'P-Valley' and Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion's ‘WAP’ aren't objectifying women as they front their own stories
'P-Valley' and Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion's ‘WAP’ aren't objectifying women as they front their own stories

Words like slut, wh**e, or the visuals of naked female bodies as background eye candy wallpaper for shows like 'The Sopranos' has been a part of pop culture forever -- aimed at demeaning women's bodies and sexuality. How are female-fronted projects different?

'P-Valley' Episode 5: Fans surprised Keyshawn's abusive boyfriend is White, root for Diamond to ‘whoop’ him
'P-Valley' Episode 5: Fans surprised Keyshawn's abusive boyfriend is White, root for Diamond to ‘whoop’ him

While Diamond can look threatening, he is actually gentle with Keyshawn, while Derek, who is seemingly non-threatening, is violent and possessive

'P-Valley' Episode 5: Patrice's hypocrisy now finds an echo in the mayor's betrayal of the Black community
'P-Valley' Episode 5: Patrice's hypocrisy now finds an echo in the mayor's betrayal of the Black community

Mayor Tydell is all too willing to sell the Black community in his town down the river like a pimp, just like Patrice would sell Mercedes if it served her interests

‘P-Valley’ Episode 5 features rare TV unicorn of happy queer love story between Uncle Clifford and Lil' Murda
‘P-Valley’ Episode 5 features rare TV unicorn of happy queer love story between Uncle Clifford and Lil' Murda

From 'Boys Don't Cry' to 'Brokeback Mountain' to 'Euphoria', what we usually get is a queer character having their heart broken, being abused for seeking love, or facing death and so we need the fairytale of Uncle Clifford and Lil' Murda

'P-Valley' Episode 5 Review: Autumn and Mercedes team up as Lil' Murda woos Uncle Clifford
'P-Valley' Episode 5 Review: Autumn and Mercedes team up as Lil' Murda woos Uncle Clifford

Despite walking out of the station like a boss, mirroring her proud strut to the stage, in the scene right after, Mercedes breaks down after just one kind pat from Autumn -- the night she has had has broken her down completely

Netflix appears to have found the sweet spot of creating content that is both woke and commercially successful
Netflix appears to have found the sweet spot of creating content that is both woke and commercially successful

So what is their deal? Are they being faux woke? Netflix is looking for commercial viability first and foremost but wants the added shine of being politically correct -- traits that their millennial customers lap up

'P-Valley' Episode 5 Preview: Promo shows Mercedes in jail while Uncle Clifford wakes up with Lil' Murda
'P-Valley' Episode 5 Preview: Promo shows Mercedes in jail while Uncle Clifford wakes up with Lil' Murda

The synopsis for the episode reads: "Two foes find themselves trapped together for a weekend under unlikely circumstances. Keyshawn reaches new heights, and Lil’ Murda glows up big time"

'An American Pickle' is Seth Rogen's ode to vulnerable masculinity in 2020
'An American Pickle' is Seth Rogen's ode to vulnerable masculinity in 2020

Herschel Greenbaum is the ancestral spirit come to haunt Ben Greenbaum (a stand-in for Rogen himself) as he tries to figure out what it is to be a true mensch in 2020

‘An American Pickle’: Meet Seth Rogen, Sarah Snook and rest of the cast of HBO Max comedy-drama
‘An American Pickle’: Meet Seth Rogen, Sarah Snook and rest of the cast of HBO Max comedy-drama

The story explores the universal Jewish immigrant story in the US but also the difference between generations in immigrant families with Seth Rogen representing two generations, separated by 100 years

‘P-Valley’: Lil' Murda actor J Alphonse Nicholson promises ‘dynamic and beautiful’ arc with Uncle Clifford
‘P-Valley’: Lil' Murda actor J Alphonse Nicholson promises ‘dynamic and beautiful’ arc with Uncle Clifford

"Lil Murda is the 'everyman'. He's comfortable with who he is but he's still putting the puzzle together, you know? He's figuring it out," J. Alphonse Nicholson tells MEA WorldWide (MEAWW) in an exclusive interview

‘An American Pickle’: Sean Whalen as scientist ad-libbed theories about how Seth Rogen’s character survived
‘An American Pickle’: Sean Whalen as scientist ad-libbed theories about how Seth Rogen’s character survived

Sean Whalen told MEA WorldWide (MEAWW) he improvised his lines during the press conference where the world is told about how Herschel, the 1920s Jewish immigrant, is still alive without aging

'An American Pickle': Geoffrey Cantor answered last-minute call to play Seth Rogen's dad
'An American Pickle': Geoffrey Cantor answered last-minute call to play Seth Rogen's dad

"What I hope the movie does is look with some humor and some empathy and some sensitivity at the issue of things that would affect all immigrants," Geoffrey Cantor told MEA WorldWide (MEAWW) in an exclusive interview

