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Yes, I will be talking about Rain on Me


This week, it was announced that international hero Captain Tom Moore will be given a Knighthood and the Queen and Princess of Pop must have just saved the world. Here's what I have been enjoying for the past seven days:


Black-ish


I am a sucker for a good sitcom. There's always something appealing about a good sitting for binge-watching and a situation-comedy is the perfect choice to do so. One show from my favourite genre that I have been particularly enjoying is ABC's Black-ish. It follows an upper-middle-class African-American family as they juggle different personal and sociopolitical issues, smartly combining authentic comedy with thought-provoking storylines. Boasting a fantastic main cast of characters, each episode is laugh-out-loud funny, mainly thanks to the talents of Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross as the family's flamboyant parents. The sitcom has been gifted with worthy critical acclaim also, being nominated for 62 different awards in its current six-year run. Black-ish has been such a success that its spawned two spin-off series, Grown-ish and Mixed-ish, which are equally as popular and brilliant. The first five seasons are available on Amazon Prime in the UK and there is no time like the present to try and complete the task of watching all 118 episodes.


Rain on Me


I originally had no words after my first listen but I've managed to throw something together. Unless you have been living under a rock, the universe was turned upside down by one of the best collaborations of the year so far. The dance-pop/disco/house/electropop (yes, that many genres) track from the Queen of Pop herself, Miss Lady Gaga, joined by Princess of Pop Ariana Grande is already finding success worldwide. It's uplifting, it's iconic, it's exactly what we all needed during these crazy times of Coronavirus. According to Elle, the song is all about "persevering through hardship and finding beauty in the pain and heartbreak of life", a message very much reflective of our world today. And the music video - WOW! The visuals, the aesthetics, the choreography...I've watched it so many times that can pretty much dance along with Gaga and Grande. Fun fact - the music video was directed by Robert Rodriguez, who you might know from films like Sin City, Once Upon a Time in Mexico and Alita: Battle Angel. I've left the video underneath for you to enjoy, feel free to watch as many times as you wish.



Bad Boys For Life


The Bad Boys movies are one of my favourite action franchises. I mean, there's a reason that Hot Fuzz uses Bad Boys 2 as a major reference point: it's because it's bloody brilliant. Driving a Hummer through a mountain of favelas in the middle of Cuba? Outstanding. But I'm not here to discuss my love for BB2, I want to mention the sequel that was 17 years in the making - Bad Boys For Life. Will Smith and Martin Lawrence return as Miami detectives Mike Lowry and Marcus Burnett in an action-packed blockbuster that plays cleverly to its original strengths. Filled with the same level of comedy, drama and charm, Smith and Lawrence comfortably return to the screen in a picture that it is the same level of brilliance as its predecessors. The sequel follows the pair as they investigate a number of murders that are linked to Lowry's troubled past, joined this time by a team of young tech-driven operatives from AMMO (the advanced Miami Metro Operations). Its the ideal movie to enjoy during quarantine and is available to watch in the UK from many on-demand services like Amazon Prime and SkyStore.

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