Jeremy Rodriguez

Freelance Writer/Blogger

United States

Jeremy Rodriguez is a freelance writer from New Jersey. The Rowan University graduate has interviewed government officials, activists and high-profile celebrities throughout their career and has won several accolades for their work, including a first-place award from the National Newspaper Association. You can contact Jeremy via email at [email protected]



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Local LGBTQ leaders chosen as delegates to DNC | Philadelphia Gay News

The Pennsylvania delegation to this year's Democratic National Convention will include 27 LGBTQ community members, including several from Philadelphia. Brendan Welch, the communications director for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, called the LGBTQ community a "cornerstone of the Democratic Party." "We must actively uplift LGBTQ+ voices if we are to achieve the America that Democrats stand [...]

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'Buffy'-inspired podcast will slay Philly audiences

On September 26, 2000, Buffy Summers faced off against Dracula on the television series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." On September 13, 2019 - nearly two decades after the episode aired - Kristin Russo and Jenny Owen Youngs will bring their trademark...

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TCNJ professor honored with national LGBTQ+ educator award

Benny C. Chan is no stranger to pushing the envelope. The College of New Jersey chemistry professor said he will sometimes play with gender stereotypes to get his students to think. "Sometimes, I'll just put nail polish on and just wear it to class...

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Seventh-grade students win big for 'Gayborhood' documentary

Three student filmmakers last week presented their award-winning documentary at William Way LGBT Community Center. In the short film, entitled "The Gayborhood," they illustrated Philadelphia's LGBT-rights movement - from the Dewey's Lunch Counter sit-in to overall visibility in the neighborhood known as Washington Square West.

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Person of the Year 2017: Amber Hikes

Amber Hikes moved from Philadelphia to California in 2015. While she found her place as director of the Upward Bound program, Hikes ultimately moved back home to take on a new role: Director of the Office of LGBT Affairs. Hikes came into the...

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Day in the Life of ... Macy's organ shop coordinator, Matthew Taft

Matthew Taft recalled the recent Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. As the organ shop coordinator at the Center City-based store, one of Taft's many duties involves behind-the-scenes work at the annual parade.

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LGBT-friendly Trenton neighborhood to host Holiday House Tour

Gregory Rollins moved to Mill Hill, a neighborhood of Trenton, N.J., with his partner in August. The out community member noted the differences between his former residence and his new one. "When I lived in Princeton for seven years, we only knew...

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LGBT-friendly Trenton neighborhood to host Holiday House Tour

Gregory Rollins moved to Mill Hill, a neighborhood of Trenton, N.J., with his partner in August. The out community member noted the differences between his former residence and his new one. "When I lived in Princeton for seven years, we only knew...

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PGN editor Jen Colletta to step down

"Fantastic." "Delightful." "A force of nature." These are among the words the PGN staff used to describe editor Jen Colletta, who, after 10 years with PGN, will leave next month to work as the managing editor at Human Resource Executive, a national...

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'It's hard to say goodbye,' says departing DVLF director

After five years as executive director of LGBT grantmaking organization DVLF, Samantha Giusti will step down from her role. The 31-year-old will depart her post Nov. 22 to lead community-affairs efforts for IKEA USA.

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AIDS Memorial Quilt panel comes home to Philly for first time

Elizabeth Coffey-Williams and John DiCarlo created a panel for the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, a national collection of quilt squares commemorating those who died from HIV/AIDS. Lou DiJinio, Coffey-Williams' best friend and DiCarlo's partner, died March 24, 1994. While DiJinio lived in Philadelphia, the quilt panel has never been in the city until now.

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Penn appoints new LGBT Center director

After more than 19 years working at a local university's LGBT center, Dr. Erin Cross will take the reins of the organization next week. Cross will assume the role of director at the University of Pennsylvania's LGBT Center Sept. 13 upon the...

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New app to connect LGBT patients, health providers

Phil Williams recalled his experience after telling a doctor he was gay around age 11. "I was looking for someone to talk to and the response that I got was that I could be referred to someone else, if I needed to talk to a mental health-care...

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Second defendant pleads guilty in murder of trans woman

This story has been updated to include remarks from Jose Pena, his family and Jonathan Martel's family. A defendant pleaded guilty to the murder of a local transgender woman and a separate unrelated murder in a jury trial Tuesday. Jose Pena, 20,...

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Delaware student overcomes obstacles to encourage acceptance

Wilmington Friends School is all about acceptance, said Hareena Houston. However, the 17-year-old wanted to show LGBT students outside of her Delaware-based Quaker school that same acceptance. "I know a lot of students from a lot of high schools around Wilmington and I recently found out that they can't bring same-sex people as their dates to their proms," Houston said.

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Point-ed in the next direction: National LGBT scholarship group awards three PA students

Three Pennsylvania college students will continue their education with the help of the Point Foundation, a national scholarship organization for LGBT students. The recipients were among 52 students selected from more than 2,000 applicants across the country. While they are at different steps in their education journey, all of them have made it a point to protect marginalized voices.

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Elicia Gonzales named as Women's Medical Fund executive director

Elicia Gonzales applied for what she called a "dream job" with the Women's Medical Fund, a local advocacy organization to protect and expand abortion access to low-income women. Following a search by a six-member Succession Task Force, the organization's board of directors announced Gonzales as the executive director.

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PGN Exclusive: Mazzoni Center leadership talks transition

Mazzoni Center experienced numerous shakeups in the past few months, including allegations of sexual misconduct from an employee, a walkout of more than 60 full-time staffers and the resignation of its CEO. New Interim CEO Stephen Glassman, Interim Board President Dr. Tony Rodriguez and Senior Communications Manager Elisabeth Flynn spoke exclusively to PGN this week about their vision for moving the LGBT health and wellness center forward.

