• Ifeoma Ahuna

The Roundup: February

Just when we thought things were getting back to normal, February came in with tons of new events, its own natural disasters, and lots of "tea" from the past. We still must acknowledge it was a lovely month, but there were some unique movies brought to the screen, throwback singles released, and some more Britney drama, all exposed.

Don't worry, once again, we decided to break it all down for you, so let's catch you up on this very eventful month!


New to the Screen

To All The Boys: Always and Forever

Netflix came back with the third installment to the "To All The Boys" series, and fans were once again, all over it. This film follows Lara Jean, played by Lara Condor, into her senior year of high school where she and her family return from a family trip to Korea. This year, she is tasked with considering all her college plans, with or without Peter. The movie is filled with romance, love, and tough decisions that Lara Jean and Peter, played by Noah Centineo, have to make about their relationship as it evolves past high school into college. If you've ever had high school love, you'll relate to all the feels in this movie. And if you missed the first two, you can catch this one, To All The Boys I've Loved Before, and To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You, all streaming on Netflix.


Judas and The Black Messiah

Judas and The Black Messiah is a biographical drama directed by Shaka King, following a true-story of how William O'Neal, played by Lakeith Stanfield, was convinced by the FBI to work as an informant about the Black Panther Party due to his criminal past. His undercover work would ultimately lead to the death of Black Panther Party leader, Fred Hampton, played by Daniel Kaluuya, in the 1969 raid.


The emotions and violence are high in this movie which got everyone pumped to see it. With an all-star cast, a big historical event, and phenomenal acting, there is nothing but good things we have to say about the film. Catch it now streaming on HBO Max and in theaters.

The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel

For all the crime-drama fans out there, this is for you. This February, Netflix dropped a docu-series on the The Cecil Hotel located in Downtown Los Angeles which is known to be "LA's deadliest hotel". This hotel is where some have said that "serial-killers let their hair down". The four-part documentary follows the murder of 21-year-old, Elisa Lam who vanished on her trip to LA in 2013.


In a hotel with a history of murders, suicides, and overdoses, many speculated on what really happened to her as the documentary reveals "clues" leading up to her death. If you can bare the anticipation and major creepy vibes, you just might want to tune-in. You can watch the full series on Netflix.




Must-Have Jams

"Up", Cardi B

Cardi B was back this month and things were looking "up" (wink). On February 4th she dropped the single she deems more "gangsta" and "cocky", along with a music video to complement it. We started to miss music from her since her last single with Megan Thee Stallion last year, "WAP", but we were happy to see a new release.


When asked about this song on an interview with Zane Lowe, Cardi explained that her last song was very sexual so she wanted this one to be different. "If a topic on one of my songs is money, the other topic, I want it to be about something else," she said.


Since Invasion of Privacy in 2018, Cardi fans have been patiently waiting, but Cardi confirmed herself last summer that her second studio album will drop sometime in 2021. She revealed that this new album will have some Beyonce-Lemonade moments, most-likely alluding to her relationship with rapper Offset, and songs with lots of energy. We can't wait to turn "Up"!


"Friday (Remix)" Rebecca Black Remix It has been and entire decade since the hit song "Friday" by Rebecca Black, went viral. In 2011, Black was brought into stardom by accident after the song was mentioned in a Tosh.o blog post. The song was not expected to hit due to the production behind the music being from a company infamous for churning out low-budget music videos. It was ironically so "hated", that it became so popular.


Although it may have been famous for the wrong reasons, it blew up to have over 150 million views on YouTube. Since then, Rebecca has made a career for herself as a YouTuber and musician, and she was back to revisit the single for it's 10 year anniversary. This time, the song featured other artists like Dorian Electra, Big Freedia, and 3OH!3. She reclaimed this song with her own twist and made it bright and fun again for everyone.


"Love Story", Taylor Swift Another star is back with new, old, music and this one has empowerment written all over it. Taylor Swift released a "Taylor version" of her 2008 single "Love Story" from the album Fearless. Due to issues with ownership of her music, she decided to make a re-recorded album of Fearless, her way, in her name. In 2019, Scooter Braun and his music holdings company acquired Swift's old label Big Machine Label Group, and left Taylor with less control over her music. As for how she feels about this, she had this to say about her exciting new project:


“I’ve spoken a lot about why I’m remaking my first six albums, but the way I’ve chosen to do this will hopefully illuminate where I’m coming from. Artists should own their own work for so many reasons, but the most screamingly obvious one is that the artist is the only one that really knows that body of work."

The full re-recorded album will be released later this year with 6 additional never before released tracks, totaling 26 songs on this album. With the release of Folklore and Evermore, we are swimming in Swift songs, and we aren't complaining.


(Do it for the) Culture

Britney Spears At the end of the this month, Hulu released 'The New York Times Presents Framing Britney Spears' which covered all there is to know about Britney Spears and the conservatorship battle she's been fighting for years. The #FreeBritney movement arose from news about her father having conservatorship over Britney, leaving her with no rights. Earlier last year many people speculated on the situation, but the documentary brings to light how her father, Jamie Spears, took control over Britney's money and assets over the years along with new updates on the case.


The Weekend Performs at the Superbowl Now this was quite the performance. During the Super Bowl LV halftime show, The Weeknd performed a medley of his hits while under his odd-looking character from his After Hours album. He was wearing a red sparkly jacket and dizzily weaved in and out of the camera view. Many watchers on Twitter began putting together memes with shots from the performance pairing it with relatable jokes. We are not sure this was the reaction he wanted, but that's definitely what he got!

Winter Storm The last weeks of February left the southern parts of the U.S. in a state of panic due to the deadly snow storm that swept through. The storm brought freezing winds, unprecedented low temperatures below 0 degrees, and a loss of electricity to states like Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Kentucky, and even Louisiana. It also affected the U.S. as a whole, as the National Weather Service reported over 73% of the states were covered in snow.


Texas and many other states experienced several days without electricity and clean, or functioning, water. Water pipes were bursting, causing many residential areas to flood and residents to evacuate to warming stations. Those states are now recovering and have put pressure on state governments to be better prepared for future occurrences.


On top of everything else, we didn't get to dive into news like the drop of Positions Deluxe, Kim and Kanye getting a divorce, the announcement for Billie Eilish's new documentary, the release of Malcom & Marie, and so much more. Did we leave anything out? Let us know your favorite releases and moments from this month in the comments.

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