It's that time of the year, again.
The time of year where the trees die beautifully. The air turns crisp. The pumpkin returns as a lantern and latte. The tricks turn to treats. Horrifying halloween costumes, quests for candy, and festivals are…
Let's be honest, everything that made this season the beauty that we all cherished, has been cancelled due to ratched Lady Rona. That is to say, everything but the best thing: Fall movies and shows are back! Well, sort of back. The new season of our favorite shows might be delayed, however, thanks to Netflix, we can rewatch our old favorites like it's the very first time. Plus, we can enjoy the gut-twisting suspense of horror films and shows like the season demands.
Keep reading to check out what is new to Netflix this month.
Everything That's New & Black AF On Netflix In October 2020
October 1: Boomerang
Boomerang is an all-black classic starring Eddie Murphy, Robin Givens, and Halle Berry. The 1992 picture is a film about an ad exec lothario (played by Murphy) that gets a taste of his medicine when his new boss embodies the female version of Murphy.
October 1: The Parkers (Season 1-5)CBS for Getty Images
Dang, Mama. After waiting for what feels like forever, The Parkers finally landed on Netflix. Sit back and enjoy every second of Kim's ambitious outfits, Nikki's relentless flirting, Professor Oglevee's persistent reluctance, and Stevie and T's silly antics. As a spinoff to Moesha, aspiring fashion designer, Kim Parker is mortified when her vivacious mother, Nikki Parker, decides to enroll in the same community college as her. Watch as Kim tries to navigate life and her mother's new desire to be young, again. As one of the eminent black family shows, The Parkers will have you wishing they never left in the first place.
October 1: Evil (Season 1)
The age old debate of science v. religion returns with a series worth considering. Evil follows two individuals as they unravel the mysteries of a local church, who show's the working of supposed miracles, demonic acts, and strange occurrences.
October 1: Free State of Jones (2016)
Clearly on the wrong side of the Civil War, Newt Knight serves as a medic for the Confederate Army, while refusing to fight against the Union. After being forced to die or flee, Knight teams up with a group of runaway slaves to create a historic rebellion.
October 2: Vampires vs. the Bronx (2020)
Our deepest fears can be found in some of our realest realities, and Vampires vs. the Bronx is proof of that. The very real reality of gentrification is turned on its head in this horror comedy where a group of teenagers in the Bronx must protect their neighborhood from the vampires that invade their community. Reality bites.
October 6: Saturday Church (2017)
After the death of his father, Ulysses finds himself taking on the responsibilities of his dad. If that isn't bad enough, he must struggle with questioning his gender identity and becoming accepted by those in his community and the transgender community.
October 6: Walk Away From Love
Walk Away From Love
No, this isn't the David Ruffin song that your grandmother played, but it does have some melanin for your pleasure. This film tells of a single attorney who learns to love again after leaving a three-year relationship.
October 9: The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020)
This Sundance stellar focuses on a Radha, a 39-year-old rapper, who reinvents herself in hopes to make it big before 40.
October 15: Half & Half (Seasons 1-4)
No longer do you have to wait on random Sunday afternoons for Half & Half to stumble onto your televisions with Mona's husky voice luring you in about going, "through the journey of discovery." Instead, summon them up whenever you're looking for some sisterly fun. Following two half-sisters, Mona and Dee-Dee, enjoy the adventures and silly shenanigans that transpire after the sisters meet for the first time, as adults. Half & Half will warm your heart, make you smile, and most importantly, it'll make you laugh.
October 15: One on One (Seasons 1-5)
Four Words: Kyla Pratt. Flex Alexander. If that's not enough to bring you in, I don't know what is. Forced to be his daughter's sole guardian, or lose her forever, Flex takes on the responsibility of becoming a single father. While his ex-wife pursues a job out of the country, Flex struggles to raise his teenage daughter, Breanna, and navigate his life after losing his dream career in the NBA. With the help of a ridiculous best friend, and Breanna's godfather, Duane, Breanna's best friend, Spirit, and charming, but naive Arnaz, Flex and Breanna try to navigate a world where they see each other for more than two weeks.
October 15: Social Distance (Season 1)
In this anthology series, Orange is the New Black creator Jenji Kohan sets out to explore the different stages of solitary confinement during our mandated social distancing.
October 15: A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting (2020)
This book-turned-film follows a babysitter who travels on a mission to rescue a child taken by monsters.
October 16: Grand Army (2020)
This drama series has the diversity you craved while growing up. Being a teenager is hard enough, but it's the least of their problems, in this telling story of five high school students as they navigate sexual, racial, and political identities and hardships.
October 27: Sarah Cooper: Everything's Fine
Best-selling author and comedienne Sarah Cooper flexes her undeniable talent in this forthcoming Netflix variety special that promises viewers "short interviews, sketches, and more shenanigans" will ensue.
October 30: His House (2020)
Being a refugee is hard, you have to leave your home, loved ones, and culture behind. Nevertheless, it can only get more complicated when you add a supernatural aspect in every crack and corner of your home. Unfortunately, this couple is in for a ride.
Everything New To Netflix In October 2020: The Complete List
44 Cats (Season 2)
Personally, I find 44 cats to be 44 cats too many, but despite its large number, children can't seem to get enough 44 Cats. Returning for season two, follow the adventures of four kittens who make up the musical group called "The Buffycats". With catchy songs and cute adventures, you and your kids will be thankful for these singing felines.