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Community rallies to help displaced residents during Gayborhood fire

A local LGBT bar and an LGBT-owned nonprofit provided relief services to residents displaced during an apartment-building fire in the Gayborhood this week. Firefighters were on the scene around 7 p.m. Wednesday at the 132-unit Walnut Square Apartments, 201 S. 13th St., and placed the fire under control around 8:20 p.m.

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Day in the Life of: an event producer, Josh Schonewolf

Josh Schonewolf worked from the sound booth during the opening night of Mr. Everything at Tabu Lounge & Sports Bar. The talent show, which is in its fifth year, features male-identified performers showing off talents such as dancing, singing, spoken-word performances and lip-syncing. Judges offer their critiques of performers, who are eliminated each week.

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PGN Exclusive: City's new rainbow flag to include black and brown stripes

Amber Hikes, the city's director of LGBT Affairs, said she teared up the first time she saw the new rainbow flag, which will be presented at City Hall Thursday . The new flag will expand on creator Gilbert Baker's original design by including black...

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PA high-school history teacher honored as 'Hero'

Carlisle High School history teacher Kevin Allen Wagner successfully petitioned to create a Gay-Straight Alliance in 2002, making it the first school-sanctioned GSA in Pennsylvania. The openly gay 44-year-old said he was prompted to establish the group because of conversations he heard in the hallways among both students and staff, which included homophobic comments.

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PA native pens first short-story collection

When Mike McClelland began writing, he said he didn't want to initially be seen as a "gay writer" and instead be recognized for his ability to write on other experiences. "But the stories I was coming up with were not working," the Meadville native...

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Exclusive: Brian Sims target of state ethics investigation

According to documents PGN exclusively obtained, a state commission is investigating Rep. Brian Sims following scrutiny about his travel reimbursements and speaking fees. PGN obtained a copy of an Ethics Complaint Form from a source whose identity we are withholding.

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Day in the Life of: an Uber driver, Victoria Miller

After six months of driving for Uber, Victoria Miller has already put her own personal touch on passengers' experiences. Rather than displaying a sticker representing the transportation network, Miller includes "Vicky's Uber" written in a bright-pink sign and a personalized license plate on her white SUV.

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'Shut Up & Dance' turns 25

After taking the reins as producing director of "Shut Up & Dance" in 2011, Ian Hussey said he always planned to be a part of the event's 25th anniversary. "It's really one of the most important things I have ever done in my life," Hussey said. "To...

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Witnesses positively ID suspect in trans robberies, murder

Miayanna Brooks, Aly Damian and Saleem Singleton identified Matthew White as the suspect who allegedly robbed them on Jan. 8, while Vivian Royster testified about White allegedly robbing her and murdering her boyfriend, Barry Jones, the following night.

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After Trump election, out gov't agent from Philly resigns

Prior to the 2016 presidential election, T.J. Lunardi talked with his husband about the possibility of leaving his government job behind. It wasn't too serious of a conversation, as Lunardi did not believe Donald Trump would become president.

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Day in the Life of: digital agency executives CJ and Jolin Bachmann

Wife-and-wife duo CJ and Jolin Bachmann are quick to note the benefits of the 1SEO office in Bristol. The spacious employee common area includes a basketball court, foosball table, ping-pong table, pool table and other athletic and board games. "Our job is extremely stressful," said Jolin, the company's chief operating officer.

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PGN Exclusive: Organizers reschedule Pride to new date

Philly Pride Presents confirmed to PGN the organization will reschedule its annual Pride Parade and Festival for the first time in its 29 years. Pride will now be held June 18 at Penn's Landing so it does not conflict with Washington D.C.'s...

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Exclusive: Amber Hikes, Nellie Fitzpatrick discuss transition

The city announced a new director of LGBT Affairs this week. Amber Hikes will take over the post beginning March 6. Outgoing director Nellie Fitzpatrick, who has been in the position since 2014, will start a law practice expected to open in April....

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Florida man on surviving Pulse, finding pride

Ricardo Negron-Almodovar worked until the late hours of June 11, 2016 in Orlando, Fla. His plan was to go to Pulse, a gay nightclub he frequented. Negron-Almodovar, 27, went to the club alone that night to enjoy a show on Latin Night and didn't...

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Demonstrations for black trans lives take over Creating Change

Lourdes Hunter began a demonstration for more than 100 people on the fourth floor of the Philadelphia Downtown Marriott. "We hear the beat of the drum," the 40-year-old transgender woman said into a megaphone as another participant made music with...

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Officials: Mummers Parade 'more inclusive, more diverse'

Unlike last year's Mummers Parade, there were no overtly anti-LGBT skits or incidents at the 2017 event. Prior to this year's big event, Mummers leadership underwent training from various departments in the city. The coordinators included the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations, city Director of LGBT Affairs Nellie Fitzpatrick and Jen Childs of 1812 Productions.

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Person of the Year 2016: Deja Lynn Alvarez

Whether it's providing support for homeless LGBT people, connecting those in need with services or speaking out against injustice, Deja Lynn Alvarez has made a mark on the LGBT community this year. "Deja Lynn Alvarez is a tireless advocate for...

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Out suicide survivor to be honored

When Drew Bergman was in seventh grade, his parents separated. After learning this news, Bergman, 23, experienced severe depression and began to self-harm. "I went to a private school," Bergman explained. "So I had a suit-and-tie uniform so it wasn't as challenging as it may have been for others [to hide self-harm].

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Out director hits a high note at the Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale

Stephan Stoeckl has served as the Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale's marketing director since 2009, but he knew his duties would expand with his new position. "It's an organization with a big history and it's a job with a lot of responsibilities,"...

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Project TEACH celebrates 20th anniversary by honoring past graduates

When Asha Molock was diagnosed with HIV in 2001, she did not know anything about Philadelphia FIGHT and its educational program, Project TEACH (Treatment Education Activists Combating HIV). While receiving care at Lankenau Hospital in 2002, Molock heard about the program from another person who was also HIV-positive.

