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5 Powerful Shows, Movies, and Documentaries to Watch to Learn About Racial Injustice

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Guest post: Hiba Abdillahi

There’s a problem in our country. If you’ve been watching new news or checked in on social media, you have seen the murder of African American men at the hands of police (most recently, the tragic death of George Floyd while in police custody), racially-motivated encounters, and, as a result, protests, riots, and lootings that have spanned nationwide. 

The conversation about racial injustice, racial inequality, and systematic racism has never been louder or more charged up, and for those of you who may not know much about it or have never experienced it first hand, it’s a time to get educated.

The list of shows and documentaries that cover what it’s like to be black in America and capture institutionalized racism continues to multiply quickly as streaming services. 

But we’ve narrowed it down to a list of 5 shows, movies, and documentaries that can be a starting point for you and your family to help you understand how root of violence against black Americans and how it affects everyone. 

 

1. When They See Us (Netflix)

The jarring Netflix mini-series by Ava Duvernay is based on the story of the Central Park Five, a group of five black Latino boys failed by the justice system after they were wrongfully convinced of raping and assaulting a woman in Central Park in 1989.

 

2. 13th (Netflix)

How much do you know about the U.S prison boom? Once again filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores issues of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States in the Academy Award-nominated documentary.

 

3. I Am Not Your Negro (Youtube or Amazon Prime)

Sometimes we need to look back, to see how we can move forward. This documentary is based on an unfinished manuscript by James Baldwin and covers the history of racism in America, focusing on the stories of Civil Rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

4. Dear White People (Netflix)

We could all use some comic relief these days while educating ourselves, of course. This comedy-drama series on Netflix follows a group of black college students at an Ivy League (predominately white) college. The series covers plenty of racial topics young African-Americans face including cultural bias, social injustice, misguided activism, and slippery politics.

 

5. If Beale Street Could Talk (Hulu

It’s the story we’ve seen play out in our society time and time again. Based on the novel by James Baldwin, the 2018 drama focuses on a young black man imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit and a young back couple fighting for justice and the American dream.

 

Bonus: Just Mercy

Michael B. Jordan’s film follows the real-life story of defense attorney Bryan Stevenson, who fought to clear Walter McMillian (played by Jamie Foxx), wrongfully convicted of murder and placed on death row.

Warner Bros. announced it will be free on all digital streaming platforms during the month of June to teach people about systemic racism. 

 

 


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9 TV Shows to Watch After Thanksgiving Dinner

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9 TV Shows to Watch After Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving brings together friends and family for a shared meal. 

But after all the turkey, sides, and pie is cleared off the plate, the only acceptable activity is binge-watching some feel-good TV shows. 

Here’s what you should watch post-Thanksgiving dinner! 

 

Virgin River

You’ll be just as surprised as Mel to fall in love with the picturesque town of Virgin River. Come for the views, stay for the Jack. 

 

Hart of Zoe

Dr. Zoe Hart arrives in Alabama looking for a fresh start and learns that the Southern way of living might actually be what’s best for her. 

 

Gilmore Girls

An unbreakable mother and daughter bond, a charming town that would make any Lifetime movie jealous, and an unspoken love for coffee? Say no more.

 

Selena + Chef

You might know her as a Disney Channel actress and pop star, but now, she’s adding chef to her resume. And since Thanksgiving is all about food, this is one show you don’t want to pass up. 

 

Ordinary Joe

There are only nine episodes available, but the NBC series has gripped audiences as it ponders how much impact one small choice can have on the rest of your life. 

 

Walker

The modern-day update to the Chuck Norris classic hones in on family over everything with a side of roundhouse kicks. 

 

A Million Little Things

A group from Boston bond under the unlikeliest of circumstances and get a much-needed wake-up call following the death of a close friend. 

 

La Brea

Though it falls into the “sci-fi mystery” category, La Brea hinges on a family determined to find their way back to each other despite all the obstacles standing in their way and all the sacrifices needed to be made.

 

Dream Home Makeover

If there’s ever a time to get inspired for a home makeover, it’s after the holidays (and during Black Friday when everything is on sale!) And the McGee family is the cherry on top! 

 

This Is Us

This is… a no-brainer. No show captures the essence of what it means to be a complicated, loving, flawed, and fulfilled family more than this NBC drama.

 

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11 Best Spooky TV Shows That Are Perfect to Watch For Halloween

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11 Best Spooky Halloween TV Shows to watch 2021

With Halloween stretching the month of October, you might find yourself looking for a spooky show to add to your rotation. 

We’ve compiled a list of shows that will send a shiver down your spine on a breezy fall night. 

Just be sure to leave the night light on… you know, to scare away any bad spirits or witches. 