'Crazy Awesome Teachers':  Release date, plot, cast, trailer and all you need to know about Indonesian comedy-drama
'Crazy Awesome Teachers': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and all you need to know about Indonesian comedy-drama

When staff salaries get stolen at his school, a reluctant new teacher sets out to recoup the money, teaming up with his students and staff at the school

An American Pickle's success may be affected after Seth Rogen denies apologizing for comments on Israel
An American Pickle's success may be affected after Seth Rogen denies apologizing for comments on Israel

Rogen took potshots about the raison d'être of the Jewish state when he said that Jews should “spread out” around the world instead of “putting all your Jews in one basket"

Ellen DeGeneres’ rumored replacement James Corden allegedly tried to underpay staff and behaved ‘like a brat’
Ellen DeGeneres’ rumored replacement James Corden allegedly tried to underpay staff and behaved ‘like a brat’

In 2019, Corden reportedly showed up at a Writers Guild of America meeting to advocate for a "new writer's program" that would allow his show to hire writers who had interned for a year at a wage lower than the mandated minimum

'P-Valley': Katori Hall's tweets explaining sex scene between Lil' Murda and Uncle Clifford split fans' feelings
'P-Valley': Katori Hall's tweets explaining sex scene between Lil' Murda and Uncle Clifford split fans' feelings

The Twitter opinion was divided between people who thought the scene was an important moment in 'black cinema' and others who were uncomfortable with such depictions

'P-Valley' Episode 4 shows Lil' Murda have toe-curling sex with Uncle Clifford despite conflicted sexuality
'P-Valley' Episode 4 shows Lil' Murda have toe-curling sex with Uncle Clifford despite conflicted sexuality

It is rare for a TV series to show a gay sex scene. It is even rarer to see the chemistry come off the screen in waves but the sex between Uncle Clifford and Lil' Murda is raw and real

'P-Valley' Episode 4: Autumn Night’s affluent background could make her The Pynk's unlikely savior
'P-Valley' Episode 4: Autumn Night’s affluent background could make her The Pynk's unlikely savior

Uncle Clifford and the girls, whose lives revolve around The Pynk, are all from impoverished backgrounds and don't know how the rich operate. Autumn's past equips her with the knowledge of how money flows in the corrupt, rich man's world

'P-Valley': Skyler Joy says Gidget’s ability to be herself felt empowering because she was bullied as a child
'P-Valley': Skyler Joy says Gidget’s ability to be herself felt empowering because she was bullied as a child

MEA WorldWide (MEAWW) caught up with Skyler Joy and asked her about being part of 'P-Valley' and her character in particular. Here are excerpts from the exclusive interview

'P-Valley' Episode 4 'The Trap' Preview: Mercedes gets ready for her last dance as Andre and Autumn face off
'P-Valley' Episode 4 'The Trap' Preview: Mercedes gets ready for her last dance as Andre and Autumn face off

The trailer for the episode shows Mercedes's triumphant swan song might be marred by something tragic as Mercedes goes missing and Gidget hyperventilates, worried "something" has happened to her

It's time to Cancel Ellen DeGeneres: Talk show host is just another hypocritical gatekeeper who's been exposed
It's time to Cancel Ellen DeGeneres: Talk show host is just another hypocritical gatekeeper who's been exposed

While the talk show host essentially made her brand by telling the world to "be kind to one another", she gave a carte blanche to herself and her top executives to be as mean and abusive as they wanted to be.  Ellen DeGeneres, the 'kindness patron saint' of Hollywood is paying for her hypocrisy.

'In My Skin' Ending Explained: Bethan left to deal with consequences after her fantasy and reality collide
'In My Skin' Ending Explained: Bethan left to deal with consequences after her fantasy and reality collide

Poppy and her newest girl clique, after spotting Bethan with her mother, look on with confusion, pity and bewilderment. When Bethan's two lives collide -- her fantasy and her reality -- she looks like a scared deer

'In My Skin' Review: Tightrope act between tragedy and comedy defines BAFTA-winning coming of age drama
'In My Skin' Review: Tightrope act between tragedy and comedy defines BAFTA-winning coming of age drama

The series is a vividly realized snapshot of teenage life with a mentally ill parent and a violent, unstable home. It is also an accurate portrayal of surviving a hormone-irrigated high school with your ride-or-die friends

'In My Skin': Meet Gabrielle Creevy, Jo Hartley and the cast of the BAFTA-winning show for best TV drama
'In My Skin': Meet Gabrielle Creevy, Jo Hartley and the cast of the BAFTA-winning show for best TV drama

For a project that was this personal, Kayleigh Llewellyn was very particular about the casting and how the actors took on the central roles. Meet the cast of this dark comedy that mines real life

