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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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What to Watch May 2021 Guide: Dynasty, The Bold Type, Cruella and MORE!

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April showers didn’t just nourish the flowers, they brought a handful of exciting new movies and TV shows to your favorite streaming platforms and prime-time TV channels!

Here’s what will capture your attention during the month of May 2021!

 

TV

Selena: The Series – (Netflix) May 4

The second part puts the spotlight back on the singer and details her struggles with fame. 

Jupiter’s Legacy – Netflix (May 7)

Superheroes are assembling on Netflix this May. Based on the comic book series by Mark Millar and Frank Quitely, the series stars Josh Duhamel, Leslie Bibb, Ben Daniels, Elena Kampouris, Andrew Horton, Mike Wade, Matt Lanter and Ian Quinlan.

 

The Boy from Medellin – Amazon Prime (May 7)

In this documentary focused on global superstar J Balvin, you get a deeper sense of the “boy from Medellin” as it explores his rise to fame, his mental health, and the current political climate in his home country of Colombia.

 

Dynasty – The CW (May 7)

The Carrington family is the source of all of our Friday night drama. And the fourth season brings plenty of craziness along with Liam and Fallon’s wedding! 

 

High School Musical: The Series – Disney+ (May 14)

It’s showtime! The second season is back with more singing!

 

The Bold Type – Freeform (May 26)

All good things must come to an end. And it’s time to say goodbye to Kat, Sutton, Jane, and all the memories we made at Scarlet Magazine. How will it all end? Tune in for the final season to find out. 

 

 

M.O.D.O.K. – Hulu (May 21)

The Hulu Original Marvel animated series focuses on the megalomaniacal supervillain M.O.D.O.K. who is struggling to maintain control over his evil organization.

 

Masters of None – Netflix (May 23)

Aziz Ansari’s acclaimed comedy returns for season 3!

 

Movies

Monster – Netflix (May 7)

The film, which debuted at Sundance in 2018, focuses on Steve Harmon (Kelvin Harrison Jr.), an aspiring filmmaker who becomes implicated in a robbery-turned-murder and who fights for his justice. It also stars Jennifer Hudson.

 

The Woman in the Window – Netflix (May 14)

Amy Adams stars as a psychologist suffering from agoraphobia, who spies on her neighbors and witnesses a crime from her window that she becomes obsessed with solving. Gary Oldman and Anthony Mackie also appear in the film.

 

Cruella – Disney+ (May 28)

The most exciting release in May? Emma Stone’s take on the iconic Disney villain. The film will premiere in theaters and on the streaming platform simultaneously. It will be available on the platform for an additional $30 fee. 


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What to Watch April 2021 Guide: Manifest, Younger, The Handmaids Tale, and MORE!

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What to Watch April 2021 Guide: Manifest, Younger, The Handmaids Tale, and MORE!

Spring showers bring plenty of new content your way this April. 

So, who is ready to do some serious binge-watching? We didn’t practice for this all of 2020 to give up now! Especially because there are some really great TV shows premiering and a handful of highly-anticipated shows returning! 

Here’s what’s on tap!

 

TV

Law & Order: Organized Crime – NBC (April 1)

Has there been a more anticipated TV return? Detective Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) returns to the NYPD and joins a new task force while reuniting with ex-partner Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay). 

 

 

Manifest – NBC (April 1)

What happened to Flight 828? TV’s biggest mystery continues into season 3. Ben pursues a tail fin that may have belonged to the plane he was on while the rest of the passengers continue to follow Callings.

 

Home Economics – ABC (April 7)

The new comedy series looks at the uncomfortable and frustrating relationship between three adult siblings from the Hayworth family. 

 

Kung Fu – The CW (April 7)

The reboot of the 1970s drama of the same name stars Legacies actress Olivia Liang as Nicky Shen, a young Chinese-American woman who drops out of college and travels to a monastery in China only to return home to San Francisco and find it overrun by crime. As she doles out justice, she finds herself the target of an assassin.

 

Rebel – ABC (April 8)

Katey Sagal stars as Annie “Rebel” Bello, a blue-collar legal attorney who ruthlessly fights for the cases she believes in. The series is inspired by the life of Erin Brockovich.

