How To Watch Michelle Obama's Netflix Doco In The Style She Deserves

Here's your first sneak peek.

It’s time to go high when they go low because our Queen Michelle Obama is getting her very own Netflix documentary.

The doco, called Becoming, is set to land on Netflix in early May and follows Obama as she goes on tour to promote her memoir of the same name. Hear all the details below:

Obama’s memoir Becoming quickly became the bestselling hardcover book of 2018 after it was released and according to Penguin Random House, has gone on to sell more than 10 million copies to date.

In a Tweet announcing the her Netflix documentary, Michelle Obama wrote, “I’m excited to share that on May 6, @Netflix will release BECOMING, a documentary directed by Nadia Hallgren that shares the stories of the amazing people I met after the release of my memoir. During this difficult time, I hope you’ll find some inspiration and joy in this film.”

Obama also shared a sneak peek of Becoming, which shows her speaking to a group of young women. When one girl asks her “how do you feel transitioning back to your normal life?” Obama responds, “It’s not about getting back on track but it’s about creating a new track.”

Becoming was also produced by Higher Ground Productions, the company founded by Michelle and Barack Obama which is behind titles including the disability rights doco Crip Camp, available to watch on Netflix now. 

The question is: how can we watch this inspiring documentary in true Michelle Obama fashion? Considering Obama is a trailblazing feminist, creating a Netflix watching party with your girlfriends is a great way to honour her legacy.

Why not get dressed up and make a classy ladies night out of it? You could even finish watching Becoming and then start a book or documentary film club celebrating female authors and filmmakers.

Either way, Michelle Obama’s Netflix documentary is bound to be the inspiring isolation treat we all need right now.

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Of Course Dolly Parton Was Behind 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer'

The only evidence is this sneaky Easter egg.

She’s sold millions of albums, taught us about the perils of working for the ‘man’ and paved the way for so many women in country music – so does it really come as that much of a surprise that Dolly Parton was also behind the iconic TV series Buffy The Vampire Slayer?

According to the New York Post, Parton wasn’t officially credited as a producer on the show, but without her – Buffy The Vampire Slayer mightn’t have ever happened. 

In 1986, Parton and the late Sandy Gallin co-founded Sandollar Entertainment, a production company that oversaw Buffy The Vampire Slayer and eventually brought the show to TV network The WB in 1997.

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The show went onto catapult lead actress Sarah Michelle Gellar into global stardom and ran for a whopping seven seasons until it wrapped up in 2003. It’s also frequently listed as one of greatest TV shows of all time and during its peak was reaching between four and six million viewers – a huge success for a smaller network like The WB.

It’s not the only piece of pop culture history Dolly Parton was behind. Sandollar Entertainment also produced the 1991 classic Father of the Bride,1996’s Fly Away Home and most recently, the 2019 Netflix series Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings.

While Parton’s involvement in Buffy the Vampire Slayer is news to many of us, it’s common knowledge to those in the TV industry. For example, in a 2016 New York Times interview, Sandollar’s executive producer Gail Berman recounted how Parton once wrote her a check after finding out she was being paid less than her male colleagues working on Buffy. 

As this Twitter user so accurately remarked, “how could I possibly think more highly of this woman?” 

The only visible evidence Parton had anything to do with Buffy is a sneaky easter egg: Buffy’s character shares the same birthday as the singer on January 19th.

Mind, blown.

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Are People Really Following Co-Star's Advice And Breaking Quarantine?

"Don’t be afraid to find ways to safely see the people you love.”

If you fancy yourself a bit of an astrology buff, there’s no doubt you already have the app Co Star on your phone, and there’s a good chance you’ve noticed some of its cryptic quarantine-themed messages as of late.

Speaking of vibes, hear about the 2019’s good, neutral and evil below:

For those who don’t know their Virgos from their Geminis, Co-Star is an astrology app that provides users with “algorithmically-generated horoscopes customised to your entire chart.” It also links you up with friends, analyses your compatibility, but most importantly – it sends you daily horoscope alerts.

Some of which appear to be urging users to break quarantine.

TMZ reports that users have been posting the alerts they’ve been receiving from Co-Star, including one that reads, “don’t be afraid to find ways to safely see the people you love.” It’s a good thing the app threw the word “safely” in there, but these kinds of messages aren’t helping with the ‘stay home’ initiatives governments around the world are trying to hammer home right now. 

Credit: TMZ

Another Co-Star users’ horoscope said “you can either lie there for you can stand up.” It also said, “your desire to change this month depends on your ability to sharpen yourself against every obstacle.”

“This is a big step for you, who likes to maintain a high level of tension in their relationships,” the horoscope read. “This is your opportunity to practice love that defies societal expectations.”

Credit: TMZ

‘Defies societal expectations’ – like breaking the expectation we all stay in quarantine!?

Other Twitter users have noticed how much Co-Star has been ‘shit-stirring’ during the pandemic, like this user, who was told “all friendship is romantic.”

Whether you believe in astrology or not, it’s probably best these Co-Star alerts are taken with a grain of salt and we all continue to follow the rules around social distancing. It’s either that, or getting fined by the cops for breaking them with nothing but the excuse, “Co-Star told me to do it.” 

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