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Orange is The New Black Lead Writer Divorces Husband, Comes Out, Begins Dating Show's Female Star

OitnbOrange Is The New Black lead writer Lauren Morelli took to Policy Mic back in May to write an open letter describing how working on the popular Netflix show allowed her to come to terms with and explore her struggle with her sexuality. Months into her marriage to Steve Basilone, a man she had dated for six years, Morelli described her personal revelation as something of a blindside that Orange helped her cope with:

"I was nervous about the first love scene I'd written for Alex and Piper. I'd loved writing it, loved watching a tenderness emerge in their relationship where passion always seemed to be the ruling principle, but by that time, I was so deep in my own self-doubt that I constantly felt like a fraud.

As I watched Taylor Schilling and Laura film the scene, one of our producers (as it happened, a gay woman) tapped me on the shoulder. She pointed at the screen and gave me a thumb's up. It was a small gesture, but my first step toward feeling accepted and quietly accepting myself. In Piper and Alex, I'd found a mouthpiece for my own desires and a glimmer of what my future could look like."

Morelli and Basilone have since parted ways on amicable terms according to details of divorced documents obtained by TMZ, and Morelli has found new romance in Samira Wiley. Wiley, known for playing Orange’s outspoken Poussey Washington, appeared hand in hand with Morelli at this year’s Emmy Awards.

“I went through it all on set: I fell in love with a woman, and I watched my life play out on screen.” Morelli explained in her letter, alluding to her budding relationship with Wiley. “And now, as we are gearing up for the release of season 2, it feels liberating and appropriate to live my life in front of you.”

Uzo Aduba Wins Emmy for Her Role As Crazy Eyes in 'Orange is the New Black'


Last night, Uzo Aduba earned herself an Emmy for her breakout role as lesbian prisoner Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren in Netflix's Orange is the New Black.

New York's Daily News  reports:

The series received two other awards, for casting and picture editing, at the creative arts Emmy ceremony Saturday honoring technical and other achievements.

In an emotional speech, Aduba thanked her mother, who came from Nigeria "to make a better life for her family."

She also thanked producers and others for a show "that lets everyone be represented in such a beautiful way."

Orange is the New Black season 3 is set to premiere summer 2015. 

Here's Why Laverne Cox Will Never Marry Jason Biggs - VIDEO


While waitkng in the Watch What Happens green room, transgender actress Laverne Cox ponders the more important questions in life, such as why she should never marry her Orange is the New Black co-star Jason Biggs, even though she finds him attractive.

Hint: it has to do with the wording on their hypothetical wedding invitations. Of course, Biggs is also already married, so there's that too.

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Laverne Cox Talks About the Backlash She Received After Appearing on TIME Magazine: VIDEO

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Laverne Cox’s cover on the June edition of TIME Magazine solidified the actress-cum-activist’s position as one of the country’s leading voices in the fight for trans rights. While TIME’s exposure strengthened Cox’s ability to amplify her message, the increased attention hasn’t been entirely positive for the Orange Is The New Black star.

“I’ve felt it since the cover of TIME Magazine, like all of a sudden like my Twitter feed and my Instagram there’s all this negativity.” She told BET. “I was getting Google Alerts about me [somehow being in league] with Satan.”

Fame monster notwithstanding, Cox’s star is on the rise. In addition to being nominated for an outstanding guest actress Emmy this morning, she’s producing Free CeCe!, a documentary chronicling the life of Cece McDonald, a transwoman sentenced to 41 months in prison after surviving her own bashing.

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'Orange Is the New Black' Stars Laverne Cox and Selenis Leyva On Season Two, Becoming Advocates


Whether you gobbled up all the new episodes of Orange Is the New Black in one glorious binge session or you're rationing them out throughout your summer, you're in for a treat. The latest batch of episodes, streaming now on Netflix, have all of the heart, humor and depth of season one, but spread more widely among the show's stellar ensemble cast.

The second season shines a brighter spotlight on many faces that may have seemed background during the show's first 13 episodes. Season two dives deeper into characters like Poussey (Samira Wiley), Morello (Yael Stone) and Gloria (Selenis Leyva). Not only is Orange Is the New Black telling more of these complex stories, but it's showcasing even more diverse actresses in terms of sexuality, race and age.

Outside the show, these actresses are making a huge impact, as well. Laverne Cox, who portrays trangender inmate Sophia Burset, has become a vocal advocate for issues affecting the trans community. She's made apearances on Katie Couric's daytime talk show (twice), served as Grand Marshal of NYC Pride March and even stood proudly on the cover Time Magazine.

We sat down with Cox and Leyva to discuss their experience working on the show and their increasing profiles. See what they had to say, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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Lea DeLaria: We Cannot Forget 'Butch Dykes and Nelly Faggots.'


To Lea DeLaria Orange Is the New Black’s Big Boo is more than just one of the first “three-dimensional butch dykes” she’s had the chance to play. She’s a symbol of LGBTQ history:

“We cannot forget where we came from.” DeLaria told Buzzfeed in an interview. “We cannot forget our history. And butch dykes and nelly faggots, that’s where we came from.”

DeLaria sees her personal experiences with fans as a testament of the show’s progressive impact on audiences:

[T]eenage boys come up to me on the street and want to get their pictures taken with me, want to give me a hug, tell me that Big Boo’s their favorite character. That means a lot to me. Because I’m winning the hearts and minds of people that are young and are going to grow up and control the world.”

DeLaria, you may not know, is also an accomplished jazz singer.

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