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Pandemic Movies to Stream During Pandemonium

As we are entering into deeper depths of the COVID-19 or coronavirus uncertainty, we are turning to streaming platforms as one of our only sources of entertainment where pandemic movies and related media have been the highest trending subject. On Netflix, the film Contagion has skyrocketed in streams due to the eerily similar circumstances that reflect the details of the pandemic that the Earth is currently going through. So, what are the best pandemic movies to relate to right now? College News gathers the top 5 pandemic movies you can find on streaming sites right this moment.

What are our favorite pandemic movies?

Contagion

As mentioned before, the 2011 film Contagion has never felt so relevant. Starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Laurence Fishburne, and Matt Damon. The film’s tagline “Nothing spreads like fear,” speaks for itself and the current state of the coronavirus media pandemic. We won’t include any spoilers, but the plot is about a woman who goes on a business trip to Hong Kong and comes back feeling lethargic, later dying. After that everyone around the world starts getting mysteriously sick and a journalist begins to investigate the panicked media response. If you are looking for a case of life imitating art then this is it.

Streaming On: Hulu

 

Pandemic: How to Prevent An Outbreak

With strangely perfect timing, and as some conspiracy theorists would say, not coincidental—Pandemic: How to Prevent An Outbreak, dropped on Netflix less than a week before the coronavirus pandemic really gained traction. This documentary takes a look at in the past when the deadly influenza virus killed 50-100 million people. Stock footage of people in face masks and mass graves makes you think how bad this could really get and how history can repeat itself. This is definitely a “watch-with-caution” choice among our pandemic movies list.

Streaming On: Netflix

 

Outbreak

Outbreak was released in 1995, and stars Dustin Hoffman and Morgan Freeman to name a few. In this film we see a dangerous airborne virus that ravages a civilization comes to fruition after a monkey carrying the virus is brought into the US. This outbreak only happens in one town, but there still is a sense of urgency before it spreads elsewhere.

 

Streaming On: Netflix

 

I Am Legend

This classic Will Smith film is a must-see, and shows what can happen when a plague get’s at it’s worst. Believing he is the only man on Earth it shows his day to day survival dealing with these terrible creatures that were past humans and animals taken by the plague. This is one of our pandemic movies that are a classic, but also great for a re-watch or a first watch if you haven’t viewed it yet.

Streaming On: fuboTV

 

Quarantine

Released in 2008, this film follows a reporter and her cameraman who are called out to a building and investigate an elderly woman who was heard to be screaming. Once they arrive they see the CDC had the place under lockdown and the rest that occurs is pretty terrifying. A great spooky watch if you are into viral horror.

Streaming On: Crackle

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Make a safe hand sanitizer recipe

Homemade Hand Sanitizer Recipe Fights Coronavirus

Coronavirus or COVID-19 is running rampant throughout the world, which has caused a shortage of hand sanitizer in the country. Although all health officials stress that the best way to combat bacteria is to wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or more, hand sanitizer is the next best thing on the go. Massive department stores, such as Walmart, Target, and K-Mart, are all running out of sanitizer, which is causing the country to dissent into a frenzied panic which has led to people searching for a reliable homemade hand sanitizer recipe.

This shortage has also resulted in establishments, such as pharmacies to create their own hand sanitizer to release to the public. Even some alcohol distilleries have been doing the public a service by using their resources and alcohol to create hand sanitizer to give out. However, all of these things require interaction with people, which is not suggested at this time.

So, what else you can do? Luckily you can make your very own sanitizer with simple household products. However, it is important to follow instructions carefully in order to not compromise the purity of the sanitizer.

Spray hand sanitizer recipe vs. gel

Now, let’s take a look at the options. There are two main categories of sanitizer you can create. This can be either a gel sanitizer or a spray hand sanitizer.

The first hand sanitizer recipe is the fastest one to make, but is also less effective than the spray counterpart. This one has the consistency of a gel.

You will need:

  • Isopropyl alcohol or high potency alcohol
  • Aloe Vera gel
  • Essential oil

Directions: Mix 3-parts isopropyl alcohol for every 1-part Aloe Vera gel. Use a drop of essential oil to lessen the overwhelming alcohol odor.

Isopropyl alcohol is the best alcohol to use because you will need at least 60 percent alcohol for the hand sanitizer recipe to work.

The next hand sanitizer recipe to combat the coronavirus will be the spray. This recipe is slightly more complicated, but is also more effective against battling harmful bacteria and viruses.

For this you will need:

  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Glycerol
  • Distilled water
  • Spray bottle

Directions: Mix 12 ounces of the alcohol with 2 teaspoons of glycerol, 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide, and three ounces of distilled water.