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Racial justice becomes queer at Task Force's institute

More than 150 activists gathered at the African American Museum last weekend for the Queering Racial Justice Institute, a daylong training on ending racial injustice and applying it to the LGBT movement. The National LGBTQ Task Force hosted the inaugural event as a precursor to Creating Change, an annual traveling national conference for LGBT equality, which will celebrate its 29th year in Philadelphia in January.

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Day in the Life Of: Liberty Britton, development manager for Morris Animal Refuge

Liberty Britton does not hesitate when asked if she enjoys her job at Morris Animal Refuge. "I love this job," the 24-year-old Philadelphia resident said. "I love this organization. The people that work here are just incredibly passionate. They know what they're doing and they do it well."

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LGBTs, families find support at Asian and Pacific-Islander event

Joanne Lee had tears in her eyes as she explained her transgender son's suicide to about a dozen people at the Leeway Foundation in the Philadelphia Building. Her son, Skylar Lee, killed himself on Sept. 28, 2015, after suffering from depression...

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Day in the Life Of: Philadelphia Gay News

Armed with nothing but her notebook, pen and minimal background information, PGN staff writer Paige Cooperstein got to work last month to get the full story on the fatal stabbing of Maya Young, a local transgender woman of color. She called two directors of two different LGBT organizations with no immediate answers from either.

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How a young boy inspired a movement

Members of the LGBT community and allies recently gathered at the William Way LGBT Community Center ballroom to learn more about Braeden Lange, a 12-year-old gay lacrosse player, and how his coming-out story inspired a movement. The Nov. 6 event featured a screening of a segment on ESPN's SportsCenter.

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Lip-synch for your life: Philly Beauty Ball returns to Woody's Bar

The time has come for you to lip-sync for your life. Patrons at Woody's Bar will have the chance to embrace their inner drag kings and queens at the Philly Beauty Ball next weekend. Amateur drag performers will lip-sync, walk down a runway and twerk to RuPaul's song "Peanut Butter" at the sixth-annual event Nov.

Chic antiques: Jinxed uses Instagram brilliantly to sell vintage goods

Most would refer to Jinxed as a vintage decor shop but when owner Mike Supermodel is asked about how to reference the store, his answer is a simple "I don't know." "We sell antiques but we don't just sell antiques," Supermodel said. "We sell T-shirts but we don't just sell T-shirts.

Veterans compete in wheelchair games

1/13 At 6-feet-9-inches tall, Anthony Pone, of Philadelphia, has the build of a basketball player. And while on the court Tuesday at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, he owned his opponents. And he did it from a wheelchair. "Playing this game makes me feel alive," he said.

Philadelphia Water Department says 'hydrants are for fires, not fun'

It's a hot summer day in the city. Children, desperate for a way to have fun and keep cool, put on their bathing suits and approach their nearest fire hydrant. Upon opening the hydrant, it becomes a sprinkler and the result is a picture-perfect image of summer life in the city as kids frolic and play.

Kickstarter campaign is a big dill for local pickle company

Pickle lovers will have a sweet dill thanks to a Philadelphia-based pickle company's Kickstarter campaign. Snack company Gary Ducket launched its line with the help of five partners calling themselves the Moi$t Boys (because it's a name that just came to them to describe their way of life, they said) at Pizza Brain with a celebration that Pizza Brain owner Brian "Brine" Dwyer referred to as a "neon pickle swamp" with its trippy atmosphere and dark lighting.

SugarHouse Casino breaks ground with $164 million expansion

Ground broke on Tuesday on an improved SugarHouse Casino set to be unveiled next year that will feature new restaurants, a parking garage, a 30-table poker room and more. With the help of a SugarHouse-themed backhoe, the casino's executive team, city officials and community leaders held a ceremony at the North Delaware Avenue facility, where the expansion will be built.

World Cup fans cheer on USA at Fado

Red, white and blue could be seen everywhere among the cheering soccer fans at Fado Irish Pub on Tuesday as they watched Team USA suffer a heartbreaking loss against Belgium, 2-1. But it was the feeling of camaraderie that brought fans together. Dylan MacLaughlin, 22, said he enjoys the unity he's seen at Fado.

Prince Theater to close doors unless funding is received

The Prince Music Theater will close its doors in November unless new donors raise nearly $2 million to keep the it open, officials announced today. The new funds needed - about $1.6 million - would allow Prince to operate the theater and support a programming schedule for the 2014-2015 season.

Independent game developers to showcase work at TooManyGames

While gamers get nostalgic every now and then for old-school video games on Atari, NES or Intellevision, some games with a retro feel are being made right in Philadelphia. This weekend marks the 10th annual TooManyGames, a convention dedicated to retro video games.

Drexel study says 50 percent of students have sexted as minors

According to a study by Drexel University, more than 50 percent of students surveyed at an unnamed northeastern university have exchanged sexts as minors. Additionally, 60 percent of the respondents were unaware of the legal ramifications of underage sexting including child pornography.

The Humane League to sponsor inaugural Philly Vegfest

Vegetarian and vegan food in Philadelphia will be celebrated for the first time this Saturday at the Humane League's Philly Vegfest. To explore the benefits of a plant-based diet as well as vegetarian and vegan options in Philadelphia, the event will feature guest speakers, cooking demonstrations and live acoustic music at the Headhouse District at the Shambles on Second and Pine streets.

'Shark Tank' investor Daymond John to judge Philly event

Entrepreneur and business mogul Daymond John of "Shark Tank" fame will be among the judges at the Live Pitch Event for the Miller Lite Tap the Future business plan competition in Philadelphia on Thursday. The competition features five semifinalist teams from Pennsylvania and the surrounding states pitching their businesses in front of a live audience at the Dave & Buster's Showroom on Columbus Boulevard.

