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Netflix Canceled ‘One Day At A Time’ And Fans Are Livid With The Network’s Decision

After three seasons, and minimal publicity, Netflix did not renew “One Day At A Time” for a fourth season.

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The streaming service claimed that there were not enough people watching the show to justify a fourth season telling the story of the Alvarez family. The show gave representation and touched on topics that are so important for the Latino and Cuban communities. The decision by Netflix is a heartbreaking one that has left all “One Day At A Time” fans confused, disappointed, and, unfortunately, not surprised.

Netflix is being dragged on Twitter for the lack of publicity they did to promote the show.

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Netflix users would be hard pressed to find examples of Netflix promoting shows like “One Day At A Time” or “Sense8” with the same fervor as shows like “Fuller House.” Despite the overwhelmingly negative reviews about the “Full House” reboot, the show lasted for five seasons on Netflix. Meanwhile, “One Day At A Time” received glowing reviews and a lot of support for a renewal and couldn’t get a fourth season.

For a moment, let’s imagine that Netflix put the same amount of promotion for “One Day At A Time” as they did for “Roma”? One can only imagine that the numbers they are seeking would materialize.

“One Day At A Time” scored perfect scores on Rotten Tomatoes for the second and third season.

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Out of 84 TV seasons with 100 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Netflix’s “One Day At A Time” produced two of them. The show proved to be a well-oiled vessel for representing a population often overlooked while tackling the issues that matter.

The Alvarez’s are a Cuban-American family living in Los Angeles and, as such, deal with the dichotomy of growing up in a multi-generational, immigrant home. The way old-school ideals by Lydia Reira butted up against the modern views of Elena Alvarez were so real to many audience members.

Most evident is the way Lydia was able to come to terms with her granddaughter coming out as gay. This storyline is so personal for the queer audience the show was able to cultivate through Elena and her journey of self-acceptance.

Cast members of the show took to Twitter to share the news with their fans.

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Isabella Gomez is the woman who brought Elena Alvarez to life and always took her role seriously. Not only did she want to a good job as Elena, Gomez wanted to make sure that the queer storyline she was presenting as a non-queer actor was accurate and respectful of the community she was in charge of representing.

“I realized from the beginning that if I want to tell this story accurately, I was going to have to take in as many experiences as possible and learn from them,” Gomez told Out Magazine. “I also think it’s that the fans are so incredible and I get messages from them about their own journeys daily and I read all of them. That’s given me so much insight into what their lives are like, the good, the bad, and the ugly. I’m constantly learning, but most importantly, the writers that write Elena are LGBTQ and have had these experiences.”

Gloria Calderón Kellett poured her heart and soul into the show as a co-showrunner, writer, and basically everything for the show.

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This show was a special moment in the Netflix history and it would be good for them to realize the power this show has. Lydia is an accurate and non-caricatured version of a loving and sometimes inappropriate Cuban abuelita. Penelope Alvarez gave a voice to military veterans struggling with mental health and trauma from serving their country as a single mother.

“Luckily, I believe in miracles,” Calderón Kellett tweeter. “So, maybe we’ll find a home somewhere else. I hope we do cause @mikeroyce & I have a lot more for these wonderful characters to do.”

However, no matter how the cast and crew try to reassures fans that it is okay, people are most certainly not letting Netflix move on quietly.

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In response to the news from Netflix, #SaveODAAT has started trending. Not only are people trying to plead with Netflix to reconsider, others are calling on Hulu, Amazon, and other companies to swoop in and save the show. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” was canceled from Fox and got picked up by NBC. We can only hope that another company will be smart enough to snatch up “One Day At A Time.”

Not to mention the optics of canceling inclusive shows with representation in the current societal climate.

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The same arguments were made when “Sense8” was canceled despite a strong fanbase. Not to mention that Netflix recently made the decision to drop $80 million to stream “Friends” in 2019.

Fans want Netflix to understand that the show was delivering something more than just a sitcom.

This show was a window into our worlds being led by someone from the community who lived the experience. It is the representation behind and in front of the camera that people have been calling for from Hollywood and Netflix did it only to cancel it.

While this is a sad day, we can only hope someone somewhere will wake up and save this show from disappearing for good.

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Minorities are always fighting for better representation. Our projects are usually the first to fall when money and numbers are discussed. It is important that we continue to hold production companies, networks, and streaming services responsible. We need to demand the respresentation we want to see.

If you want to let Netflix know what you think about “One Day At A Time” being canceled, you can call them at 1 (866) 579-7172.

READ: Queer Latinas Have A Very Relatable Character In ODAAT’s Elena Alvarez

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Daisy Coleman, The High School Sexual Assault Survivor Featured In A Netflix Documentary, Has Died By Suicide

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Daisy Coleman, The High School Sexual Assault Survivor Featured In A Netflix Documentary, Has Died By Suicide

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In 2016, Netflix debuted the heartwrenching documentary Audrie & Daisy a film that examined the tragic experiences of two high school students. Audrie Pott and Daisy Coleman were two teens at the time of their sexual assaults. Both women were subjected to cyberbullying and abuse after their assaults and forced to heal with little support. But soon after her assault, Audrie Pott was driven to suicide by hanging.

The film showed that Coleman also struggled with suicide ideation after the assault.

Four years after the film’s debut, Coleman (who had become a sexual assault victim advocate) has died by suicide.

In a post to her Facebook page on Tuesday, Coleman’s mother shared the news: “My daughter Catherine Daisy Coleman committed suicide tonight,” Melinda Coleman wrote. “If you saw crazy messages and posts it was because I called the police to check on her. She was my best friend and amazing daughter. I think she had to make it seem like I could live without her. I can’t. I wish I could have taken the pain from her! She never recovered from what those boys did to her and it’s just not fair. My baby girl is gone.”

