My May Quarantine: Favorite Watches Streaming Now

*Marks off another tally on my wall, quarantine calendar*

Yes, I have been homebound for almost two months now. Falling asleep between 1-3 AM and waking up whenever. Wandering aimlessly throughout my apartment, watching way too much tv, and actually catching up on schoolwork in between. For the first month, life was a drag. I was sleeping far too often, eating way too much, and watching hours of TikTok. I wasn’t even putting effort into my writing much….but now, I’m back! Like Drake said, Jazzy back up in this thang, I’m ready. What’s happenin? Gone for quarantine but now I’m back again. I’m bout my paper like a mfckin scratch and winnnn.

Anyways, now that I’m back to my computer screen, I’ve got some tea to share. Some streaming tea. Now, I’ve watched a lot of shows and movies over the past month…like a lot, but I don’t want to bore you with all the gory details, so I’ll just give you some of the highlights of the past month. Here is a list of my favorite watches for May quarantine:

Insecure (HBO)

Television poster for Insecure
Image courtesy of HBO

How could I not start this list off with one of my favorite, on-going shows? I can’t even tell you how long I waited for this new season of Insecure, every week! If you’ve never seen it, now’s the perfect time to get caught up. Issa Dee (played by Issa Rae) and her best friend, Molly (Yvonne Orji) are some of the most relatable black women in television. The challenges of dating, friendship, and adulthood are explored in engaging half hour episodes. Topped with Issa’s mirror motivation and the fact that this series has my favorite television soundtrack of all time, makes this show all worth the watch. New episodes are still airing every Sunday night at 10:00PM.

Gentefied (Netflix)

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Image courtesy of Netflix

Because this amazing show was just renewed for a second season, I had to give it a re-watch and a shoutout. Another L.A. based show, Gentefied follows the lives of the Morales family. Three cousins are trying to hold on to their roots and familial ties while striving for their American dream. This show is definitely full of comedy, but what it has most of all is representation, heart, and truth. I really found myself attached to the Morales family, wanting nothing but the best for them, and I am only excited to see what a second season brings.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire (HULU)

Movie poster for Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Image courtesy of NEON

Are you prepared for heartbreak? Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) is one of the best love stories I’ve ever seen on film. Creating a world of yearning and beauty, Celine Sciamma made love into art. The film follows Marianne (Noemie Merlant) as she paints a portrait of Heloise (Adele Haenel)- a woman destined to be married. The two women share a silent intimacy that blooms and shines like a growing fire. This movie had me full of love and bawling by the end. It’s worth a million re-watches, and I recommend everyone to watch ASAP.

The Lovebirds (Netflix)

Movie poster of The Lovebirds.
Image courtesy of Netflix

Alright, truth be told… I barely watched this movie today, but honestly, I enjoyed it so much. Watching from the comfort of your home, The Lovebirds (2020) is a great experience. Plus, what new content you know is coming out anytime soon? Enjoy something new because you can! Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani made this movie work for me. Without them, it would be flat, but because of their comedic timing and attractive personalities I found myself laughing so much during this experience. I definitely recommend you check it out, and if you don’t like it, don’t blame me.

Death Note (Netflix)

Television poster for Death Note
Image courtesy of Madhouse and VIZ Media

Death Note has been voted the best anime series by Japanese fans. If that’s not enough to convince you to give this show a try, then fine, here’s more… This show is just insanely good. A cryptic, far from stereotypical, fantasy crime, with one of the most interesting show protagonists I’ve ever watched since forever… that’s what this show is. It’s nothing like that sorry-ass, Netflix live action. I got through this show in two day, and I don’t regret it. Amongst the many anime you can watch on Netflix, I would recommend starting with this one.

Selah and the Spades (Amazon Prime)

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Don’t you love a good film, with a black lead, that explores avenues of coming of age and sexuality without exploiting black trauma? Me too! Selah (Lovie Simone) is the head of a boarding school faction of students called the Spades, and she is on a hunt for her successor. Selah and the Spades is beautifully shot with southern gothic vibes, and every actor dominates their role. They gave us a coming of age about a complex black girl, drug dealing, power, and high school troubles. I can only stan and recommend this to all of you!

My Hero Academia (HULU/Funimation)

Television poster for My Hero Academia
Image courtesy of Bones and Funimation

Alright I am a little late in getting into this anime, which originally aired in 2016. However, I’m glad I got into it when I did. In a world where 80% of the population has “Quirks” (super powers), Izuku Midoriya is part of the 20% that is Quirk-less. My Hero Academia follows him and his friends journey to becoming Earth’s mightiest heroes. Now I’m not sure if this quarantine has been making me more emotional or not, buut I have cried almost every single episode of this. 10/10 recommend. This anime has so much heart and soul, I’m in love.

Avatar: The Last Airbender (Netflix)

Television poster for Avatar: The Last Airbender
Image courtesy of Nickelodeon

If you have already watched Avatar: The Last Airbender, like myself, go ahead and hit that re-watch. I’ve had a blast going through some of my favorite episodes. If you haven’t seen it, then go ahead and watch it. ATLA is the greatest kid show of my childhood, and I don’t mean that in a Spongebob Squarepants kind of way. This show is one of the first that I got into with a planned story-line, with thoughtful characters and plot growth. Touching on subjects like genocide, race, war, and peace, this show is even better now than when I was a kid. These characters are my children, and I love them!

The Florida Project (Netflix)

Movie poster for The Florida Project
Image courtesy of A24

The Florida Project is really the hidden gem of 2017. Another tear-jerker here (as you can tell I love to cry.) No seriously, this quarantine is all about emotions for me. The Florida Project was the original name for Walt Disney World Florida, and it is the focal point of this story- along with Moonee (Brooklynn Prince) and her mom, Halley (Bria Vinaite.) Exploring trauma and poverty through the mind of a child, as she finds wonder and escape in everything around her, this vibrantly pastel film is worth the tears.

What did you think of my May list? If you have any recommendations, let me know!

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