Taneasha White

Taneasha White is a Black, Queer writer with a love for both words and community. Taneasha is the founding editor of UnSung Literary Magazine, and you can find some of her written work in VeryWell, Prism, Rewire.News, and more.
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Judas and The Black Messiah: How Impactful Work Still Leaves Black Youth Behind

It’s nominated for six Oscars, just earned a BAFTA for star Daniel Kaluuya’s performance, and made history as the first film with an entirely Black team of producers to earn a Best Picture nomination from the Academy. But is the history depicted in Judas and the Black Messiah a completely reliable picture? Directed by Shaka

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When Masculinity Meets Trauma: How Art Mirrors Life in Da 5 Bloods

The prevalent overarching themes of PTSD and harmful masculinity are interwoven very closely in Spike Lee’s latest project, mirroring star Chadwick Boseman’s secret fight with cancer while making the movie.

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Sidney

A stirring documentary about iconic actor and activist Sidney Poitier’s life and its impact — on Hollywood, on Black history, and on American history.

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Single? Swiping? Swooning? What to Watch on Valentine’s Day

Remember when we gave Valentine cards to every kid in the class, the teacher, our parents, and a handful of candy hearts that said “Hot Stuff” we stuffed in our own mouths?  Valentine’s Day used to be about more than just romantic love. To honor its origins in our childhoods and it’s place in our

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20-Something Blues? Your Post-College Watchlist

I’ve grown accustomed to seeing people my age on screen. The problem is, twenty-three-year-olds are usually playing high schoolers. And while I’ve relished the avalanche of shows and movies about high school’s clique-ridden trials, and even the few that explore college’s rich landscape, I was ready for something that reflected my own freshly post-commencement life.

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Laid Off? 10 Movies to Help You Cope

What to watch when you’ve been laid off? Here are the best movies about getting downsized and starting over.

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Norah Jones’ Streaming Watchlist

After three long years, Grammy-winning star Norah Jones is going back on tour. She tells the Watercooler’s Steve Baltin what she’s been listening to and watching — and what she’s up to on her podcast.

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12 Book Adaptations to Get Excited About

With each New Year comes a fresh lineup of literary adaptations, and 2023 will not disappoint audiences. Much-anticipated sequels (Dune, Shadow and Bone) finally arrive to satiate followers. Beloved classics (Wonka, The Color Purple) get new spins—and songs. Judy Blume adds another film adaptation to her career as an author, as does Bram Stoker. Whether

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Never Have I Ever

A fresh coming-of-age dramedy, Never Have I Ever depicts how the death of a loved one can impact teens’ mental health, as well as a parent’s wellbeing. Families enduring similar struggles will find relatability and reassurance to know they’re not alone.

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A Royal Drama to Fill the Meghan and Harry Void: Corsage

Harry and Meghan drama might be waning, but our fixation with all things royalty has not. An Oscar Shortlist for Best International Film, Corsage looks at the first royal celebrity with depth and imagination.

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A Millennial Nostalgia Watchlist

2023 promises to reenact many Millennials pop culture milestones. If you’re feeling all that nostalgia, here are the best TV series to watch to take you back…and make you see how far you’ve come.

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Till

Capturing the wake of a critical moment in history through the eyes of a mother’s grief, Till walks a tightrope balancing the devastation of what happened with the power of what it inspired. It’s a movie you won’t want to turn away from.

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An Explainer Guide to ‘Black Adam’

Despite struggling to get made for a full decade, the Dwayne Johnson blockbuster Black Adam has officially topped the box office for three weekends in a row. The films brings new life to the DC Comics universe (aka DCEU), but as superhero worlds become ever more sprawling and overlapping, it can be hard for viewers

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The White Lotus Season 2: Your Watercooler Guide

One of 2021’s hit watercooler shows is back — this time transporting us to The White Lotus Sicily, where a murder, a foursome, three generations of Italian American ladies men, and Jennifer Coolidge will be facing a whole lot of sexual politics.

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See How They Run

A clever, fun and laugh-out-loud escape watch, See How They Run is a cheeky send-up of an Agatha Chrystie whodunit with just enough mystery, farce, and talent to keep you immersed.

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RRR

A wild, breathtaking, high-octane action blockbuster from India that’s also a parable about the dignity of mankind and the fight for independence and self-rule.

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Hellraiser

With a bigger budget and the latest CGI, Hellraiser is a petrifying, pulse-pounding re-imagining of the 1987 cult classic about a woman struggling with addiction who comes against demonic beings demanding she solve a complex puzzle.

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Cherish the Day

A vicarious romance and weekend binge-watch that goes down like the Sade song it was named after, Cherish the Day (from Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay) examines the moments that make or break relationships.

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Heartbreak High

A smartly written, often provocative dramedy about an Australian high school that portrays a wide range of Gen Z personalities and the problems that they must contend with today.

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