Rethink Your Social Plans Because You Need To Go See 'The Hate U Give' This Weekend

Rethink Your Social Plans Because You Need To Go See 'The Hate U Give' This Weekend

It's so much more than just black and white.

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So I had the chance to see the film, The Hate U Give, early last weekend at Regal Atlantic Station here in Atlanta. There were fourteen other people in the huge theater space and the movie was about a little over two hours long. After watching the film, I had so many emotions running through my mind and in my heart.

This story was based on true life events of young black men being gunned down by police officers and how not just a neighborhood but a whole community. The writer got inspired by the killing of Oscar Grant and continued writing the novel after the deaths or Trayvon Marvin and Eric Garner. The movie follows a girl named Star who witnesses the murder of her childhood friend by police and the aftermath of his death. She finds her voice not just to speak for him but for the ones who can't.


The Hate U Give | Official Trailer [HD] | 20th Century FOX www.youtube.com


Now from the average viewer, watching the trailer or a commercial ad on TV for this film will have you feeling two different things: "This movie is for the culture." or "Another black lives matter movie." This movie isn't black or white. It shows us what people go through and live through in the environments they are in. I found Star's story relatable to my own life growing up. Going to school and acting a different way than you are at home just to stay out of trouble and not be labeled as "The Ghetto Black Girl" at her private school that her parents sent her and her brothers too in order for them to have a safe environment than in their neighborhood across town.

There are so many experiences and lessons learned from this movie and so many thought-provoking moments that will have you feeling things you never acknowledged or felt. But you have to go see the film for yourselves to understand why this movie is needed now during the climate our country is in.

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13 Quotes From 'Dumplin'' Every Woman Needs To Hear

As a daughter of a former beauty queen tries to revolutionize the pageant world, Willowdean ('Dumplin') comes to realize that beauty is not defined by what is on the outside, with a little help from Dolly Parton, of course. The Netflix Original Film is based upon the book "Dumplin'" by Julie Murphey.

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1. "Find out who you are and do it on purpose." - Dolly Parton 

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2. "It's hard to be a diamond in a rhinestone world." - Dolly Parton

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3. "Smile - it increases your face value." - Dolly Parton 

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4. "If you want the rainbow, you have to put up with the rain." - Dolly Parton 

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5. "I think maybe it's the things we don't want to talk about that are the things most people want to hear." - Julie Murphy, "Dumplin'" 

6. "I guess sometimes the perception we perceive in others is made up of a whole bunch of tiny imperfections, because some days the damn dress just won't zip." - Julie Murphy, "Dumplin'" 

7. "All my life I've had a body worth commenting on and if living in my skin has taught me anything it's that if it's not your body, it's not yours to comment on." - Julie Murphy, "Dumplin'" 

8. "There's something about swimsuits that make you think you've got to earn the right to wear them. And that's wrong. Really, the criteria is simple. Do you have a body? Put a swimsuit on it." - Julie Murphy, "Dumplin'" 

9. "Sometimes figuring out who you are means understanding that we are a mosaic of experiences. I'm Dumplin'. And Will and Willowdean. I'm fat. I'm happy. I'm insecure. I'm bold." - Julie Murphy, "Dumplin'" 

10. "Maybe 'cause you don't always have to win a pageant to wear a crown." - Julie Murphy, "Dumplin'" 

11. "Lucy always said that the greatest friends have nothing and everything in common all at once. Y'all girls are different versions of the same story, she would say." - Julie Murphy, "Dumplin'" 

12. "At this point, there is nothing left to be done, and if there is anything, it's too late to make the effort. All she can do is let the glitter fall where it may." - Julie Murphy, "Dumplin'" 

13. "Perfection is nothing more than a phantom shadow we're all chasing." - Julie Murphy, "Dumplin'" 

I believe that every child
Needs to feel a sense of pride
And someone to love and guide and see them through
So many miles I've traveled
Many times they've come unraveled
On the road both smooth or gravel
But I've made it through. - Dolly Parton, "Red Shoes"



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Watch the trailer for "Dumplin'" here.

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‘You’ Tells Us 15 Truths About Social Media

People get to choose how you See Them.

