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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What to Watch on Valentine’s Day for Every State of Mind

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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Mythic Quest

A fun comedy that’s surprisingly layered and balanced with genuine emotional beats. Gamers and non-gamers alike should have fun with the humor and eccentric characters who stick with you.

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Hulu Shrill Season 2 Catch-Up Recap

The critically acclaimed series starring Aidy Bryan returned for a second season with an arc of growth that finally lets her character Annie make some progress in her personal and professional life.

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Noelle

Funny, heartwarming, and adorably eccentric, Disney+’s Noelle is ready to become a holiday classic in your home.

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A Very Sunny Christmas

Gross, over-the-top, brutal, and so opposite of every other Christmas special and movie that you can’t help but appreciate it. 

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The Apartment

A timeless look at the holidays from the point of view of the singletons who don’t have families to spend them with, the bitingly funny 1960 Oscar winner will appeal to cynics, cinephiles, and even romantics.

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Serendipity

A lesson in authenticity, the power of friendship, and acting on your gut feeling, even when the odds are against you.

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A Christmas Story

Looking for a holiday movie to watch with the entire family? If so this is a classic worth re-watching.

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Mistletoe & Menorahs

Perfect for showing that different views can be respected and appreciated, this holiday romance has something for everyone.

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Mrs. Doubtfire

Whether you want to distill family differences or connect with family members through comedy, Mrs. Doubtfire is a film that can spark joy across the generations.

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