When it is all mixed together you can put this mixture into a spray bottle, and make your way to fighting the Coronavirus one spray at a time. Always check with your local health resources before making your own hand sanitizer recipe and ensure that you are always using sanitized materials to create it.

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Idris Elba tests positive for coronavirus

Idris Elba is Latest Coronavirus Victim

Idris Elba is the latest celebrity to share that he has tested positive for the coronavirus. The 47-year-old English actor took to Instagram in a video with his wife, Sabrina Dhowre Elba to explain that he did test positive for COVID 19.

“I feel ok”, Idris Elba Says

He explained, “I feel OK. I have no symptoms so far but have been isolated since I found out about my possible exposure to the virus.” He added, “Stay home people and be pragmatic. I will keep you updated on how I am doing No panic.”

Elba might have contracted from Prime Minster Trudeau’s wife

He found out about the diagnosis on Monday morning, and revealed that he had been exposed to someone who had tested positive for the virus as well. On March 4 Idris Elba had an appearance at the WE Day 2020 Event in London where he posed with a picture with Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, the wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Her positive test was revealed last week.

Although his wife was by his side in the video he posted, he revealed that she is feeling okay and has not yet been tested for the virus.

He touched on the need for solidarity and thinking of others in the time of crisis. “Look we live in a divided world right now…but this is the time for solidarity. Now is a time for thinking about each other. There are so many people whose lives have been affected.”

Tom Hanks gave update on his coronavirus contraction

Idris isn’t the first actor to be met with a positive test for the coronavirus in Hollywood. Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson both tested positive for the virus and have been on isolation ever since.

In a Sunday Instagram post on Tom Hanks page he wrote, “Thanks to the Helpers. Let’s take care of ourselves and each other.”

 

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Thanks to the Helpers. Let’s take care of ourselves and each other. Hanx

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United States is largely behind in worldwide containment

As the future of the coronavirus and health measures unfold across the country. We find Illinois, Ohio, and New York are all following protocols to close all bars and restaurants to dine-in patrons.

The United States has been criticized on the slow response to the coronavirus pandemic and many are worried that a lot more people are positive for the virus, as testing has barely begun.

With Italy, France, Denmark, South Korea, China, and most recently Puerto Rico, on forms of lock-down it wouldn’t be surprising if the US followed suit in the coming week.

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Alvin Ailey Revealed review

Alvin Ailey: Transformative Art Through Storytelling

Alvin Ailey didn’t ask for a seat at the table after realizing African Americans were the trees that the table was created from. African Americans aren’t just the blueprints for expression through art, the African American experience is expressionism and in 1958 he brought black expressionism through the medium of dance to the forefront with the creation of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Black expressionism through the most authentic lens

In 2020, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has become a major staple in not only the dance community, but also the modernized art community as a whole. Shaping the precedent for modern dance since his iconic performance “Revelations”, Ailey has been a name on the tip of every dance connoisseurs tongue, not only in New York but across the planet. Traveling the world for the 2020 tour, Ailey Revealed. The dance company broke Ailey Revealed into three acts with two intermissions.

One of the standout pieces was “Ode”. With choreography straight from the mind of Jamar Roberts, this emotionally driven piece focused on innocent victims of gun violence. The dancers depicting harsh but swift movements and minimalistic backdrops with low lighting evoke emotion and reflective thoughts. Costumes were minimal with the muscular male dancers clothed in simple linen pants.

Experimentalism with a story

The most experimental piece within Ailey Revealed was the memorable, conversation-starter, “Greenwood.” This avant-garde expression of a tragic event could have a slew of different interpretations due to the harsh imagery and idealized choreography. However, Donald Byrd’s vision was a portrayal of a little known racially motivated massacre in the Greenwood District in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This area had a reputation as being one of the most affluent African American communities in the country and that was all changed on May 30, 1921 when an African American was arrested for attempted assault on a teenage white girl in an elevator.

No one knew what actually happened in the elevator, but after a newspaper reported the incident a massive white mob went to the neighborhood and viciously killed at least 300 black people and burned the neighborhood leaving another 10,000 black people homeless.

The instrumental rattled with hurtling synths that thundered and crashed as dancers in metallic full body costumes with mesh coverings collided and thrashed with the manic sounds. Sarah Daley-Perdomo and Vernard J. Gillmore portrayed the two people in the incident with them performing each scenario that could have happened in the elevator. The creak of a door closing indicated the transition to another scenario with each one getting more frenzied and manic in the imagining of a completely unknown event.