 

Them – Amazon Prime (April 9)

The limited horror anthology hails from Lena Waithe and finds a black family in the 1950s moving into a white neighborhood in L.A. where they not only have to deal with terrible neighbors but also supernatural forces that mean to do them harm. 

 

Fear the Walking Dead – AMC (April 11)

Season 6B picks up with John Dorie reuniting with an old friend who helps him through a dark moment. 

 

The Circle – Netflix (April 14)

The highly-addictive reality series, described as Big Brother meets Catfish, returns for a second season. Contestants move into the same apartment building but never meet face-to-face as they’re only allowed to communicate through a special social media app. 

 
 

Dad Stop Embarrassing Me – Netflix (April 14)

The sitcom, inspired by Jamie Foxx’s relationship with his daughter, Corinne, finds him playing the role of a single dad and cosmetics brand owner who must navigate raising a teen daughter. 

 

Younger – Paramount+ (April 15)

The seventh and final season of Younger wraps up Liza’s journey at Empirical/Millennial and hopefully reveals if she ends up with #TeamJosh or #TeamCharles once and for all. 

 

Big Shot – Disney+ (April 16)

John Stamos moves on from Uncle Jesse in a new role former men’s basketball coach who gets fired and is forced to become a coach at an elite all-girls school. If you’re looking for a new sports drama with heart, look no further.

 

Cruel Summer – Freefrom (April 21)

Hailing from executive producer Jessica Biel, Freeform’s newest thriller takes the spot left behind by Pretty Little Liars. Set in the 90s, it follows the disappearance of a popular and charming girl and the nerdy wannabe who is blamed for the crime. 

 

Shadow & Bone – Netflix (April 23)

In the fantasy series, based on a book of the same name, sinister forces plot against a young woman who has the powers to unite her world. 

 

93rd Oscars – ABC (April 25)

As they say in show biz, the award show must go on. The 93rd Oscars, which originally mandated an in-person attendance amid the coronavirus pandemic, have reversed course and are allowing remote participation. 

 

The Handmaid’s Tale – Hulu (April 28)

June and her fellow Handmaids go beyond the walls of Gilead following an uprising as they seek freedom in the dystopian series.

 

MOVIES

Concrete Cowboy – Netflix (April 2)

Stranger Things‘ Caleb McLaughlin stars as a teen who befriends a community of Black cowboys in Philadelphia when he stays with his estranged dad (played by Idris Elba) for the summer.

 

Thunder Force – Netflix (April 9)

Dynamic duo Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer are former childhood best friends who invent a formula that gives them superhero powers. 

 

Stowaway – Netflix (April 22)

A stowaway crashes a mission to Mars and risks the lives of the whole crew on-board. The sci-fi thriller stars Anna Kendrick and Daniel Dae Kim.

 

Without Remorse – Amazon Prime (April 30)

Michael B. Jordan stars as John Clark, an elite NAVY Seal who uncovers a covert plot while investigating the death of his pregnant wife.


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What to Watch in March 2021 Guide: Good Girls, Coming 2 America, The Irregulars, and MORE!

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What to Watch in March 2021: Good Girls, Coming 2 America, The Irregulars, and MORE!

Can you believe it’s almost March?

2021 is flying by, and I have to credit the fact that there has been so much good television available!

Despite COVID-19 still holding a grasp on the world, plenty of our favorite TV shows were able to return to production and deliver outstanding seasons that are keeping us entertained every single day of the week. 

March sees a return of some favorites on primetime along with some new additions to streaming. 

Here’s everything to watch on March 2021: 

 

TV

Debris – NBC (March 1)

Calling all sci-fi fans! Two international agents are tasked with investigating mysterious wreckage that falls from the sky. As British agent Finola Jones and American agent Bryan Beneventi lead the charge to track down all the debris scattered across the Western Hemisphere, they realize it’s a race against time!  

 

The Voice – NBC (March 1)

The singing competition returns for season 20 with Blake Shelton, Nick Jonas, John Legend, and Kelly Clarkson at the helm! 

 

Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell – Netflix (March 1)

The documentary on famed rapper The Notorious B.I.G. celebrates his life and tracks his journey to rap king alongside rare footage and in-depth interviews. 

