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'Girls' Season 2, Episode 2 Recap: They're All Dirtbags

Girls fans knew that Sandy (Donald Glover), Hannah's new love interest filling the aloof cavity left by Adam, was a Republican before it was explicitly stated on "I Get Ideas," the second episode of season two of Girls (and the first episode to get the Official Recap treatment for Vibe.com). Most season previews, as well as any interview with Glover or Lena Dunham, have mentioned that Sandy is a GOPer before it was confirmed on Sunday night, and the immediate question became, "How much is that going to bother Hannah?"

The answer, of course, is "a lot." But first: another example of a romantic deal-breaker. "Why are you freaking out?" Elijah asks his older, not-wiser boyfriend, George, who shrilly responds, "Because you had sex with a woman!" So the possibly-bisexual Elijah has confessed his minutes-long mistake with Marnie to his caretaker, and George is seeing the indiscretion as a sign that his twentysomething mister is a wee too lost in the world to engage in a serious relationship. Granted, George got sloshed at Elijah's party and made an ass of himself of front of a bunch of kids, whom he accused of being uncool because they weren't, you know, doing coke. But Elijah's moment of weakness was too much for even a seasoned partygoer to handle, so George gets to stepping and Elijah is left with some new bills to pay.

At least George wasn't crooning tortured love songs to Elijah on the World Wide Web, though. Adam's Gmailed videos to Hannah were quick hits of comedic gold -- the combination of his creepy gaze and those lovelorn lyrics ("Now forever is never!") were examples of the type of broad comedy that Girls doesn't try too often but typically gets right when it does. Luckily for Hannah, she has a brand new (Republican) boyfriend to make out with in between teeth-brushing activities, and at first, she seems totally fine with his affiliation with the party of Dubya. But after Jessa -- who's still living the cracked fairy-tale married life and playing Rodin with Thomas-John -- pries into Hannah's dissatisfaction, our heroine also begins to believe the sage advice, "If he's not reading your essays, he's not reading you."

Side note: Jessa's brief appearance in the episode did shed some insight into her own political views, which stand as such: "They're all dirtbags." Also, who knew Bill Clinton was responsible for the current state of the economy? Jessa's party allegiances are as mysterious as her and Thomas-John's matching tiger tattoos.

Hannah's essay serves as the foundation of the episode's centerpiece: mid-makeout with Sandy, she pauses the tonsil hockey to chastise her new beau for being too busy to soak in her words. Actually, he did read it -- and while he is quick to praise her piece for being "very well-written," he reluctantly admits, "I just didn't feel like anything happens in it." And that criticism opens the floodgates to Hannah questioning Sandy's politics while masquerading the passive-aggressive attack as an "open conversation." Of course Hannah is not okay with dating a black Republican -- she has death penalty statistics to prove why she's not okay with it! One Missy Elliott quote and a sex rebuff later, the self-assured Sandy and Hannah are parting ways, presumably for good. And if that's the case, it's a sad waste of both Glover's talent and the potential of exploring the idea Republican values being shoehorned in to modern hipster life. Childish Gambino had very little microphone time, it seems; let's hope the Community regular stops by HBO again soon.

Of course, that won't be happening anytime soon with Adam still lingering in the picture. The extended final sequence of this episode was an extension of Episode 1's showdown between Hannah and Adam, with the latter doing and saying whatever he can to win back his live-in girlfriend and Hannah unsteadily swatting away his affection. Home turf was hers this time, though, as Adam crept up into her apartment (are hackneyed YouTube videos really an "emergency" use of that key, Adam?) and continued to fail to express himself. "As a man living my man life, my desire for you cannot be repressed," he stuttered after Hannah considered dialing 911 on her muscular ex. That emergency call did actually go through, and instead of an awkward reunion, the episode ended with first responders dragging Adam away in handcuffs, as Hannah watched on helplessly. The sequence was claustrophobic and well-written (as Sandy might say), but also left a bad taste in our mouths as the credits rolled. With Sandy likely a memory, is the Hannah-Adam struggle just going to find ways to joylessly proceed? This season has so far been about the uncertain future of Hannah's romantic life, but the next episode of Girls might need to press the pause button on the heaviness and feature some bonding between females.

Speaking of which, Marnie and Shoshanna were bestowed with relatively little screen time, but my, what opposite paths they're on! Marnie is deemed overqualified for the art world and settles on a hostess gig, while Shosh is seemingly happy as a clam snuggling up to Ray in bed. Perhaps the most naive "Girl" is figuring it all out, just the most responsible one is begrudgingly learning to think differently.

