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Here’s What Is Coming To Netflix In May And Worth Binge Watching

During this quarantine, I’ve been forever grateful for my ex-boyfriend’s Netflix password. Not but really, Netflix has been helping keep millions of us sane during these super strange times of social distancing and stay-at-home orders.

The streaming giant has continued to offer thousands of new and exciting titles to watch every month, and May is no different. Along with new seasons of some of our favorite original series like La Casa de Las Flores (Ok, yea it came out in April but it’s still worth mentioning), Netflix also has lots of original movies (including several Spanish-language films) coming out this month.

If you’re worried about having plans, Netflix has more than enough to keep you covered. Check out the full list of titles ahead.

Hollywood

Few shows are getting as much buzz as Ryan Murphy‘s highly anticipated new original series, Hollywood. Set in post-World War II Tinseltown, the miniseries draws on true stories like those of actors Anna May Wong, Rock Hudson, and Hattie McDaniel as inspirations for its glamorous revisionist history of what Hollywood might have been if oft-overlooked voices had been given the spotlight. The star-studded cast includes industry veterans like Patti LuPone and Holland Taylor, as well as rising talents like Laura Harrier, David Corenswet and Jeremy Pope. All seven episodes drop on May 1

Chichipato

This hilarious Colombian film by Netflix LatinoAmerica is all set to bring us some much needed laughter amid all the craziness around the world. Basically, a cartel leader is throwing a massive party and has hired a magician to provide some entertainment. However, things don’t go as planned when the magician makes the cartel boss disappear – and he can’t bring him back.

La Corazonada

This Argentine film, another Netflix original, tells the story of a rook cop and police detective’s investigation into the murder of a 19-year-old woman. Her best friend is the suspect but it ma not end up that way…

La Reina de Indias y El Conquistador

This Colombian-produced series revolves around the history that led to the birth of the city of Cartagena de Indias, the flagship of Las Américas. The series is recorded in 4KUltra-high-definition television. The show is filmed in Colombia, specifically in Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, the banks of the Magdalena River and Palomino, Villa de Leyva, and Santa Fe de Antioquia. It stars Essined Rivera Aponte, and Emmanuel Esparza as the main’s characters.

For Colored Girls

A truly strong film by Tyler Perry, this movie portrays the different stories of African American women. It deals with issues and problems faced by women based on a collection of 20 poems by Ntozake Shange.

Rebelión de Los Godinez

Brought to us by Netflix Mexico, this Netflix original film tells the story of a young twenty-something in Mexico City. He’s forced to get a ‘real job’ by his overbearing grandfather – which he’s dreading. But he quickly makes friends with an interesting mix of godinez – or the 9-5 office crowd types.

The Big Flower Fight

This show has been described as ‘The Great British Bake Off’ for plant-lovers and considering that plants are big among Millennials (present company included) this is sure to be a huge hit.

Inhuman Resources

This is a new French series that’s also a Netflix Original and it’s getting obscenely positive reviews from viewers. It centers on the story of Alain, a middle-aged and unemployed man who is lured to an interview at a popular company. But things take a turn to the dark side pretty quick in this thrilling series.

Riverdale: Season 4

An all new season of Riverdale is coming to Netflix and for those of us who are super fans of the series, there’s nothing better than grabbing a bite, getting comfy and just binge watching episode after episode of this way over-the-top TV show.

Trial By Media

Who doesn’t love a true crime series?! In this series, the absolute most sensational trails ever are analyzed with an eye on how the media may have affected decisions.

The show will ponder probably the most sensational and important trials in modern history, including: the remarkable Jenny Jones made-for-Court TV murder trials, the story of Rod Blagojevich’s political fall, and the tragedy of Amadou Diallo, an unarmed African worker who was shot multiple times by police in New York City.

Valeria

This original Netflix series is based on the novels by Elisabet Benavent and tells the story of a writer in a creative and marital crisis. She relies on the help and support of her three close friends who are all on journeys of self-discovery and self-love. Sounds like something we can also try to get into during all of this craziness.

The Lovebirds

While the Coronavirus pandemic prevented the rom-com The Lovebirds from releasing in theaters, the Issa Rae- and Kumail Nanjiani-fronted film will make its debut on Netflix on May 22. And I am a huge ‘Insecure’ fan so I can’t wait to see this.

What are you going to be watching this month?

