In the stylish Netflix original series, I tried to watch while I was working on a newsletter for work. I had zero clues about what I was watching, and recognized that this was a show that would need my full attention. I’m on episode two and I still have the “What the what?” reaction, but now it’s because I’m invested in the characters and really want them to recognize and embrace their new powers. Like my all time favorite, Breaking Bad, this show increases slowly, allowing the viewer to care about the characters and have an investment in their lives
I remember sitting on the couch watching the morning news when the anchor breathlessly recounted the capture of Whitey Bulger. That name sounded too good to be true. Watching his trial, I knew I had to learn more about him. The documentary from Joe Berlinger is not for the faint. Whitey Bulger, while loyal to his longtime companion, showed little loyalty to those around him. He was cold, calculating, and to borrow a cliche, ruthless. He was able to play both sides (the law and the criminal side) against each other and evade capture.
BBC has yet to disappoint in their programming. Black Mirror is a tongue in cheek look at how we consume media. The very first episode the Prime Minister has to “know” a pig to save a princess. Another episode pokes fun at the political process, with a popular character jumping into the fray, causing a distraction rather than being a viable candidate.
My ESL students hipped me to this. Not the documentary, but the mistreatment they endured in their home countries as well as here now that they struggle with mastering the English language. Three years ago I would have had an insensitive, privileged attitude about this issue. Not now. I’m conscious about what I wear and what labor was put into it.
Anyone who had watched the news, perused social media channels, or been to a party has discussed police and African-Americans. It’s not a pleasant conversation and unfortunately, it’s one that has been around for longer than I care to recall. What Happened, Miss Simone is a timely documentary about a woman who fought both on stage and off for equality. An icon in the Civil Rights movement, Miss Simone goes behind the legend that is Nina Simone exposing her as a complicated person in a complicated world. It’s sad and motivating at the same time.
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