Movoto ranks New Jersey as third most stressed state in the country

New Jerseyans are always filled with pride, even when they are stressed out to the max. Now, the property taxes and crowded population have paid off as real estate blog Movoto listed New Jersey as number three in a list of the 10 most stressed out states in America.

Profstock 2014

Coverage of Profstock 2014 featuring DJ Ravidrums, 3OH!3 and Lupe Fiasco.

Lupe Fiasco to headline Profstock

Rapper Lupe Fiasco will be headlining this year's Profstock. Rumors swirled as announcements were made about the line-up for the Office of Student Activities's sixth annual Profstock this week. Rowan students analyzed YouTube videos released from OSA before DJ Ravidrums was announced on Feb. 10 and electropop duo 3OH!3 was announced on Feb.

Take Back the Night strives to take a stand against sexual violence

More than 200 community members marched from the Chamberlain Student Center Back Patio through campus and back with glow-sticks. Together, they walked as a united front against sexual violence. Healthy Campus Initiatives, the Counseling and Psychological Services and many other organizations co-sponsored Take Back the Night on April 8 for victims of sexual violence to speak up about their experiences.

‘Ž‹†ƒ› ‡Ž’‡…‹‘•’ƒ••‡• ˆ†ƒ‹•‹‰‰Holiday Helper Auction surpasses fundraising goal with over $9K

Holiday tunes filled the Student Center Pit as members of the Rowan community took their seats to lend a helping hand during the Holiday Helper Auction sponsored by Student University Programmers. The Nov. 19 event featured 61 items donated by students, staff and community members, including autographed memorabilia, gift baskets, VIP tickets for Profstock 2014, catered dinners and hand-made pieces.

Prof Country welcomes breath of fresh air for concert

The sounds of country tunes could be heard all over campus as the Homecoming Concert and Pep Rally took place on the green between Rowan and Wilson Halls for the Office of Student Activities' first country concert.

Profstock 2013

Profstock 2013 coverage featuring B.o.B, Dev, DJ Xtina and Sublime with Rome

Students win big at Campus MovieFest Finale

Sponsored by Student University Programmers, Campus MovieFest is the largest campus film festival, which gives students the opportunity to shoot and edit a five-minute film in one week with all of their filmmaking technology provided for them.

PROFile of the Week: Angie Falcon, Rowan graduate and singer/songwriter

Since then, the 2012 Rowan graduate has written over 100 songs and signed a record deal with AudioFilms Recordings, an independent label based in Marlton, N.J., in June 2011. "I checked out her SoundCloud and I was amazed by the way she wrote her songs, let alone her voice," said Rockswell Smith, AudioFilms Recordings' owner and the singer's executive producer.

PROFile of the Week: Dr. Leslie Spencer

After coming off the stage, Spencer began to sob. The audience looked at her with confusion and concern. It hit Spencer at this moment that this was her first victory walk after being diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer at the age of 44.

Student's charity project gains national recognition

Lindsay Powell was shocked by what she was told. "That's amazing," Powell said. "I literally had no idea." The shock came after the senior law and justice and applied sociology double major was told about her "Keep Calm and Stay Jersey Strong" project being featured on the "Giving U: 10 Charity Projects by University Students" list on

Wedding/Engagement/Anniversary Announcements

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Wedding: Little Miss Rollerhoops and Ian Lesage

"Weird" and "awkward" is how Little Miss Rollerhoops and Ian Lesage lovingly describe their relationship. The couple spoke with PGN via phone from a honeymoon cruise where Little Miss Rollerhoops, who goes by "Hoops" for short, described how the two have yet to change. "We're still very awkward.

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Anniversary: Vince Bresciano and Daniel Mobbs

Daniel Mobbs and Vince Bresciano made a commitment to each other in 2003 before same-sex marriage became legal. They legally married two months after it became recognized in New York in 2011, at which time they only expected "to sign a piece of...

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Wedding: Kim Kepple and Holly Zipperer

"Wherever is your heart, I call home." Kim Kepple, 39, and Holly Zipperer, 47, found that "home" with each other initially as members of a Brandi Carlile fan club. The two now sport matching tattoos, depicting a small heart within a house shape, to...

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Engagement: Peter Andrew Danzig and Richie Sklar

As actors in Philadelphia's theater community, Peter Andrew Danzig and Richie Sklar only met each other in passing at auditions. Sklar, 27, said he was intimidated by Danzig's high confidence but thought he was "a very handome man." Meanwhile, Danzig, 33, saw Sklar in a play and thought his performance was very engaging and noted finding him "adorable" and "attractive."

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Engagement: Tommy Berner and Anthony Reto

Though Anthony Reto won a game of "Words with Friends," it was Tommy Berner who won Reto's heart six years later with 26 words of his own. Berner said it wasn't easy proposing - as Reto was unintentionally interrupting him as he tried to get out...

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Engagement: Todd Murdock and David Smith

A mutual friend introduced Todd Murdock and David Smith to each other during an Eric Jaffe show at Tavern on Camac. Prior to this meeting, the two had only met in passing. "You know that one random person on Facebook you see you have way too many...

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Wedding: Kate Hinchey Wise and Celeste Hinchey Wise

On the night of the 2016 presidential election, Celeste Hinchey Wise and Kate Hinchey Wise were in different parts of the country but stayed in communication throughout the night via text. Celeste was in Colorado entertaining friends at an election...

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Engagement: Gabrielle Gibson and Jaden Rogers

After talking for several months on Facebook, Gabrielle Gibson and Jaden Rogers had their first official date at Longwood Gardens in October 2014. "We walked hand-in-hand on the tour enjoying the scene and it started raining," said Rogers, 32. "So...

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Wedding: Patrick Hagerty and Joseph Hughes

After talking online for almost two years, Patrick Hagerty and Joseph Hughes arranged to meet in person at a London train station near Hughes' residence. "I saw him," said Hagerty, 52, who traveled from his Philadelphia home to meet Hughes. "He...

