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Here’s The Ultimate Recap From Last Season To Prepare You For The New Season Of OITNB

You don’t need to rewatch Season 5 of “Orange is the New Black” (OITNB) to watch the latest release (July 27) of Season 6, because I already did that for you. And a lot happened to some of our favorite women in the series, with Daya and Gloria at the center of it all. In case you forgot, there was a prison riot, a corrections officer was shot and killed and there was even a talent show.

The next 25 screengrabs will tell you everything you need to remember about last season in less than 3 minutes. Ready, set, dale.

Season 5 started where Season 4 left off with Daya holding a gun at a guard.

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Season 4’s cliffhanger was right after Poussey Washington was killed by an untrained guard who suffocated her to death. The prison erupted in chaos and Daya was able to grab the gun of one of the most sadistic guards in television history.

Daya ended up shooting him in the thigh. He was sent to medics, but eventually had a stroke from loss of blood and died towards the end of the season.

Taystee led an online revolution to get justice for Poussey.

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With the prison taken over by the inmates, Taystee took advantage of Internet access and posted the truth about what happened to her very best friend. No officer was being held accountable for Poussey’s death, and the anger Taystee shows during this entire season is representative of all of black and brown America.

The girls held a seance for Poussey.

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It was a little creepy. They sat in a circle on the ground where Poussey died. Basically, nothing happened except for Taystee and Poussey’s girlfriend, Soso, getting into a fight.

The next day, Soso built an art installation in Poussey’s honor.

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Poussey loved the library and loved to read. We all were crying at this point in the season, and if you weren’t, then you weren’t paying attention.

Meanwhile, Spanish Harlem took over the prison.

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Because if you have the gun, then you’re in charge. Daya had the gun. Maria especially had nothing to lose after shady officer Piscatella told her she was getting another 5 years added to her sentence. Sh*t was cray.

But then, the meth-heads got the gun and sh*t got even scarier.

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They’re not the most steady people, and have some pretty high-flying emotions about cough syrup and whether people should speak Spanish or English. ????

7. Meanwhile, Taystee was taking hostage photos of the prison guards and Warden Caputo.

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While Taystee and her crew was trying to negotiate with MCC (the private prison company that took over Litchfield) and the Governor for simple rights, like health care, pay for labor, and edible food, the meth heads had other priorities.

The inmates forced the hostages to hold a talent show.

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Yup, the officers put on a talent show of singing, dancing and magic tricks. They didn’t say what the prize would be, but you definitely want to please criminals with a gun, especially after one of your own was shot. It’s Talent Under Duress, fun!

OK, but it actually was entertaining.

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Magic Mike over here had some other extracurricular talents outside of his prison guard training that in the end, made one of the girls jealous and the whole situation even more unstable.

Eventually, one of the officers, who was in hiding, was able to grab the gun and make his escape.

Maritza and Flaca became internet famous.

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There are a lot of ways to use a toilet plunger, tu sabes? I’m obsessed with how quickly these two turned their prison uniforms into some very cute Halloween costumes. Please @ us if you dressed like them for Halloween last year?!

Flaca shared her DIY prison makeup ritual, which included Sazón Adobo.

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I appreciate that, really. You just need some cinnamon, cumin and Goya Sazón Adobo to get that “DIY fly” contour look. Their love story was the only one that matters.

But Poussey and Soso tears me up hard.

The duo went around giving prisoners makeovers.

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I mean, initially, Piper asked them to beautify the actual prison space, but they took it upon themselves to beautify the prisoners. They care about the human, OK. 😛

On a more serious note, Taystee ended up hosting her own media conference.

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The revolutionaries came up with a list of demands, which included Takis and hot Cheetos, and posted it to the door of the prison, and online. This is what launched their negotiations with the Governor.

The governor delivered on Takis and Cheetos.

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Once the girls felt like their needs were being heard, they started to feel like they were winning and celebrated like winners. ????

But when they found out that this was all they would get, they burned it to the ground.

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Literally. Also, in public, on television. I so desperately want Taystee to go become a spokesperson for prison rights when she gets out. Whose with me?

Daya finally came to terms with her reality.

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But not without the help of Gloria, who made it abundantly clear to her that none of this is her mother, Aleida’s, fault. She pulled the trigger on that gun. This was on her.