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I just started watching the Netflix show called YOU and I have mix feelings about it. But the most reoccurring feeling I'm experiencing while watching this show is the feeling of being watched.

SPOILER ALERT.

The main character, Joe, gains all his entail about his love interest, Beck, through her social media accounts. By doing this he gets to see who her friends are, where she works, her boyfriend and even more creepy where she lives!

Now let's face it we all do this sort of 'research' when it comes to meeting someone new. But how far is too far? At what point does it become creepy and invasive? And should we be restricting ourselves for posting such informative personal things about ourselves, despite social media being a platform for expression?

These are some tough questions to answer which I plan to write about later. But for now here are 15 Truths about Social Media we need to consider as shown by the Netflix Show YOU.

1. People often capture only happy moments.

I mean how many people post about their failures and obstacles in life? You usually only get to see a person's achievements through social media. In the show, Joe sees this a lot with Beck's life versus her reality. In which she is often facing frustration and lack of funds.

2.  People often only choose the best out of 100 pictures they take.

Let's face it how many selfies do you take before you choose 'the one'? The truth is people will take hundred upon hundreds of pictures to get the right one. And those candids? Not actually candids.

3. People get to choose how you see them.

The truth about social media is that people get to choose how you see them and where you see them.

In the show, Beck seemed to be happy and it seemed like her life was beautiful. But the reality was that she was constantly struggling and fighting with herself.

4. You don't know a person based off a collage of pictures or tweets. 

So you see where this person goes to school, who they hang out with and what things they like. So you know the person now right? Not at all. The truth is, you can never know someone's life based off pixels and 150 characters.

In the show, Joe was able to recognize this and he questioned who Beck truly was.

5. There are many reasons for a public account. 

You might be thinking that people who have public accounts want to be seen and this was Joe's assumption on Beck. But the truth is there are many reasons for a public account, but this does not mean a person is asking to be stalked.

6. Well it's creepy. 

Social media can be creepy, but the truth is that it also attracts creepy people who can easily enter your life uninvited.

7. There's a point where it goes too far. 

Whether this is you posting something offensive to a certain person or group of people, there's a point where things go too far. It's a blurry line but it exists. There is also a point where it goes too far when you're able to list that persons entire family.

In the show, yeah Joe took it way too far.

8. Lots of things can be deceiving. 

A happy smile? A happy place? A happy life? The truth is everything can be deceiving.

As we see in the show, Joe is able to uncover the lies and fake images being portrayed by almost everyone.

9. No password? BIG NO NO. 

If your password is 123! then that's a big no. The stronger the password, the better protected you are.

In the show, Joe is able to steal Beck's phone, and with her lack of password, he was able to keep up with everything she did and said. CREEPY.

10. Once it's out there, you can't get it back. 

Most people think if they delete a post after a few hours they get to erase it completely. The truth is, more people have viewed that picture than perhaps liked it. And once you place something on the web, it never goes away.

11. Yeah people can easily hack into your account. 

You may never think anyone would ever hack into your account, but it happens..... a lot.

In the show, Joe is easily able to get into Becks and her former boyfriends account easily.

12. Some see social media as a big competition. 

The truth is, a lot of social media is seen as a competition to see who is 'happier' and it has this sort of mindset that 'my life is better than yours'.

In the show, Joe sees that Beck's friends only post their most flattering pictures and luxury items. And by observing them, he sees that there are more problems in the friendship than it appears to be.

13. People will judge you, no matter who you are. 

Bikini pic or fully covered? Yea people are still going to judge you no matter what. The truth is you're never going to be able to please everyone.

14. A private account doesn't mean other's can't see your posts. 

Big surprise but screen-shotting and screen-recording are more popular than ever and almost all phones have these features.

15. Not everyone is a friend. 

How many people know all 10,000 of their followers? The truth of the matter is that not everyone is a friend. The truth is that all people do not have the same intentions.

As seen in the show, Joe sees that Beck's friends are not as loyal as they appear. You can even say that Joe isn't seen as a friend in the beginning with all the digging he's doing.

We've heard it since social media was introduced in our lives and the truth is to be cautious about what you post online. Because you never know who is watching YOU.

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