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POP MOVIES: 4 Reasons You Should See ‘The Hate U Give’ This Weekend

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Two weeks ago I was lucky enough to be invited an early screening of the new film, The Hate U Give. The Love I Give to the film cannot be emphasized enough. The film, which was adapted from the novel by Angie Thomas, follows 16 year old Starr Carter as she struggles to find her place between the two worlds she lives in. One world is the poor, mostly black neighborhood in which she resides and the other is the affluent, mostly white school she attends. She is forced to reexamine everything she knows when her childhood best friend, Khalil, is unjustly shot and killed at the hands of a white police officer. That short description already provides enough intrigue to want to watch the film but let’s break down the other reasons why this movie is the must-see of the season:

T-Topical

Our country has been in a bit of a frenzy lately and this film is representational of our times. The film uses the incident involving police brutality as a conduit to much bigger issues such as race and class. So many names scroll across our television screens each day whenever a racially charged incident occurs, yet not many of us know the stories behind the name. This film powerfully depicts the devastation that ripples through an entire community after such a deplorable incident occurs. Through that devastation however, the film also shows how strong a community can become in times of crisis. The film gives us hope when we need it most.

H-Humanity

There is so much depth seen in the characters in this film. Each character is layered so well that it makes for an authentic storytelling experience. Maverick Carter, Starr’s father played by Russell Hornsby, does not have a perfect past and one time served as the right hand to the head of a violent gang. We don’t see this side of Maverick though. Instead we see the grown man who is an excellent father, a loving husband and a small business owner. Knowing that this man has risen from the ashes to turn his life around makes the character that much more real to audiences. Humankind is not always pretty but that authenticity is what makes this film so compelling.

U- Unbelievable Performances

The cast of this film does a phenomenal job in telling this story. Amanda Stenberg (Starr) puts such power behind the 16 year old girl who is forced to learn see the ugliest side of humanity. Regina Hall, Lamar Johnson, Algee Smith, Common and Issa Rae all bring their A game in this film as they show many of the struggles the black community faces on a regular basis. While this film will definitely be a launching point for Stenberg, the entire ensemble deserves a standing ovation.

G- Gripping

While the film handles serious topic, it is still a film. As far as films go, this one is excellent! The story moves quickly and there were many moments that had me clutching the sticky armrests of my movie theater seat. The arc of the film provides enough excitement to keep audiences engaged throughout the entire 132 minutes. There are quiet, emotional scenes that are equally as enthralling as the large, intense scenes.

The Hate U Give is a film that everyone should see. I suspect that not only will it do well in the box office but will garner some major accolades come awards season. Not every film is worth writing a lengthy review of, so take note of this and see this film!

The Hate U Give hits theaters everywhere today.

 

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Christina Anstead Is Having a Baby!

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Congratulations, Christina and Ant! We are so excited for you!
The star of HGTV’s Flip or Flop made the announcement in a photo with her husband Ant Anstead in a special post on instagram. The couple married this past December.

@ant_anstead and I are so excited to announce #babyanstead coming this September!! The kids are all so excited to meet their new sibling ♥️ #5
#Gonnaneedabiggercar! 🚌 😂

 

This will be her third child, both have two children from previous marriages.

Congratulations!!!!

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Lee Daniels Speaks Out On The ‘Pain, Anger, Sadness And Frustration’ Surrounding The Jussie Smollett Scandal

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Although never mentioned by name, it’s clear that Empire creator, Lee Daniels, is still processing “the freaking roller coaster” Jussie Smollett has put him through.

Lee Daniels took to Instagram on Wednesday night to speak out about the Jussie Smollett scandal. The caption to the video states that Lee was “in [his] feelings last week,” alluding to the further developments surrounding the case. In the video, after brushing his teeth, Lee takes a moment to address the fact that Jussie is still appearing in new episodes of the hit show because they were filmed prior to “the incident.” In the wake of the allegations, the show has released a statement confirming the fact that Jussie has been written out of the last two episodes of the season. Lee’s pain and frustration stems from something deeper than character arcs as he told his followers “this is not what the show was made for. This show was made to bring America together to talk about the atrocities that are happening right now in the streets.”

On January 29th, Jussie made claims that he was the victim to a racially-motivated attack. After an extensive investigation, Chicago police believe that the alleged attack was fake. Since being charged, Jussie has pleaded not guilty on 16 felony counts for allegedly making false statements to police. Jussie also denies claims that he faked the ordeal due to his dissatisfaction with his salary. No word on whether Jussie will return to Empire next season as of yet.

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Dan And Eugene Levy Announce That Next Season Of ‘Schitt’s Creek’ Will Be It’s Last

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Well ain’t this some real, sad Schitt…

Very few television shows gain popularity over time which is why I am astonished by the news that Schitt’s Creek will be ending after next season! It’s got charm. It’s got wit. It’s got heart. Not to mention outstanding performances by LITERALLY everyone in the cast. Ugh, I’m more upset than a disgruntled pelican.

I guess we should all take comfort in knowing that the show is ending on the terms of  co-creators (and stars) Dan Levy and Eugene Levy. Just moments ago they released an official statement announcing their renewal for a 6th and final season. In the statement they express their gratitude for being given “the time and creative freedom to tell this story in its totality, concluding with the final chapter that [they] had envisioned from the very beginning.”

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Over the course of it’s five seasons, Schitt’s Creek has been praised by fans and critics alike for their hysterical yet positive storylines. Dan Levy, whose character is identifies as pansexual, has been clear since the show’s beginning that the world of Schitt’s Creek is a tolerant one that is free of bias and homophobia. I can’t tell you how many times I laughed and then snot-cried on my couch while watching this show!

There are three more episodes of season 5 of Schitt’s Creek to still be aired with a final fourteen episodes airing sometime in 2020. Seventeen episodes doesn’t seem like nearly enough time for a proper bereavement to deal with this Schitt-y news but I guess we will have to make do.

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