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OWN’s “Queen Sugar” Changes the Game with Two-Night Premiere (RECAP & REVIEW)

All hail Queens Ava Duvernay and Oprah Winfrey!

Over the past few years, Duvernay has been dismantling barriers in Hollywood with her intense storytelling. From Middle of Nowhere to academy nominated film Selma, her projects have brought diverse stories to the forefront.

 Queen Sugar, a collaboration with Oprah Winfrey on the Oprah Winfrey Network is no exception. The two-night premiere drops viewers right in the center of a storm brewing within a Louisiana-based family. Ending the life of its patriarch Ernest Bordelon, the storm touches down and his three adult children are left to pick up the pieces. Now Charley, Nova and Ralph Angel  have to balance their individual drama, while trying to save their father’s farm. 

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 My roommate and I watched captivated as we gasped, laughed and attempted not to cry at the immensely emotional portrayal of everyday life. We forgot that we were watching television, instead of a this real life unfolding. 

Queen Sugar‘s Tuesday night premiere opened with Nova sharing a bed with some mystery man, and I must say, getting dressed in the morning never looked so sexy. Then there was Ralph Angel and his son Blue, who is the sweetest little boy EVER (which makes the fact that his father robs a bank 10 seconds later that more tragic). Finally, there was Charley, the Los Angeles-bound baller’s wife, her NBA star husband David West and their teenage son Micah.

Back in Louisiana, Nova is equal parts spiritual priestess and journalist, with a passion for social causes such as Black Lives Matter. In a span of a scene,  she prescribes an “herbal” remedy and completes an article on police brutality.

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Ralph Angel is the baby of the three and the most troubled. Fresh out of prison, unemployed and raising Blue without his mother, Darla, a recovering drug addict. He lives with his Aunt Violet and her boyfriend Hollywood, a couple full of southern charm.

Charley seems to have the perfect life, complete with a FINE husband and smart son, but when a sex scandal involving the team explodes, so does her life.

In arguably the best scene of the night, Charley and Micah are watching Davis dominate on the court when every phone in the arena begins to light up with notifications. A video has been released TMZ-style and Davis, who denied the sex scandal, has been caught in a lie.

Charley, seeing her life crashing before her eyes, walks on the COURT and confronts Davis in the middle of the game. All while my roommate and I are screaming No, No, NO!

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Definitely the OMG moment of the night.

But the most emotional moments come after Ernest has at stroke at Blue’s birthday party. The family gathers around an immobilized Ernest that can’t talk and has to use vocabulary cards to communicate. Everyone is by his side except Charley, who shows up seconds after  he passes away.

In the second biggest OMG moment of the night, Nova sits parked outside of a house and we see mister sexy from the beginning of the episode with his WIFE and KIDS!

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The spiritual priestess, journalist and social activist has been sleeping with a married, white police detective.

After all that, part two of the premiere on Wednesday focused more on Ernest’s home-going services.

Charley, Nova and Ralph Angel come together to bury their father at a traditional Louisiana service, which included soul food at the repast and Nova sewing a pouch containing a priestess blessing in the lining of the coffin.

While Wednesday night focused more on grieving, it also set up the rest of the season when potential buyers came by the farm unannounced.

If the two-night premiere is any indication, Queen Sugar is about to explode and Hollywood needs to take notes.

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Life with Lo E6 “How I’m Determined to Conquer 2016”

By Lauryn Froneberger
This week’s Life with Lo is all about bringing in the new year. I’ll share some advice for getting off to a great start by setting goals for yourself, staying motivated and leaving behind friends that may slow you down. I’ll also explain why I hate New Year’s Resolutions and the whole #newyearnewme craze. Check it out below!

Life with Lo: Holiday Tag

By Lauryn Froneberger

This week Life with Lo is back with a holiday themed tag video. I’ll be answering a series of questions about what this time of year means to me and my family as well as talking about my favorite Christmas songs and movies!

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Tune in for a great holiday treat. Happy Holidays to you and your families! Xo, Lo

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DiCaprio, Gaga, and Stallone: Hollywood’s Finest Dominate 2016 Golden Globe Nominations

by MARYAM OUTLAW

Nominations for the 73rd Golden Globe Awards were announced Thursday and the ceremony’s biggest categories are loaded with countless household names.

First and foremost, heavyweight performer Leonardo DiCaprio is once again nominated for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama for his newest film The Revenant, the account of an 1800s frontiersman struggling to find refuge in the snowy wilderness following a comrade’s betrayal. The Revenant received four nominations total, including one for Best Motion Picture, Drama. Continue reading DiCaprio, Gaga, and Stallone: Hollywood’s Finest Dominate 2016 Golden Globe Nominations

Why We Need to Talk Seriously About Those Ayesha Curry Tweets! (Opinion)

by MARYAM OUTLAW

Ayesha Curry, Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry’s wife, was dunked in scalding hot water Saturday night after tweeting controversial comments regarding women’s fashion and clothing as it pertains to male attention.