Although the incident may not have been known nor recognized due to the interpretive nature and presentation of the performance, art is meant to incite thought and plant a seed of curiosity, which is exactly what this piece accomplished. However, the portrayal of the mob could have been made a bit clearer through costumer, Doris Black’s vision.

Full circle to Alvin Ailey’s original vision

The show’s finale was a reworking of Alvin Ailey’s original vision for his legendary piece “Revelations.” Fast-paced choreography to upbeat versions of historical spirituals was seen in the three dance scenes with “Pilgrim of Sorrow”, “Take Me To the Water”, and “Move, Members, Move”. “Pilgrim of Sorrow” had a gorgeous number in “Fix Me, Jesus” with elongated lines and symmetrical emotionally powered choreography dueling between Sarah Daley-Perdomo and Jamar Roberts.

Although this piece was most likely put at the end to show the roots of Alvin Ailey’s powerhouse company, I think it would have been more effective to begin the entire show with “Revelations” and show the progression and transformation of the company after his vision was cemented.

To see the show yourself look at the 2020 tour schedule HERE.

Harvey Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years

Harvey Weinstein Doesn’t Have a Harsh Sentence

Harvey Weinstein will be spending the next 23 years in a prison cell after a judge ruled that the defamed Hollywood producer would answer to his eternal wrongs. #MeToo rang through the hearts of women everywhere when the hashtag originally curated by sexual assault survivor and activist Tarana Burke sprang into action in October 2017 when Alyssa Milano came forward with her story against Harvey Weinstein.

Sexual crime survivors receive life sentences

As the allegations unfolded, Weinstein’s massive film empire crumbled before him. On February 24, Weinstein was convicted of a Criminal Sexual Act in the first degree and third-degree rape.

Although the high-profile status of the victims garnered a lot of attention, there are a lot of sexual assault and rape survivors that do not receive this type of retribution in the form of conviction of their assaulters.

Weinstein’s attorney, Donna Rotunno expressed her disgust at the sentencing. “Of course it’s too harsh. It’s ridiculous,” she said. “That number was obnoxious. There are murderers who will get out of court faster than Harvey Weinstein will. That number spoke to the pressures of movements in the public, that number did not speak to the evidence that came out in trial. That number did not speak to the testimony that we heard. That number did not speak to the evidence, nor did it speak to justice.”

However, the survivors have a lifelong sentence of having to constantly relive what they went through and what was taken from them from an individual who had a god, or should I say devil complex in the entertainment industry.

Nathaniel Woods received the harshest sentence

A harsh execution was the government-initiated murder of Nathaniel Woods who died by lethal injection in Alabama even though prosecutors agreed that he never actually murdered anyone. This was a harsh sentence that he can never come back from.

Time’s up for sexual predators like Harvey Weinstein

These women who were affected by the reign of terror enacted by Harvey Weinstein will hopefully begin to gain a sense of peace knowing he has been convicted. In a statement released by Tina Tchen, president and CEO of the Time’s Up Foundation, said, “First and foremost, we are grateful for the courage and strength of Mimi Haleyi, Jessica Mann, Annabella Sciorra, Dawn Dunning, Tarale Wulff, and Lauren Young who bravely testified in court, and we remain in solidarity with over 100 survivors who suffered abuse, harassment, and rape at the hands of Harvey Weinstein. The trauma of sexual assault and harassment is lifelong—we can only hope that today’s sentence brings all the survivors of Harvey Weinstein some measure of peace.”

The statement also read: “We also hope that these women take pride in knowing the impact they had on our culture at large. Whether by inspiring more survivors to come forward and seek help, changing how the justice system responds to sexual violence, or leading corporate boards to hold more CEOs accountable for toxic workplace culture, the social change catalyzed by these survivors has been nothing transformational.”

A lifetime of PTSD outweighs 23 years

Twenty-three years is nothing compared to a lifetime of PTSD, self-doubt, power struggles, and emotional destruction that countless women have to endure throughout a lifetime. I’m sure the man who lost his life for only being involved in a crime would have much preferred 23 years than an irreversible injection given by the state of Alabama.

Hopefully, Weinstein will spend his time in confinement thinking about how he stripped countless women of their bodies and dignity as he is locked in a cell.

 

Justin Bieber downsizes tour due to low ticket sales

Justin Bieber Downsizes Tour Due to Low Sales

Justin Bieber is making some changes to his upcoming tour by downsizing to smaller venues. Dubbed The Changes tour, Justin Bieber had 45 dates set for the tour and was set to begin May 14 in Seattle. Out of the 45 dates, eight of the shows were downsized to smaller venues due to “unforeseen circumstances”

Low ticket sales may be due to long hiatus

These unforeseen circumstances are most likely lower than expected ticket sales. Before Justin Bieber’s album Changes, his last album Purpose was released almost five years ago. Where most people have the momentum to sustain a successful comeback, some pop stars do not translate well to new generations after taking long hiatuses.

