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The Teaser Trailer for The Final Season of “Orange is the New Black” is Making Us All Weep

Award-winning Netflix series “Orange is the New Black” has given us both problematic and deeply satisfying character development, plot twists, and grief. This summer, its seventh and final season will be streamed to Netflix, and nobody’s ready.

OITNB just shared a teaser trailer to its final season, and while it gives us little to no information about the plot of its finale, it is consistently making viewers cry.

Folks are literally crying over the touching OITNB final season teaser.

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The teaser ends with Piper Chapman and Alex Vause meeting each other–one in street clothes and the other still in prison uniform. OITNB writers have taken us on an emotional rollercoaster with these two, and we’re hoping they really do get to walk off into the sunset.

Netflix has shared some stills, including this one of Piper on the outside.

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It’s a little strange to see so many people not in uniform, especially Piper. Fans are hoping #Vausman is endgame material and that they will be reunited on the outside.

Many fans are finding the anticipation for Season 7 to be bittersweet.

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The hashtag #OrangeForever is trending because the fandom really is forever. Let the entire series re-binge commence. We have two months to get back up to date with everything.

We did see Maritza back on set with Flaca, which means #Flaritza is back!

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We see the two fooling around behind bars, singing along to the series’ theme song, laughing away. Of course, this shook the fandom.

Diane Guerrero is back for the final season!

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The actress did not appear in Season 6 for even a single scene after writers concluded Season 5 with a separation of #Flaritza. Guerrero appeared in several different films, including The Godmother and Killerman during production of Season 6.

#Flaritza fans are reigniting the #FlaritzaForever hashtag in standom.

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It wouldn’t have felt like the series finale if these two comadres weren’t hand in hand. We’re here for more #Flaritza content.

One fan noticed that the red bucket in the final trailer scene read this message:

Yup. That sums it up. Seems the cast, crew, and fans are ready to see the story conclude in the best way possible.

Other fans are making a clear and direct appeal to the writers to give us what we want.

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The wounds from the Game of Thrones finale is having a ripple affect on other fandoms. So we’re using our communication tools and being clear and direct. No loose ends.

Of course, the gays are screaming.

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Myself included. What will I do without all my favorite prison lesbians giving me that chingona attitude I bring into my everyday life? I cry.

The entire series will be available on Netflix on July 26.

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And yes, Dascha, we will remember all your voices and faces. ????

So without further ado, prepare to weep.

All good things must come to an end. We’re not ready. Thank you for all the memories and we can’t wait to see what is going done in the final season of OITNB.

READ: BFF QUIZ: If You Were Cast In ‘OITNB’ Would You Be Flaca Or Maritza?

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Gabriel Fernandez’s Mother, Pearl Fernandez, Is Trying to Have Her Murder Conviction Thrown Out

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Gabriel Fernandez’s Mother, Pearl Fernandez, Is Trying to Have Her Murder Conviction Thrown Out

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Gabriel Fernandez’s mother, Pearl Fernandez, is trying to have her murder conviction thrown out. The 37-year-old woman has been in jail since 2018 for the murder and torture of her eight-year old son.

Pearl Fernandez is petitioning the court for resentencing, hoping to have her first-degree murder and/or second-degree murder charges thrown out.

Fernandez is hoping to have her sentence vacated based off of new changes to the California state penal code. “I think that she feels that somehow maybe, you know, the special circumstance will be dismissed or maybe she’ll have a chance that the D.A. will agree with the petition,” Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Hatami said to CBSLA.

In June 2018, a judge sentenced Pearl Fernandez to life without parole. The judge charged Pearl Fernandez with the 2013 torture and killing of her eight-year-old son, Gabriel Fernandez.

On May 22, 2013, Gabriel Fernandez died after suffering a fatal beating from his mother. Pearl Fernandez was allegedly angry that he didn’t clean up his toys.

The details of Pearl and her boyfriend’s lengthy torture campaign against Gabriel Fernandez are both gruesome and numerous. Over the course of his eight-month stay with Isauro Aguirre, the couple broke his bones, burned him with cigarettes, pepper-sprayed him, and forced him to eat his own vomit as well as animal feces. And that is just a short-list of what they did.

The case came to national attention after the release of the 2020 Netflix documentary, “The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez“. The documentary shone a spotlight on the insidious nature of child abuse. It also highlighted the systematic failures of the social services system that fails to protect children.

Elected officials have expressed their disgust at Pearl Fernandez for trying to escape justice by taking advantage of updated laws.

“The policies and directives from my office and these new laws created by the Legislature are emboldening murderers of children to apply to be re-sentenced,” said Deputy DA Hatami to City News Service. “This is completely unfair to the surviving families and their loved ones.”

He continued: “Families now have to relive all the horror that was perpetrated upon a small and helpless child. Based upon all the evidence presented at the grand jury, which was made public, and the jury trial, Pearl Fernandez was a major participant in the torture and murder of little Gabriel.”

It seems obvious by the fact that Pearl Fernandez is trying to get out of jail after torturing her son to death, that she isn’t remorseful about her actions.

Any other mother who killed her son would probably want to spend the rest of her life in jail instead of trying to find a way to get out of it.

If you believe someone you know is experiencing–or committing–child abuse, there are resources to help. Call the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-Child or 1-800-422-4453, or go to www.childhelp.org. Staying vigilant could help save a child like Gabriel Fernandez.

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Regé-Jean Page Is Leaving ‘Bridgerton’ and We’re Devastated

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Regé-Jean Page Is Leaving ‘Bridgerton’ and We’re Devastated

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There is some very bad news for “Bridgerton” fans. On Friday, Netflix announced that Regé-Jean Page is not returning for the second season of the smash-hit Shondaland series. Regé-Jean Page played the dashing Duke Simon Basset in the first season.

Netflix told the world that Regé-Jean Page would not be returning to “Bridgerton” via a statement written in the voice of Lady Whistledown.

“While all eyes turn to Lord Anthony Bridgerton’s quest to find a Viscountess, we bid adieu to Regé-Jean Page, who so triumphantly played the Duke of Hastings. We’ll miss Simon’s presence onscreen, but he will always be a part of the Bridgerton family,” Lady Whistledown wrote.

They also added: “Daphne will remain a devoted wife and sister, helping her brother navigate the upcoming social season and what it has to offer – more intrigue and romance than my readers may be able to bear.”

Apparently, it was Regé-Jean Page’s decision not to return to the multicultural costume drama.

Although the role of duke Simon Basset shot Page to stardom, he feels that it’s now time for him to move onto bigger and better things. In an interview with Variety, Page said that Bridgerton producers always told him that his role would be a “one-season arc” with a “beginning, middle, end”.

“[I thought] ‘That’s interesting,’ because then it felt like a limited series,” said Page. “I get to come in, I get to contribute my bit and then the Bridgerton family rolls on.”

According to Bridgerton producers, the next season will largely revolve around Anthony Bridgerton (played by Jonathan Bailey) as he tries to nab the love of his life.

Unfortunately, that storyline doesn’t seem quite as appealing to Bridgerton fans who loved to stare at Regé-Jean Page’s face for hours on end.

“Well, not sure what the point of watching this now,” said one disgruntled Twitter user. “We all know that Simon was the reason why most of us were watching this :/”

Fans of the book series, however, were much quicker to jump to Regé-Jean Page’s defense.

“Guys, each season is about one brother/sister, first season was about Daphne, second season will be about Anthony!” wrote another fan. “Simon won’t be the main character as he was. Accept Anthony and Kate [the new love interest]”. They added later: “The name [of the show] is ‘Bridgerton’ not Duke of Hastings.”

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