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BET’s new drama series, “The Quad,” is a hit for me and this was just the first episode. The series is set at a historically black university and it has me hooked already.

Poised, ambitious and beautifully dressed, Eva is at rock bottom when we first meet her. She’s an Ivy League graduate, she has just been forced to resign from her job as president of a liberal arts college because of an affair with a student. Her marriage is on the rocks and her disrespectful daughter, Sydney decides to get revenge by partying and not performing in her classes with her tuition being paid in full due to her mother’s new position at the college.

Desperate to get back her promising career, Eva accepts a position as the first female president of Georgia A&M University, a formerly prestigious, historically black school that has fallen in the rankings and is now on its way to bankruptcy.

Eva immediately arouses suspicion among the Georgia A&M old guard, this is the south and southern men still have their old ways. She clashes with Cecil Diamond, leader of the Marching Mountain Cats, the school’s popular marching band, and a powerful administrator, Carlton Pettiway, who calls Eva “Black Ivy.”

Eva wastes no time, she is all about the business, she dives into her new duties attempting to save the college from bankruptcy, she cancelled an expensive bonfire, threatened to cut the football program and she is investigating hazing of a freshman band member who ended up in the hospital in critical condition.

I think she has eyes for the handsome football coach Eugene Hardwick who seems to have eyes for her as well. But she is still married and she is still creeping with the student who got her fired from her liberal arts college. However, she does find an ally with Ella Grace Caldwell.

But the real drama of “The Quad” comes from the freshman class at Georgia A&M. In addition to Eva’s wild a$$ daughter, Sydney, the first-year students include Noni, a saxophonist determined to join the Mountain Cats no matter the cost and Cedric an aspiring hip-hop artist from inner-city Chicago whose past may come back to haunt him.

There are even a few white students, including star football player Bojohn Folsom, a farm boy from Texas who struggles to fit in to his new environment.

The marching band is what makes you really want to watch this show, not only are they playing instruments in the hot southern sun but they are also dancing at the same damn time, but with all great things, there is shadiness and competition among the band mates.

Eva battles nonstop sexism and accusations of being insufficiently black because she doesn’t drop her Gs. The premiere episode ended with a bang and I am looking forward to next weeks episode. BET is on its game this year, this is the BET we know and love!!

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Queen Sugar Finale

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Queen Sugar Finale aired and it left us with a lot of questions and that’s the way a show should end. One of the best drama series on tv right now, hate the season ended but it gives us a reason to get ready for next season!!

Nova is sitting with her reporter friend at the farmhouse while her friend interviews one of the farmers that works at the farm. Darla shows up; she wants to get some of her things from inside the house, but Nova isn’t having it, she already doesn’t trust Darla, and can’t understand why she never told anyone the truth about Blue, and why she would tell now? Darla held on to this secret for 7 years. Darla tries to explains her lies, she chose what she thought was best for Blue, but Nova tells her; she chose lies, not what was best.

Charley is so mad at the Landry’s, they are affecting her mill and her money, she confronts Jacob Boudreaux, who admits he has been worried about Charley’s next game plan. He admits to spreading rumors about her farm. He wants Charley, he is intrigued by her, he begins to flirt with her and she is just playing a game.

Another farmer lets Ralph Angel know they can’t work with the Queen Sugar mill anymore; they’re nervous about all the rumors. At the mill, Charley is on the phone trying to save her mill but the owners are worried about the rumors and the machinery at the mill isn’t working properly, but those are lies coming from the Landry’s.

Hollywood receives a phone call from the lawyer from the rig lawsuit, who tells him that the company settled for triple the amount they originally thought they would. Hollywood screams to V that they are now rich. Hollywood is the type of person who will share his money with the world.

Ralph Angel confronts Darla about her lies and she tells him she couldn’t remember who she slept with at that time and she did what she thought was best for Blue. Ralph Angel tells Darla they are over, he can’t trust her at all but he will always be Blue’s father. He then picks Blue up from Aunt V, Blue was sleep but he woke up once he saw his face and asked his pop where has he been? Ralph Angel explained to him it was harvest time and he told Blue how he got his name.

I love the relationship Ralph Angel and Blue have, he loves his pop, to take him away would break Ralph Angel’s heart and tear Blue up.

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Empire Recap

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Empire has returned and I am so happy, this episode didn’t disappoint but the last few were a disappointment. So how does Lucious go from not remembering his past and not walking to walking and remembering more of his past every day? I am so confused but this episode was definitely entertaining.

Hakeem and Anika are in family court fighting each other for full custody of baby Bella. I must say, Hakeem stepped up to the plate to be the best father he could be and now he’s fighting Anika for his daughter. The morning of the hearing, of course Hakeem has his family in court with him as well as Tiana.

The courtroom is full of vultures, who will do whatever it takes to get the next story to sell, they have cameras and picket signs in the court room. This female judge wasn’t playing with anybody and she seems like a tough judge. I didn’t know Angelo was an attorney, I thought his cousin was the attorney but I guess not because he is Anika’s attorney and everyone knows that he is only trying to get back at Cookie for humiliating him. Angelo gives his opening argument, the judge sends best wishes to his mother.

Angelo goes all the way in on the Lyons and praises Anika when he doesn’t even know her. Does the judge know that Anika killed her future son in laws baby by pushing her off the balcony? Anika is very sneaky, she always has a trick bag with her and this makes no difference. While Angelo praises Anika, he doesn’t praise Hakeem, he talked about his drug and sex parties. Angelo calls The Lyons criminals and thugs, he says they are not in a position to have baby Bella with them at all. Anika did do time, her skeletons came out in court and she was still able to get full custody of her daughter.

Hakeem is definitely worried about his baby, Angelo calls Cookie to the stand, and prison comes up. Cookie is smart, her street smartness gives her game, she knew how to handle herself in court. She talks about Hakeem and how he’s a wonderful father to his daughter, the kind of parent she wanted to be but couldn’t. Angelo brings up the fight between Anika and Cookie, calling Cookie violent but never saying anything bad about Anika. At one point in her life Anika was going to kill herself and she asked Cookie to take care of Bella. All of a sudden whack a$$ Angelo brings up that Cookie had thugs beat him up.

Lucious is back, the real Lucious but I’m still not convinced that he ever lost his memory, I believe he was just playing his part. Lucious decides he wants to testify and he gets that chance, when Angelo asks Lucious about his past as “the scariest man in music,” Lucious claims he can’t remember due to his memory loss. Lucious loves Bella and all the memories she’s given him, because of Bella, he wants to try and change his ways for the best!

Hakeem, decides to fire his lawyer and speak for himself, he really didn’t have a legitimate reason as to why he fired him but he did and that was that. He gets Anika on the stand asking personal questions about Bella. Then Hakeem reminds her that his door was always open; he wanted her to get to know Bella, but she had to file this custody suit on him.

Mrs. DuBois has returned just in time to throw Hakeem under the bus, she gets on the stand and talks about how she finds Hakeem a very pleasant young man, which she knows because he’s spent every Tuesday afternoon with her for the past five months. The look on Cookie’s face was priceless. Mrs. Dubois also videotaped their meetings, he betrayed his family when he says terrible, damning things about every single member of his family: Jamal has his pills, Andre has his illness, he also says Andre’s baby dying was “probably for the best”, Hakeem wishes Cookie was still in jail, and Lucious is a monster.

Of course the judge rules and gives Anika full custody of baby Bella. Hakeem is devastated, the entire Lyon family is hurting for Hakeem and Bella.

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