While flipping through lifestyle magazines, the 26-year-old wife and mother of two was inspired to say that when it comes to style she would take “classy over trendy any day,” opting to dress more modestly in public and save the “good stuff” for her husband.

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Of course Twitter, being the “clap back” community that it is, immediately voiced its displeasure, placing Curry’s tweets under an ever-broadening canopy of political correctness and shouting feminism in the process. Continue reading Why We Need to Talk Seriously About Those Ayesha Curry Tweets! (Opinion)

HTGAWM Winter Finale Recap: What Did We Do?

by MIYA TREADWELL

Breathe…just breathe…is what I kept telling myself during the winter finale of How to Get Away with Murder.

That didn’t work at ALL but at least we know who shot Annalise.

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So Wes completely lost his mind and shot Annalise, only after she pushed him over the edge, telling him him the truth about Rebecca. All at once the events from this season came to a head and Annalise ran out of tricks trying to fix the twisted situation.

But lets start from the beginning. Michaela calls Connor over to the Hapstall mansion to help her decide what to do with the gun. Connor doesn’t want any parts of it and Michaela’s only intention is to protect Caleb. They’re still trying to figure out what to do when Catherine walks in and then apparently makes a run for it.

Annalise finds out about Catherine and makes Caleb choose between Catherine and himself. Annalise can’t defend them both and now that they have the murder weapon, Caleb can’t keep trying to protect his sister.

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Star Wars, Marvin Gaye and a Tribute to Paris: AMAs RECAP

by MARYAM OUTLAW

Jennifer Lopez hosted Sunday’s 43rd annual American Music Awards and the result was a balanced mix of both today’s most popular music and this year’s most soul-pressing matter. Here is what you missed:

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Life With Lo Episode 3 “Affirmation Posts”

By Lauryn Froneberger

A fact of the world: Gabrielle Union is a goddess.

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And if there is anything we love more than the accomplished actress, it is her character Mary Jane Paul, who on BET’s Being Mary Jane never fails to use sticky note quotes as a way to motivate, uplift and enlighten her spirit.

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This week, Simone and I channel the same energy and self-reflect. Who do we really want to be? 

Paramount Pictures Releases Star-Studded ‘Zoolander 2’ Trailer

by MARYAM OUTLAW

After major successes in 2001’s Zoolander, starring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson, Paramount Pictures finally released the trailer to Zoolander 2 and the teaser is surprisingly chock full of familiar faces baring the strangest characters.

After Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller), our favorite lip-puckering and borderline illiterate male model, embarrassingly discovers that he is now a washed-up fellow of the fashion industry, he is called back into action by none other than a gorgeous Penelope Cruz.

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As an ambiguous crime agent of some sort, she recruits the help of both Zoolander and his rival turned BFF Hansel (Owen Wilson) because an unknown criminal mastermind is killing some of the world’s most beautiful people. Side note: according to this trailer, Justin Bieber is one of the world’s most beautiful people.

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Will Ferrell also returns as clothing designer Jacobim Mugatu, who’s straight out of prison is looking to cause some mayhem—Seriously, he had his harmless assistant give him a steaming latte foam-imprinted with his face, took a sip and then poured it all over said harmless assistant…

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 Alongside Penelope Cruz, Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch also stars as the new face of high fashion, an androgynous long-haired couture model who has basically replaced Zoolander as the it-guy. Is there anything Cumberbatch can’t do?

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Comedic heavyweight Kristin Wiig also appears as a Botox-crazed professional in the fashion industry, sort of like Elizabeth Banks’ Effie Trinket in The Hunger Games—if she was addicted to cosmetic surgery.

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The trailer also includes lists of celebrity cameos from starlets such as Joe Jonas, Usher, SNL’s Kyle Mooney and Miley Cyrus. And I have a feeling that there is a lot more where that came from.

Zoolander 2 is in theaters this February 12, 2016. Check out the trailer below.

 

Shia LaBeouf Live Streams Himself Watching His Movies for Three Straight Days

by MARYAM OUTLAW

Just when America thought child actor/former blockbuster starlet/ art freak basket case Shia LaBeouf’s decision-making could not get any more peculiar, he decided to stream himself watching the bulk of his filmography for three days straight, a performance art project named #ALLMYMOVIES.

Yes, for 36 consecutive hours, we can all watch LaBeouf watch himself… in a frigid New York City movie theater…with buttered popcorn and Coca Cola…for no apparent reason.

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Remember that ‘90s Jim Carey movie The Truman Show, in which Carey played this super nice, super normal guy unaware that every single second of his life has been filmed and broadcast to the entire world since before he was even born? This is pretty similar. Except that film was awesome and this is…different.

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