Year of the Nurse: Florence Nightingale’s alleged racist and anti-feminist legacy in the foundation of nursing
Year of the Nurse: Florence Nightingale’s alleged racist and anti-feminist legacy in the foundation of nursing

The charges of Nightingale "colonizing" the nursing profession isn't going away anytime soon. The New Zealand Nurses Organisation have refused to celebrate her 200th birth anniversary during the Year of the Nurse

'P-Valley' Season 2: Release date, plot, cast, trailer and all you need to know about Starz's breakout strip club drama
'P-Valley' Season 2: Release date, plot, cast, trailer and all you need to know about Starz's breakout strip club drama

Season 2 will feature 10 episodes, which is more than the eight episodes scheduled for its debut season. Based on six years of research, there are enough story arcs to pull off multiple seasons

'P-Valley' Episode 3: Fans really want Autumn to buy some furniture as they root for Mercedes' mama-mode
'P-Valley' Episode 3: Fans really want Autumn to buy some furniture as they root for Mercedes' mama-mode

While Mercedes got sympathy and love for her trials as a mom, Autumn Night is drawing some ire, but most Twitter users just wanted Autumn to buy some furniture and clean up her house

'P-Valley' Episode 3 Review: Uncle Clifford gets his tea from Autumn and upsets Andre's gentrification deal
'P-Valley' Episode 3 Review: Uncle Clifford gets his tea from Autumn and upsets Andre's gentrification deal

The girls see Autumn Night as trouble and as Andre Watkins finds out, she can be. In this episode, you see how gentrification works, especially in a rundown town like Chucalissa

'P-Valley' Episode 3 Promo: Things heat up between Andre and Autumn with new look as she clashes with Mercedes
'P-Valley' Episode 3 Promo: Things heat up between Andre and Autumn with new look as she clashes with Mercedes

Serving as a capsule, mostly self-contained, episode, Autumn learns the rules of working as a “regular” from “The Trinity” -- Mercedes, Keyshawn and Gidget -- at Pynk

‘P-Valley’ star Elarica Johnson says colorism seen on show is ‘authentic’ and similar to the kind she’s faced
‘P-Valley’ star Elarica Johnson says colorism seen on show is ‘authentic’ and similar to the kind she’s faced

"It's interesting to be a mixed-race woman playing a mixed-race woman," Elarica Johnson tells MEA WorldWide (MEAWW) in this exclusive interview

'The UnXplained: Mysterious Curses': Urban legend around 'Crying Boy' prints show how we 'manifest' curses
'The UnXplained: Mysterious Curses': Urban legend around 'Crying Boy' prints show how we 'manifest' curses

People believed that the souls of the children were trapped in the prints and the only way they could free themselves was to burn everything in their surroundings

'The UnXplained: Mysterious Curses' Review: William Shatner explores 27 Club, Friday the 13th and Hope Diamond
'The UnXplained: Mysterious Curses' Review: William Shatner explores 27 Club, Friday the 13th and Hope Diamond

Shifting between well known urban legends around Friday the 13th, the cursed Hope Diamond and the 27 Club, this episode of 'The UnXplained' looks into the anatomy of curses and how they thrive

'The UnXplained: Mysterious Curses' will explore Friday the 13th, haunted paintings and bad luck jewels
'The UnXplained: Mysterious Curses' will explore Friday the 13th, haunted paintings and bad luck jewels

Get ready to investigate Hope Diamond's curse along with other famous "bad luck" dates, places, people and objects to separate fact from fiction with host William Shatner

Comic-Con@Home: 'Lovecraft Country' trailer sees gnarly Cthulhu’s big entrance, classic Lovecraftian visuals
[email protected]: 'Lovecraft Country' trailer sees gnarly Cthulhu’s big entrance, classic Lovecraftian visuals

There are spoilers galore in the extended trailer for 'Lovecraft Country' released at the online Comic-Con event

Trump expands Operation Legend, slain Kansas City 4-year-old Taliferro's mother backs task force at WH event
Trump expands Operation Legend, slain Kansas City 4-year-old Taliferro's mother backs task force at WH event

Charron Powell, Taliferro's mother made an emotional appeal on July 22 at the White House after President Trump made the decision to expand Operation Legend, named after her slain son, to Chicago and Albuquerque

'Conundrum: Secret among Friends': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and all you need to know about psychological thriller
'Conundrum: Secret among Friends': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and all you need to know about psychological thriller

A psychological thriller about what happens when secrets start spilling out about a group of friends on a weekend getaway

'P-Valley' star Elarica Johnson says she didn’t think playing a stripper was for her till she read the script
'P-Valley' star Elarica Johnson says she didn’t think playing a stripper was for her till she read the script

"I think at the beginning, I was just like, 'Oh, you know, I'm not entirely sure I want to play a role that isn't looked upon very well,'" said Johnson about her first reaction on being told about the part

