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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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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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Rachel Dolezal Makes Primetime Again on Panel Talk Show “The Real”

by MARYAM OUTLAW

Self-proclaimed trans racial figure Rachel Dolezal came to the set of FOX’s newest daytime talk show The Real last week for another opportunity to clear her name and set her story’s record straight.

Dolezal, who made headlines over the summer when sources revealed that the former NAACP Washington chapter president and African American studies professor identifies as a black woman despite her biologically Caucasian descent.

Dolezal previously talked to both CNN and the Today Show about her racial character and history, but her latest public appearance includes “The Real,” which features an ethnically diverse panel of African-American, Latino, Asian and bi-racial women.

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Scandal Review: Dog-Whistle Politics

by BREANA BACON

Hello my Gladiator friends,

Welcome to another edition of my De-stress Session! I’m sure you all, like me, have to replace your mugs this week because you’ve realized that the tea Shonda Rhimes spilled this episode was more than your minuscule cup and saucer could handle.

I was simply outdone by the amount of uncomfortable truths that the light was shed on this week, but I’ll be the first to say, we needed that truth to be brought forward. Some people in this world need it more than others but that’s just not any of my business.

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Let’s get started, shall we?

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Jane the Virgin Season 2 Premiere Recap: “Chapter Twenty-Three”

by MARYAM OUTLAW

After a four-month long summer hiatus, CW’s Jane the Virgin came back with an adorable season 2 premiere last night full of two-faced nuns, certified sociopaths and of course, the most adorable newborn ever created.

When we last saw Jane, she had finally given birth to her cute little bundle of joy, a baby boy that she named Mateo. And not ten minutes after he was born, he was kidnapped by Sin Rostro a.k.a Jane’s baby daddy’s sister’s ex-lover, a criminal mastermind who gives delinquents plastic surgery so they can escape the law and start life anew.

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Scandal Review: Paris is Burning

by BREANA BACON

Before I begin, I must admit that I was so close to having an incomplete review tonight but my very good and loyal friend, Sierra who is in Tampa, saved my life and assisted in the snatching of my edges tonight. Thank you, Lord, for good friends who would rather you be snatched by Shonda than live life wondering what it would be like if you had been.

Ladies and gentlemen, if there was ever a time we as Gladiators needed to rally around one another, it is now.

We have just experienced the biggest run around the fictional political world has ever seen. Never in my life have I been more stressed about a relationship that has absolutely nothing to do with me than I am about Olivia Pope and Fitzgerald Grant.

I am fed up. I know y’all are too. I’m gonna try and get through this as best as I can but I’ve had enough.

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Now let’s get into the foolishness.

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National League Playoff Preview

By JUSTIN FITZGERALD

162 down. Only 11 wins separate five teams from their next World Series rings. Traditional powerhouses like the Cardinals against new school powers like the Cubs set up the National League for an intense October.  Who can forget David Freeses’ game tying triple and walk off homerun in Game 6 in 2011? Or David Ortiz’s utter dominance in 2013? Or Madison Bumgarner’s masterful pitching performance? This postseason is sure to be filled with incredible moments, and here I will be focusing on the playoff teams from the National League, why they have the potential to win the World Series, and what will keep them from making it to the Fall Classic.

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Cardinals starter John Lackey. Courtesy of Redbird Rants
  1. St. Louis Cardinals (100-62, NL Central Champion)

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Today’s Top 10 Late-Night Talk Shows, Ranked

by MARYAM OUTLAW

Late night television has undergone major renovation within the last year and a half. Some comedic heavyweights left television, some found new homes on different networks, and others came into the game as late-night rookies. While there is evidently plenty of late night to go around, some shows ring right, while others sometimes fall flat. So, here are today’s top 10 late-night TV broadcasts worth watching, ranked.

10. Late Night with Seth Meyers

Seth Meyers wowed audiences while hosting Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update segment with his comedic timing and jokey interviewing, but his transition into late night has been evidently mild this past year. And while watching him reunite with other former SNL cast members warms a special place in all our hearts, Meyers fails to make a significant splash on the late night scene.

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FOX’s Rosewood Review

by MARYAM OUTLAW

Last night, FOX premiered its pilot episode of Rosewood, a comedy-drama focused on a private pathologist named Dr. Beaumont Rosewood Jr. (Morris Chestnut), who helps law enforcement solve crimes through his close to perfect autopsy skills.  Though its pilot was far from awful, Rosewood turned out to be what many viewers feared it would: a mundane show not even Morris Chestnut’s chocolatey goodness and a perfect time slot can save.

Pro: Chestnut’s body…obviously.

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Con: Chestnut’s lack of commitment.

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Empire Season 1’s Moments To Remember

by MARYAM OUTLAW

They say Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, but let’s be real: it’s Autumn. Not just because of football or bold lip colors, but also because Cookie and the gang are back to fight once again over that multi-million dollar empire.

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Yes, FOX’s Empire is that loud uncle at the barbeque who likes to make everyone uncomfortable by drinking way too many Heineken beers, while forcing them to engage in weirdo 90s dance moves such as “the bump.” Cringe-worthy, but extremely fulfilling nonetheless. So to celebrate its second season premiere September 23rd, a recap of all the melodramatic moments that pretty much killed us dead last season is in session. Continue reading Empire Season 1’s Moments To Remember