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"Scandal?" Shonda Rhimes (@shondarhimes) Leaves ABC (@abc) for Netflix (@netflix)!

“ABC its not us, it’s you.” That’s probably what showrunner Shonda Rhimes probably said when she announced she was taking Shondaland to Netflix to create more original content for the streaming network!

Yep, you read right ABC and Shonda Rhimes have parted ways! This definitely comes as a shock, especially since Grey’s Anatomy is still the highest-rated show on the network.

via THR:

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Under the multiple-year deal, Rhimes and her Shondaland banner will create and produce new projects for the streaming giant. Rhimes’ longtime producing partner Betsy Beers will continue to head Shondaland in the move to Netflix. Under what is said to be a rich four-year pact, Rhimes is expected to score a percentage of the back-end on programming she creates for Netflix. 

“Shonda Rhimes is one of the greatest storytellers in the history of television,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said. “Her work is gripping, inventive, pulse-pounding, heart-stopping, taboo-breaking television at its best. I’ve gotten the chance to know Shonda and she’s a true Netflixer at heart — she loves TV and films, she cares passionately about her work, and she delivers for her audience. We’re so excited to welcome her to Netflix.”

The move further aligns Rhimes with Netflix, which has featured the Grey’s Anatomy library that has helped elevate the veteran ABC medical soap to become the network’s most-watched drama — a rare feat for a show in its 13th season. The series heads into season 14 in the fall as it sets its sights on being the longest-running medical drama on television alongside ER. 

“Shondaland’s move to Netflix is the result of a shared plan Ted Sarandos and I built based on my vision for myself as a storyteller and for the evolution of my company,” Rhimes said. “Ted provides a clear, fearless space for creators at Netflix. He understood what I was looking for — the opportunity to build a vibrant new storytelling home for writers with the unique creative freedom and instantaneous global reach provided by Netflix’s singular sense of innovation. The future of Shondaland at Netflix has limitless possibilities.”

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ABC will continue to remain home to Grey’s Anatomy and its upcoming spinoff as well as Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder as well as the forthcoming drama For the People. Rhimes had been with ABC Studios for 15 years.

“Our current shows will continue to thrive on ABC and Shondaland will be there every step of the way,” Rhimes said. “I could not have asked for a better home to begin my career. I continue to be grateful to work with so many talented people — especially our studio gladiator Patrick Moran and our most powerful and brilliant champion Channing Dungey. Starting today, we are thrilled to begin creating new Shondaland stories with Netflix. Everyone at Shondaland is honored to expand both our audience and our creative identity with Ted and the entire team at Netflix.”

ABC Studios will remain the home to Shondaland disciples Pete Nowalk (How to Get Away With Murder), Krista Vernoff (Grey’s Anatomy), Stacy McKee (the Grey’s spinoff), Don Todd and Paul William Davies (For the People), Mark Fish (Scandal), Mark Wilding (Grey’s spinoff), Bill Harper (Grey’s Anatomy) and Allan Heinberg.

“We’re so proud of the work we’ve done with Shonda and Betsy throughout our long and productive relationship. From the worldwide success of Grey’s Anatomy to today, with five series, a pilot from Allan Heinberg and a number of projects in development, we will continue to shepherd that success together,” ABC Studios president Moran said. “The Shondaland imprint will always be an important part of ABC Studios and we wish them all the best in this new endeavor.”

Added ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey, who previously headed drama at the network: “Shonda, Betsy and I started working together with the first episode of Grey’s Anatomy and those early days will forever remain one of the highlights of my professional life. We are happy to continue working with Shonda and her team at Shondaland on Grey’s, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder and the upcoming For the People and Grey’s spinoff. I’m proud to have given a home to what have become some of the most celebrated and talked about shows on television. With the launch of a new season upon us, fans can rest assured that TGIT remains intact and will be as buzzed about as ever.”

Sources say Rhimes had been renegotiating her overall deal with ABC Studios for the past few months. That the prolific producer would exit the network’s studio sibling comes as a blow for broadcast and a hint of things to come in the arms race for talent. With more than 455 scripted originals, broadcast, cable and streaming platforms are turning to proven hit-makers like Rhimes for new material. Rhimes is the first African-American woman to notch the rare 100-episode milestone three times in her career (for Grey’s, Private Practice and Scandal). 