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Engagement: Cody Botnick and Chris McGinnis

Cody Botnick and Chris McGinnis fell in love with California after visiting some friends. "We decided to take another vacation out to California but I had an ulterior motive," said McGinnis with a laugh. On Aug. 4, McGinnis, 29, took Botnick, 26,...

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Wedding: LV and Patrice Wise-Brown

Patrice Wise-Brown met her wife, LV Wise-Brown, on what she described as a "booty call website" - where she said couples do not typically look for love. The 42-year-old said she created a profile and since she was feeling down, decided to check out...

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Wedding: Dan Bove and Joe Russo

Dan Bove and Joe Russo realized they both had a love of the outdoors on their first date, which was at Spruce Street Harbor Park. After meeting online, the couple met in person July 1, 2015, on a night that Russo described as "one of those awesome,...

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Anniversary: David Facciolo and Carl Minster

David Facciolo and Carl Minster love to bicker. After 25 years together, the husbands, who practice law together at their firm Minster & Facciolo, LLC, have come to recognize and tease each other's quirks; Facciolo refers to their banter as a...

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Birthday Party Ideas for Elderly Mother or Father

With your loved one's advancing years, there is no better time to make them feel special. Let's review birthday party ideas for your elderly mother or father. Elderly Birthday Party Tips Whether you're planning an epic birthday bash or a more intimate get together, we've got you covered with birthday party ideas for your elderly mother or father.

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Elderly Parent Refuses Help: What to Do

Right now, your parent may be saying one of the following statements: I don't need help. I can take care of myself. I don't want to go to an old folks home. Are you saying I'm too old? I'm not. I c...

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No One To Help After Surgery: Recovery At Home

Recovering from surgery without friends or family can be a difficult process. Most surgeries will keep you immobile for long periods of time and you may require some assistance in performing daily tasks. However, there are steps you can take and services you can utilize to ease your recovery.

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Respite Care: 8 Frequently Asked Questions

Taking care of your elderly loved one is important. But what about taking care of yourself during this difficult time? Studies have shown that family caregivers have a greater risk of developing anxiety, depression, and overall burnout. Respite care can provide temporary relief for caregivers so they can rest up and give 100% to their loved ones upon return.

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World Sleep Day: How Seniors Are Staying Asleep All Night

When is National Sleep Day? Every year, a committee at the World Sleep Society aims to raise awareness about sleep disorders through World Sleep Day. It is always held the Friday before the Spring Equinox. The 2019 event is being held March 15th. Seniors often have trouble sleeping due to many factors.

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Top 10 Brand New Halloween Costumes for 2015

From Minions to superheroes, and from to princesses to emojis, Costume SuperCenter offers everything you need to make your costume pop. Here's a breakdown of potential top picks for the latest and greatest costumes for Halloween 2015! While your child's friends will be shouting ba-na-na, he or she will be shouting Ahoy, mateys!

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Wanna Play? 5 Ways To Play on National Chucky Day

Wanna play? October 25 marks an important holiday (for horror fans, anyway): National Chucky, the Notorious Killer Doll Day! While this day may not be celebrated worldwide, it doesn't mean you can't enjoy everybody's favorite serial killing toy with friends. Costume SuperCenter has five exciting ways to make your Killer Doll Day better than any upcoming Halloween party!

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5 Hilarious and Creative Couples Costumes

You know what they say: Love is wearing cheesy costumes together! While you can always look at Disney Princesses or superhero characters for costume inspiration, there are also several unique ways to showcase your relationship status. Whether you're coupled up or want to dress with a friend, these five costume ideas are sure to add some fun to your Halloween party!

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So Fun, It's Scary: 7 Family-Friendly Halloween Attractions

A family that screams together stays together! Whether you are looking for a spooky time or a fun day with the family, major cities across the U.S. offer a variety of family friendly Halloween attractions.

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Yeah, Baby, Yeah: Top Decades Accessories

Have you ever thought that maybe you should have been born in a different decade? Not to worry! Costume SuperCenter has costumes and accessories for you to channel the style and swagger of your favorite generations. Here is a collection of fabulous accessories to complete your decade-inspired costume!

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Brimming With Girl Power: 10 Sexy Plus Size Costumes

Being strong is sexy! You can embrace the strength and fierceness of superheroes, queens and other powerful females, no matter what size you are. Luckily, Costume SuperCenter has styles sure to have you exuding girl power and looking hot at the same time!

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10 Must-Have Qualities for All-Star Mascots

While it may be fun to see athletes compete in the big game, it's really the team's biggest cheerleader who steals the show from the players. What does it take to be a good mascot? Costume SuperCenter breaks down the important qualities all of these masked fanatics should have, no matter what animal they portray.

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Horrifying Weapons to Keep You "Killing It"

Michael Myers and Jason Voorhees may look creepy with their scary costumes, but no killer is complete without a weapon to slice and dice his or her victims. With so many machetes, butcher knives and axes to choose from, Wholesale Halloween Costumes helps you narrow down your choices to keep you killing it - figuratively speaking, of course - this Halloween.