For years, people have been shouting from the highest mountains the negative effects of technology. Despite their shouts, we've listened passively as we stared into our phones. Now, there is another horror movie that tells us the dangers of using too much technology. Artificial Machine Intelligence (A.M.I) tells of a 17-year-old developer whose technology forces her to create murderous acts.
Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)
Returning for a typical 90s sequel, Jim Carrey reprises the role of legendary pet detective Ace Ventura. After leaving retirement, Ace Ventura must retrieve an endangered white bat from a village in Africa. As you've guessed, it doesn't turn out to be the best of ideas.
All Because of You (2020)
My pathetic, hopeless romantic heart beats wildly for this international film. After falling for a guest, an unsuspecting hotel staffer becomes involved in a hostage scheme and finds love in what even Rihanna herself would consider a hopeless place.
Along Came a Spider (2001)
Like a spider, Alex Cross is willing to take as long as he can to weave the perfect trap. In the psychological thriller, Morgan Freeman, a detective and psychologist, decides to play a psychological game with criminals, but that all changes when he is the one lured into another's web.
An Ordinary Man (2017)
Any time someone is called "ordinary", you can guarantee they'll be anything but. This film is no different. Like a tormented, modernized, live-action version of Beauty and the Beast, a war criminal uses his newly-hired maid to comfort him. Will he continue to abuse her, or will hours alone together turn into something more?
Bakugan: Battle Planet (Season 2)
After Bakugan emerged in a worldwide phenomenon called "Awakening", Dan and friends work with their Bakugan to stop those who enslave, control, and destroy the Bakugan creatures.
A story of obsession, this 1990s neo-noir erotic thriller clearly shows why a detective dating the girlfriend of a murder victim, isn't the best of ideas. With the relentless twists and turns, this is a throwback mystery-thriller worth watching this eerie season.
Black ‘47 (2018)
Step aside local mercenaries, the Irish have arrived. Based in 1847, Black '47 focuses on an Irish mercenary who evades his post when revenge for his family is needed.
Cape Fear (1991)
Earning Robert De Niro a nominee for Best Actor, Cape Fear is another psychological thriller for the Halloween season. After going to prison for a crime he didn't commit, Max Cady leaves prison with a promise to get revenge on the person who wronged him.
Carlos Almaraz: Playing with Fire
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month comes a documentary on a dynamic Mexican-American painter, Carlos Almaraz, and his legacy, 30 years after his death.
Carmen Sandiego (Season 3)
Although it feels like it just premiered yesterday, Carmen Sandiego returns for its third season, with Sandiego traveling the world, fighting internationally. While attempting to solve one problem, Sandiego finds herself entering another when events from her past make her a super thief.
As a French-animated series, the story centers around a group of teenagers who travel to a virtual world to stop the threat of an impending virus.
Employee of the Month (2006)
Contrary to the title, this is anything but a movie about an employee wanting to earn the Employee of the Month title. Instead, this is a movie about a guy who meets a girl, and thinks the girl is hot. But, naturally, the girl is uninterested, so the guy tries to get the Employee of the Month title in hopes of impressing and winning the girl. It's a straight to the point comedy, but that doesn't mean you won't release a chuckle or two.
Enemy at the Gates (2001)
As if running away from Nazis isn't bad enough, Russian soldier Vassili must elude a Nazi assassin after being made the face of the Russian's military campaign. Now, with a bigger target on his back, Vassili must survive the war, assassins, and traitorous allies.
Familiar Wife (Season 1)
In this romance, fantasy drama, Cha Joo-hyuk finds himself living a completely different life after he makes a decision that supernaturally impacts his life and the life of everyone around him.
Another eerie drama to add to your list is Fargo. When a salesman finds himself in debt, he plots the kidnapping of his wife in hopes to acquire ransom and alleviate his debt.
Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma: The Second Plate
Before you suspect otherwise, no, this is not a cooking show. Nevertheless, this anime will have you on the edge of your seat. Returning for its second season, Soma Yukihira continues his journey through the prestigious Totsuki Culinary Academy.
Ghost Rider (2007)
After selling his soul to save a loved one, Johnny Blaze is called to be an agent of justice. Wherever evil roams, the Ghost Rider is sure to follow. After being sent to destroy the villain, Blackheart, Blaze quickly learns that the road to hell is paved with more than good intentions.
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009)
Just when you thought seeing your ex in public couldn't get worse, Mark Waters made a film about what happens when you can't escape them. One the eve of his brother's wedding, Connor Mead travels through his failed past relationships.
Gran Torino (2008)
Despising his Asian, Latino, and Black neighbors, Walt Kowalski travels on a journey of redemption after saving an Asian teen, Thao Vang Lor, from a group of gangbangers and thieves.
One of the biggest movies of 2013, Her returns to Netflix. Receiving the Academy Award for Writing, Best Original Screenplay, Her tells the story of a sensitive, newly divorced, hopeless romantic who becomes infatuated with an intuitive operating system, voiced by Scarlett Johansson.
House of 1,000 Corpses (2003)
As a person who believes a house filled with one corpse is too many, House of 1,000Corpses has me thinking otherwise. Following an ill-fated couple, we travel into the House of 1,000 corpses where individuals lurk around the corner, waiting for their next victims.
