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Netflix launches Black Lives Matter collection

More than a moment

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Around a week after the start of the revolutionary protests, the Black Lives Matter movement is still going strong. Various personalities and companies are still adding their voices to the ongoing uproar for equal human rights for black and brown people all over the world. Naturally, as the conversation rolls on, pop culture is also uplifting works created by black creators. In the music scene, for example, several music streaming services stopped some of its services last week in a show of solidarity.

In the entertainment world, Netflix has launched an extensive collection featuring TV shows and films created by, written by, directed by, or starring black creators. The Black Lives Matter collection collates all of the relevant works promoting black storytelling and black identity.

Announced today, the collection is accessible either through a prompt on the home screen, searching “Black Lives Matter” on the search function, or through netflix.com/blacklivesmatter.

The collection includes favorites like Orange is the New Black, Malcolm X, and Academy Award winner Moonlight. It will also feature the upcoming Da 5 Bloods, a film by Spike Lee.

“With an understanding that our commitment to true, systemic change will take time – we’re starting by highlighting powerful and complex narratives about the Black experience,” Netflix said in a tweet.

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Netflix confirms one-weekend free trials

Called a StreamFest

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Throughout the year, Netflix has released its exclusive content for absolutely free. Back in September, the streaming platform launched a “watch free” page with a few of its well-known titles for the unsubscribed. Now, the company is branching out even further with one-weekend free trials.

Officially called a StreamFest, the one-weekend event will make the entire platform absolutely free for non-subscribers. As a free trial should work, users don’t need to input the payment details to access the content.

Though officially unannounced, Protocol spotted the upcoming event in the Android app’s coding. According to the code, the StreamFest is scheduled for December 4 in India.

Immediately after the event, Netflix confirmed the plans as a way to “attract new members and give them a great Netflix experience.” Unfortunately, the Netflix spokesperson did not share anything beyond the confirmation.

However, the leaked code is enough to reveal the event’s payment-free system. Additionally, it might be a ticketed event. Or, at the very least, an event that will limit participants. A line in the code informs users that “Netflix StreamFest is at capacity.”

Other than that, not much else is known. Besides making the entire library free, the platform can also launch exclusive content during the event, creating a teaser for any potential customers.

After India, Netflix might bring the event to other countries, especially to new or saturated markets. With everyone still stuck at home, the streaming platform is facing a huge potential market for growing its subscriber base.

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TWICE will feature in K/DA’s comeback EP

On the track called ‘I’ll Show You’

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Credit: Riot Games and JYPETWICE

Riot Games’ own girl group recent released a single called The Baddest” and it’s part of an album that also features popular K-Pop girl group TWICE.

TWICE will be featured in the track “I’ll Show You” along with Bekuh Boom, and Anika Wells). A representative from Riot Games confirmed to Polygon that all nine members of TWICE participated in the track. The other tracks in the album are as follows:

  • The Baddest (featuring Soyeon and Miyeon of (G)I-dle, Bea Miller, Wolftyla)
  • More (featuring Madison Beer, Soyeon and Miyeon of (G)I-dle, Lexie Liu, Jaira Burns, Seraphine)
  • Villain (featuring Madison Beer, Kim Petras)
  • Drum Go Dum (featuring Aluna, Wolftyla, Bekuh Boom)

K/DA is a virtual girl group that debuted in 2018. The group is composed of four themed versions of League of Legends heroes Ahri, Akali, Evelynn, and Kai’Sa.

American singers Madison Beer and Jaira Burns voiced Evelynn and Kai’Sa during their debut. They were replaced by Bea Miller and Wolftyla in 2020. Meanwhile, Ahri and Akali are voiced by Miyeon and Soyeon who are members of K-Pop girl group (G)I-dle.

TWICE is a K-Pop girl group that debuted in 2016 with the title track “Like OOH-AAH” and have since released hit after hit after their first comeback track “Cheer Up.” The group is preparing to release their second full album titled Eyes Wide Open on October 26 with the title track “I Can’t Stop Me.”

h/t: Polygon


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Netflix faces charges for sexualizing children

Over controversial film “Cuties”

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Contrary to what you might expect, Netflix’s most controversial film this year is not The Social Dilemma. Released on Netflix this year, Cuties, a French film about 11-year old girls, sparked a larger wave of controversy since its release. Now, Netflix faces charges for sexualizing children.

A grand jury in Texas recently indicted Netflix for showing Cuties on its platform. According to Texas Representative Matt Schaefer, the film “depicts lewd exhibition of [the] pubic area of a clothed or partially clothed child who was younger than 18 years of age which appeals to the prurient interest of sex.”

Texas’s allegations stem from the film’s poster controversy back in August. To promote the film, Netflix used a poster depicting the child actresses posing like a sexualized pop band. Notably, the film’s original French poster was more innocuous, lacking Netflix’s sexual overtones.

The film itself is “a social commentary against the sexualization of young children,” as explained by Netflix in a statement to Reuters. “This charge is without merit and we stand by the film.”

For its part, the platform took down their poster and apologized for the blunder. Regardless, numerous pundits and governments across the globe have rallied against and banned the film from showing. Before the poster controversy in August, the film won an award during its premiere at January’s Sundance Film Festival.

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