Entertainment Blog Posts & List Pieces

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'Once Upon A Time' LGBT couple - A new era for gay characters

Once Upon A Time showcased its first LGBT love story in this week's episode. Ever since executive producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz revealed the show would explore an LGBT relationship this season, many fans believed it would involve Mulan ( Jamie Chung). Surprisingly, the romance didn't involve Mulan at all.
10 Facts You Probably Didn't Know About Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman makes her highly-anticipated live-action full-length film appearance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice . Gal Gadot may be the first version of Wonder Woman some audiences will see but the iconic character's rich history dates back to the 1940s.
See the Stars of 'Arrow' Before They Were Famous

Stephen Amell - Oliver Queen/Green Arrow Before rising to stardom as the Green Arrow, Stephen Amell only had a few small roles on his resume. Art imitated life in his first acting job when he was cast as a spinning instructor on Showtime's Queer As Folk, while Amell was also a spinning instructor in real life.
15 'Finding Nemo' Facts That Will Keep You Swimming

Ever since it's 2003 release, Finding Nemo has captivated children and adults alike. From the likable characters to the heartwarming story line, audiences found something to love. Let's take a look at 15 facts that will keep us swimming until Finding Dory is finally released! 1.
10 'Pretty Little Liars' Couples You Probably Forgot About

has had it's share of romantic relationships for fans to ship. However, for every Spoby or Haleb, there is always a Wrenna or a Jashley. Some of these relationships ended before they could even begin but you are likely not losing sleep over any of them.
15 Words That Mean Something Different for Arrowverse Fans

Death can be a scary thing. However, if you're an Arrowverse fan, you know nothing is ever final in this fictional universe. For fans of , and DC's Legends of Tomorrow , some words will have an entirely different meaning.
15 A-Shaped 'Pretty Little Liars' Plot Holes We're Still Upset About

After six and a half seasons, still has its share of unanswered questions that are keeping us on the edge of our seat with the premiere of season 6B! However, not all of these questions can be answered so easily. Here are 15 plot holes we are still upset about.
5 Reasons Why Felicity Smoak Can't Be Dead on 'Arrow'

OBVIOUS season 4 Arrow spoilers ahead! Ever since the fourth season premiere, fans have been wondering who is in the grave during the flash forward scene at the end of the episode. The recent mid-season finale makes many think Oliver Queen's (Stephen Amell ) beloved Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards ) will meet her end after getting shot by Damian Darhk's ghosts.
15 Signs You Are Basically Caitlin Snow From 'The Flash'

Dr. Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker ), the beloved friend and confidant to Barry Allen and Cisco Ramon on , is usually the voice of reason for the S.T.A.R. Labs crew. With her loving nature and occasionally silly behavior, it's safe to say we all have a little bit of Caitlin in us.
13 Answers We Need In the 'Pretty Little Liars' Time Jump

Pretty Little Liars has always given more questions before it gives any answers. Ever since the Big A reveal in August, fans have been dying to find out what happens next. With the five-year time jump in the season 6B premiere, there will surely be several scandalous mysteries for our liars.

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5 Beasts We Need To See in J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts Trilogy

As explained by Ron Weasley's note in Harry's copy of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them textbook, he had one as a pet once until his brother Fred used it for bludger practice. The cute spherical-shaped creature is described as being covered in soft, custard-colored fur.
15 Words That Mean Something Different for "Once Upon A Time" Fans

When you're a fan, some words can have an entirely different meaning. If you don't automatically think of Regina Mills when you hear "Evil Queen," you clearly have not seen enough episodes of the hit ABC series. These words may mean nothing to your friends but any Once Upon A Time fan can relate!
10 Struggles of Getting Through A Mid-Season Hiatus

The holiday season may be great but it also means we have to deal with a rough time period: the mid-season hiatus! While summer hiatuses may have cliffhangers, they usually resolve many plot lines before the season ends. A mid-season finale can be worse.
11 Reasons Why "AHS" Isn't the Same Without Jessica Lange

Loyal viewers of know one important staple is missing this season: Jessica Lange . Whether she is playing a bible-thumping nun or a circus performer, Lange has always proven herself as the strongest aspect of the series. While Lady Gaga is doing her best at holding her own on the current season, true fans know Lange is the true star of the series.
Rarely Seen "Once Upon A Time" Guest Characters...Ranked

Several interesting characters have wandered through Storybrooke and the Enchanted Forest on Once Upon A Time. While we will always love Emma Swan, Snow White and Prince Charming, let's take some time to recognize the show's rarely seen guest actors. To qualify for this list, a OUAT guest star had to appear in 15 episodes or fewer.

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Summer Camp, as Told by Jason

It's time for summer camp! Children are ready for new adventures and will make memories with activities ranging from canoeing to telling campfire tales. Who better to explain the camp experience than Camp Crystal Lake "lifers," Jason Voorhees and his mother?

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Back to School, as Told By Horror Movies

It's back to school season! While this may seem like your own personal horror movie, your favorite characters - Freddy, and many more - are here to help you get
Fifty Shades of Great Interesting Facts

The "Fifty Shades of Grey" sequels can't come soon enough! To hold us over until the release of Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, let's take a look at 20 facts about the first film based on E.L. James 's trilogy - including one about "sexual jellyfish." 1.
Mulan is The Best Disney Princess

Say what you want about Mulan "not being a Disney princess." Mulan saved China, protected her father and showed women that they can be just as powerful as men. This makes her a princess in her own right.
Ranking The 10 Actresses Who Played Cinderella Like Royalty

From Disney to historical fiction to teen movies, many actresses have brought Cinderella to life on the big and small screens. Let's take some time to recognize the princesses who captivated us as children and adults. To qualify for this list, actresses had to portray a version of Cinderella in a full-length live-action film or TV movie.

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Disney Tunes To Get You Through The Work Week

If you're a postgrad stuck in the office right now, chances are you grew up during the Disney Renaissance era, when Walt Disney Animation Studios reignited their creativity with popular films and catchy songs. These tunes may have been fun as a child but for adults, they end up having a much deeper meaning.
10 Pretty Little Liars Shockers Better Than the Big A Reveal

Ever since the Big A reveal on Pretty Little Liars shattered our high expectations, we thought about giving up on the show entirely (at least until we change our minds when it returns in January 2016). Instead of focusing on our disappointment, let's remember the show's better twists, turns and reveals that drove us crazy and made us gasp in horror.