Human Nature (2019)
This riveting documentary following the tech revolution known as CRISPR. With CRISPR, human beings have been given the control over the creation of life. From curing disease, to reshaping biospheres, and even designing our own children, this documentary makes for an interesting view. Why? Well, because it's anything but Human Nature.
Hunt for Wilderpeople
Hunt for Wilderpeople (2016)
Taika Waititi has struck again, and it makes you wonder what bleak life you led before his sensational strangeness blessed your screen. Now, you have one more chance to be blessed. Watch as a young boy and his foster father become victims of the Most Dangerous game and have to survive a manhunt on an island in New Zealand.
I'm Leaving Now/Ya Me Voy (2018)
After 16 years away, Felipe decides to return home to Mexico from Brooklyn, New York.
When a tidal wave overwhelms a cruise, survivors must stick together to overcome the murderous storm.
Secreto bien guardado (Season 1)
Gone too soon, Argentinian drama mini-series is a romance drama set in a novela.
Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
Imagine going through life and having a British woman narrate all of your deepest thoughts, desires, and actions, how would you react? If you answered: negatively, then this movie is just for you. Starring Will Ferrell, an unstable IRS auditor's world is turned upside down, when he becomes the new subject of a novelist's latest work.
Superman Returns (2006)
Before he was the pure-hearted, loveable scientist and Atom, Ray Palmer, in DC's Legend of Tomorrow, Brandon Routh was the "Man of Steel". If you're feeling a little nostalgic or simply looking for the "truth, justice, and American way that was promised," check out Bryan Singer's Superman Returns.
Sword Art Online (Season 3/ Alicization)
Originally a Japanese novel, Sword Art Online returns for its third season as their characters, Kirito and Asuna, continue to compete in virtual realities.
The Dukes of Hazzard (2005)
Their car was named General Lee and their tight pants left nothing to the imagination, The Dukes of Hazzard show good-hearted misfits Bo and Luke Duke, enjoying traveling through rural Hazzard County as the boys get away with practically everything and anything under the sun.
The Longest Yard (1974)
With a nation that loves football the way it does, it was only a matter of time before The Longest Yard returned to Netflix. In it, disgraced football quarterback Paul Crewe joins a team of inmates in this underdog piece.
The Outpost (2020)
If you liked the movie 13 Hours, this military movie might be for you. In this film, U.S soldiers fight Taliban fighters in the retelling of America's bloodiest battle from the Afghanistan War.
The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012)
In a quest to win the title of Pirate of the Year, the Pirate Captain, sails through rough waters to defeat his enemies and obtain the prize of a lifetime.
The Prince and Me (2004)
The Prince and Me was such a cute movie, they decided to make it four more times. Take a moment to fall in love with the story of a college girl who meets a Prince posing as a normal college student.
The Unicorn (Season 1)
When one hears of Unicorns, they think magic and fairy tales. This show is not that. Though, that doesn't mean it isn't worth watching. In this CBS comedy, Wade and friends try to find a new normal after the death of his wife.
The Worst Witch (Season 4)
In this show, Mildred Hubble finds herself trying to survive the trials and tribulations of Miss Cackle's, witch, Academy.
Young Brad Pitt. Homer's Iliad. Let the battle ensue. Enough said.
In search of the newest video game, David Lightman, finds himself on the verge of starting another World War, when he stumbles onto a military supercomputer instead of the new game.
We Have Always Lived in the Castle (2018)
Originally a novel from horror/mystery writer Shirey Jackson, We Have Always Live in the Castle tells the horrors of what happens when a cousin arrives unexpectedly.
Yogi Bear (2010)
Sing it with me ruggers, "I know a bear that you all know!" And yes friends, it's Yogi Bear. Join this silly, cute, and fun live-action telling of Yogi Bear.
You Cannot Hide/ No te puedes esconder (Season 1)
No matter what she tries, Monica just can't catch a break. Watch the action-thriller Spanish television show, about what happens when a survivor of an abusive and criminal husband becomes the target of a hitman.
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A Chaste Marriage
I've never heard anyone wish their marriages were chaste, and that ladies and gentlemen is where the problem lies. When a guy is forced to marry his childhood best friend, instead of the love of his life, we watch as he decides to settle for his chaste marriage or passionate love affair.
A Go! Go! Cory Carson Halloween (2020)
If you're in the mood for a Halloween film with your little one, but you're in no mood for nightmares, this might be what you're looking for. In search of a king-sized candy bar, Cory Carson Halloween is a cute adventure for all ages.
Dick Johnson is Dead (2020)
That's it. That's the movie. Well, that's the inevitable conclusion of the movie, and now that we know that, follow Dick Johnson as he practices accepting his inevitable demise.
Emily in Paris (Season 1)
In a marketing firm in Paris, Emily has accepted a job to give the American perspective. There, drama ensues while trying to navigate her new world and profession.
Diversify your movie queue with this Nigerian crime drama. When a naïve journalist goes undercover to expose the underground world of human trafficking.
Serious Men (2020)
Tormented with his under-privileged societal status, a father capitalizes on his son's newfound fame. Though, the very thing that might save him, could be destroyed by his own hands.
