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Top 5 Holiday Movies

The holiday season is among us! Christmas music is already being played on the radio! Here is a quick list of my absolute favorite holiday movies! I have to watch these at least once per season (probably way more)!

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)

Enjoy Kevin’s journey of getting separated from his family in the airport on their way to a family holiday trip to Miami. Kevin ends up in New York and gets himself into trouble!

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Polar Express (2004)

Enjoy the ride on the Polar Express, the train full of hopes and holiday wishes!

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The Grinch (2000)

Whoville is shaken up when the Grinch is named Holiday Cheermiester!

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A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

Charlie Brown and the gang find the true meaning of Christmas while looking for the perfect Christmas tree!

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Almost Christmas (2016) 

Bringing family together for the holidays can either go really good or really bad, and this family’s holiday turns out somewhere in between!giphy4

What are your favorite holiday movies!? Let me know in the comments!

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Latest Listens

Flower Boy-Tyler the Creator

Rating: 4/4

Fave Tracks: Where the Flower Blooms, Glitter, November

I actually loved this album! The beats give me Neptunes early 2000’s vibes. Tyler is known for his somewhat wacky demeanor, but his music has never been wacky. His soulful, sultry beats laced with thought provoking words make him an awesome artist. This album makes me want to hang  on somebody’s patio and just chill.

 

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A$AP Mob- Cozy Tapes Vol. 2

Rating: 4/4

Fave Tracks: RAF, Feels So Good, Frat Rules 

Like any A$AP Mob compilation, they deliver. The features are ridiculous! They have all the hottest artist from Big Sean, Frank Ocean, Quavo and many more. The skits on the album give it a great comic relief.

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Detroit (2017)

Rating 3/4

I really wanted to see this movie for two reasons, one, I love historical and biopic movies. The second reason was I had never even heard of the murder at the Algiers Motel, although I am very familiar with the Detroit Riots. This movie though fictionalized in some areas was daunting. The scenes with straight police brutality and the tragic murders were gut-wrenching to watch. It was so unfortunate that the events of 30+ years ago seem to mirror the events of today.

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5. Rotimi- Jeep Music Vol. 1 

Rating: 4/4

Fave Tracks: Kitchen Table, Baecation, Right Here 

Who knew Dre from Power could sang!? I was fully shocked and impressed with this collection. Rotimi’s talents reach way beyond acting. He has a smooth, sexy voice. His sexy voice suits his sexy lyrics very well. This is the perfect music for date night with bae😍

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Bronzeville: Season 1 Podcast  

Rating: 4/4 

I gave this series a try because I love Larenz Tate. I will admit it took a little getting used to having no visual to go along with the audio, but there was still so much action and drama that I forgo about the visual after a while. This podcast series was created by Larenz Tate and Laurence Fishbourne. The series is set in 1940’s Bronzeville area of Chicago. The main character, Lucky, voice of Larenz Tate is a numbers runner of the infamous criminal Copland family. The family eventually finds themselves in a criminal war. Other star voices you may recognize in the series are Omari Hardwick, Wood Harris, Tika Sumpter, Tracee Ellis Ross, and more. You can find the series on Spotify. I am now patiently waiting for season 2!

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What’s on your current playlist? Let’s talk about it in the comments!

Netflix & Chill🍿

Even though the winter months are now behind us, that does not mean it’s time to abandon our beloved Netflix accounts. Over the past 5 years I’ve had a love/hate relationship with Netflix. I love it because there is always a random low-budget movie to keep my attention yet I hate it because usually when I’m looking for a specific movie or show, I get the “Order DVD message.” 🤦🏾‍♀️ But, somehow I manage to keep a full list of shows and movies I want to watch. Here are my most recent watches! Enjoy!

“13 Reasons Why” 

This series took me though various emotions. In short the series follows the story of Hannah Baker, who commits suicide and leaves 13 cassette tapes behind, detailing the events that led up to her decision to end her own life. Baker, along with the others whom she blames for her death are high school students plus one unsuspecting culprit. Overall, I felt I could not necessarily relate to Hannah and her high school experience, which I contribute to cultural differences and experiences. But, I could relate to her pain and hurt. The series will have you saying “That’s not that serious”, or even “What’s wrong with her?” But, at the end it will all come together, which makes it well worth the watch.

