With the very much-anticipated arrival of spring, beach-trips and park-visits weather has officially arrived. The sun is out longer, which means we want to be, too. What better companion to bring along with you than an underrated book we’re sure you won’t want to put down? Whether you think you’ve read it all or are looking for some recommendations, we’ve created a list of YA novels that deserve more recognition. These novels are filled with stories that tackle conversations and dynamics that have been sidelined for too long. So if you’re ready for some drama, lessons of identity, romance, social justice, and more, you’re going to want to check out the following books. Who knows, you may end up discovering a new favorite!
Earth Day may only come once a year – this year, it’s April 22 – but taking care of the environment should be a priority every day. Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. Should I give up plastic, conserve water, switch to sustainable fashion brands? All those things are great, but if you’re ready to dig deeper into environmental activism, there are plenty of amazing documentaries to help you get started.
From The Swim, which premiered on Discovery + on April 15, to the fascinating I Am Greta about teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg, there are options for every interest. The stunning shots, heartbreaking facts, and moving interviews will inspire you to fight for our planet and take care of it in a bigger way. A few of my favorite documentaries about the environment are available for streaming today – check them out in the slides ahead.
At this point, Netflix’s originals library almost seems infinite. The streamer is continually churning out content, but only occasionally do projects like Stranger Things and Bridgerton get long-term momentum. That said, there are plenty of overlooked treasures buried in the service’s huge collection of originals. Whether you’re looking for a family drama like Gente-fied or an emotional animated series like Tuca and Bertie, there’s definitely a hidden gem out there for you. We’ve pulled together a list of our favorite underrated original Netflix TV shows, so read ahead to learn all about the best series that might not be on your radar!
Mickey Guyton is making history once again! After becoming the first Black woman to ever perform at the ACM Awards last year, the 37-year-old Grammy-nominated singer broke another barrier by becoming the first Black artist to cohost the ceremony alongside Keith Urban. Mickey previously spoke to E! News about the increased inclusivity within the Academy, saying, “I’m part of the ACM Diversity Task Force . . . We started this in 2019, and they have been relentlessly working on diversifying the awards in front of the camera and behind the scenes. And that is showing up on the awards. And I’m just so excited to be a part of that change.”
Mickey also took the stage for a stunning performance of her 2019 hit, “Hold On,” and received a nomination for new female artist of the year, but unfortunately, she lost out to Gabby Barrett. Keep reading to see more of Mickey’s historic night at the ACM Awards.
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Date night looks a little different for Maren Morris and Ryan Hurd. The talented couple, who welcomed their first child around this time last year, performed “Chasing After You” at the 2021 Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday. Though they are both established country artists, the song marks their first official duet together. The performance was intimate and ethereal, as Maren and Ryan sang to each other surrounded by fluffy pampas grass.
Morris appeared at the award show last year, offering a rousing performance of her single “To Hell & Back” after giving birth just five months prior. Watch a snippet from Morris and Hurd’s romantic performance below, then take a look at the glamorous rose-gold gown Maren wore on the red carpet.
#ACMawards nominee @MarenMorris and her hubby @RyanHurd have us falling in love all over again! ðð¶ Watch @CBS or @paramountplus now to see the rest of the night’s performances! pic.twitter.com/0FERInLCO5
– ACM Awards (@ACMawards) April 19, 2021