Song Exploder (Season 1)
Based on the hit podcast, musicians show you their creative process to songwriting, which results in the beautiful tunes that tug on your heart strings or throw you into a fit of rage. Regardless of the emotion it evokes, watch as these artists show you what it's like to be in the studio.
The Binding (2020)
The picture alone for this Italian horror film speaks a thousand words. But in case you're not fluent in Italian, here's a translation: if you like horror movies, this is completely for you. After visiting Southern Italy, a mother fights against the supernatural to stop the demonic claim of her child.
You’ve Got This/ Ahi te encargo (2020)
After watching a crime lord murder her parents as child, Cataleya joins her contract-killing uncle to avenge her family and finally close the door on her past.
David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet
A Life on Our Planet is soon to be a thing of the past. Almost like a real horror film, this tells of the impact human beings have had on the planet and where we will go if we don't fix it.
Pat a Pat Como (Season 1)
This Korean animated comedy will keep your little ones laughing and egg-cited for the silly adventures to come.
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Dolly Parton: Here I Am (2019)
Did you know that Dolly Parton was the original singer of "I Will Always Love You"? No, well if you thought that was interesting, discover more about the career, life, and music of the eminent Dolly Parton.
StarBeam: Halloween Hero (2020)
Here's another cute Halloween show for your little one. And of course, it relates to capturing the monster who steals candy.
Hubie Halloween (2020)
Starring Adam Sandler and Modern Family's Julie Bowen, a man constantly subjected to the ridicule of his hometown community, finds himself saving Halloween and becoming the prime suspect of a murder investigation.
Schitt's Creek (Season 6)
Stealing the hearts of all, and the Primetime Emmy for every comedic category, Schitt's Creek's final season lands on October 7 to Netflix. Watch the entire series that has everyone grinning from ear to ear.
To the Lake (Season 1)
As if 2020 wasn't stressful enough, watch what happens when civilization faces a plague and must struggle to survive.
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Palermo Hollywood (2004)
Everyone knows that when you want to commit a crime, you should only hire those who can keep a secret. Well, almost everyone knows. In this film, when a kidnapping scheme goes wrong and a notorious gangster must discover how to cover his tracks after two petty criminals threaten to expose him.
With conflicting religious beliefs, a group must settle their grievances as they undergo the hardships of religious violence.
The 100 (Season 7)
After seven seasons and more than one heartache to handle, The 100 fights its last battle. Following burdened hero Clarke Griffin, The 100 tells the story of 100 juvenile prisoners who were sent back to Earth to determine its inhabitability, three generations after a nuclear war. With strong protagonists, exceptional female characters, and deranged villains, The 100 tells a story that will carry on for generations to come. May we meet again.
Deaf U (Season 1)
As unexpected insight into the deaf community, follow a Netflix original reality series of deaf college students living a typical college life.
Fast and Furious Spy Racers (Season 2)
Watch out. This is not the Fast and Furious you were expecting, but that doesn't mean it isn't worth the watch. Starring Tyler Posey and the amazing Renee Elise Goldsberry, this animated series focuses on a group of teenagers who deal with an organization hell bent on world domination.
Ginny Weds Sunny (2020)
In this upcoming Hindi romantic comedy, watch as characters Ginny and Sunny wed.
Super Monsters: Dia de los Monsters (2020)
Like the more kid-friendly, animated version of The Descendants, follow the offspring of famous monsters who meet during preschool.
The Haunting of Bly Manor (Season 1)
In his second installment of supernatural, horror dramas, Mike Flanagan recycles stars Victoria Pedretti, Kate Siegel, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, and Henry Thomas to tell a haunting story of a governess hired to look after a man's nieces and nephew in the Bly estate. While there, the governess discovers that the house may be stranger than it seems.
Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts
Adventure fiction might not be your style, but this beautiful show can make it so. When a sheltered girl is thrown into the real world, after a mutant attack, she must learn how to survive on the surface, while leaving her comfort zone in the ground.
The Cabin with Bert Kreischer
In a quest to cleanse one's body, mind, and soul, comedian Bert Kreischer escapes the cabin, with comic friends, in the ultimate form of self-care.
Octonauts & the Great Barrier Reef
In this kid's music special, Octonauts must find a way to save his reef from hungry, nefarious worms.
Alice Junior (2019)
Follow the journey of this transgender teenager who experiences her first love.
BLACKPINK: LIGHT UP THE SKY (2020)
If you're going through Korean-band withdrawal, join the club. Though, you might be able to relieve that itch with this film about the record-shattering Korean girl band, BLACKPINK.
Characters of Jonah Hill and Brad Pitt team up to revive their baseball team, by challenging traditions, supporting players, and working around their tight budget.
Love Like the Falling Rain
Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)
There is no better hero v. villain story than that of Batman and Joker. In this animated film, watch as Joker further pushes Batman, when he kidnaps Commissioner Gordon.
Brave Blue World: Racing to Solve Our Water Crisis (2019)
Honest and optimistic, this documentary tells of the possible opportunities granted through technology that will help how we manage water.
Love Like the Falling Rain (2020)
Nothing is worse than unrequited love. This film shows the pain and suffering one must endure when in love with your best friend. Should he tell her and risk ruining their friendship, or should he continue to pine in silence?
Power Rangers Beast Morphers (Season 2, Part 1)
Despite the time it takes Power Rangers to morph, the show can't help but be lovable. In this new aged Power Rangers, join the rangers as they fight a new-aged computer virus from another dimension.