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Five Reasons to Scream

What's your favorite scary movie? If your answer is Scream , you either loved or hated the announcement of the new MTV series based on director Wes Craven and screenwriter Kevin Williamson's blockbuster horror franchise. It has been almost 20 years since the original film terrified moviegoers and now it's ready to scare an entirely new social media-obsessed generation.
25 Reasons Why Miley Cyrus Should Be Your Spirit Animal

MTV's five-second broadcast delay did not stop the boundary-pushing Miley Cyrus from giving us a fair share of entertaining moments while hosting the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards. This included a surprise performance and a brand new free album.

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9 Sexy SFW GIFs of the Guys from "Magic Mike: XXL"

Warning: While these GIFs may be SFW, you may experience some NSFW reactions. 1. When Channing Tatum shows off his dance moves...or when he moves at all: 2. When Matt Bomer has an itch you desperately want to help him scratch: 3. When Joe Manganiello winks at you and gives you feelings you never thought you'd feel: 4.
12 Reasons Hanging With NPH Would Be The Best Time Ever

Neil Patrick Harris makes us jealous of his husband, David Burtka, and all of the other people who get to spend each day with him. His sense of humor and many talents are many of the reasons why we look up to him.

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The "Ted 2″ Cameo Guide for the Pop Culturally-Challenged

If you're a fan of Seth MacFarlane's, you know it's nearly impossible to keep up with the variety of pop culture references he litters through his work. In his new film, Ted 2 , you'll notice appearances by several big names. How is one supposed to keep track of these guest spots?

Character Interviews

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Interview With A Poor, Unfortunate Soul: Ursula

Ursula has a soul, but she isn't poor, nor does she consider herself to be unfortunate. As a matter of fact, the iconic Disney Villain worked hard for her reputation, and made it look like a piece of fishcake.

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Interview With Disney's Mistress of All Evil: Maleficent

Of all the Disney Villains, there's only one Mistress of All Evil, and it's time for her tell her side of the story! If Maleficent, the infamous antagonist from Sleeping Beauty, were to discuss her legacy and what she really thought of Angelina Jolie and Kristen Chenoweth's recent portrayals of her, this is how Costume Discounters would imagine it.

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Be Prepared for an Interview With A Disney Villain: Scar

After killing his brother Mufasa, Scar may be considered the most vicious Disney Villain of all time. He has, though, proven his "lion's share" of the family when it comes to having brains. It's finally time to hear the story from The Lion King'slead villain!

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Interview With A Disney Villain: Jafar

As the Sultan's Royal Vizier, a powerful sorcerer and genie, Jafar has had quite the resume. The most hated man in Agrabah proved himself as a master of disguise and a powerful manipulator. What's more, he is the only villain so far to have shared a kiss with a Disney Princess.

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Interview With A Disney Villain: Evil Queen

The original Disney Villain finally speaks up! The Evil Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs may have been a little too jealous of Snow White's beauty, but Costume Discounters wants you to hear her side of the story.

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Interview With A Serial Killer: Michael Myers

"I met this six-year-old child, with this blank, pale, emotionless face, and the blackest eyes... the devil's eyes. I spent eight years trying to reach him, and then another seven trying to keep him locked up because I realized that what was living behind that boy's eyes was purely and simply...

Reviews & TV Recaps

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Review: 'Daredevil' Season 2 - Episode 7 'Semper Fidelis'

This second season of Daredevil continues with an episode that finally connects the Elektra ( Elodie Yung) storyline with that of Frank Castle/Punisher ( Jon Bernthal). "Semper Fidelis" managed to showcase some of the show's more intense courtroom scenes while giving us some insight into how Matt's vigilante life affects his loved ones.

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Review: Daredevil Season 2, Episode 2 - "Dogs To A Gunfight"

Unlike the previous episode, Daredevil takes a backseat this time around in "Dogs To A Gunfight." Rather than showcase well-done fight choreography (though there is plenty of that too), the second episode of season two dealt with character relationships and a deepening of the Punisher ( Jon Bernthal) character.

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TV Review: "Wicked City" pilot falls flat | The Young Folks

In a time when television is filled with sex, drugs and graphic violence, it can be refreshing to see something different. Sadly, tuning into Wicked City will not satisfy this need. With a predictable story, archetypal characters and cliches we have seen millions of times before, the pilot episode of the ABC series falls flat quickly.

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TV Review: "Grandfathered" Series Premiere | The Young Folks

With the exception of the occasional TV movie and the quickly-canceled TV series, John Stamos has not had many opportunities to showcase his leading man abilities. Luckily, the actor has not shown any sign to stop trying and his turn in the new FOX comedy Grandfathered shows that we don't want him to.

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"Ted 2" Succeeds in Laughs, Not in Charm | The Young Folks

LegalizeTed. That's a cause most people can get behind. But if the cause was to #LegalizeTed2, the world might not necessarily be ready. With Ted, writer/director/producer Seth MacFarlane created a raunchy laugh fest while, somewhat surprisingly, presenting a story about friendship and loyalty.

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Movie Review: Hollywood Musical!

We've seen it several times before. A group of people tries to be successful in a big city, only to have several curveballs thrown their way as they venture on a journey of self-discovery. This traditional indie movie fodder could easily become an unoriginal concept in the hands of inexperienced filmmakers.

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'Pretty Little Liars' 6x19 "Did You Miss Me?" Review | The Young Folks

Welcome back to my weekly review and recap of Pretty Little Liars. To catch up on previous coverage, click here. This week's episode of Pretty Little Liars served as an awesome tease for the upcoming season finale. With an upcoming twin storyline and exciting twists, "Did You Miss Me?"

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Review: 'Pretty Little Liars' 6x17 | The Young Folks

Welcome back to my weekly review and recap of Pretty Little Liars. To catch up on previous coverage, click here. This episode of Pretty Little Liars proved to be a massive improvement from last week's show. With multiplying lies and an intense chase scene, "We've All Got Baggage" proved to be an entertaining addition to this season.

