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GAL APPROVED! What To Watch This Fourth Of July Weekend On Hulu And Netflix!

By   |   July 2, 2021   |   Gal Approved
Summer of Soul

What to watch this Fourth of July weekend!

Check out our handy guide below for what to watch this Independence Day weekend on Netflix and Hulu.

Get into the groove with Summer of Soul

mahalia and mavis

Get your soul on! Summer of Soul is an extraordinary compilation of the Harlem Cultural Festival that took place in 1969. Caribbean singer Tony Lawrence organized the event, which brought incredible talent to the stage in Marcus Garvey Park. And it was all about the music, which ranged from funk and calypso to gospel and blues. There are amazing performances from a teen Stevie Wonder, the 5th Dimension with Solid Gold host Marilyn McCoo, Gladys Knight and the Pips and David Ruffin, who had just exited The Temptations. We’re taken to church by a young and bohemian Reverend Jessie Jackson, who serves up a duet between Mavis Staples and Mahalia Jackson that truly moves your soul. More than 50,000 people attended six Sunday presentations across the summer of ’69, which included moving spoken word from Nina Simone, who looks like an African queen on the stage. As Sly and the Family Stone sings, “we got to live together,” this musical event brought together beautiful black people and people of all colors. Ahmir “​Questlove” Thompson produced this documentary from footage lost in a basement for more than 50 years. Now it’s finally shared with the world. And it should not be missed.  Currently playing in theaters and on Hulu.

Run with the Sisters

Sisters On Track chronicles the amazing triumph of the Sheppard sisters: Tai, Rainn and Brooke. The trio came into the national spotlight in 2016 with their first-time wins at the Junior Olympics. They were then featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated Kids as “SportsKids of the Year.” But here’s the amazing part of their story:  they had been living in a shelter and overcame all odds to move with their devoted mom into their own home. With the support of their mother, Tonia Handy, and the guidance of their coach Jean Bell, the Sheppard sisters beat the odds, dreamed big and aspired to higher education as athletes and students. The film showcases the bond between sisters and an entire community of women who are passing the baton of self-empowerment and hope — through track and field — from one generation to another. Sisters On Track now playing on Netflix.

photo credit: Hulu, Netflix

 

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