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For Rhimes, it gives the star showrunner a new forum to tell richer stories that push the envelope as she has yet to explore the cable or streaming world. Scandal further solidified Rhimes as one of TV’s most powerful showrunners and helped ABC bolster its Thursday lineup. With the strength of Scandal and emergence of How to Get Away With Murder, the network moved Grey’s Anatomy to its formerly troubled 8 p.m. hour as it created a “TGIT”-branded night consisting of three Rhimes-produced dramas. Creatively, Scandal helped usher in a new era of diversity on the small screen when Rhimes cast Kerry Washington as fixer Olivia Pope. Washington picked up her first Emmy nomination in 2013 and became the first African American to be nominated for best drama actress in the past 18 years and fifth overal

The Rhimes deal — the streamer’s first overall — comes as free-spending Netflix has been aggressive when it comes to luring top talent. Last week, the streamer picked up a talk show hosted by David Letterman and acquired comic book publisher Millarworld as it pushes to own more of its content. (Last week, The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman moved from his home at AMC to Amazon under a rich overall deal as the streamer retail giant begins to do the same.)

I think I’ll be keeping my Netflix subscription now!

Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning

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“ABC its not us, it’s you.” That’s probably what showrunner Shonda Rhimes probably said when she announced she was taking Shondaland to Netflix to create more original content for the streaming network!

Yep, you read right ABC and Shonda Rhimes have parted ways! This definitely comes as a shock, especially since Grey’s Anatomy is still the highest-rated show on the network.

via THR:

shondaland logo

Under the multiple-year deal, Rhimes and her Shondaland banner will create and produce new projects for the streaming giant. Rhimes’ longtime producing partner Betsy Beers will continue to head Shondaland in the move to Netflix. Under what is said to be a rich four-year pact, Rhimes is expected to score a percentage of the back-end on programming she creates for Netflix. 

“Shonda Rhimes is one of the greatest storytellers in the history of television,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said. “Her work is gripping, inventive, pulse-pounding, heart-stopping, taboo-breaking television at its best. I’ve gotten the chance to know Shonda and she’s a true Netflixer at heart — she loves TV and films, she cares passionately about her work, and she delivers for her audience. We’re so excited to welcome her to Netflix.”

The move further aligns Rhimes with Netflix, which has featured the Grey’s Anatomy library that has helped elevate the veteran ABC medical soap to become the network’s most-watched drama — a rare feat for a show in its 13th season. The series heads into season 14 in the fall as it sets its sights on being the longest-running medical drama on television alongside ER. 

“Shondaland’s move to Netflix is the result of a shared plan Ted Sarandos and I built based on my vision for myself as a storyteller and for the evolution of my company,” Rhimes said. “Ted provides a clear, fearless space for creators at Netflix. He understood what I was looking for — the opportunity to build a vibrant new storytelling home for writers with the unique creative freedom and instantaneous global reach provided by Netflix’s singular sense of innovation. The future of Shondaland at Netflix has limitless possibilities.”

abc logo

ABC will continue to remain home to Grey’s Anatomy and its upcoming spinoff as well as Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder as well as the forthcoming drama For the People. Rhimes had been with ABC Studios for 15 years.

“Our current shows will continue to thrive on ABC and Shondaland will be there every step of the way,” Rhimes said. “I could not have asked for a better home to begin my career. I continue to be grateful to work with so many talented people — especially our studio gladiator Patrick Moran and our most powerful and brilliant champion Channing Dungey. Starting today, we are thrilled to begin creating new Shondaland stories with Netflix. Everyone at Shondaland is honored to expand both our audience and our creative identity with Ted and the entire team at Netflix.”

ABC Studios will remain the home to Shondaland disciples Pete Nowalk (How to Get Away With Murder), Krista Vernoff (Grey’s Anatomy), Stacy McKee (the Grey’s spinoff), Don Todd and Paul William Davies (For the People), Mark Fish (Scandal), Mark Wilding (Grey’s spinoff), Bill Harper (Grey’s Anatomy) and Allan Heinberg.

“We’re so proud of the work we’ve done with Shonda and Betsy throughout our long and productive relationship. From the worldwide success of Grey’s Anatomy to today, with five series, a pilot from Allan Heinberg and a number of projects in development, we will continue to shepherd that success together,” ABC Studios president Moran said. “The Shondaland imprint will always be an important part of ABC Studios and we wish them all the best in this new endeavor.”