'P-Valley' Episode 2: Male cast members get thirst tweets as full-frontal nudity grabs fans' attention
'P-Valley' Episode 2: Male cast members get thirst tweets as full-frontal nudity grabs fans' attention

Many viewers were not prepared for the men stripping off in episode 2, highlighting how male nudity is still unusual for US shows and still draws comments

'P-Valley' Episode 2 'Scars' tackles the subjects of colorism and queerness inside Pynk's club culture
'P-Valley' Episode 2 'Scars' tackles the subjects of colorism and queerness inside Pynk's club culture

When Andre picks Autumn, Mercedes stomps out, saying not all men can handle "Melanin Monroes". When Autumn later walks in with a cool grand, all the girls lose it collectively

'P-Valley' Episode 2 Review: Corbin gifts Andre 'Autumn package' after trying to broker land deal for casino
'P-Valley' Episode 2 Review: Corbin gifts Andre 'Autumn package' after trying to broker land deal for casino

Autumn's phone sex offer is a prelude to deepen the connection between her and Andre so she can make him "unseal" his lips more easily. It's the only leverage she has to stay employed at Pynk while keeping her identity secret

'P-Valley' Episode 2 Preview: Deals made and money exchanged as Autumn Night tries to get the ‘tea’ from Andre
'P-Valley' Episode 2 Preview: Deals made and money exchanged as Autumn Night tries to get the ‘tea’ from Andre

Uncle Clifford is depending on Autumn to unseal Andre's lips about the deal he is negotiating that involves the future of the Pynk strip club and the everyone who works there

'The UnXplained: Superhuman Senses': Our reality is grounded in human brain’s guesses based on sensory inputs
'The UnXplained: Superhuman Senses': Our reality is grounded in human brain’s guesses based on sensory inputs

When the scientists start exploring "paroptic sight" that refers to people "seeing" colors by touching them with their fingers that's when you start wondering about the nature of the reality we perceive

'The UnXplained: Superhuman Senses' Review: Sense athletes walk among us who perceive world in radical ways
'The UnXplained: Superhuman Senses' Review: Sense athletes walk among us who perceive world in radical ways

Exploring conditions like "synesthesia" and "brain plasticity", this episode of 'The UnXplained' gets into how some people perceive a lot more than usual or experience the world in a dramatically different way

'The UnXplained: Superhuman Senses' Preview: Can our senses be enhanced to do more?
'The UnXplained: Superhuman Senses' Preview: Can our senses be enhanced to do more?

The episode also promises to explore the realm of the 'sixth sense' - a phenomenon so well documented that psychics and spiritualists often boast of having this 'extra' sense

'The Painted Bird' Review: The dark fairytale about World War II is a coming-of-age drama like no other
'The Painted Bird' Review: The dark fairytale about World War II is a coming-of-age drama like no other

At the heart of the film lies its message -- difference is fatal -- it is hardwired into our biology to reject the outsider, the interloper.

'The Sunlit Night' Review: Zach Galifianakis, Gillian Anderson’s comedic potential wasted for lukewarm romance
'The Sunlit Night' Review: Zach Galifianakis, Gillian Anderson’s comedic potential wasted for lukewarm romance

Zach Galifianakis as the Cincinnati-born Viking Chief re-enactor and Gillian Anderson, as Yasha's estranged Russian mother, are woefully underused. They seem to have teleported in from a funnier movie into this one

'The Painted Bird': Meet Stellan Skarsgård, Harvey Keitel and rest of the cast of the controversial WWII drama
'The Painted Bird': Meet Stellan Skarsgård, Harvey Keitel and rest of the cast of the controversial WWII drama

The war drama is centered around a young boy Joska, who makes his way across a war-ravaged Eastern Europe in the last days of World War II

'The Sunlit Night': Meet Jenny Slate, Zach Galifianakis, Gillian Anderson and the rest of the rom-com's cast
'The Sunlit Night': Meet Jenny Slate, Zach Galifianakis, Gillian Anderson and the rest of the rom-com's cast

Meet the famous cast members of this quirky rom-com in the land of the midnight sun, Norway, that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival

'The Sunlit Night': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and all you need to know about rom-com set in Norway
'The Sunlit Night': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and all you need to know about rom-com set in Norway

This rom-com is shot in Norway, the land of the midnight sun, starring comedy-drama veterans like Jenny Slate, Zach Galifianakis and Gillian Anderson

'P-Valley' Episode 4 Review: Sister Patrice and Andre prey on Mercedes and Uncle Clifford like vultures
'P-Valley' Episode 4 Review: Sister Patrice and Andre prey on Mercedes and Uncle Clifford like vultures

Both Andre and Patrice say they are doing what they are doing for the greater good, but in reality, they are only looking out for themselves

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