Nancy Drew – 2 Season, Season 3 premieres on October 15 (The CW)

When it comes to TV mysteries, no one does it better than Nancy Drew. The writers deliver compelling mysteries with unexpected twists while maintaining the integrity of the plot and developing well-rounded, relatable, and likable characters in the process. And the cheap thrills aren’t so bad either.

 

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina – 4 Seasons (Netflix)

Her name is Sabrina Spellman, and she is a half witch, half mortal trying to retain her human side while also learning all there is to know about her coven and the Dark Lord. This isn’t the teenage witch you remember, but it’s the one you’ll want to befriend.

 

Fear Street – a Film Trilogy Event (Netflix)

The three-parter, based on the writings of R.L. Stine, is set in three centuries: 1666, 1978, and 1994 and finds friends taking on evil forces after a series of slayings.

 

Scream – 3 Seasons (MTV and VHI)

Based on the 1996 slasher film of the same name, the anthology series revives a dangerous killer by the name of Ghostface. 

 

YOU – 2 Seasons, Season 3 premieres on October 15 (Netflix)

An obsessive stalker named Joe Goldberg sets his sights on his next muse (and victim)… you. The series explores how far he’s willing to go for love. 

 

 

Big Sky – 1 Season, Second Season Currently Airing (ABC)

Set in Montana, private detective Cassie Dewell and Jenny Hoyt investigate the kidnapping of three women along a remote highway, which brings them into the orbit of two very shady and manipulative men.

 

Dr. Death – 1 Season (Peacock)

Based on the hit podcast and inspired by the chilling true story of Dr. Christopher Duntsch, a charismatic doctor who opens up a neurosurgery practice in Texas. But things take a grisly turn when patients going in for routine spinal surgeries leave permanently disabled or dead. 

 

Perfect Strangers – 1 Season (Hulu)

Nicole Kidman stars in the series based on The New York Times best-selling book by Liane Moriarty (also the author of Big Little Lies!). Kidman stars as a retreat director who hopes to better nine strangers and transform their lives. 

 

Murders in the Building – 1 Season (Hulu)

Martin Short, Steve Martin, and Selena Gomez star as three true crime-obsessed strangers who find themselves piecing together the event of a murder mystery that occurs at their Upper West Side apartment buiding. 

 

I Know What You Did Last Summer – Premieres October 15 (Amazon Prime)

A remake of the classic 1997 teen slasher, a group of teenagers is stalked by a mysterious killer a year after they are involved in a fatal accident on the night of their graduation that they swear to keep a secret. 

 

Ghosts – Premieres October 7 (CBS)

Halloween doesn’t always have to be scary. The single-camera sitcom, adapted from the British one of the same name, finds Sam and Jay moving into a mansion left to her by her great aunt. After a brush with death, she begins seeing dead people aka the spirits trapped inside the home and must find a way to live in unison with them. 

 

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5 Movies & Documentaries to Watch on the 20th Anniversary of September 11

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5 Movies & Documentaries to Watch on the 20th Anniversary of September 11

When someone asks you where you were on September 11, 2001, you can remember the day vividly. 

It doesn’t matter how old you were, your life was changed by the seismic event. 

And it’s hard to believe that 20 years have already passed. 

On Saturday, the world will experience a day of mourning on the 20th anniversary of the tragic events that took down the World Trade Centers, prematurely stole so many lives, and changed the world as we know it. 

Here are some of the most gripping movies and documentaries about 9/11 and a look at the world after:

 

Worth

Michael Keaton stars in the drama as a lawyer who aims to help the victims of the attacks and is forced to put a dollar value on the lives that were lost. 

Watch it on Netflix

 

Zero Dark Thirty

Osama bin Laden became a household name who took credit for the 9/11 attacks. The drama tells the story of a CIA agent (played by Jessica Chastain) who helps the Navy SEAL Team track him down and kill him in a nighttime raid.

Watch it on Amazon PrimeGoogle Play, or YouTube.

 

United 93

United 93 was the fourth plane hijacked by al-Qaeda in the attacks. It crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after heroic passengers took control. The drama is an account of what happened on the flight taken from the flight path, communication with air traffic control, phone calls, and interviews from loved ones of the victims. 

Watch it on Amazon PrimeHulu, or Peacock.

 

Turning Point: 9/11 and the War on Terror

The timely five-part Netflix series uses the September 11 attacks as a starting point for a larger conversation about the 20-year war in Afghanistan, which we’re seeing play out in real-time with America’s evacuation.

Watch it on Netflix

 

NYC Epicenters 9/11-> 2021½

The four-part documentary hails from director Spike Lee, who conducted over 200 interviews for the series. It features stories and first-hand accounts from eyewitnesses to the tragedy that struck the heart of NYC. 

Watch it on HBO Max.


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