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Survivor's Remorse | Episode 6 "Reparations" Exclusive Clip

TV | Ernie Hudson guest stars in this never before seen clip from Sunday's episode 406 "Reparations"

Don't cancel your Starz subscription just yet.

If you like complex storylines that go down smooth as whiskey, great writing, knowing the business behind balling, and acting from some living and forming legends, Survivor's Remorse is on every Sunday night at 10 PM. If you've been taking this journey through life with me, then you know three things about my feelings towards the show:

  1. One of the main character's Jessie T. Usher, and one of the writer's responsible for last week's hilariously disgusting episode, Allen Maldonado, have been interviewed right on these digital pages by moi
  2. I wish this undermined gem was longer than thirty minutes because I always want more when the episode is over
  3. Jessie T.Usher still owes me a seafood dinner that he cooked with his own hands (no deadbugging–you have to see episode 5 to get it)

Robert Wu (Chen) in Episode 5 of Survivor's RemorsePhoto Courtesy of Starz

So when Starz (the network responsible for uniting us through our weekly Sunday Power chats over the summer I miss y'all) slipped us a clip of this week's episode before it airs, of course we had to share with our Popdust fam, you're welcome. In episode 6, Chen suspects Cassie may be having an affair, Flaherty tries to dissuade Cam from getting involved in the Players' Union and Missy discovers a secret that threatens to drive a wedge between her and Reggie. I love guessing secrets but I can't call it with these writers so hit me up on twitter or IG post-show and let's see if your guesses are right.


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What Survivor's Remorse does so innovatively in a space where success has been formulated(ensemble cast+ costumes+ fantastical storylines), is upset the status quo. The idea that you are not supposed to talk about a subject unless in revered and respectful tones (sexuality, race, poverty, religion, self-hate were the center of just a few of my favorite episodes over the course of four seasons) is completely upturned. The most polarizing topics are discussed with a thoughtful hilarity and sometimes you catch yourself agreeing with the wrong side. In the premiere episode when the police chose to drive away from an unruly Atlanta Waffle House fight because they were afraid they were going to shoot someone if it escalated further, I cocked my head to the side and thought, well, it's not policing but it does keep everyone alive. Horrible, I know, but in a time of hashtags and murders, that's where Survivor's Remorse shines. In reminding us that we aren't perfect and there are more complexities to life than standard right and wrong answers, I get a chance to re-evaluate myself and my beliefs for thirty minutes I would have otherwise thought I did not have. Instead of whitewashing the complexities of life or normalizing one way of life over another, they just give us, well, life. A realistic representation with varying opinions, sides, and often, no moral highroad, just the journey. With an episode title of "Reparations", I'm curious to see what they do with Sunday's episode.

Check the clip shared exclusively with us first, featuring Jessie T. Usher, RonReaco Lee, and Ernie Hudson.


Brittiany Cierra is an entertainment and travel journalist and On-Air host highlighting where culture, music, film, television, and current events intersect. When she's not writing about people, places, and things, she's speaking about, dancing on, or marketing them. Follow the journey on twitter and Instagram.

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33 Songs to Cope with Your Long Distance Relationship

TIANY TUNES 6: Distant Lover is the playlist to cope with the end of that summer fling, or sustain you through your long distance relationship (or let's be honest, the demise of it).

Hook up your bluetooth and send to your bae, or the inbox of baes past (or that bae you just can't let go of).

The temperature is dropping, the air is crisper, the pants are longer, and the jackets are heavier. So is the heart. Let's face it. September is the month of transitions. The month where summer turns into fall, you get all of your third quarter grind in, and for some, you prepare for a new fiscal year. For most, it's also the month where you start to let go of your summer. The smell of barbecue and salt water, the sound of the cookout playlist and the ocean, the welcome feel of jet lag–all just memories. You know what else becomes memories, or start to fade away? Your summer flings. Whether due to physical or emotional distance, the connection ebbs and flows like the waves you sat on the beach together just a few weeks prior. No worries, I made Tiany Tunes 6: Distant Lover to cope with all of the stages of distance. From hopeful pining, to strong reassurance, followed by doubt and acceptance with a few tracks thrown in for that inevitable revisit there is something for every stage of your new reality. The uncertainty of this phase giving you anxiety? Don't worry, whether this relationship or another, cuffing season is right around the corner, and Tiany Tunes 3: Baby It's Cold Outside has the cure to comfort.

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Take a look at the first ten songs and then check out the entire Spotify playlist to see even more from 50 Cent, Frank Ocean, Marron 5, Cyndi Lauper, Fergie, H.E.R., and more.

1. Miss You x Beyonce

I thought that things like this get better with time but I still need you. Why is that?