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Review: 'Pretty Little Liars' 6x16 | The Young Folks

Welcome back to my weekly review and recap of Pretty Little Liars. To catch up on previous coverage, click here. I've been optimistic since the season 6B premiere of Pretty Little Liars, but this week's episode is making me lose hope.

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Review: 'Pretty Little Liars' 6x15 | The Young Folks

Welcome back to my weekly review and recap of Pretty Little Liars. To catch up on previous coverage, click here. It's been a long time, but Pretty Little Liars is finally becoming the show we all know it can be! With higher stakes and new threats, "Do Not Disturb" was a game changer!

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Review: 'Pretty Little Liars' 6x14 | The Young Folks

Welcome back to my weekly review and recap of Pretty Little Liars. To catch up on previous coverage, click here. Much like last week, the stakes still aren't high enough for the Pretty Little Liars. "New Guys, New Lies" showed more interesting stories for the parents rather than the four main characters while also showcasing some pretty intriguing reveals.

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Review: 'Pretty Little Liars' 6x13 | The Young Folks

Welcome back to my weekly review and recap of Pretty Little Liars. To catch up on previous coverage, click here. The latest episode of Pretty Little Liars featured several important plot points. We find out Emily's secret, how Sara Harvey got the burns and the (sort of) return of a sinister foe.

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Review: 'Pretty Little Liars' 6x12 | The Young Folks

Welcome back to my weekly review and recap of Pretty Little Liars. To catch up on previous coverage, click here. While last week's season 6B premiere of Pretty Little Liars laid the groundwork for the five-year time jump, this episode introduced more mysteries while successfully becoming the series we became addicted to in season one.

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Review: 'Pretty Little Liars' 6x11 | The Young Folks

Welcome back to my weekly review and recap of Pretty Little Liars. To catch up on previous coverage, click here. After last summer's much maligned finale, Pretty Little Liars returns for season 6B! Despite the finale's shortcomings and plot holes, we can at least say it was action-packed.

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'Pretty Little Liars' 6×10 "Game Over, Charles": Review | The Young Folks

Welcome back to my weekly review and recap of Pretty Little Liars. To catch up on the previous episode, click here. Creator and executive producer I. Marlene King promised this would be the #SummerOfAnswers for Pretty Little Liars fans. "Game Over, Charles," the highly-anticipated summer finale, delivered just that, but they weren't necessarily the answers most fans were hoping for.

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'Pretty Little Liars' 6×08 "FrAmed": Review | The Young Folks

Welcome back to my weekly review and recap of Pretty Little Liars. To catch up on the previous episode, click here. After last week's exhilarating episode, Pretty Little Liars was more low key this time around but had its share of great set-ups for upcoming episodes.

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'Pretty Little Liars' 6×07 "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou" | The Young Folks

Welcome back to my weekly review and recap of Pretty Little Liars. To catch up on the previous episode, click here. This action-packed episode of Pretty Little Liars featured several intense moments and resolved subplots. We finally saw Spencer come clean to Toby, Mike and Mona reunited, the Charles reveal oh so close, and Aria finally stopping her obsession with creepy dolls.

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'Pretty Little Liars' 6×06 "No Stone Unturned" | The Young Folks

Welcome back to my weekly review and recap of Pretty Little Liars. To catch up on the previous episode, click here. After two long weeks between episodes, Pretty Little Liars fans were finally treated to the truth about Lesli Stone (Elizabeth McLaughlin), Charles, and Bethany Young.

'Hemlock Grove' recap: Season 2, Episode 9

The action-packed penultimate episode of the second season of "Hemlock Grove" was filled with attempted upir-ectomies, vargulf-ectomies and Shelley-ectomies.

'Hemlock Grove' recap: Season 2, Episode 8

We learn the intentions of the white-masked men (or should I say "white-masked people?") as the Godfrey family is thrown into a whirlwind of drama in the latest episode of "Hemlock Grove." More fun in your recap!

'Hemlock Grove' recap: Season 2, Episode 7,

Life, love and threesomes straight out of fan fiction are among the themes in the latest episode of "Hemlock Grove." There's more where that came from in your recap!

'Hemlock Grove' recap: Season 2, Episode 6

It's another "Hemlock Grove" recap day! Pryce (Joel de la Fuente) conducts the upir-ectomy on Roman (Bill Skarsgård) and explains the terms in what Pryce describes as simple: his organs and tissues will be reverted to stem cell status, one by one, and then re-differentiated into healthy human organs, purged of the bonded retroviral fragments that dictate upir-ism.

'Hemlock Grove' recap: Season 2, Episode 5

Resolutions are coming fast for the people of "Hemlock Grove" as we end the halfway mark of the season. The episode opens with Roman (Bill Skarsgård) eating his delicious snack of raw meat only to soon be confronted by Miranda (Madeline Brewer) about the secret baby he has hidden upstairs.

'Hemlock Grove' recap: Season 2, Episode 4

The fourth episode of "Hemlock Grove" featured several questions that will hopefully be answered by the end of the season. Find out what they are in your recap! We open on a dark, romantic night between a young couple.

'Hemlock Grove' recap: Season 2, Episode 3

Shelley and Christina are back and I've heard of a cat fight but what do you call a fight between a Frankenstein-ish monster and a werewolf-ish monster everyone believed to be dead? After hearing Christina cry from the bottom of her grave at the end of last season, we knew it would just be a matter of time before she finally arose from the ground.

'Hemlock Grove' recap: Season 2, Episode 2

We open in a motel that not even Norman Bates would want to operate. Roman (Bill Skarsgård) books a prostitute only to turn her down due to the bruises on her body. Believing in customer service, the woman's pimp offers a different girl and lists all of the types.

'Hemlock Grove' recap: Season 2, Episode 1

The second season premiere of "Hemlock Grove" featured more corruption from the Godfrey family, gypsy con artists and creepy masked men. This is one of the few crazy towns that will make you more grateful for your own dysfunctional family. Who is the creepy dude with the mask?