Aleida, soaked up a little fame on TV.

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Eventually, Aleida’s appearance is what made the shooting come out to the public. Daya was going down.

Daya turned herself in during the riot to help the negotiations.

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We don’t know exactly what is going to happen to her in Season 6, but we imagine that she’ll spend the rest of her life in max.

Gloria had her own stuff to deal with, like her son in the hospital.

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She even came up with a plan to move the hostages into the port-a-potties so that she could cut a hole into the fence and release them in an effort to get authorities to work with her in exchange for her part.

Unfortunately, Maria found out and did it before Gloria had the chance to take the last step.

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When her fellow inmates found out Gloria was going to betray them and the negotiations, they locked her up with the remaining officers.

We don’t know if Maria is even going to get out.

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Essentially, the governor’s aid told her that she can’t make any promises. Maria was able to get a few minutes with her baby though. We have no clue what will happen next for her.

Piscatella broke into the prison and tortured Red and her crew.

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Which was one of the scariest parts of the entire season. He shaved the top of Red’s head off and terrorized the girls until other women heard them screaming and sedated and tied Piscatella up.

Once the hostages were released, the negotiations went south.

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The governor wouldn’t budge on honoring Poussey’s death as a murder and Taystee wouldn’t budge on getting justice. Because of Maria’s move, the negotiations completely fell apart and SWAT showed up in riot gear and started manhandling the women.

Maritza and Flaca were separated. ????

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Again, the only love story we care about and all we know is that the two are sent to different prisons, making the riot their last hurrah (as far as we know).

The season ended with an explosion.

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The remaining girls left in the prison were hiding out in an emptied out pool. They know that the men injure any women who try to resist, so they hold hands and stand in peace and dignity. We know that the Governor gave orders to remove them “by all means necessary.”

The last thing we heard was an explosion at the door. The only way to know what happens next is to get into your piyamas, fry up some tostones and Netflix and binge. ✌️


READ: Here’s What The OINTB Cast Has Been Up To Since Last Season

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Netflix’s Newest Musical Teen Hit Series Stars a 16-Year-Old Afro-Latina Newcomer

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Netflix’s Newest Musical Teen Hit Series Stars a 16-Year-Old Afro-Latina Newcomer

A new teen series has dropped on Netflix that the internet can’t stop talking about. The newest cultural phenomenon that has hit the juggernaut streaming service is a musical series called Julie and the Phantoms, based on the 2011 Brazilian show of the same name.

The series follows a 16-year-old insecure girl named Julie who has lost her love of music after the tragic death of her mother. But with the help of a (stay with us here) band of musical ghosts she stumbles across in her garage, she soon re-discovers her love of singing and performing. Backed by her band of “phantoms”, Julie confidently takes the stage again, blowing everyone away in the process. ,

But the wacky, heartfelt story-line isn’t the only reason people are excited about the show. The buzz around the show is building because its star, 16-year-old newcomer Madison Reyes, is an Afro-Latina singer-actress of Puerto Rican descent.

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Before landing the role of Julie, Reyes was just a regular shmegular Nuyorican girl going to high school in Brooklyn. Needless to say, the process of auditioning for Julie and the Phantoms was both a whirlwind and a game-changer.

“I found out about Julie and the Phantoms through my school. At first I was nervous to send my video in, but after talking to some friends, I sent it in and got a call back,” Reyes told Refinery 29. “From there it was just figuring out when I could fly to L.A. When I finally made it out there, the audition process lasted two days.”

Reyes, for one, understands the burden of her load. “[Julie] is Latin American, she’s got textured hair, she’s a strong and independent female character,” Reyes recently told the LA Times. “As a person of color who wants more diversity [on-screen], I’m kind of scared about the hate comments that I’ve seen other people have to go through, especially women.”

As if having an Afro-Latina actress at the center of a popular Netflix show wasn’t exciting enough, the series is also being helmed by Mexican-American director and all-around legend Kenny Ortega. For those of you unfamiliar with Ortega, he is the creative genius who directed bonafide classics like High School Musical and Hocus Pocus.

Ortega has been publicly effusive in his praise of Reyes. “She has this raw talent that can take on any genre of music, and this promise of greatness that excited everybody,” he told the LA Times. “And yet she’s so relatable and grounded.”