Rooting for Roona (2020)
This documentary focuses on a baby, Roona Begum, as she fights for her life in India.
Dream Home Makeover (Season 1)
It's like HGTV and Netflix came together to have a baby and created an inevitably addictive show. With hosts Syd and Shea McGree, follow the 30-minute episodes of the couple creating dream homes.
In a Valley of Violence (2016)
When a short cut becomes anything but, a mysterious drifter and his dog stumble into a valley where, naturally, violence ensues.
La Revolution (Season 1)
What if the French Revolution went differently? What if instead of the French uprising, they died at the hands of nobles overtaken by a murderous virus?
Someone Has to Die/ Alguien tiene que morir (Limited Series)
Not as villainous as its title, the series tells a tale of a young mais summoned home to accept his arranged marriage. Nevertheless, find out what happens when what seems to be a simple arrangement is complicated when he brings a mysterious woman with him.
The Last Kids on Earth (Book 3)
Based on the books of the same name, Jack Sullivan and friends must fight zombies and mutant creatures, all while enjoying their youth.
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020)
Based on the notorious 1969 trial of seven, followed the trial that bewildered and bedazzled the nation and questioned the U.S Government. Written by the renowned Aaron Sorkin, this film is sure to be as witty as it is interesting.
A friendly online group chat, transforms to horror, when an unknown user, Billie227, joins a group of friends.
Possessing the ability to speak with the dead Norman Babcock lives anything but a normal life. When his uncle tells him of the impending dangers of a witch's curse, Norman must use his paranormal abilities to save the land of the living.
Unsolved Mysteries (Volume 2)
It's frustrating that the mysteries are unsolved, but it's so damn addicting to watch. Unsolved Mysteries is back for its second volume with more head-scratching, bewildering mysteries.
"Flung out of space," 2016's Carol tells of a 1950s forbidden romance between budding photographer, Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara) and closeted housewife, Carol Aird (Cate Blanchett). Based on the novel The Price of Salt, this romance will have you in awe of the director and Blanchett's picturesque performances.
The Magic School Bus Rides Again The Frizz Connection (2020)
As if Hamilton's Lin Manuel Miranda writing the theme song isn't enough, Ms. Frizz and kids return for another adventure on the magic school bus.
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction (Season 3)
With already having guests such as President Barack Obama, Tina Fey, and Kanye West, David Letterman returns with his glorious beard and a new line up to die for.
If you're looking for a horror movie without the gore, this novel-turned-film is sure to capture your attention. Forced to live in her husband's family estate, Mrs. de Winter must uncover the truth about her husband and the wife he once had, Rebecca.
Bending the Arc (2017)
In hopes of obtaining global health equity, a group of health advocates start a movement to change global health policies for generations to come.
As if a nuclear disaster weren't enough, a family must deal with the disappearance of guests when they are invited to a "charitable" dinner.
The Hummingbird Project (2018)
In a fiber-optic cable deal, a group of traders hope to earn millions of dollars while competing with their old, more seasoned boss.
Yes, God, Yes (2019)
Like the musical Spring Awakening, this Catholic girl's sexual being is awakened when a friendly conversation online turns hot and heavy.
Barbarians (Season 1)
German soldiers stop the spread of the Roman empire in the Battle of Teutoburg Forest.
Over the Moon (2020)
With an all-star cast, Phillipa Soo, Kimiko Glenn, Sandra Oh, and John Cho, this animation of a young, Asian girl who builds a rocket ship and meets a goddess on the moon, will make your heart smile.
After the disappearance of her childhood friend, a police officer returns home to find answers. Though, once she gets too close, she finds that she might have to deal with the same fate of her friend. Whatever that may be.
The Queen's Gambit (Season 1)
Embarking on a quest to become the best chess player in the world, Beth Harmon must overcome addiction before she ruins her lifelong dream.
Blood of Zeus (Season 1)
Formerly known as Gods & Heroes, comes an upcoming original anime about Zeus as he tries to save Heaven and Earth.
Chico Bon Bon: Monkey with a Tool Belt (Season 4)
With tools and his wits, Chico Bon Bon helps solve problems in this animated series.
Guillermo Vilas: Settling the Score/ Vilas: Serás lo que debas ser o no seras nada (2020)
This documentary follows renowned tennis player, Guillermo Vilas, as he tries to obtain the No. 1 world seat, after 40 years of demanding the ranking be revised.
After one too many "when will you get married," or "are you seeing anyone," during the holidays, the idea of getting a holidate wouldn't be too bad. In this film, Sloane and Jackson agree to be one another's "holidates" during their frustrating holiday seasons.
Metallica Through the Never
If you told me that the rock band Metallica was creating a concert film, I wouldn't have believed you. Nevertheless, here the beauty is.
Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight (2020)
It's a horror film. Though, it is not. This film shows what happens when you take technology-dependent teenagers and place them in a camp that requires they are offline.
Secrets of Saqqara Tomb (2020)
Follow this real-life adventure of an archaeologist who travels to an ancient tomb in Saqqara to unearth the secrets of Egyptain history.
Somebody Feed Phil (Season 4)
Traveling around the world to taste its exquisite, extraordinary cuisines, Phillip Rosenthal of Everybody Loves Raymond demands to be fed.
