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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!

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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.

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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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Slay Queen! Queen Latifah (@IAMQUEENLATIFAH) Steals The Show as “Ursula” in Disney’s “The Little Mermaid LIVE!”

Disney’s The Little Mermaid is hands down one of the beloved in animated movies in history, thus it is no surprise it has been adapted into a live musical for television audiences. All of our favorite singles from the movie were there including “Part Of Your World,” “Under The Sea,” and “Kiss The Girl,” but it was Queen Latifah as Ursula giving life to her signature song, “Poor, Unfortunate Souls” that took–and saved–the show!

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Disney’s The Little Mermaid is hands down one of the beloved in animated movies in history, thus it is no surprise it has been adapted into a live musical for television audiences. All of our favorite singles from the movie were there including “Part Of Your World,” “Under The Sea,” and “Kiss The Girl,” but it was Queen Latifah as Ursula giving life to her signature song, “Poor, Unfortunate Souls” that took–and saved–the show!

Queen Latifah really brought it with this role. We actually would prefer to see her reprise this role in the live action adaptation set for 2021 alongside Halle Bailey. All too often we forget that not only is the Queen an amazing actress, but a songstress as well. As you recall she was amazing in Chicago (2002) as “Mama Morton,” and she shows her range in a previous album, Dana Owens (2004). Without her performance in the show it would have been otherwise drab and disappointing. Every move, sashay, and evil laugh screamed diva/sea witch in control!

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The other actors gave it their best shot, but truthfully we were disappointed with Shaggy and Auliʻi Cravalho’s (Sebastian and Ariel, respectively). Both were lackluster and bland. Auli’i’s voice lacked the warmth and strength we love from Ariel of a curious [mer]girl determined to be her true self, and Shaggy—well–he clearly missed some rehearsals. His timing was off and his costume was terrible. The only thing he and Sebastian had in common were the color he was wearing and a Jamaican accent. To put it plainly, thank God for Queen Latifah!

You can catch encore presentations of Disney’s The Little Mermaid LIVE by checking your local listings and showtimes. Happy viewing!

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Yikes! BET Cancels Tyler Perry’s “The Oval” After Its First Season!

The verdict is in and Tyler Perry’s “The Oval” is a “no go” with viewers! In fact, BET has opted no to renew the series after its first season due to complaints about the series including its acting, scenes of domestic violence, and alleged poor lighting. As you may already know, the series premiered last week to amazing ratings, and was paired with another series Tyler Perry series, “Sista.” “The Oval” is expected to be replaced by “Bruh,” a series that is apparently already in the works.

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The verdict is in and Tyler Perry’s “The Oval” is a “no go” with viewers! In fact, BET has opted no to renew the series after its first season due to complaints about the series including its acting, scenes of domestic violence, and alleged poor lighting. As you may already know, the series premiered last week to amazing ratings, and was paired with another series Tyler Perry series, “Sista.” “The Oval” is expected to be replaced by “Bruh,” a series that is apparently already in the works.

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The Cast of “The Oval”

The Oval opened with Hunter Franklin (Ed Quinn), the newly elected president of the United States, and his handsome wife Victoria (Kron Moore) fighting like cats and dogs in the private residence of the White House. The scene was a literal slap in the face to Black women who tuned in to see a regal Black First Lady represented in Tyler’s White House drama.

The Oval premiered with strong ratings. But the viewer complaints were plentiful. Many complained about the acting, the domestic violence scenes, the sparsely decorated sets, and the poor lighting.

The latter is probably due to Tyler’s ongoing disagreements with local motion picture and TV electrical lighting unions.

Tyler reportedly won’t employ union workers on his sets because they demand too much money. So he makes do without paying high union dues. The result are shadowy sets that look like they were illuminated with flashlights and an open refrigerator door.

People in the know say Tyler shelled out millions for his star-studded studio opening extravaganza earlier this month – which left little money in the budget for his shows.

Tyler probably isn’t worried about this current failure. He knows he has enough faithful fans to keep the lights on – even if he doesn’t have enough technicians to work those lights.

Yikes! We really hope Tyler’s future shows fare better. “Sistas,” however does deserve a chance. It very well could be “Girlfriends” (2000) for millenials. We wish the cast and crew the best of luck on future endeavors. What do you all think of the cancellation of “The Oval?” Sound off in the comments section below!

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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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