Justin Bieber called for help streaming “Yummy”

When the first single from the album was released, Bieber posted videos and social media reposts from fans asking people to create a playlist on a streaming service like Spotify and put the song “Yummy” on repeat and stream it while they were sleeping in an effort inflate streaming numbers. Although the post was deleted it gave insight on the current desperation pop stars have when the spotlight on them dims.

The song ended up losing to Roddy Rich’s “The Box”, which Justin Bieber cautiously congratulated the rap star on Twitter.

Although Bieber may not be getting traction to his concerts due to dwindling popularity, the lack of sales might also be due to the coronavirus mayhem that the world is currently experiencing. With Ultra Music Festival, South by Southwest (SXSW), and now Coachella postponing their events it is also highly likely that ticket sales are low due to health fears.

Despite the venue changes, it is possible that the tour could experience entire cancellations with the ensuing coronavirus panic. Although eight venues have changes, the remaining venues will stay at the original arenas for now.

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Ultra Music Festival canceled due to coronavirus

Ultra Music Festival & SXSW Canceled From Coronavirus

The largest electronic music festival in North America, Ultra Music Festival, has been canceled until further notice due to the coronavirus scare. Scheduled to have kicked off from March 20th through the 22nd, Miami’s elected leaders and high-ranking Ultra Music Festival representatives came to the monumental decision Wednesday morning.

Ultra Music Festival is a legendary staple for music fans and normally draws crowds upwards of 100,000 people. This year boasted a star-studded lineup of EDM powerhouses, such as David Guetta, Kygo, Major Lazer, Above & Beyond, DJ Snake, and Afrojack.

The performers had less than stellar reactions on Twitter about the cancellation news, as this is a festival that EDM performers look forward to all year. DJ, Gareth Emery expressed that although the festival is canceled, he still would be coming to Miami that weekend to play a set at an undisclosed location.

Other DJs seemed to follow the same sentiment with Juan and Gabriel & Dresden explaining that they would also be performing during Ultra Music Festival weekend despite the cancellation.

Another big event, South By Southwest or better known as SXSW announced on Friday that they would be canceling their festival due to coronavirus precautions. Based in Austin, Texas, the music festival was a big draw to the Austin-area each year, with over 160,000 attendees. SXSW was a big boost for the Texan economy due to the festival pumping in almost $300 million dollars.

With these two music festivals being the biggest ones to happen in March, there may be other music festivals and large-scale events at risk of cancellation. One of the biggest music festivals of the year slated to happen for two weekends in April is Coachella. On Sunday, Riverside County in California declared an official local public health emergency due to the first case of coronavirus that was locally required. Since this is the area where Coachella occurs, the future of the festival in 2020 looks grimmer.

What will happen with Coachella and any other upcoming high-profile event remains to be seen, but for now it is best to keep a lookout and see how things work out.

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Kanye West debuts his Yeezy Season 8 collection prototypes

Yeezy Season 8 Debuts & North West Raps

Paris Fashion week received some of North West’s experimental (and borrowed) bars during Yeezy Season 8 Fashion show this week. On Monday, Kanye West brought his sought after Yeezy brand to the runway where it was met with mixed reviews. Placed in a venue as complex as the collection, fashion mavens piled into the Espace Niemeyer, which is known as the headquarters for the French Communist Party. Those who received invitations knew they were in for a treat when they found that invites included both a bundle of white sage and rattlesnake eggs.

Muted pastel puffer coats, oversized slides and puffer crops made for a cloudy and dreamy aesthetic, but still was heavy on the confusion. Where a lot of the structure was puffy with a muted color scheme, there were also blocky shoes with abrasive neon colors in the collection. However, when questioned about Yeezy Season 8, West openly admitted that a lot of the ideas were not completed finished, and prices haven’t even been set yet. Kanye admitted that he was doing some experimental approached to the fabric in this latest collection.

“The wool will be from [the sheep on my ranch]. We’re just looking at different ways to approach things. Ninety-percent of this collection is muslin it its original fabric. We’ve been looking at how we can create a suede effect or how we can dye it. This is all experimental. Each one of the pieces here is in its infant stage. They’re all new inventions and new approaches to apparel. Now, I’m looking at them, and thinking, where I can take them with their color and forms,” Kanye explained.

