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Petty and power are going hand in hand as the controversy on television is only about to heat up. Then when you add the current racial climate of the country you just know things are about to blow up! As you may recall, the creators of HBO’s Game Of Thrones announced they were creating a new series after their current hit show ends known as Confederate. The new series is set in an alternate universe where the Confederate States of America (The South) successfully seceded from The Union (The North) and slavery still exists. It answer a “What If” question that Black America is not happy with! Thousands of people took to Twitter to voice their outrage with HBO for even thinking of creating such a controversial series, but all this buzz may fall on mute ears. Those mute ears will not be director, Will Packer’s, or Boondocks creator, Aaron McGruder!

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Will Packer

The pair are creating  their own alternate universe series of the United States where African-Americans received reparations after the Civil War called Black America! The series has been in the works for over a year and  is set to be on Amazon Drama and already it too is causing controversy.

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Aaron McGruder

We have to admit, both “alternate universe” stories are interesting. If for no other reason they might shed some light on just how different this country could have been with one historical outcome or decision. However, we are not with anything that honors the evils of The Confederacy and slavery! You all lost the war–GET OVER IT! As for Packer’s new series, we definitely want to see what the hype is about and hope it will not be any “shucking, jiving, or coonery.” There’s enough of that with Black people on regular television nowadays.

What do you guys think? Confederate and Black America, will you be watching? Sound off in the comments section below!

Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning

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YESSS! Netflix’s Chewing Gum Gets A Third Season!

Just when we thought we were saying farewell to Netflix’s hit series, Chewing Gum, writer and star, Michaela Coel informs us that the series is NOT cancelled and will return for a third season!

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Just when we thought we were saying farewell to Netflix’s hit series, Chewing Gum, writer and star, Michaela Coel informs us that the series is NOT cancelled and will return for a third season!

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Earlier this year Michaela stated the series was ending, citing the show had reached its creative peek. However, just today she revealed the good news about Chewing Gum via Twitter.

She went on to say she never talked to any publication or journalist about the future of the series.

Honestly, we really do not care who said what! We are just glad one of our favorite series is coming back for a third season. The world would be a much less funny place without Tracey Gordon and the rest of her motley crew! There is no word on a premiere date for the new season, but we will keep you posted!

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[VIDEO] #Mayhem! We TV’s (@WEtv) New Reality Series, “The Black Book” Cast Fight!

WE TV is definitely home to some of television’s most popular reality series. Braxton Family Values, Mary Mary, Cutting It In The ATL, and Marriage Boot Camp are just a few of them.

However, we happened to be on set of the pilot of WE TV’s latest reality series, The Black Book, and we have to say it was lit!

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WE TV is definitely home to some of television’s most popular reality seriesBraxton Family Values, Mary Mary, Cutting It In The ATL, and Marriage Boot Camp are just a few of them.

However, we happened to be on set of the pilot of WE TV’s latest reality series, The Black Book, and we have to say it was lit!

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The Black Book is based on a group of Atlanta authors either making moves in the book industry or beginning to make their mark. The cast consists of virtually unknown authors, but each of them have work and credentials behind their names. Last night, the pilot of the series was filmed in East Atlanta at an event, celebrating the book debut of one the cast members known as Shan. The event started off very peaceful, with most of the guests taking pictures with Shan, networking, and enjoying hors d’oeuvres.

In “real” reality show fashion things quickly became volatile. Apparently a group of women led by another cast member showed up at Shan’s event and quickly became loud and disrespectful. Despite others’ attempts to quell the nonsense mayhem quickly ensued and spilled over into the streets! The police became involved, but we managed to grab this quick video from the fight. Check it out below!

Crazy right? Well we can assure you no one was arrested, but we were there for PR work when all of this broke out. We hope the show will be balanced in its portrayal of the authors, especially with them being Black authors (and our very own Mikey knowing two of them personally off camera). We have enough ratchet reality shows free flowing throughout the Metro Atlanta area. What do you guys think? Will you be tuning in to The Black Book? Just think, this is the pilot episode!

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New Marvel Shows Leave Netflix (@netflix) for New Disney (@Disney) Streaming Service!

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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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!

via JoBlo.com

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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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Moon Knight

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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