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Another web series is joining the Black Talent TV family and it’s an interesting one centered on a violent game. Directed and edited by Miles Joyner, No Rights Reserved is a narrative web series that examines the relationship between coordinated acts of violence and the use of social media as well as other advances in the exchange of information.

In the early 2010s, countless media outlets try to connect many violent crimes such as Worldstar fights, “knockout” games flash robberies, and even civil unrest(Occupy, etc.) to the use of utilities such as Twitter and Facebook. Several individuals in the DC area partake in a popular violent trend called the “Smack Out game” only to find themselves unexpectedly thrust into the middle of a war between mysterious organizations and individuals vying for control of human behavior. Written by Joyner & Lorenzo Olsen, No Rights Reserved stars Bruce Green II, Elle Lawrence, Chris Waiters, Keith Mills, Kevin Leigh, Brandon Tatum, and Jessica Inzeo.

Wow—sounds good, right? To be completely honest, I feel like No Rights Reserved should be an example to everyone that succumbing to violence to gain “viral fame” is not the way to go. I’ve seen plenty of Vine’s where individuals randomly smack or just physically attack another person and it was generally seen as something funny. After watching the first episode of No Rights Reserved, it’s pretty clear that there are some consequences for doing this game and even the main character gets attacked or kidnapped at the end of the episode. What?!


In the first episode(titled “Buzz”) of No Rights Reserved, a group of teenagers partake in the “Smack Out” at a chance of gaining quick viral fame. This episode features Amberlee Brown, Brandon Gerald, Alex Neumeier, and Iva Ambush. YOU can watch the first episode below and be sure to catch the following episodes(including the recently released fourth episode “Occupy”) by clicking HERE.

VISIT No Rights Reserved’s official website, FOLLOW the show on Twitter, and FOLLOW the show on Instagram.

Photo Credit: Miles Joyner/No Rights Reserved

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