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#ShotsFired! Will Packer (@willpowerpacker) & Aaron McGruder (@aaronmcgruder23) Create "Black America" Series on Amazon (@amazon) As HBO Gears Up For "Confederate!"

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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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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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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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

michael j. fanning owner of hey mikey atl

Follow me on Twitter/IG @HeyMikeyATL

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[REVIEW] Riveting! The Truth About Jordan Peele’s “Us” (@UsMovie) is SHOCKING!

The American horror film genre has always been crazy, but seldom has been it been BLACK! Award winning director, screenwriter, and comedian, Jordan Peele has been changing the color of the genre with Get Out and now, Us! Us, starring Black Panther alumni, Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke, centers on a Black family visiting their summer home who soon finds themselves in danger from their doppelgangers (n. an apparition or double of a living person)! The family must outmaneuver these unexplained duplicates and fight for their loves. The origins of these apparitions is so sci-fi it will defy logic!

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The American horror film genre has always been crazy, but seldom has been it been BLACK! Award winning director, screenwriter, and comedian, Jordan Peele has been changing the color of the genre with Get Out and now, Us! Us, starring Black Panther alumni, Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke, centers on a Black family visiting their summer home who soon finds themselves in danger from their doppelgangers (n. an apparition or double of a living person)! The family must outmaneuver these unexplained duplicates and fight for their loves. The origins of these apparitions is so sci-fi it will defy logic!

Grade: A-

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What We Liked

-The concept of fighting your doppelganger! They say you are your own worst enemy. This was definitely the case in this film.

-The origins of the doppelgangers. Beware of playing God!

-Lupita Nyong’o taking on the final girl moments of the film.

 

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What We Loved

-The bumbling nature of Gabe Wilson (Winston Duke) was maddening, but hilarious.

-The use of rabbits as a motif of duplication and cloning

-The acting of the cast. They really played two separate people. From their make up to their demeanor, and even how they moved was so believable it will leave you wondering do you have your own doppelganger.

-The symbolization of the golden scissors in “un-tethering” people from their doppelgangers.

-The ending and explanation as to why the attacks started and the truth of Adelaide Wilson’s (Lupita Nyong’o) origins.

 

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What We Hated

-We really wanted to see a typical Black Family’s reaction to something like this. Their response seemed very stereotypical and “Caucasian” of the horror film genre.

 

 

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ICYMI! LOGO (@LogoTV) Releases “Noah’s ARC” on YouTube; Reboot Rumors Swirl!

It is hard to believe it has been almost fifteen years since Noah’s ARC debuted on LOGO and we have to say it is was love at “first watch.” The epic love story between Noah (Darryl Stephens), and his seemingly straight, boyfriend, Wade (Jensen Atwood), opened new avenues for gay storytelling and inspired masses of gay films, projects, and marketing. We dare say Moonlight owes its success, in part, to the doors this series opened. LOGO recently dropped full episodes of the series on YouTube and reboot rumors are swirling!

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It is hard to believe it has been almost fifteen years since Noah’s ARC debuted on LOGO and we have to say it is was love at “first watch.” The epic love story between Noah (Darryl Stephens), and his seemingly straight, boyfriend, Wade (Jensen Atwood), opened new avenues for gay storytelling and inspired masses of gay films, projects, and marketing. We dare say Moonlight owes its success, in part, to the doors this series opened. LOGO recently dropped full episodes of the series on YouTube and reboot rumors are swirling!

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Jensen Atwood and Darryl Stephens as “Noah and Wade”

Both seasons of Noah’s ARC are currently running via LOGO’s YouTube, prompting many to wonder if the network is rebooting the series. The series’ cancellation in 2006 was highly controversial as it was easily the network’s flagship series and its most highly rated one. What is interesting is that LOGO chose to drop the series on YouTube, which has become prime real estate for the web series we know and love. Perhaps this is the new format the series could be picked back up on. However, if we are talking reboots we either want a complete reboot of the series with a new set of guys as Noah, Alex, Ricky, and Chance; or a continuation of the original cast, updating where they are in life nearly fifteen years later.

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What do you guys think of this new Noah’s ARC news? Are you hoping for a reboot of the series as well? Sound off in the comments’ section below!

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NEW POSTER | THE INTRUDER starring Meagan Good and Michael Ealy!

We love suspense thrillers at HeyMikeyATL, and we love Megan Good and Michael Ealy even more! Thus, when he heard they had a new film together, The Intruder, co-starring alongside Dennis Quaid we were truly excited!

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We love suspense thrillers at HeyMikeyATL, and we love Megan Good and Michael Ealy even more! Thus, when he heard they had a new film together, The Intruder, co-starring alongside Dennis Quaid we were truly excited!

The Intruder centers on a young married couple (Michael Ealy and Meagan Good) buys their dream house in the Napa Valley, they think they have found the perfect home to take their next steps as a family. But when the strangely attached seller (Dennis Quaid) continues to infiltrate their lives, they begin to suspect that he has hidden motivations beyond a quick sale.

The Intruder has released a new poster and it is everything!

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We really want to know just how crazy this film is! Be sure to catch it in theaters everywhere May 3, 2019!

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