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Met Gala 2021 Is Happening And Amanda Gorman Is Set To Host The America-Themed Fashion Event

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Met Gala 2021 Is Happening And Amanda Gorman Is Set To Host The America-Themed Fashion Event

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It’s 2021 and the Met Gala is back this year – after being canceled in 2020 thanks to a pandemic – with superstar poet Amanda Gorman being eyed to host the fashion event of the year. Given the 23-year-old’s show-stopping performance at the inauguration, the theme fittingly will be a celebration of America and American designers.

The Met Gala will return in 2021 with a very special guest as host.

Vogue’s “Oscars of Fashion” famously takes place on the first Monday of May. However, this year it’s been pushed back to September 13, in hopes that life will have returned to something closer to normal by then.

Epic poet Amanda Gorman is reportedly in talks to co-host the event alongside Tom Ford, who is the academy’s president. The breakout star of President Biden’s inauguration, Gorman is on the cover of the magazine’s May issue and the subject of a relentlessly glowing profile inside.

The black-tie gala, which raises funds for Met’s Costume Institute, is normally fashion’s biggest night and sees guests from Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Cardi B to Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and even Maluma.

The event was canceled in 2020 thanks to a global pandemic.

The world’s most glamorous party was canceled in 2020 because of COVID-19, which was (and still is) raging the planet at the time. There was a virtual event in place of the 2020 event, with celebs like Julia Roberts, Priyanka Chopra and Amanda Seyfried showing off their looks from home and stars like Mindy Kaling and Adam Rippon taking part in the #MetGalaChallenge, recreating looks from past years.

This year’s event will draw inspiration from all things USA.

The theme of this year’s Met Gala has not been announced, but Page Six says the night will be devoted to honoring America and American designers, following the 18-month-long COVID crisis in this country.

Recent past themes for the event have included “Camp: Notes on Fashion” (2019), “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” (2018), and “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between (2017). And don’t forget 2016, when Zayn Malik wore robot-arms to Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.

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Gabriel Fernandez’s Mother, Pearl Fernandez, Is Trying to Have Her Murder Conviction Thrown Out

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Gabriel Fernandez’s Mother, Pearl Fernandez, Is Trying to Have Her Murder Conviction Thrown Out

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Gabriel Fernandez’s mother, Pearl Fernandez, is trying to have her murder conviction thrown out. The 37-year-old woman has been in jail since 2018 for the murder and torture of her eight-year old son.

Pearl Fernandez is petitioning the court for resentencing, hoping to have her first-degree murder and/or second-degree murder charges thrown out.

Fernandez is hoping to have her sentence vacated based off of new changes to the California state penal code. “I think that she feels that somehow maybe, you know, the special circumstance will be dismissed or maybe she’ll have a chance that the D.A. will agree with the petition,” Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Hatami said to CBSLA.

In June 2018, a judge sentenced Pearl Fernandez to life without parole. The judge charged Pearl Fernandez with the 2013 torture and killing of her eight-year-old son, Gabriel Fernandez.

On May 22, 2013, Gabriel Fernandez died after suffering a fatal beating from his mother. Pearl Fernandez was allegedly angry that he didn’t clean up his toys.

The details of Pearl and her boyfriend’s lengthy torture campaign against Gabriel Fernandez are both gruesome and numerous. Over the course of his eight-month stay with Isauro Aguirre, the couple broke his bones, burned him with cigarettes, pepper-sprayed him, and forced him to eat his own vomit as well as animal feces. And that is just a short-list of what they did.

The case came to national attention after the release of the 2020 Netflix documentary, “The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez“. The documentary shone a spotlight on the insidious nature of child abuse. It also highlighted the systematic failures of the social services system that fails to protect children.

Elected officials have expressed their disgust at Pearl Fernandez for trying to escape justice by taking advantage of updated laws.

“The policies and directives from my office and these new laws created by the Legislature are emboldening murderers of children to apply to be re-sentenced,” said Deputy DA Hatami to City News Service. “This is completely unfair to the surviving families and their loved ones.”

He continued: “Families now have to relive all the horror that was perpetrated upon a small and helpless child. Based upon all the evidence presented at the grand jury, which was made public, and the jury trial, Pearl Fernandez was a major participant in the torture and murder of little Gabriel.”

It seems obvious by the fact that Pearl Fernandez is trying to get out of jail after torturing her son to death, that she isn’t remorseful about her actions.

Any other mother who killed her son would probably want to spend the rest of her life in jail instead of trying to find a way to get out of it.

If you believe someone you know is experiencing–or committing–child abuse, there are resources to help. Call the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-Child or 1-800-422-4453, or go to www.childhelp.org. Staying vigilant could help save a child like Gabriel Fernandez.

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