At the time of her assault, Coleman was 14 years old. She was sexually assaulted by a high schooler named Matthew Barnett and was dumped outside of her home wearing only a T-shirt in the dead of winter. The documentary film said Coleman had been left behind in sub-freezing temperatures and that her hair had stuck to the ground.

Barnett was eventually subjected to a felony sexual assault charge for what he did to Coleman but the charge was later dropped.

After, Coleman became a target for bullying.

Filmmakers followed Coleman for two years watching the ways in which Coleman and members of her family were subjected to the trauma of her assault.

“I definitely feel like people have certain views and perceptions about me and about cases like this because they’re uneducated,” then-19-year-old Coleman told People in a 2017 interview. “That’s exactly why I’m going out and trying to educate people on what’s going on in our society.”

Speaking about her experience, Coleman said that she didn’t hold any animosity against her attacker. “I honestly don’t have any vindictive feelings toward him,” Coleman told People. “I feel like all of that negativity that he put onto me was passed down to him at one point, so I felt the need to stop that kind of transaction of negativity and hate… I went through a lot of years of self-loathing and asking myself, Why me? So much ‘woe is me’… I just decided one day that I was done being negative about it. I needed to forgive myself for what happened.”

In 2017, Coleman worked to help others from being subjected to sexual violence for the national campaign SafeBAE — Safe Before Anyone Else.

If you or someone you know might be considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Or text “STRENGTH” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741.

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Netflix Is Bringing Back Seven Classic Black Sitcoms And They’re Already On My Binge List

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Netflix Is Bringing Back Seven Classic Black Sitcoms And They’re Already On My Binge List

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Netflix has seriously upped its streaming game in the past few months. While 2020 rages on with all of its drama and chaos and heartache, at least Netflix is giving us all some much-needed distraction and entertainment.

The streaming giant already has a fairly large library of amazing Black content for us to binge to our heart’s content, but they’ve just outdone themselves with a brand new slate of some of the best classic Black sitcoms ever made.

With a tweet from the streaming giant’s Twitter account @StrongBlackLead, it was announced that seven hit Black shows from the ’90s and 2000s are hitting Netflix throughout August, September, and October.

Netflix will be adding seven hit Black shows to their lineup and the Internet just can’t handle the news.

Yup, you read that right. Shows we used to watch on networks like UPN, the WB, and BET like Sister, Sister, The GameGirlfriends, and The Parkers will all now be available in once place. Finally. And as if this news wasn’t already enough, Netflix’s @StrongBlackLead also premiered a video celebrating the big announcement with literally all of our favorites: Cue Tracee Ellis Ross, Essence Atkins, Jackée Harry, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Tia and Tamera Mowry, and more making us cry with their collective greatness.

Of course, fans could not handle it, and within minutes of the big announcement Moesha and Girlfriends was trending on Twitter.

“Netflix is finally streaming MoeshaThe GameSister SisterGirlfriends and The Parkers starting from next month. seems like the second half of 2020 won’t be bad after all,” wrote one user.

Here’s a roundup of what we have to look forward to in the next couple of months:

Moesha

Brandy (yes, that Brandy!) playing a high-school student in LA facing very real issues including friend with teen pregnancies, racism, trouble at home – this show had it all and it honestly helped me grow and mature as a kid.

Moesha ran for six seasons on UPN (which IMO was one of the most underrated networks!) and went on to become the biggest success for the relatively new network. Bernie Mack and Usher were frequently recurring guest stars on the show and you never knew who else might back a guest appearance.

Sister, Sister

Tia and Tamera Mowry are identical twin sisters who just happen to reunite in a chance enounter. That’s the opening premise of this next-level show, Sister, Sister. But it’s so much more than that. Everyone from the Olsen twins to RuPaul and Tyrese made guest appearances on this show and I lived for every moment.

In January 2018, a revival of Sister, Sister was confirmed and is currently in the works but as of 2020 it is currently unknown when or if the revival will happen.

Girlfriends

One of the longest-running Black-led TV series, Girlfriends was on the CW for a full eight seasons and won numerous awards. Comprised of an ensemble cast led by Tracee Ellis Ross the show featured major talent in guest appearances including Big Boi, Common, Kelly Rowland, Idris Elba, and Erykah Badu.

The Parkers

A hilarious spin-off from the equally hilarious Moesha, this show had it all! Another show on UPN, The Parkers ran for five seasons and had some big name talent in the likes of Mo’Nique and Countness Vaughn.

And for all you Angelenos, the show is largely centered around Santa Monica College which so many of us went to.

Half & Half

Set in San Francisco, Half & Half aired on the UPN for four seasons and follows the lives of two half-sisters who were completely separated for most of their lives but then come back together. Michelle Williams and Essence Atkins were two of the major stars on the show which went on to be nominated for several awards in each of it’s four seasons.

One on One

One of the hit shows from the UPN network, One on One was on the air for five seasons and took place in Baltimore (and LA in the final season). Everyone from Lil Zane to Chris Brown, Eve, Solange Knowles, Lil Kim, Smokey Robinson, and Lisa Leslie made an appearance on this show – it was fire!

And that theme song, ‘Living One on One’, ughh so good!

Since the murder of George Floyd and the widespread Black Lives Matter movement, Netflix has added a new addition to its platform called “Black Lives Matter.” The new platform is home to all the movies about Black communities, celebrities’ topics, etc. with movies like Moonlight and documentaries like Becoming. Hopefully, with the release of these popular Black sitcoms, more may be added to Netflix like MartinLiving Single, and Fresh Prince.

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