Suburra: Blood on Rome (Season 3)
Inspired by true events, this show follows a real-life political scandal as a community fights for land in a coastal town, near Rome.
The 12th Man (2017)
If we are on the 12th man, you can bet that it didn't fare well for the other eleven. In this film, follow a Norweigen soldier when his anti-Nazi mission goes wrong and leaves him in enemy land.
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Amber Riley Is In Her Element
Amber Riley has the type of laugh that sticks with you long after the raspy, rhythmic sounds have ceased. It punctuates her sentences sometimes, whether she’s giving a chuckle to denote the serious nature of something she just said or throwing her head back in rip-roarious laughter after a joke. She laughs as if she understands the fragility of each minute. She chooses laughter often with the understanding that future joy is not guaranteed.
Credit: Ally Green
The sound of her laughter is rivaled only by her singing voice, an emblem of the past and the future resilience of Black women stretched over a few octaves. On Fox’s Glee, her character Mercedes Jones was portrayed, perhaps unfairly, as the vocal duel to Rachel Berry (Lea Michele), offering rough, full-throated belts behind her co-star’s smooth, pristine vocals. Riley’s always been more than the singer who could deliver a finishing note, though.
Portraying Effie White, she displayed the dynamic emotions of a song such as “And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going” in Dreamgirls on London’s West End without buckling under the historic weight of her predecessors. With her instrument, John Mayer’s “Gravity” became a religious experience, a belted hymnal full of growls and churchy riffs. In her voice, Nicole Scherzinger once said she heard “the power of God.”
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Riley’s voice has been a staple throughout pop culture for nearly 15 years now. Her tone has become so distinguishable that most viewers of Fox’s The Masked Singer recognized the multihyphenate even before it was revealed that she was Harp, the competition-winning, gold-masked figure with an actual harp strapped to her back.
Still, it wasn’t until recently that Riley began to feel like she’d found her voice. This sounds unbelievable. But she’s not referring to the one she uses on stage. She’s referencing the voice that speaks to who she is at her core. “Therapy kind of gave me the training to speak my mind,” the 37-year-old says. “It’s not something we’re taught, especially as Black women. I got so comfortable in [doing so], and I really want other people, especially Black women, to get more comfortable in that space.”
“Therapy kind of gave me the training to speak my mind. It’s not something we’re taught, especially as Black women."
If you ask Riley’s manager, Myisha Brooks, she’ll tell you the foundation of who the multihyphenate is hasn’t changed much since she was a kid growing up in Compton. “She is who she is from when I met her back when she was singing in the front of the church to back when she landed major roles in film and TV,” Brooks says. Time has allowed Riley to grow more comfortable, giving fans a more intimate glimpse into her life, including her mental health journey and the ins and outs of show business.
The actress/singer has been in therapy since 2019, although she suffered from depression and anxiety way before that. In a recent interview with Jason Lee, she recalls having suicidal ideation as a kid. By the time she started seeing a psychologist and taking antidepressants in her thirties, her body had become jittery, a physical reminder of the trauma stacked high inside her. “I was shaking in [my therapist’s] office,” she tells xoNecole. “My fight or flight was on such a high level. I was constantly in survival mode. My heart was beating fast all the time. All I did was sweat.”
There wasn’t just childhood trauma to account for. After auditioning for American Idol and being turned away by producers, Riley began working for Ikea and nearly missed her Glee audition because her car broke down on the highway while en route. Thankfully, Riley had been cast to play Mercedes Jones. American Idol had temporarily convinced her she wasn’t cut out for the entertainment industry, but this was validation that she was right where she belonged. Glee launched in 2009 with the promise of becoming Riley’s big break.
In some ways, it was. The show introduced Riley to millions of fans and catapulted her into major Hollywood circles. But in other ways, it became a reminder of the types of roles Black women, especially those who are plus-sized, are relegated to. Behind the scenes, Riley says she fought for her character "to have a voice" but eventually realized her efforts were useless. "It finally got to a point where I was like, this is not my moment. I'm not who they're choosing, and this is just going to have to be a job for me for now," she says. "And, that's okay because it pays my bills, I still get to be on television, I'm doing more than any other Black plus-sized women that I'm seeing right now on screen."
The actress can recognize now that she was navigating issues associated with trauma and low self-esteem at the time. She now knows that she's long had anxiety and depression and can recognize the ways in which she was triggered by how the cult-like following of the show conflicted with her individual, isolated experiences behind the scenes. But she was in her early '20s back then. She didn't yet have the language or the tools to process how she was feeling.
Riley says she eventually sought out medical intervention. "When you're in Hollywood, and you go to a doctor, they give you pills," she says, sharing a part of her story that she'd never revealed publicly before now. "[I was] on medication and developing a habit of medicating to numb, not understanding I was developing an addiction to something that's not fixing my problem. If anything, it's making it worse."
“[I was] on medication and developing a habit of medicating to numb, not understanding I was developing an addiction to something that’s not fixing my problem. If anything it’s making it worse.”
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At one point, while in her dressing room on set, she rested her arm on a curling iron without realizing it. It wasn't until her makeup artist alerted her that she even realized her skin was burning. Once she noticed, she says she was "so zonked out on pills" that she barely reacted. Speaking today, she holds up her arm and motions towards a scar that remains from the incident. She sought help for her reliance on the pills, but it would still be years before she finally attended therapy.
