Orange Is the New Black, the hit Netflix series, is back with its second season. The new season was released early Friday morning, June 6. The show has 13 new episodes that fans were forced inside the whole weekend to gorge out on. Orange is really the new black.
The dark comedy was written by Piper Kerman, born in Boston, MA. Kerman wrote Orange Is the New Black based on her own experiences in prison. It was also a spin-off from the memoir Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, published in 2010.
Kerman was born into a wealthy family filled with educators, doctors, and attorneys. She completed college in 1992.
In 1993, she began dating a woman who sold heroin for an African kingpin. She began laundering money for the operation.
Kerman was indicted in 1998 and charged with money laundering and drug trafficking. She pleaded guilty. Piper served 13 months in FCI Danbury, a security prison in Danbury, Connecticut for women.
Piper Chapman, played by Taylor Schilling was named after Piper Kerman. The character, who happened to be happily engaged, was settled in her New York lifestyle until her past came back to haunt her.
The first season begins when Piper is sent to a federal prison for transporting a suitcase loaded with drug money across national borders for her ex-girl flame. The show unravels the relationships Piper formed in the penitentiary–good and bad. Her ex-girlfriend just so happens to be in the same prison. The season was a hit, according to online reviews.
“As what seemed like a good dark comedy, the story unfurled its jaybird wings and revealed its sweeping ambition, and emotional power.” says Time.com. The new show landed on Netflix and stole the spotlight announcing that orange is really the new black.
The new season sheds more backstory other characters like Latina den mother, Gloria Mendoza, rather than Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling). According to thewire.com, Gloria has suffered one of the more tragic lives of the eccentric inmates. Mendoza is a single mom who has a very abusive boyfriend. She ran a quick stop convenient store where she ran food stamp scams, sending her to the penitentiary for fraud.
In another instance, an episode depicted how Valentine’s Day evoked the best and the worst in a lot of prisoners. This particular episode was a backstory of prisoner Poussey’s life at an Army base in Germany. She fell in love with a German girl, whose father is a general on the base. He allegedly walks in on them during sex and immediately forces Poussey and her family to return to America. Poussey went on to confront the girl’s father, then her father rushes in to her defense.
The critically acclaimed series, Orange is the New Black, is trending all over the world and viewers are pigging out on the latest episodes. Season two is here and those who may have missed out on the first season are playing catch up for the new round of comedic sketches. Everyone is hooked on the popular new show and this goes to show that orange is really the new black.
By Erica Sandifer