Added ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey, who previously headed drama at the network: “Shonda, Betsy and I started working together with the first episode of Grey’s Anatomy and those early days will forever remain one of the highlights of my professional life. We are happy to continue working with Shonda and her team at Shondaland on Grey’s, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder and the upcoming For the People and Grey’s spinoff. I’m proud to have given a home to what have become some of the most celebrated and talked about shows on television. With the launch of a new season upon us, fans can rest assured that TGIT remains intact and will be as buzzed about as ever.”

Sources say Rhimes had been renegotiating her overall deal with ABC Studios for the past few months. That the prolific producer would exit the network’s studio sibling comes as a blow for broadcast and a hint of things to come in the arms race for talent. With more than 455 scripted originals, broadcast, cable and streaming platforms are turning to proven hit-makers like Rhimes for new material. Rhimes is the first African-American woman to notch the rare 100-episode milestone three times in her career (for Grey’s, Private Practice and Scandal). 

netflix logo

For Rhimes, it gives the star showrunner a new forum to tell richer stories that push the envelope as she has yet to explore the cable or streaming world. Scandal further solidified Rhimes as one of TV’s most powerful showrunners and helped ABC bolster its Thursday lineup. With the strength of Scandal and emergence of How to Get Away With Murder, the network moved Grey’s Anatomy to its formerly troubled 8 p.m. hour as it created a “TGIT”-branded night consisting of three Rhimes-produced dramas. Creatively, Scandal helped usher in a new era of diversity on the small screen when Rhimes cast Kerry Washington as fixer Olivia Pope. Washington picked up her first Emmy nomination in 2013 and became the first African American to be nominated for best drama actress in the past 18 years and fifth overal

The Rhimes deal — the streamer’s first overall — comes as free-spending Netflix has been aggressive when it comes to luring top talent. Last week, the streamer picked up a talk show hosted by David Letterman and acquired comic book publisher Millarworld as it pushes to own more of its content. (Last week, The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman moved from his home at AMC to Amazon under a rich overall deal as the streamer retail giant begins to do the same.)

I think I’ll be keeping my Netflix subscription now!

Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning

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[ALBUM REVIEW] “85 To Africa” to Hit! Jidenna’s (@Jidenna)Whole Album is a MOOD!

It has been awhile since the “Classic Man, Jidenna, delivered us new music, but his new, sophomore album, 85 To Africa, was well worth the weight! Jidenna has shed the pomade, suits, cane, and casket fresh vests in change for African print attire, braids, and an “awokeness” that the culture is in need of.
Grade: A+

The album is one of this artist truly exploring and learning about himself by reconnecting to his African roots, speaking his mind unadulterated, and celebrating his life and those who love and celebrate him. This album is an ode to the old school link up with strong sentiments of community, real self-actualization, and not to mention an earthiness we cannot help but find appealing. Jidenna is a true jewel to the world of rap and hip-hop, and 85 To Africa, is a direct road map to his soul. Kudos, Jidenna, kudos!

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It has been awhile since the “Classic Man, Jidenna, delivered us new music, but his new, sophomore album, 85 To Africa, was well worth the weight! Jidenna has shed the pomade, suits, cane, and casket fresh vests in change for African print attire, braids, and an “awokeness” that the culture is in need of.

Grade: A+

jidenna 85 to africa

The album is one of this artist truly exploring and learning about himself by reconnecting to his African roots, speaking his mind unadulterated, and celebrating his life and those who love and celebrate him. This album is an ode to the old school link up with strong sentiments of community, real self-actualization, and not to mention an earthiness we cannot help but find appealing. Jidenna is a true jewel to the world of rap and hip-hop, and 85 To Africa, is a direct road map to his soul. Kudos, Jidenna, kudos!

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“Don’t Let Go”: The Supernatural & Thrilling Movie Premiere!

This new suspenseful, supernatural thriller is not one to miss! “Don’t Let Go” is sure to be a hit at the box office, as it thrills the Bronze Lens Film Festival.

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This new suspenseful, supernatural thriller is not one to miss! “Don’t Let Go” is sure to be a hit at the box office, as it thrills the Bronze Lens Film Festival.