This stress was only compounded by the trauma of growing up in poverty and the realities of being a "contract worker." "Imagine going from literally one week having to borrow a car to get to set to the next week being on a private jet to New York City," she says. After Glee ended, so did the rides on private planes. The fury of opportunities she expected to follow her appearance on the show failed to materialize. She wasn't even 30 yet, and she was already forced to consider if she'd hit her career peak.
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We’re only four minutes into our Zoom call before Riley delivers her new adage to me. “My new mantra is ‘humility does not serve me.’ Humility does not serve Black women. The world works so hard to humble us anyway,” she says.
On this Thursday afternoon in April, the LA-based entertainer is seated inside her closet/dressing room wearing a cerulean blue tank top with matching shorts and eating hot wings. This current phase of healing hinges on balance. It’s about having discipline and consistency, but not at the risk of inflexibility. She was planning to head to the gym, for instance, but she’s still tired from the “exhausting” day before. Instead, she’s spent her day receiving a massage, eating some chicken wings, and planning to spend quality time with friends. “I’m not going to beat myself up for it. I’m not going to talk down to myself. I’m going to eat my chicken wings, and then tomorrow I’m [back] in the gym,” she says.
“My new mantra is ‘humility does not serve me.’ Humility does not serve Black women. The world works so hard to humble us anyway."
This is the balance with which she's been approaching much of her life these days. It's why she's worried less about whether or not people see her as someone who is humble. She'd rather be respected. "I think you should be a person that's easy to work with, but in the moments where I have to ruffle feathers and make waves, I'm not shying away from that anymore. You can do it in love, you don't have to be nasty about it, but I had to finally be comfortable with the fact that setting boundaries around my life – in whatever aspect, whether that's personal or business – people are not going to like it. Some people are not going to have nice things to say about you, and you gotta be okay with it," she says.
When Amber talks about the constant humbling of Black women in Hollywood, I think of the entertainers before her who have suffered from this. The brilliant, consistent, overqualified Black women who have spoken of having to fight for opportunities and fair pay. Aretha Franklin. Viola Davis. Tracee Ellis Ross. There's a long list of stars whose success hasn't mirrored their experiences behind the scenes.
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If Black women outside of Hollywood are struggling to decrease the pay gap, so, too, are their wealthier, more famous peers.
Riley says there’s been progress in recent years, but only in small ways and for a limited group of people. “This business is exhausting. The goalpost is constantly moving, and sometimes it’s unfair,” she says. But, I have to say it’s the love that keeps you going.”
“There’s no way you can continue to be in this business and not love it, especially being a plus-sized Black woman,” she continues. “We’re still niche. We’re still not main characters.”
"There’s no way you can continue to be in this business and not love it, especially being a plus-sized Black woman. We’re still niche. We’re still not main characters.”
Last year, Riley starred alongside Raven Goodwin in the Lifetime thriller Single Black Female (a modern, diversified take on 1992’s Single White Female). It was more than a leading role for the actress, it also served as proof that someone who looks like her can front a successful project without it hinging on her identity. It showcased that the characters she portrays don’t “have to be about being a big girl. It can just be a regular story.”
Riley sees her work in music as an extension of her efforts to push past the rigid stereotypes in entertainment. Take her appearance on The Masked Singer, for instance. Riley said she decided to perform Mayer’s “Gravity” after being told she couldn’t sing it years earlier. “I wanted to do ‘Gravity’ on Glee. [I] was told no, because that’s not a song that Mercedes would do,” she says. “That was a full circle moment for me, doing that on that show and to hear what it is they had to say.”
As Scherzinger praised the “anointed” performance, a masked Riley began to cry, her chest heaving as she stood on stage, her eyes shielded from view. “You have to understand, I have really big names – casting directors, producers, show creators – that constantly tell me ‘I’m such a big fan. Your talent is unmatched.’ Hire me, then,” she says, reflecting on the moment.
Recently, she’s been in the studio working on original music, the follow-up to her independently-released debut EP, 2020’s Riley. The sequel to songs such as the anthemic “Big Girl Energy” and the reflective ballad “A Moment” on Riley, this new project hones in on the singer’s R&B roots with sensual grooves such as the tentatively titled “All Night.” “You said I wasn’t shit, turns out that I’m the shit. Then you called me a bitch, turns out that I’m that bitch. You said no one would want me, well you should call your homies,” she sings on the tentatively titled “Lately,” a cut about reflecting on a past relationship. From the forthcoming project, xoNecole received five potential tracks. Fans likely already know the strengths and contours of Riley’s vocals, but these new songs are her strongest, most confident offerings as an artist.
“I am so much more comfortable as a writer, and I know who I am as an artist now. I’m evolving as a human being, in general, so I’m way more vulnerable in my music. I’m way more willing to talk about whatever is on my mind. I don’t stop myself from saying what it is I want to say,” she says.
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“Every era and alliteration of Amber, the baseline is ‘Big Girl Energy.’ That’s the name of her company,” her manager Brooks says, referencing the imprint through which Riley releases her music after getting out of a label deal several years ago. “It’s just what she stands for. She’s not just talking about size, it’s in all things. Whether it’s putting your big girl pants on and having to face a boardroom full of executives or sell yourself in front of a casting agent. It’s her trying to achieve the things she wants to do in life.”