2. Distant Lover x Marvin Gaye

Distant lover you should think about me. Say a prayer for me. Please, please baby

3. A Thousand Miles x Vanessa Carlton

And I need you.And I miss you.And now I wonder...

4. Hey There Delilah x Plain White T's

Don't you worry about the distance I'm right there if you get lonely. Give this song another listen. Close your eyes.

5. Far Away x Marsha Ambrosius

Don't know what I'm gonna do. Four days and countin', I've been layin' here starin' myself in the mirror all alone in my room.

6. Computer Love x Zapp

Zapp invented the internet, not Al Gore. Could it be your face I see on my computer screen?

7. Thinkin Bout You x Frank Ocean

Yes of course I remember, how could I forget how you feel?

8. Like You'll Never See Me Again x Alicia Keys

If I couldn't feel your touch and no longer were you with me I'd be wishing you were here to be everything that I've been looking for.

9. -Passionfruit X Drake

Listen, harder buildin' trust from a distance. I think we should rule out commitment for now cause we're fallin' apart.

10. T-shirt x Destiny's Child

Hold up a minute, thought I heard your name. My mind, playing tricks on me again. I hear knocks at the door, is that my baby home? Why couldn't it be reality? Looked at the clock and it says 4:03. At nine, he'll be arriving on a plane then we'll be making love and hearing the song again

I know, you want more.The full playlist is below. You're welcome. DId I miss anything. Tweet me what I missed or hop into my Insta DMs.


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Brittiany Cierra is an entertainment and travel journalist and On-Air host highlighting where culture, music, film, television, and current events intersect. When she's not writing about people, places, and things, she's speaking about, dancing on, or marketing them. Follow the journey on twitter and Instagram.

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The Ball Era has officially begun

TELEVISION | In Episode 2 of Ball In The Family everyone has their own path to forge

I know this is only the second episode, but it's safe to say Ball In The Family is one of my favorite television shows to date. The very things that made episode one such a hit–the camaraderie between the Ball brothers, seeing the softer side of Lavar, and witnessing the strength that is Tina–is still there plus all of the things we didn't know we wanted to see (except Gelo, we knew we wanted to know more about the elusive middle child). This episode picks up with Melo entering high school, Gelo at UCLA, and Zo preparing for Lakerdom. Forging their separate paths but still entwined, the show goes on.


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Fathers don't have favorites (at least that's what my dad says when I ask him) and the same remains true for Lavar but Melo is the most like Lavar. He loves attention, he's fearless, and he loves to teeter the line between comical and inappropriate and then say, "huh?"when questioned. "Melo will test you," Lavar proudly beams, and you know that even when the youngest Ball brother does cross the line, LaVar doesn't mind too much. We also get to observe Gelo in his element a little more this episode. The UCLA freshman is moving into Zo's old apartment, and has no issues taking his older brother's digs. LaVar points out how the apartment is a secret location and is good for focusing on academics and sports, but Gelo just seems grateful not to have to live in the dorms. Even when he gets to his brother's old apartment that is still full of pictures of Zo and his girlfriend Denise, clothes, and funk, he doesn't seem the least bit phased or dejected. LaVar, however, calls Zo and Denise to come clean up so that Gelo can have suitable housing.

Lavar likes Denise, considers her family, and thinks she's good for Zo. Denise's best friend's feelings aren't so strong for Zo. Apparently, Zo has lied before to Denise, which isn't uncommon for a high school boy, a first year college student, and a draft pick–all of which Zo has been in their three year relationship. Enter a flashback picture of them at prom, and a present day date filled with laughter and those type of jokes that are based in truth and comfort with your partner, and you root for the couple. The fact that Denise isn't looking for a come- and still holds Zo accountable despite his athlete status is also commendable, especially in the age of Ballerwives, Basketball Wives, Wives of Baller, Sidechicks of Wherever, and Girl Just Call Yourself a Gold Digger and Go reality shows.

It also helps that Zo has a tangible example of what love looks like from his own parents. Still recovering from her stroke, we learn Tina also has Titanium in her head. LaVar, parallel to Zo in his relationship with Denise, makes a joke about her always being a little hardheaded and loopy. He wants to take her healing in his hands. Offers of speech pathologists and physical therapists from professionals are turned down because he has what they do not have, love for his wife.That has been the key ingredient to make what others deem to be impossible possible for the Ball's so I see no need to doubt him now. Tina's mother also trusts Lavar and his vision, but most importantly, his conviction and faith.


Brittiany Cierra is an entertainment and travel journalist and On-Air host highlighting where culture, music, film, television, and current events intersect. When she's not writing about people, places, and things, she's speaking about, dancing on, or marketing them. Follow the journey on twitter and Instagram.