovative, and above all else authentic music competition series, Rhythm + Flow. The series has set its sights on the rap world, searching music hubs like Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City, for the next big rap star.  Veteran rapper, Clifford “TI” Harris, alongside Chance The Rapper and Cardi B serve as judges and executive producers of this new series set to the take the world by storm. “I signed onto this because I believe in it, but I was only going to do it if it was authentic…this show gets real, especially when you see people putting it all out there trying to be the next big rap star…”

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 Netflix continues to push the envelope with a riveting, innovative, and above all else authentic music competition series, Rhythm + Flow. The series has set its sights on the rap world, searching music hubs like Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City, for the next big rap star.  Veteran rapper, Clifford “TI” Harris, alongside Chance The Rapper and Cardi B serve as judges and executive producers of this new series set to the take the world by storm. “I signed onto this because I believe in it, but I was only going to do it if it was authentic…this show gets real, especially when you see people putting it all out there trying to be the next big rap star…”

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TI and our owner, Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning

Rhythm + Flow stands out from other music competition series like American Idol and The Voice in its subject matter and rap/hip-hop roots, and with how it is being released via Netflix. Usually, Netflix releases all the episodes of it series at once allowing viewers to binge watch, however, Rhythm + Flow consists of nine episodes with three episodes being released each week until the finale. This is actually an idea TI suggested. “I didn’t want people just being able to go to the last episode, missing the journey, and spoiling it for everyone…I was like something like this has to be approached differently. ” TI’s input and wisdom are definitely an asset on the show, offering pertinent advice to competitors contrasting Chance’s straightforward approach and Cardi’s hilarious quips. “I bring longevity to the mix, because in this rap game you’ve got to have that to make your mark. Re-branding, evolving, and knowing how to hustle is what I’m teaching.”

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The show eliminates contestants through cyphers, rap battles, live performances, and music videos that allow them to tell their backstories. TI admits the hardest part of being a judge is watching someone be eliminated that he feels would have won if they would have made it further in the competition. When asked if he is signing anyone that was eliminated he replies: “No comment.”

We cannot wait for you all to see Rhythm + Flow! Catch it on Netflix today!

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Netflix (@netflix) Releases Trailer for Season 4 of “She-Ra & The Princesses of Power!” (@DreamWorksSheRa)

Netflix and Dream Works have a true hit with their collaboration of the reboot of the eighties’ series, She-Ra & The Princesses of Power! The series returns on November 5th with its fourth season and a new trailer debuted at New York Comic Con! As you may recall the season ended with the seeming death of one of the series’ main characters, Queen Angella, and the debut of Hordak Prime, an intergalactic conqueror poised to destroy Etherea, home to She-Ra and The Princesses of Power.

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Netflix and Dream Works have a true hit with their collaboration of the reboot of the eighties’ series, She-Ra & The Princesses of Power! The series returns on November 5th with its fourth season and a new trailer debuted at New York Comic Con! As you may recall the season ended with the seeming death of one of the series’ main characters, Queen Angella, and the debut of Hordak Prime, an intergalactic conqueror poised to destroy Etherea, home to She-Ra and The Princesses of Power.

 she-ra and the princesses of power season 4 poster fright zone

There seems to be a time lapse in between Seasons 3 and 4 as Glimmer, Queen Angella’s daughter has become Queen of Bright Moon, and has a new more mature look. Meanwhile, Catra becomes the leader of The Horde, unaware Hordak Prime is prepared to raze Etherea. Adora, however, explores her connection even more so to She-Ra, learning she is far more than just a sword toting warrior princess. She is instead, a protector with a greater destiny than she, her friends, allies, or enemies know.

This LGBT friendly series continues to up the ante while paying homage to the original series. The depth, the design, and the storytelling is profound and complex. We cannot wait for the new season! What do you think of the new trailer for She-Ra & The Princesses of Power? Sound off in the comments’ section below!

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A “hit-ish!” ABC’s “mixed-ish” (@mixedishabc) is EVERYTHING!

Dear ABC we love you! This network continues to delivery on diversity and hits with its milestone television series that tell the most amazing stories.  The latest of these hits is none other than black-ish’s latest spinoff, mixed-ish! 

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Dear ABC we love you! This network continues to delivery on diversity and hits with its milestone television series that tell the most amazing stories.  The latest of these hits is none other than black-ish’s latest spinoff, mixed-ish! 

mixed-ish cast

The series is a prequel to black-ish,  and based on Rainbow “Bow” Johnson’s (Tracee Ellis Ross) childhood as she transitioned from living on a commune to the real world. An additional kick arises as she and her siblings must learn to navigate the world as biracial children during a time when being “mixed” was still taboo.

This a series you can’t help but love as it tackles issues of conformity, being a Black woman in America, and how so many biracial children fill forced to pick a side when it comes to their ethnicity. It is wonderfully written and the cast is all-star with the likes of Mark Paul Gosselaar, Tika Sumpter, and more. We recently attended a screening for the first episode at Regal Hollywood 24 in Chamblee, GA. There, guests were able to take photos with a mixed-ish  background at the photo booth and were treated to beverages and snacks.

The series premiere of mixed-ish Tuesday,  September 24 at 9 PM EST! Check out the theme song of the series performed by Mariah Carey, In The Mix, below!

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