Riley says she has big dreams beyond releasing this new music, too. She’d love to star in a rom-com with Winston Duke. She hasn't starred in a biopic yet, but she’d revel in the opportunity to portray Rosetta Tharpe on screen. She’s determined that her previous setbacks won’t stop her from dreaming big.
“I think one of my superpowers is resilience because, at the end of the day, I’m going to kick, scream, cry, cuss, be mad and disappointed, but I’m going to get up and risk having to deal with it all again. It’s worth it for the happy moments,” she says.
If Riley seems more comfortable and confident professionally, it’s because of the work she’s been doing in her personal life.
She’d previously spoken to xoNecole about becoming engaged to a man she discovered in a post on the site, but she called things off last year. For Valentine’s Day, she revealed her new boyfriend publicly. “I decided to post him on Valentine’s Day, partially because I was in the dog house. I got in trouble with him,” she says, half-joking before turning serious. “The breakup was never going to stop me from finding love. Or at least trying. I don’t owe anybody a happily ever after. People break up. It happens. When it was good, it was good. When it was bad, it was terrible, hunny. I had to get the fuck up out of there. You find happiness, and you enjoy it and work through it.”
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"I don’t owe anybody a happily ever after. People break up. It happens. When it was good, it was good. When it was bad, it was terrible, hunny. I had to get the fuck up out of there. You find happiness and you enjoy it and work through it.”
With her ex, Riley was pretty outspoken about her relationship, even appearing in content for Netflix with him. This time around is different. She’s not hiding her boyfriend of eight months, but she’s more protective of him, especially because he’s a father and isn’t interested in becoming a public figure.
She’s traveling more, too. It’s a deliberate effort on her part to enjoy her money and reject the trauma she’s developed after experiencing poverty in her childhood. “I live in constant fear of being broke. I don’t think you ever don’t remember that trauma or move past that. Now I travel and I’m like, listen, if it goes, it goes. I’m not saying [to] be reckless, but I deserve to enjoy my hard work.”
After everything she’s been through, she certainly deserves to finally let loose a bit. “I have to have a life to live,” she says. “I’ve got to have a life worth fighting for.”
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Can’t Stop Seeing 333?: Uncover What The Universe Is Guiding You To Do
Have you ever needed a sign from God or the universe to just drop out of the sky? Then, before you can recognize the coincidence, you start seeing angel numbers like 333 on your microwave clock, gas prices, or even as the total on your receipt. Numbers hold a special type of significance and influence in our lives, cultures, and spiritual beliefs and are known to hold hidden meanings, serve as guides, and act as messengers from the spiritual realm.
And one particular number that has captured the imagination of so many of us is the angel number 333.
Breaking Down the Meaning of Angel Number 333
Believed to be a divine message from the angels, this numerical sequence carries profound significance and offers guidance, reassurance, and encouragement to those who encounter it.
The angel number 333 is composed of the energy and vibrations of the number 3, which appears three times in a row, magnifying its influence.
When we look into the power of the number 3 in numerology, it’s typically associated with creativity, self-expression, communication, growth, expansion, optimism, joy, and the Trinity, representing mind, body, and spirit. Thus, when encountered in triplicate, it intensifies the message and significance conveyed by the number 3.
The Angel Number 333 Meaning: Spiritual Awakening and Alignment
The angel number 333 often appears during moments of spiritual awakening or when an individual is on the path of growth and change. It serves as a gentle reminder that you are divinely supported and encouraged to align your thoughts, actions, and intentions with your higher self and spiritual purpose. The angels are signaling that you are on the right track and should continue to cultivate your spiritual growth in a way that’s in harmony with your higher self and purpose.
The Angel Number 333 Meaning: Embracing Creativity and Self-Expression
A major theme with the number 3 is its connection to creativity and imagination. The presence of angel number 333 is a call to embrace your creative abilities and express your authentic self. Whether it is through art, writing, a new project or hobby you’ve been looking to explore, or any other form of self-expression, your guardian angels are nudging you to tap into your full creative potential. By doing so, you can inspire others and bring joy and positivity into the world, and even uncover a new level of self-actualization.
The Angel Number 333 Meaning: Reclaiming Balance and Spiritual Harmony
What’s special about 333 is how it highlights the importance of balance and harmony in your life and that you have full access to it. It’s your own personal sign to prioritize your physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being despite the speed and hustle-centric of the world we live in. Your angels are tapping you on the shoulder to encourage you to maintain balance in order to live a more fulfilling and harmonious existence with yourself, your loved ones, and your purpose. So take it as a gentle reminder to seek moderation over the extremes in life, or if you need to add a little more play where there’s rigidity, allow it to flow.
What Should You Do When You Encounter the Angel Number 333?
Remember that you have help outside of what you can see with your physical eyes. And while this angel number might hold different meanings for everyone and each stage of life, the thread that connects 333’s meaning is harmony, the divine support that surrounds you, and a license to tap into your inner creativity.
If you happen to come across 333 on your path today, pause and make note of the crossroads or rumination that’s been on your mind. 333 is a powerful number for manifestation, so take a moment to speak out or write down your intentions. You have the power to bring your thoughts and desires into reality, and your angel number and guides are here to remind you of that.
Trust that the answer you seek is within your reach.
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