5 Must See Docu-Series

5 Must See Docu-Series

Along with providing insightful entertainment, many telling docu-series have sparked important conversations, proving knowledge is power.


Documentaries are Saving Lives and Opening Eyes

In the last year, Docu-series have become extremely popular and consequently instrumental. Upon their release, these in-depth documentaries, broken up into multiple episodes, have continued to inspire audiences to take action where there's passion; whether it's speaking out about an abusive past, or fighting for a love one to be acquitted.

Here are 5 influential documentaries worth the watch:

1. Surviving R. Kelly

Surviving R. Kelly: R. Kelly Documentary On Abuse Allegations & Sex Cult www.youtube.com

This documentary is comprised of six vulnerable episodes, starring R. Kelly's victims, well-known pubic figures, and educated commentators. Viewers learn first hand about the underaged abuse many young girls experienced at the hand of the R&B; singer throughout his long career, and the public is made aware of his inexcusable actions. The brave women featured in this series detail their past interactions with R. Kelly, sparking up meaningful conversations about red flags, abuse, and power struggles within a relationship.The docu-series can be found on Hulu or on the Lifetime website and app.

2. The Keepers

As well as being a murder mystery documentary, exploring the question: "Who killed Sister Cathy?", The Keepers also features survivors who've experienced sexual abuse at the hand of a Catholic priest. Since its debut, The Keepers has had a positive impact on viewers, showing them that they are not alone in their abuse.

Sister Cathy Cesnik disappeared in November of 1969, and her body was found the following January. The Keepers connects her disappearance to the rampant abuse which had been occurring under the radar at the Catholic school she taught at.

The Keepers is currently streaming on Netflix.

The Keepers | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix www.youtube.com

3. Evil Genius

Evil Genius has been dubbed a true crime show focusing on one of the most twisted, yet genius bank robberies in America. This strange story begins with the death of a pizza delivery man, but as the episodes progress more ugly truths are uncovered. The unconventional lives of the duo in question, Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong and Bill Rothstein, are thoroughly examined by documentarian Trey Borzillieri. Borzilleri was actually in contact with Marjorie from 2005, until her death in 2017. Many of their phone calls and letters are aired in the series.

Who's the true master mind behind the pizza bombing? To find out, watch all episodes of Evil Genius on Netflix.

Evil Genius | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix www.youtube.com

4. Making a Murderer

Making a Murderer is probably one of Netflix's most well-known documentaries. It follows the double sentencing of Steven Avery, twice accused of murder. Avery was wrongfully convicted of murder in 1985, but a few years after his release he was sent to jail once again, found guilty on new murder charges. The fanfare generated from Making a Murderer's first season led to the re-examination of Avery's case in season 2.

Is Steven Avery truly a murderer? Find out for yourself by watching the 2 part series on Netflix.

Making A Murderer: Part 2 | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix www.youtube.com

5. The Staircase

The Staircase follows the 2003 murder trial of Novelist Michael Peterson, who is thought to have killed his wife. Viewers are able to evaluate the truth for themselves while watching everything play out in real time, as the footage captures fresh reactions and raw evidence in real time was it was discovered. Michael Peterson's fame may have sparked an initial interest in this case, but the details keep viewers intrigued.

Testimonies from Peterson and his family are included in the series, and a murder from Peterson's past is further examined.

Watch The Staircase on Netflix.

The Staircase | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix www.youtube.com

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The End Of The Semester As Told By Todd Chrisley

Because we're all a little dramatic like Todd sometimes.

The last 3-4 weeks of every college student's semester are always crazy hectic.

We have last minute assignments, group projects, and exams all squeezed into the last few weeks before break.

Sometimes we all need a little humor, and sometimes we are all a little dramatic, so why not experience the last few weeks of the semester as told by the king of drama himself, Todd Chrisley of "Chrisley Knows Best."

1. Sitting in class listening to your professor explain upcoming assignments/exams.

2. When your group project members refuse to do anything until the night before it's due or just show up the day of to present.

