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“The Queen’s Gambit” is more than just a game

“The Queen’s Gambit” is more than just a game
It’s hard to make chess interesting, but this Netflix original series does just that
November 19, 2020
The writers managed to transform chess from a classy game of wit into a tactical and psychological war between two individuals.

Adam Sandler’s “Hubie Halloween” is a not-to-be-taken-serious, spooky flick 

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The holiday favorite may be a treat for some and a trick for others
October 16, 2020
The Netflix original serves the purpose of providing lots of laughs and demonstrating a feel-good story in which a somewhat lonesome character rises to his long-awaited glory.

BLACKPINK releases long-awaited first album and Netflix documentary

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The group’s first full-length album and feature film have one thing in common: a newfound sense of vulnerability.
October 16, 2020
In an industry as image-driven as K-pop is, it’s rare to see any attempt to push past the flawless appearance of a group as big as BLACKPINK and get straight to the heart and spirit of the members and their honest love for what they do.

“American Murder: The Family Next Door” will chill you to the core 

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Uncover the dark truth of the Watts Family Murder with real-life footage from Aug. 13, 2018
October 13, 2020
From background on who Shanann was to the complicated intricacies of her marriage, Netflix outlines the Watts Family Murder so perfectly it almost feels just a little bit fake.

Five (more) films to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Five (more) films to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
Appreciating Latinx culture through cinema
September 30, 2020
Building off the list of films from last year’s roundup, here are five films that push the limits of representation in front of and behind the screen. Ranging from the United States to Chile, each of these films explore different lives, cultures and genres. Regardless of your primary language, these films are sure to evoke deep emotions.

In Memoriam: Chadwick Boseman replicates the legacy of MLK and Malcolm X

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Fellow Howard grad and UMass Amherst professor John H. Bracey, Jr. discusses the late actor, Howard University and a life well lived.
September 21, 2020
“He didn't have to compromise to get a billion dollars. He said, look, I can be myself and bring blackness into this world, into your comic book world and will turn it upside down sideways,” said Bracey.

Power behind the voice: The long history of mismanagement in the music industry

Kanye West at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival and Taylor Swift at the 2019 iHeart Radio Awards. Both have recently spoken against industry contracts/ David Shankbone and Glenn Francis, respectively
A breakdown of Kanye West’s latest Twitter rampage and the contracts swindling artists since the early 1960s
September 17, 2020
Unfortunately West, Swift and Chance The Rapper are not the first musicians to be weighed down by the industry Chronicled below are how three major musical entities were mismanaged by one man, Allen Klein.

A mini guide to HBO’s free streaming

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From classics to just aired, here's what to watch on HBO's no subscription required service
April 15, 2020
HBO has made some of their best shows, documentaries and movies free. But with hundreds of hours of content, what are you supposed to watch?

“Wild Wild Country” documents the shocking story of a spiritual guru’s move to Oregon

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History textbooks seemed to have left this out
April 9, 2020
We're roughly four weeks into quarantine now. If you’ve grown tiresome of the recommended Netflix stream, “Wild Wild Country” stands as an enthralling ride.

Netflix’s “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness” sheds light on the eccentric big cat community

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Are the tigers as dangerous as their owners?
March 31, 2020
From throuple marriages and attempted murder to animal print suits and husbands fed to tigers, this series shows the strangest of America, only getting more bizarre the longer you watch.

What’s Free to Stream While You Sit Inside All Day

What's Free to Stream While You Sit Inside All Day
There's more to the world than Netflix and Hulu
March 26, 2020
In case you need some distraction from the global crisis or just want to enjoy something other than your once-daily walk, here are some free streaming options.

10 binge-worthy Netflix shows to watch while you’re social distancing

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Stay inside, grab some of your favorite snacks and relax
March 18, 2020
From bold anime to fresh comedy sketches, these shows will keep you watching while you help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
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