The Yeezy Season 8 show was the first he has had over two years since Yeezy Season 5. However, this will be be one of the most talked about ones with the newfound rap career of his 6-year-old daughter, North West, or how she likes to introduce herself, “Hi, I’m Northie.”

North West barked her own rendition of ZaZa’s “What I Do”, which caused a giddy reaction from the audience, however ZaZa’s mother wasn’t so enthused who posted an Instagram post highlighting the fact that North had the performed the song without giving ZaZa any credit.

However, Kim apologized and later mentioned ZaZa on Twitter and how North hopes that the 5-year-old raptress liked the remix.

All in all, it seems that Yeezy Season 8 was one of the highlights so far of Paris Fashion Week.

Coronavirus spreads to California

Coronavirus Spreads to California with 28 Cases

The United States coronavirus havoc has now begun with 28 confirmed cases in California. In addition to the confirmed cases there are about 8,400 other cases being closely monitored for the virus at the moment. While hysteria seems to brew in the media Dr. Sonia Y. Angell, the California Department of Public Health Director and State Health Officer assures the public that the risk still remains minimal to the American public despite the confirmed cases.

However, the source of the virus for a lot of these cases still remains a mystery. The latest California patient to have contracted the illness does not have the exposure to others with the illness or travel history that a lot of the other patients have had.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom explained that they are working overtime to get ahold on more information. “We are currently in deep partnership with CDC on one overriding protocol that drives our principle focus right now and that’s testing, and the importance to increase our testing protocols and to have point of contact diagnostic testing as our top priority not just in the state of California, but I imagine all over the United States.”

The latest case that has an unknown source of contraction, was out and about in public and was not quarantined before time of contraction, which has caused a major concern about the spread. As of now the California health officials have 200 test kits available on hand and are expecting to receive a lot more in the next coming days.

The current outbreak in California doesn’t come as much of a surprise as this was the first stop for American patients who had contracted the virus and were evacuated from the outbreak point in Wuhan, China back in January. There was a conundrum when a mistake in the lab caused the U.S. health officials to release an infected patient from quarantine at the Marine Corps base to the UC San Diego Health facility.

President Trump went on a familiar tweeting spree citing MSDNC and Comcast as fake news. He accused the outlets of making the “caronavirus” look as bad as possible and causing panic. The press conference Trump gave on the coronavirus was heavy in grandiosity and light on actual information about a game plan.

“The—John’s Hopkins I guess is a highly respected great place. They did a study, comprehensive. The countries best and worst prepared for an epidemic. And the United States is now—we’re rated number one.”

Pop Smoke killed

Rapper Pop Smoke Killed By Four Masked People

Pop Smoke, rising Brooklyn rapper was slain in his Hollywood Hills home on Wednesday morning. Law enforcement arrived at approximately 5 a.m. to find Pop Smoke, nee Bashar Barakah Jackson, afflicted with multiple gunshot wounds.

There is a lot of speculation about what the motivation behind the slaying was where the police are now saying that they believe that because of Pop Smoke’s crip affiliation that it might have been a gang related slaying. A home invasion robbery was also rumored to be the reason.

There also is a video of Pop Smoke on a social media video showing off gifts he received and in one clip his address was briefly seen. The following morning after the video was posted is when Pop Smoke was killed.

In surveillance footage it is thought that at least four suspects are involved, as four masked men are seen fleeing the scene. Los Angeles detectives have also revealed that they may have possibly gotten footage of the getaway car.

Captain Jonathan Tippett of the Robbery Homicide Division of the Los Angeles police department are not too eager to call it a robbery because of Pop Smoke’s affiliation with gang activity.

“I am not comfortable calling it a robbery right now,” Tippett explained. “There is a lot of information available. We have some work to do.”

“We are not ruling out a robbery, but that doesn’t appeared based on the evidence to be a motive.”

Although some items might have been taken, the house and property wasn’t destroyed or gone through in a rapid manner to indicate that it was a robbery situation.

Pop Smoke was only 20 years old and was attaining fast success through his breakout hit “Welcome to the Party”, which was a gruff Chicago drill party anthem that ended up attracting a feature from Nicki Minaj.

His latest project was released two weeks ago and was already garnering a lot of buzz and climbing the charts.

Pop Smoke’s fellow music peers were understandably shocked and hurt by the senseless taking of the young star’s life especially because of his impressive success. Chance The Rapper, 50 Cent and Nicki Minaj were just a few of the artists to express their condolences and sadness about the shocking passing.

 

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The Bible tells us that jealousy is as cruel as the grave. Unbelievable. Rest In Peace, Pop.

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