“Dear White People”

This show has exceeded my expectations. It follows Samantha and her African-American friends who are students at an ivy league predominately Caucasian college. The show is a spin-off from the movie Dear White People. The first episode is almost identical to the movie, which sets up the season perfectly and eases the viewer into the lives of these students. This series is spot-on when it comes to the experiences of an African-American student on a predominately white campus. Through Samantha’s campus radio show Dear White People, she tackles racism on her campus. This series is very raw and truthful. Im glad the initial backlash Netflix received when this series was announced did not deter them from releasing it. Netflix, you are the real MVP.

“Lucas Brothers on Drugs” 

 You may remember these twins from “22 Jump Street”. I had no idea they were stand-up comics, but after watching this special I understood why, they are hilarious. The way they play off of each other to deliver their jokes is a unique approach that makes the jokes that much funnier. They discuss present day topics as well as popular past topics. If you need a laugh after a long day, put this on I guarantee you will get that laugh you need.

“Deuces”

As I mentioned earlier, I love random Netflix movies. Scrolling through the pre-prepared suggestions, I came across Deuces. The cast itself is what drew me to this movie, Larenz Tate, Lance Gross, and Rotimi were enough for me to click play 😍. So much #BlackMagic in one movie! The film also featured Megan Good, rapper Sia, and more familiar faces we love. The film follows Deuce played by Larenz Tate, a drug dealer who is trying to turn his life around. The ending had a great twist that I did not see coming!

Let me know some of the shows or movies you are currently streaming in the comments!

Latest Listens & Movies

I am far overdue with my installment for latest listens! That being said let’s jump right in! For the past month I have have literally the same three albums on repeat. I fall more in love with each one every time I listen.

Listens 

  1. Solange: A Seat at the Table: Full disclosure, I have never really been a Solange fan. Yes, I have liked her songs here and there, but not a true fan. This album though, has completely changed my mind about her. Her smooth and sultry melodies, and soothing voice has made this one of the best albums of 2016 in my opinion. She haS features from Lil Wayne, BJ The Chicago Kid, and The-Dream to name a few. My fave tracks: Rise, Scales, Don’t Touch My Hair, Borderline and Cranes in the Sky.Don’t Touch My Hair
  2. Bruno Mars: 24K MagicThis album gives me James Brown vibes out of this world! It’s so soulful. As with Solange, I wouldn’t call myself a Bruno Mars fan. I knew his more popular songs but never listened to any of his albums. But, with the suggestion of a friend, I listened. Now I’m hooked. It is truly feel good music. You cannot listen to this album and not get into a brighter mood. Honestly for this album, I don’t have any favorite tracks, I listen to the whole thing straight through without skipping any songs. If I had to pick one absolute favorite, it would be Calling All My Lovelies. Calling All My Lovelies
  3. Childish Gambino: “Awaken My Love!”: I don’t even know where to start with this album. Donald Glover first and foremost is a truly talented individual, I mean what can’t he do!? This album feels like I’m on the first row of a Bootsy Collins, or George Clinton concert. It is filled with funk from beginning to end. Fave tracks, Me and Your Mama, Redbone, and Zombies.Me and Your Mama

Movies

1. Hidden FiguresThis movie was full of black girl magic. From the three main actors,    Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae to the real life women they portray, Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn, and Mary Jackson. This lesser known story shows how these three women took on racism and sexism in the 1960s to help NASA successfully launch John Glenn into orbit and safely return home. Not only did I learn a thing or two from this movie, my emotions were fully invested. I even shed a tear or two. Definitely worth the money.Hidden Figures Preview

2. Fences: Although this movie was sort of long, the acting was astounding. It was set as if it were still a theatre production.  Denzel Washington and Viola Davis did an awesome job bringing August Wilsons’ classic play to the screen. The raw emotion was prevalent in several scenes including my favorite where snotty-nosed Viola Davis professes her loyalty to Denzel over the years of their marriage.Fences Preview

Extra

I am truly looking forward to the New Edition special set to air on BET on January 24th,25th,and 26th!New Edition Preview

Curren$y dropped a mixtape every single month of 2016! Check them out at datpiff.com.Curren$y 12/30 Landed

Until next time, peace and love!