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‘Chappelle’s Show’ Removed From Netflix At Dave Chappelle’s Request

Chappelle’s Show is no longer streaming on Netflix, at the request of Dave Chappelle. The comedian reached out to the company to ask them to remove the series, for which he received no residuals, and they quickly complied.

On Tuesday (Nov. 24), Chappelle’s posted an Instagram video from a recent stand-up show, called Unforgiven, where he further explained his reasoning for not wanting the Viacom/CBS-owned show to stream on Netflix. “[ViacomCBS] didn’t have to pay me because I signed the contract,” he explained of the sketch comedy show. “But is that right? I found out that these people were streaming my work and they never had to ask me or they never have to tell me. Perfectly legal ‘cause I signed the contract. But is that right? I didn’t think so either.

“That’s why I like working for Netflix,” he continued. “I like working for Netflix because when all those bad things happened to me, that company didn’t even exist. And when I found out they were streaming Chappelle’s Show, I was furious. How could they not– how could they not know? So you know what I did? I called them and I told them that this makes me feel bad. And you want to know what they did? They agreed that they would take it off their platform just so I could feel better.”

Episodes of Chapelle's Show had been streaming on Netflix for about a month. While the showw has been wiped from the streaming outlet, episodes remain on Comedy Central, CBS All Access, and HBO Max.

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50 Cent, Joy Bryant, Nicholas Pinnock Talk New Season Of ABC's 'For Life'

Months after its debut, ABC's For Life has returned for a new season. Based on the true story of Isaac Wright Jr., a former-inmate-turned-lawyer, the drama series' protagonist, Aaron Wallace (Nicholas Pinnock), fights for his freedom and safety in and out of the courtroom while fighting for that of his fellow inmates. As Wallace inches closer to finding substantial evidence to exonerate himself, he reconnects with his ex-wife Marie (Joy Bryant) and pregnant teenage daughter Jasmine (Tyla Harris).

"When I met with Issac, I almost couldn't believe what he was saying to me. He went to jail, became a prison rep, came back created a case law through other people's cases, and worked his way out of jail?" said Curtis "50" Cent" Jackson in a recent interview with VIBE correspondent Jazzie Belle. "You know more people that saw things not going well [in prison] and said I'll take a bad situation before I take the worst situation and cop-out because they know the system will just wash them up and that will be the end of it."

The first season of For Life essentially covers the first 9 years of Wright's experience while in jail. This season, topics like Black Lives Matter and social justice are addressed and Wallace finally reenters society. "There are 5 different Aarons I'm playing," shared British actor Nicholas Pinnock. "One is Aaron who is the prison rep. One is Aaron who is the father and husband to Marie and Jas(mine). One is Aaron with the prison warden and his relationship with her. Another one is Aaron just as an ordinary prisoner. And then you have Aaron the lawyer...and then in Season 2, we have a sixth layer. There's Aaron on the outside."

An unspoken source of strength lies in Marie who has supported and served as a "ride or die" figure in the first season. When asked about addressing those who don't agree with her prior decision to move on to Wallace's friend, Bryant pointed out her character's humanness. "Marie had to make some hard choices when Aaron was sent away. They may not be things that people agree with. 'Oh, she's with his best friend' or whatever, but she was left holding the bag, literally," she pointed out. "Things aren't always so black and white. People have to make decisions based on where they are and what they feel they need to do at the time and everyone can have whatever opinion they want."

Watch VIBE's full interview with Bryant, Pinnock, and Jackson, who also co-executive produces the show. New episodes of For Life premieres Wednesdays at 10 pm ET on ABC.

Interview's music bed provided by Gus.

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‘Black Panther’ Sequel Will Reportedly Begin Filming In Atlanta Next Year

Filming on the highly anticipated sequel to Black Panther is set to begin next summer. Marvel Studios will start shooting the Ryan Coogler-directed sequel in July 2021, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“The series are the priority, “ a source told THR of Marvel’s film strategy going into next year. “Ramping them up takes a lot of focus. The movie machinery is well established.”

The shoot will last at least six months. Princess Shuri, the character played by Letitia Wright, who plays King T’Challa's sister Princess Shuri, could take on an expanded role given the death of Chadwick Boseman.

Narcos: Mexico actor Tenoch Huerta will reportedly join the cast, while Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett and Windsor Duke are also expected to return for the second installment of the Marvel film.

In September, Black Panther’s executive producer Victoria Alonso denied rumors that Boseman would appear in the film via CGI technology. “There's only one Chadwick, and he's not with us,” Alonso said. “Our king, unfortunately, has died in real life, not just in fiction, and we are taking a little time to see how we return to the story and what we do to honor this chapter of what has happened to us that was so unexpected, so painful, so terrible, in reality.”

Boseman, 43, passed away from colon cancer in August.

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