As the tenth year anniversary for the festival, this film sure did set the tone for the rest of this annual event. Kicking off the festival, this supernatural film stars actors David Oyelowo from “Selma” and Storm Reid from “A Wrinkle in Time”. Oyelowo plays the role of Jack Radcliff. Jack is a detective apart of the L.A.P.D. who receives an unexpected phone call from his recently murdered niece Ashley, played by Reid. Crazy thing is, he receives the call two weeks after her death. 

As the story unfolds, we discover that throughout figuring out the mystery of the murder, Jack reconnects with his niece in quite the supernatural way. However, with him only being able to accept incoming calls from her, he finds himself experiencing random flashbacks.  

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David Oyelowo and Storm Reid in “Don’t Let Go”

As he navigates through the both realities, Jack realizes that in order to save his niece, she has to retrace her own steps & follow his direction. The film is truly reminiscent of the term “trans-temporal projection”. It relates to the transcendence of time, time travel & both the influence and communication of the lapse in time. The film was written and directed by Jacob Aaron Estes.

Without giving too much away, this is truly one film that will leave you wanting more. With the countless amount of cliff hangers, this film makes the mind wonder, and keeps you guessing. From the level of acting, to the script writing, it’s an amazingly thrilling body of work. The film releases in theaters everywhere on August 30. Make sure you get your tickets, because this is going to be one for the books. 

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“Transcending!” Strike a “Pose” For FASHION!

Since its’ 2018 debut, the FX drama, Pose, has managed to bring the world of ballroom culture into the mainstream all while maintaining an elusiveness that keeps you longing for more.
It’s hard to ignore the irony when you ponder how a show about trans women in the late 80’s could become so successful during a time that seems to be filled with hate and prejudice. Call it what you will, there’s no denying the impact Pose has had on society as a whole. Never in history have we seen such an embrace of inclusiveness, especially considering the consequences one could face back in the day for even appearing to cross dress.  The stars from Pose have benefited generously from this newfound inclusivity.

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Since its’ 2018 debut, the FX drama, Pose, has managed to bring the world of ballroom culture into the mainstream all while maintaining an elusiveness that keeps you longing for more.

It’s hard to ignore the irony when you ponder how a show about trans women in the late 80’s could become so successful during a time that seems to be filled with hate and prejudice. Call it what you will, there’s no denying the impact Pose has had on society as a whole. Never in history have we seen such an embrace of inclusiveness, especially considering the consequences one could face back in the day for even appearing to cross dress.  The stars from Pose have benefited generously from this newfound inclusivity.

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The beautiful bohemian turned glamour girl, Indya Moore, has had a meteoric rise in the world of high fashion. At the top of the year it was announced that Moore would be recruited for Louis Vuitton’s Pre -fall ’19 campaign. The fashion house would then utilize her for their B Blossom Jewelry collection campaign as well as host for their fashion show in March. Her cover of Elle Magazine’s June issue was one for the history books as it marked the first time a trans woman had graced their cover.

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Not to be excluded, house mothers (of the House of Abundance/Wintour and House of Evangelista respectfully) MJ Rodriguez and Dominique Jackson have also been blessed by the fashion gods. In 2018, it was announced that Rodriguez would take part in Moschino’s campaign for their collaboration with H&M. The ads were seen everywhere from the pages of the most prestigious fashion magazines to the billboards in Time Square. Dominique Jackson is the latest of the trio to land a fashion campaign. Fashion house, Valentino, recruited the actress to star in their latest campaign for their new VSLING handbags. In the series of video clips, Jackson plays the part of an outspoken woman named Devoray,  who is auditioning for the role as face for the Valentino campaign. Pose director, Janet Mock, can also be seen in the clips alongside Luke Gillford heading the auditions. Jackson is so charming and equally beautiful that it’s hard not to crack a smile.

So what can we hope to take away from all of this? A leggy blonde once said “In fashion, one day you’re in and the next day you’re out.” If that’s true we can only hope that this display of inclusivity is not something that is simply in fashion. The time of inclusion is now and it is up to fashion houses to get on board with the acceptance that trans people aren’t just a trend or an article in the back of a magazine. As the Pose girls continue to bust down barriers,  the naysayers should take a look around , relent their old fashioned views and embrace the fact that the world is forever changed.

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