ORANGE Is The New Black is coming to an end, but the legacy will continue with a real-life fund being set up for fallen series hero.
Orange Is The New Black Season 7 dropped today on Netflix.
That means it’s time to bid goodbye to Litchfield and all the amazing characters – including Piper Chapman, Alex Vause, Taystee, Red and many more.
Fans of the series have often spoken out about how affected they have been by the characters in the show.
And now Orange Is The New Black wants to honour their fans and leave a legacy in the form of an initiative to help incarcerated women.
The Poussay Washington Fund is created in the fictional version of Season 7 of the Netflix series.
The the final series, which consists of 13 episodes, Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson, works to offer micro-lands to women getting out of prison.
The real-life fund takes its name from one of the most memorable characters – Poussay Washington.
Poussay was murdered by a white corrections officer in season four.
“We have seen how Orange Is the New Black has impacted you and people all over the world”
Samira Wiley, who plays fan-favourite Poussay, said: “We have seen how Orange Is the New Black has impacted you and people all over the world.
“Now we want to continue that impact long after the show is over by launching the Poussey Washington Fund.”
“We’ve been honoured to tell these stories of these characters, and we’ve learned first-hand that the system is failing women, both inside and outside of prison walls.
“So the Poussey Washington Fund will help all of us. Keep the orange legacy living on far after the show is over.”
The fund launched on Thursday, and features eight non-profit organisations in the US.
They focus on a whole range of issues regarding prison and criminal justice reform.
Speaking about the project, creator Jenji Kohan said: “Through the Poussey Washington Fund, our characters can live on and continue to make an impact after the show has come to an end.
“Taystee recognised an opportunity to make a difference for her fellow inmates, and we saw no reason why we couldn’t launch our own initiative to have an effect in the real world.”