Analysis: Netflix’s ‘Persuasion’ stars Dakota Johnson

I know the reason: when the whole world seems out of control, you do what you can to bring some semblance of order to your own life.

Part of my self-care consists of movies, TV shows, podcasts, and books. There are so many choices !

Total Transparency: I’ve never been a big fan of Jane Austen.

As an English major, Anglophile and lover of historical fiction, I feel like I should be – but it never happened to me. Still, with so many Austen adaptations to choose from, I sometimes had fun.

So I’m reviving the Regency romance. Dakota Johnson stars as Anne Elliot, a woman not conforming to modern sensibilities, whose “the one who got away” returns years after calling off their engagement. Bonus: “Crazy Rich Asians” star Henry Golding also stars.

“Persuasion” begins streaming Friday on Netflix.

“Summer Forever: The Hamptons”

Ilan Luttway (left) is shown with a love interest in a scene from

What do you get when you mix sun, sand, surf and young people from wealthy families?

Drama, of course!

This new reality series, set in the Tony Hamptons community on Long Island in New York, centers on a group of college students who work at a restaurant during the day and party on summer nights.

“Forever Summer: Hamptons” begins streaming Friday on Amazon Prime.

“Girl in the Picture”

"Girl in the photo"  delves into the horrifying mysteries behind Suzanne Marie Sevakis"  real life story.

As far as I’m concerned, the best true crime content takes you on twists and turns en route to its conclusion — and that’s certainly the case with “Girl in the Picture.”

The documentary begins with a 20-year-old woman named Tonya Hughes, who died in 1990 after being hit by a speeding driver in Oklahoma City. But who was Hughes, really? And did she know her killer?

Netflix is ​​definitely continuing its reputation for disturbing but absorbing real crime schemes with this investigation, which is streaming now.

Two things to listen to

Lizzo (center) performs onstage during the 2022 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 26 in Los Angeles.
It’s “About Damn Time” for a new Lizzo album — and her aptly named fourth studio album, “Special,” kicks off with this hit single.

According to the singer, she whittled down the 200 songs she had written to the 12 tracks on the disc.

“A lot of interpersonal things happened, a lot of things happened in the world and I think I had to process that,” she told SiriusXM’s The Heat. “The way I deal with things is through writing music. So I was writing these songs, but I just needed to keep going until I found my sweet spot and what the world needed. To hear.”

“Special” comes out Friday.

Chicago performs at the Grand Ole Opry on December 15, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Get ready for new music from an American classic. The Chicago members mark 55 years together with the band’s 38th studio album, titled “Born for This Moment.”

“I hope that in 55 years, listeners will actually feel something about our music and our lyrics,” founding member Robert Lamm said in a statement for the new album. “I mean, we’re all human. We all go through some variation of the same pain and joy at some point in our lives, and there’s a commonality to that. I hope listeners to the future will feel all these feelings while listening to our music.”

“Born for This Moment” features 14 new songs and drops Friday.

Something to talk about

(L to R) Zac Hanson, Isaac Hanson and Taylor Hanson of Hanson visit SiriusXM Studios on May 20 in New York City.

Why are we so old?!

It’s been 25 years since Hanson’s hit song “MMMBop” was released (yes, you read that right) and brothers Isaac, Taylor and Zac are now fathers of 15 children between them.


The former teen idols spoke to People magazine about their current life and the continued love they receive from their fans.

“‘MMMBop’ is something that wasn’t fake, and it wasn’t someone else’s message,” Taylor said. “The relationship we established with the fans with this song has continued for years. We have always aspired to longevity.”

Mission accomplished – I’m humming the song as I type this.

something to sip

Nipsey Hussle performs onstage at the Warner Music Pre-Grammy Party at NoMad Hotel on February 7, 2019 in Los Angeles.

The constant news about gun violence in our society reminds me that it touches every aspect of our lives in this country.

Last week, a Los Angeles jury found Eric Ronald Holder Jr. guilty of first-degree murder in the 2019 death of rapper Nipsey Hussle.

Hip-hop has often been criticized as a medium that glorifies violence. These arguments overlook the fact that it is music that often reflects the life experiences of artists, many of whom grew up in inner-city neighborhoods where gun violence was and can be a part of life.

But as more and more mass shootings occur across the United States, we’re reminded that this isn’t just an urban problem — and never has been.

Wherever you live is our problem, and we will all have to speak up if there is to be any hope for change.

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