Here’s what makes ‘On My Block’ one of Netflix’s most intriguing shows

Image: disney The video-streaming industry is crowded with big names—some with already-existing services and others with impending apps. Considering the current three largest platforms, the agglomeration of media companies, and the tech companies investing heavily in video, it can be hard to wrap your head around the sheer scope of the entertainment giants that make up this market. Each service has its own origin story, business interests, and exclusive originals and licensed content. There’s also a wide assortment of fluctuating prices, packages and plans, and technology under the surface. “We’re seeing a ton of fragmentation,” said streaming media consultant and expert Dan Rayburn. “NBCUniversal is coming out with a service, Disney, WarnerMedia, Viacom bought PlutoTV, Amazon launched IMDb Freedive, and …

Where being gay is illegal around world

(CNN)Brunei has enacted strict new laws that make gay sex punishable by stoning to death, prompting widespread condemnation. In 26 other countries, the penalty for sex between members of the same sex vary from 10 years in prison to life. Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

‘Grindr car-jacking’ suspects arrested

Two attacks happened off Yardley Green Road on 5 January and 18 March with a third off Hob Moor Road on 24 March. Latest news from the West Midlands Ch Insp Sarah Tambling, of West Midlands Police told an LGBT open meeting on Thursday that she is “convinced there have been more than three” attacks and encouraged any other victims to come forward. Grindr’s safety guide advises meeting people from the app in a safe location and to “take as little with you as you can”. Related Topics Birmingham Yardley Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

‘That took long enough!’ black ballerinas finally get shoes to match their skin

Ballet shoes have always been a pale peachy pink because it was assumed dancers were, too. Now a British footwear company is striking a blow for ballerinas of colour everywhere When spring tour, therell be some unusual footwear among their costumes. Not just the wellies they wear to portray striking South African miners in collaborated with Cassa Pancho, has been shock that they didnt already exist. I was a bit put out by that, says Pancho. All the effort thats gone into this and the first thing they say is, That took long enough! But you forget how different the dance world is to the wider world. Its just going to look right from left, Cira Robinson, Sayaka Ichikawa and …

‘The Matrix’ 20th Anniversary: Celebrate With These Celebs Who Think We’re Actually Living In The Matrix! – Perez Hilton

It’s a mad, mad, mad world we live in — or is it just a giant, computer-generated simulation??! This theory became popular after The Matrix trilogy was released, giving audiences the chance to question whether reality was really… well, real. But y’all might not know that *free-thinkers* have been suspicious about this concept for millennia! Today, quite a few celebs (and scientists!) still believe that this reality is, more likely than not, some sort of an illusion. Most of the celebs on this list aren’t that surprising, but the fact that astro physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is a moderate believer might make you think twice about taking the red pill. Sure, it might be unsettling to think that everything we know …

Lionel Messi brace guides Barcelona to victory in Catalan derby

(CNN)A Lionel Messi brace guided Barcelona to victory over rivals Espanyol in Saturday’s Catalan derby. READ: Why Messi is the world’s best player Messi has now scored eight goals in his last four games for Barca. Such is his goalscoring form at the moment that his Barca teammate Luis Suarez is the second top scorer in La Liga, but he is 13 goals behind Messi. This was Barca’s sixth successive win and as Ernesto Valverde’s team extended their unbeaten league run to 17 matches. Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Pregnant Sperm Whale Washes Up With 23 Kilograms Of Plastic In Its Stomach

A pregnant female sperm whale has washed up dead in Sardinia, Italy, with a stomach crammed full of undigested plastic. The news comes just weeks after a male Cuvier’s beaked whale was discovered dead in the Philippines from 40 kilograms (88 pounds) of plastic trash in its gut.  In this latest case, the pregnant female swallowed nearly 23 kilograms (50 pounds) of plastic, including fishing nets, lines, plastic bags, tubes, and other unidentifiable objects. The human refuse did not bode well for mother or calf. “She was pregnant and had almost certainly aborted before (she) beached,”  Luca Bittau, president of the SeaMe group, told CNN. “The fetus was in an advanced state of decomposition.” The sperm whale measured 8 meters …

Black People Asked White People About Things They Dont Understand About Them And Actually Received Frank Answers

A few years back, when social media was in its infancy and people were thinking about its potential to change the world, we imagined all the ways that it would help to bring us together. Easy and instant communication with people from all over the planet would surely break down the artificial borders constructed between us, and lead to greater cultural exchange, mutual understanding and a shared humanity that could help us to solve the bigger global problems that affect us all. Sadly, it hasn’t quite worked out that way. Sure, there are some great examples of social media being a force for the common good, but ultimately we are a tribal species, and we seem to prefer segregating ourselves …

