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Netflix definitely realizes it has a surprise hit on its hands with Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It! As you recall, the director adapted his hit movie from the eighties of the same name to a series that has become the talk of the town thanks to its stellar cast, story line, themes of sexuality, feminism, freedom, history, and gentrification.

We are happy to announce that Netflix has opted to renew She’s Gotta Have It for a second season!

via Deadline

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DeWanda Wise and Cleo Anthony as “Nola Darling” and “Greer”

She’s Gotta Have It is about to get some more. The show’s creator Spike Lee and star DeWanda Wise, who plays Nola Darling in the TV adaptation of Lee’s 1986 indie film, made the announcement that the series has been renewed for a second season.

Lee rang in the new year by making the announcement via an Instagram video while Wise also took to the social media platform to celebrate the news with a picture of herself from season one and the caption, “Back ta werq! Season [2] is OFFICIAL!!! Can’t wait to return to BK. Congrats to [all of us].”

The updated TV version of Lee’s groundbreaking film keeps with the spirit of the source material, giving a provocative mix of drama and comedy. The series, which garnered positive reviews, marks Lee’s first foray into series television.

Happy New Year. Happy Year. Great News For 2018.

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Wise’s Nola Darling is an uncompromising woman in her late twenties living in Brooklyn, struggling to define herself and divide her time among her friends, her job, and her lovers. Lee created and produced the show and directed all 10 episodes of the first season which was released last year on Thanksgiving weekend. Tonya Lewis Lee is executive producer. Barry Michael Cooper and Lynn Nottage are also producers.

The series also stars Cleo Anthony, Lyriq Bent, Anthony Ramos, Heather Headley, Margot Bingham, Chyna Layne, and Elise Hudson.

We are more than ready for a second season of She’s Gotta Have It! We interviewed DeWanda Wise last year before the series debuted and she is one of the sweetest, coolest, down to earth people you will ever meet. Congratulations to her and the entire cast!

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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!

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[VIDEO] Sh**t Just Got Real! Come Out w/ The Come Up ATL!

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When reality television gets the web series flare you just know there is going to be a LIT show! That is exactly what we were expecting–and are seeing–in Karon’s latest venture into web reality, The Come Up ATL!

We are very familiar with the original Come Up based in New York City, but now it seems the success, love, drama, and mayhem have trickled down South to The A! We recently came across the supertrailer to the series, set to debut in February and we have to say we LOVE every minute of it!

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Rocc

In the words of Atlanta “kidz” everywhere, “YESSS!” Mona Scott Young eat your heart out! Now, we definitely do not know most of the cast, but are very familiar with Rocc Sherrill, a popular web star and rising actor who recently made Atlanta his home late last year.  We are even more happy to see our very own Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning making a cameo appearance!

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Karon, director and creator of “The Come Up ATL”

The Come Up ATL already seems to have the perfect ingredients for a hit reality show–triumph, drama, a good ‘hood fight, infidelity, oh and let’s not forget laughs! We will be tuning in February to catch all this tea–we mean all these episodes! Happy viewing!

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“Him Or Her!” Issa Rae (@IssaRae) Developing A Dating Show About Bisexual Man for HBO (@HBO)!

Issa Rae is #WINNING! Not only does she have Insecure on HBO, but she has landed two new shows on the network!

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Issa Rae is #WINNING! Not only does she have Insecure on HBO, but she has landed two new shows on the network!

via Love B. Scott

The first, called ‘Him Or Her,’ “chronicles the dating life of a bisexual black man and the distinctly different worlds and relationships he finds himself in.”

The second, ‘Sweet Life,’ “is a coming of age tale of well-heeled teens growing up” in the Black Beverly Hills — aka Windsor Hills — in Los Angeles.

via Deadline:

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Along with ex-Daily Show writer and Emmy-winner Travon Free, Rae will executive produce Him or Her. The single camera half-hour chronicles the dating life of a bisexual black man and the distinctly different worlds and relationships he finds himself in. Rae’s ColorCreative.TV partner Deniese Davis will also EP the comedy along with 3 Arts with Full Frontal writer Free penning the series.

Set in the Black Beverly Hills of Windsor Hills, Sweet Life is a coming of age tale of the well-heeled teens growing up in the LA neighborhood. Co-created by Rae and Scandal producer Raamla Mohamed, the duo will pen the one-hour drama. Both Mohamed and Rae are EPs on Sweet Life, along with 3 Arts.

This is HUGE! We have not seen a Black Female screenwriter make moves this big since Shonda Rhimes’ TGIT with Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How To Get Away With Murder. Both of Issa’s shows sound amazing. Him or Her is specifically interesting to us, especially since the main character is African-American. Her second show reminds us of the now defunct reality series Baldwin Hills which aired on BET in the early 2000s.

What do you guys think of Issa’s new series are you here for them or feeling a little “Insecure”–pun intended. We will keep you posted as more news becomes available! Congrats again Issa!

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