 

New Amsterdam – NBC (March 2)

With the pandemic still in full-swing, season 3 kicks off with a plane crash in the East River.

 
 
Wandavision – Disney Plus (March 5)
 
One of the longest episodes of the season marks the season finale of the series as it embarks into full MCU territory. 
 

 
 

Good Girls – NBC (March 7)

Your favorite suburban criminals are back for season 4! Beth, Ruby, and Annie continue their life of crime by pouring themselves into Boland Bubbles to wash money for “homeboy.” With the FBI hot on their trail, will they find a way to stay above water?

 

Station 19 and Grey’s Anatomy – ABC (March 11) 

After going on hiatus in December, the Shondaland shows return with a crossover that tackles the issue of human trafficking.

 

A Million Little Things – ABC (March 11)

After a nearly three-month wait, A Million Little Things is finally getting new episodes and it’s going to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. Per the synopsis: “As [the virus] becomes more widespread across the U.S., Boston goes into lockdown putting Rome’s movie in jeopardy and forcing Maggie to return home from Oxford. Because the hospitals are overwhelmed with patients, Eddie’s back surgery is cancelled, leading him to take desperate measures to cope with the severe pain.

 

Love Alarm – Netflix (March 12)

The popular K-drama about an app that alerts people if someone in the area likes them returns for its second season on Netflix!

 

Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal – Netflix (March 17)

You’re familiar with the college bribery scandal that brought down Aunt Becky and other wealthy parents who stopped at nothing to get their children into top-tier universities. The documentary synopsis reads: “Using an innovative combination of interviews and narrative recreations of the FBI’s wiretapped conversations between Singer and his clients, Operation Varsity Blues offers a rare glimpse into the enigmatic figure behind a scheme that exposed the lengths wealthy families would go to for admission into elite colleges, and angered a nation already grappling with the effects of widespread inequality.”

 

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier: Episode 1 and 2 – Disney Plus (March 19)
 

The highly-anticipated Marvel action series brings together Falcon and the Winter Soldier, who “team up for a global adventure that will test their survival skills — as well as their patience.” Starring Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan, the action picks up after the events of “Avengers: Endgame” with the first two episodes airing on the streamer on March 19 and March 26, respectively.

 

 

The Irregulars – Netflix (March 26)

The Sherlock Holmes spin-off series follows a group of “troubled street teens” who are wrapped into solving crimes and saving London from supernatural elements by the “sinister Doctor Watson.”

 

Pooch Perfect – ABC (March 30)

Pitch Perfect star Rebel Wilson is set to host this dog grooming reality competition that’s based on a UK competition of the same name (also hosted by Wilson). The episodes will spotlight 10 dog groomers around the country competing in challenges. 

 

Movies

Coming 2 America – Amazon Prime (March 5)

Comedic geniuses Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall reunite as Akeem and Semmi to take audiences back to Zamunda, the royal country made popular in the 80s. It’s worth the watch if only for nostalgia’s sake. 

 

Raya and the Last Dragon – Disney Plus (March 5)

After being delayed the coronavirus pandemic, the film will finally debut months later. It’ll premiere simultaneously on Disney+ Premier Access and in theaters on the same day! Per the synopsis: ” Long ago, in the fantasy world of Kumandra, humans and dragons lived together in harmony. However, when sinister monsters known as the Druun threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, those same monsters have returned, and it’s up to a lone warrior to track down the last dragon and stop the Druun for good.”

 

Moxie – Netflix (March 3)

Amy Poehler lends her talents to a second Netflix original about a shy 16-year-old who is inspired by her mom’s rebellious past and publishes an anonymous zine to tackle sexism inside the high school hallways. 

 

Yes Day – Netflix (March 12) 

Saying “no” to your kids can be difficult, so parents Allison (played by Jennifer Garner) and Carlos give their kids one day where they say “yes” to all their requests.

 

Paper Lives (Kağıttan Hayatlar) – Netflix (March 15)

The Turkish drama finds warehouse worker Mehmet (starring Çağatay Ulusoy) working in an impoverished neighborhood where he becomes responsible for a small boy.

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