Why the founder of Mother’s Day hated greetings cards

The UK, however, marks the day on the fourth Sunday of Lent – 31 March this year – thanks to its revival of a medieval tradition called Mothering Sunday. But it took an American to give us the idea. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Over the years Mother’s Day simnel cakes became elaborately decorated confections A later custom of live-in apprentices and domestic servants going home to visit their mothers, which started in 17th Century Gloucestershire and Worcestershire, also inspired Ms Smith’s Mothering Sunday revival. But these visits had a very practical purpose, says Prof Ronald Hutton, an expert in British ritual history at the University of Bristol. “It was one of the leanest times of the year, when …

10 Must-Know Tips for Mastering Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is a difficult, treacherous game. Even if you think you're an expert at From Software's action titles, this one is designed to challenge, confound, and fool you. In other words, it's the kind of game that requires players to trade pro tips, to outsmart all the obstacles built into the game. We're here to help. Below are some tips that haven't surfaced very much elsewhere online. Follow these invaluable guidelines and you'll be a master shinobi in no time. Or, well, you'll at least probably die less. 1. Go slow. Be thorough and deliberate in the way you explore the dense, vertically layered environments of Sekiro. It can be tempting to rush in order to avoid …

I Turned Crazy Motherhood Moments Into 30 Comics

You might ask yourself why I don’t only draw the blonde character since that one resembles me. Well, I created those two fictional girls (Debi and Bebi) based on my friend and me. She is Pakistani and I am German. 13 reply #2 7 reply #4 12 reply #6 2 reply #8 #9 11 reply #11 18 reply View More Replies… #13 12 reply #15 8 reply #17 8 reply #19 2 reply 3 reply 12 reply View More Replies… #23 9 reply #25 13 reply View More Replies… #27 #28 8 reply View More Replies… #30 Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Realistic Money Diaries: How Much It Really Costs To Move Betches

Money DiariesOlivia JadeNew YorkLos AngelesSan FranciscoPortlandIf you’re anything like me, then moving feels like the undocumented 10th circle of Hell, right after that one about treachery. And I should know, because in the past 4 years I’ve moved four times, two of which involved moving to a different state. Yep, you heard right: FOUR TIMES. If you’re wondering where my mental stability is after said moves, let’s just say I’d rank it somewhere between Khloé Kardashian aggressively screaming “LIAR!” into her phone in the latest trailer for KUWTK and Britney Spears shaving her entire head in 2007. I hope that paints a clear enough picture for you. I think we can all agree that moving is not fun, and it’s …

Is it time to raise the smoking age to 21?

Since then, the proportion of young smokers – defined as those aged 16 to 24 – has fallen from more than one in four in 2007 to less than one in five now, according to the Office for National Statistics. What is behind the falling smoking rates? But of course it is impossible to say whether that is directly linked to changing the age at which tobacco products can be bought. In the past 12 years, there has been lots of anti-smoking legislation, including: a ban on smoking in public places restrictions on displays in shops the introduction of graphic images on packs warning of the dangers of smoking All have had a role in the overall decline in smoking. …

‘Why Don’t You Want Kids?’ ‘Because Apocalypse!’

This story is part of a week-long series on reproduction, from prenatal testing to male birth control. Are you pregnant yet? Don’t you like kids? Well, it’s different when it’s your own child. Being a parent is the most important job in the world. You’re being a bit selfish. What if your parents had decided not to have you? Speaking of your parents, isn’t it cruel to deny them the joy of grandchildren? Besides, who will take care of you when you get old? You’re just saying that because you’re young. You’ll change your mind. Your biological clock is ticking! What if your kid cured cancer? If you don’t have kids and don’t want them, apologies: You’ve heard this all …

The Number Of Invasive Species Threatening The Galpagos Islands Is Way Higher Than We Realized

The Galápagos Islands are facing invasions on multiple fronts, from plastic bags and microplastics to alien species. According to a study recently published in Aquatic Invasions, more than 50 non-native plants and animals have made their way into Galápagos waters. This is close to 10 times as many as previously thought – and even that might not be the whole story. The paper is the product of a study conducted by scientists at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Williams College, and the Charles Darwin Foundation, who collected field surveys on Santa Cruz and Baltra (two of the larger Galápagos islands). Here, they gathered samples from mangrove roots, floating docks, and general debris and took note of any species that grew on the settlement plates they hung from docks 1 meter …