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It’s been three weeks since Gov. Brian Kemp signed one of the toughest abortion laws in the country, the Living Infants Fairness and Equality Act that outlaws most abortions.

Since that time, there have been calls to boycott Georgia’s film industry, including a recent statement from Netflix CCO Ted Sarandos, who claimed that the streaming giant would fight to oppose the bill and rethink its relationship with the state if the bill becomes law. 

GPB political reporter Stephen Fowler spoke with Leah Fleming to recap the latest developments.


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Entertainment giant Netflix says it may "rethink" its investment in Georgia if a controversial abortion law survives legal challenges. 

Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement the company will work with the American Civil Liberties Union to fight the Living Infants Fairness and Equality Act in court.

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Madam C.J. Walker died 100 years ago this month.

In the early 20th century, she cemented her legacy by creating a hair salve designed for African American women. Her contributions to black beauty products are still felt in Georgia and across the country. 

GPB's Morning Edition host Leah Fleming spoke with Walker's great-granddaughter, A'lelia Bundles. Bundles is also a black hair and journalist. 


You may have heard Curtis Harding's voice before, perhaps without realizing it. That's because, for a number of years, he worked with a familiar Atlanta native: CeeLo Green. Harding sang back-up vocals for CeeLo and even co-wrote songs with the Grammy Award-winning musician, like "Grand Canyon" — which was a bonus track on CeeLo's 2010 album, The Lady Killer

After that and several other collaborations, Harding launched his solo career, applying his distinctive falsetto vocals to his own style of music, which he calls "slop 'n' soul."

 


For The Culture: Unpacking Beyoncé's 'Homecoming'

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Beyoncé's bleacher-thundering, exquisitely choreographed performances at the Coachella Music Festival in 2018 showed a performer at the top of her game. Queen Bey managed to stop the world again with the realease of Homecoming, a live double album and Netflix documentary about what it took to put those two successive weekend productions together. 

Homecoming has been dissected and analyzed in several ways, but On Second Thought wanted to get deeper perspectives and who better to navigate those nuances than Christine White and Danene Millner? They're co-hosts of GPB-TV's A Seat At The Table.


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Kyanna Simone Simpson shows no signs of stopping. The Decatur native and University of Georgia student's first Netflix series, Chambers, was just released. Her new film Ma, with Octavia Spencer, hits theaters May 31. And Oprah Winfrey told Vanity Fair she'd pick Simpson to portray her in a biopic. 

Simpson's previous credits include The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, in which she acted alongside Winfrey as the younger version of Winfrey's character, Deborah Lacks. She's also appeared as Keisha in the CW's Black Lightning.


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Georgia lawmakers have removed a proposal that would have added a state tax to Netflix and other streaming video services.

The sales tax on streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu would have been used to help fund internet expansion in rural parts of the state.

Atlanta-based chef Ronald Hsu stars on Netflix's reality competition cooking program, "The Final Table." It gathers 24 chefs from all over the world to compete in teams of two. Hsu partnered with Shin Takagi, owner and head chef of Zeniya in Japan, who also served as Hsu's mentor before the show.

Hsu joined "On Second Thought" to discuss his culinary inspirations and the world of reality TV cooking.

On Second Thought For Monday, May 14, 2018

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Several major productions are being filmed in Georgia right now.  AJC Buzz Blog writer Jennifer Brett joins us to talk about upcoming films “Boss Level,” “What Men Want,” and “Ant-Man and The Wasp.” We also discuss the television shows that are filming in Georgia, like “Stranger Things” and “The Walking Dead.”  

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The Netflix movie "Candy Jar," which premiered last month, was filmed in Georgia. It stars Christina Hendricks and Helen Hunt. Candy Jar follows two high school debate champions focused on getting into college.

 

One person who worked behind the scenes of "Candy Jar" is Curtis Bonds Baker of Atlanta.

For Mark Sanchez, being a peach grower means "you pretty much stay worried all year. That's because for peaches to bloom in the spring, peach trees have to stay cold in the winter. At Lane Southern Orchards in Fort Valley, Georgia, that means getting 650-850 "chill hours" — or hours under 45 degrees Fahrenheit — between November and February. But last year, conditions didn't even come within range. By Sanchez's estimate, Fort Valley only got about 550 cold hours. Whereas a typical peach season goes through mid-August, Lane wrapped up operations in early July. So after this year's cold winter, Sanchez, Lane's CEO, is more optimistic. We talked to him about what we can expect from this year's peach season and what makes Georgia the peach state even though other states have surpassed our production levels. 

We rounded up this week's new in today's edition of the Breakroom. 

Joining the conversation was Greg Williams, host of the radio show "Greg's List," Mercer University English professor Anya Silver, author Nicki Salcedo and LGBT educator and activist Robbie Medwed

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The second season of Netflix’s “Stranger Things” drops Friday. The Georgia-filmed show has a massive following, and the people behind the scenes play a vital role in this success. Taraja Ramsess is an on-set dresser for the show. He’s been part of Georgia's film and television industry for years.

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For most of us, our idea of politics is influenced by what we see on TV. Millions of Americans regularly watch shows like “The West Wing,” “Veep,” and "House of Cards." Georgia native Jay Carson worked as supervising producer and political consultant for Netflix’s “House of Cards.” We talk with him about how to write engaging political drama in 2017, and how much the fictional White House resembles the real one.