3. When you and your roommate try to cook with whatever few ingredients you have left in stock.

Because we definitely want to avoid going to the grocery store at the end of the semester if we can.

4. When your parents get tired of you calling them about every little inconvenience in your life.

5. Sitting down to work on assignments.

6. Your thoughts when the professor is telling you what they want from you out of an assignment.

7. When you've had about 30 mental breakdowns in two days.

8. Trying to search out the class for the right group members.

9. The last few days of classes where everyone and everything is getting on your nerves.

10. When your friend suggests going out but you're just done with the world.

11. This. On the daily.

12. When all you want to do is snuggle up and watch Christmas movies.

13. Studying and realizing you know nothing.

14. When your finals are over and it's finally time to go home for break.

You're finally back to your old self.

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The Top 10 Gay-Themed Commercials That Should Be Celebrated

Gay-themed advertisements are an important part of our representation in pop culture. Here are the ten best gay-themed commercials that deserve celebration.


Advertisements have a long history of reflecting and influencing popular culture. As someone from one of the boroughs of New York City, I've always been surrounded by advertisements. So it is extremely obvious to me why representation in these advertisements matter. Commercials online and on television are no exception. As a gay man, I'd like to present you with ten commercials that make me feel a sense of pride.

1. Israeli Gays Get Distracted On The Beach

Israel is a safe haven for LGBTQ people living in the Middle East. While places like Saudi Arabia and Iran treat gay men horrifically by enforcing Sharia Law, Israel welcomes them with open arms. That open minded attitude was even more obvious with this commercial from 2006.

2. Pepsi Brings Out The Confidence In One Guy (With A Gay Twist)

This Pepsi ad from the UK has a comedic twist that will delight the viewer with the main character's confidence. I find the women's reaction to him passing by each of them even more humorous than his friend's reactions.

3. Doritos Gay Sauna Contest Entry That Could've Gayed Up The Super Bowl

This commercial was created as a contest entry where aspiring filmmakers could create commercials for Doritos. The winning entry would be aired during the Super Bowl and the filmmaker would win a cash prize. This viral smash didn't make it, however. It seemed unfair, as several straight-themed commercials feature tons of innuendo. Unfortunately, it seems as though gay male sexuality is still threatening to some.

4. Campbell's Soup Portrays The Adorable Gay Household We All Wish We Had

This Campbell's Soup commercial is a short and sweet depiction of two gay dads sharing a sweet moment with their son. If it proves anything, it's that gay households are just like any other.

5. Marriage Equality Gets An Endorsement From Tide

While marriage equality has been a source of debate over the years, the only thing wrong with this union was the attire chosen for it. A brilliant twist ending courtesy of Tide.

6. This Heinz Commercial Is A Gay New Yorker's Dream Come True

As a gay man and a New Yorker, this commercial makes me very happy. Affection between same sex couples hasn't always been something we could see on television. However, this Heinz commercial squashes all that.

7. A Sweet And Unexpected Coming Out At McDonald's

This McDonald's commercial from Taiwan features a twist ending that is heartfelt, not comedic. For anyone who has struggled coming out, this should hit you right in the feels!

8. Sister And Brother Fight Over The Hot Pool Boy... With Coca-Cola

A nice bottle of Coke is quite refreshing. Who knew it was the perfect ice-breaker to approach your crush? This ad features a brother and sister competing for the pool boy's attention. However, it seems like someone else beat them at their own game.

9. This IKEA Commercial Was A Historic Turning Point

This classic IKEA ad from 1994 was groundbreaking for gay representation in advertising. It would be remiss of me not to include this important commercial on the list.

10. What Happens When Your Dad Sets You Up On A Tinder Date?

It's always nice to have your parents acceptance. However, even for gay guys, parents can get a little too close for comfort. This Vote Savvy ad portrays just that. But hey, they mean well, right?

Whether comedic, heartfelt, or provocative, these ten commercials have done wonders for gay male representation in advertising. It also reflects the representation of gay men around the world. From Israel to Taiwan to the UK, these commercials reflect the growing acceptance around the gay community. As far as I'm concerned, that's something to be celebrated.

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