Fans are already calling for a second season after watching the cliffhanger season finale. Reyes, herself, can’t wait to get back in the shoes of Julie. When asked in an interview about where we’ll see her next, she responded: “Hopefully in the next season of Julie and the Phantoms!”. We second that wish.

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‘Cheer’ Star Jerry Harris Is Being Held In Federal Custody For Child Pornography Charges

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‘Cheer’ Star Jerry Harris Is Being Held In Federal Custody For Child Pornography Charges

Update: September 23, 2020

After being arrested last week by the FBI, it has been decided that Netflix’s “Cheer” star Jerry Harris, the “Cheer” fan favorite will remain in federal custody on child pornography charges.

According to reports, Harris has been charged in federal court with the production of child pornography. The charge stems from a criminal complaint filed against Harris alleging that he sought sexual acts and photos from boys as young as 13 at cheerleading competitions.

Harris was scheduled to appear before a court magistrate on Thursday to face the charge. The charge of the production of child pornography comes with a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison if he is convicted.

The charges are connected to Harris’ alleged advances on a 13-year-old cheerleader. Harris, who was 19 at the time, was soliciting photos and videos from the minor on Snapchat in 2018. The charge also states that Harris confronted the young cheerleader in the bathroom at a cheerleading event and asked for solicited oral sex.

The news continues to shock and surprise people on social media.

The news broke earlier this week that the FBI had opened an investigation into Harris because of a complaint filed claiming the sexual misconduct. The charge includes several photos, videos, and messages sent between Harris and minors demanding sexually explicit images from the minors.

Harris has been held at the MCC in downtown Chicago since his arrest. According to the Chicago Tribune, Harris admitted in an interview with FBI agents that he solicited lewd images and sex from one of the minors who reported him on several different occasions. The complaint states Harris also admitted to soliciting and receiving child pornography on Snapchat from “at least between 10 to 15 other individuals he knew were minors.”

Harris, 21, gained national attention earlier this year when he was introduced to Netflix viewers in a six-part docuseries called “Cheer.”

The series followed the nationally ranked Navarro College Bulldogs Cheer Team as they prepared for a Daytona Beach competition. Fans of the show became captivated by Harris a cheerleader whose positivity and energy seemed utterly contagious. Soon after his appearance on the show, Harris rocketed to stardom and made appearances on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” nabbed interviews with Variety magazine, and even made a guest appearance on the cheerleading themed song “Mas(k)ot” by Todrick Hall.

A recent revelation however is revealing that Harris’ standing as a lovable household name is no longer.

Recently, fans of Harris learned of an FBI investigation into him is underway and regards allegations that the celebrity cheerleader solicited sexually explicit photos as well as sex from minors.

In a statement to USA Today, Siobhan Johnson, a FBI special agent and public affairs officer said that “The FBI is conducting court-authorized law enforcement activity in the area.”

The criminal investigation stems from allegations brought forward by 14-year-old twin brothers. The two minors claim that Harris made them endure a pattern of harassment, both online and at cheer competitions. The two claim the harassment started when they were 13 and Harris was 19 and continued for over a year.

At the start of August, Varsity Brands, a private company that governs the cheerleading industry, reported to police in Florida and Texas that its Chief Legal Officer Burton Brillhart had learned of “inappropriate sexual conduct” allegations against Harris. Brillhart reported the information to police officials as required by law.

“Harris is accused of asking one of the brothers to have sex with him in 2019 at two Varsity cheerleading competitions,” reports USA Today.

“As a result of the recent allegation, we have barred this person from having any affiliation with Varsity Brands or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates, now and in the future,” Brillhart wrote.

Brillhart described Harris as a former employee and emphasized that he was no longer actively working for Varsity at the time of when the alleged incidents took place.

The current lawsuit against Harris claims that the Netflix star solicited explicit photos from the twin brothers and also asked one of the twins for oral sex.

Last week, Harris denied the accusations.

“We categorically dispute the claims made against Jerry Harris, which are alleged to have occurred when he was a teenager,” a spokesperson for Harris said in a statement to Variety last week. “We are confident that when the investigation is completed the true facts will be revealed.”

The twin brothers are seeking $1 million in damages. If convicted Harris could face a minimum of 15 years in prison.

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