National Geographic Presents IMPACT with Gal Gadot premiers Monday, April 26, 2021 and is a short-form documentary series that follows the powerful stories of six women making an extraordinary impact on their communities around the world. Despite living in area marred by violence, poverty, trauma, discrimination, oppression, and natural disasters, these brave women remain undeterred as they dare to dream, stand out, speak up and lead. National Geographic Presents IMPACT with Gal Gadot is one series that will give you all the feels.
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.: Follow the story of Kameryn, a 20-year-old figure skating coach who has dedicated her life to coaching young girls of color to empower them both on and off the ice.
Knowing the backstory point of this docu series, and being someone from Detroit I was bummed to see Detroit lumped under the category of “Despite living in area marred by violence, poverty, trauma, discrimination, oppression, and natural disasters…”. Detroit has come along way, and while we may not be where we need to be, I am pretty proud to be apart of a community making an amazing comeback.
I was actually nervous to watch Ice Breakers. How would Detroit be shown, how would this story be told, what would be the positive impact it makes. I am happy to report back, that this story will touch your heart. Not only does it hit the topic of when Detroit was in a dark place, but it talks about Detroit being the comeback kid, and that is what I think is important for people to know.
I heard about this figuring skating coach, and how she is giving young girls of color the power to have a voice, get out and do what they love and just being the beautiful beings they are. Being a huge advocate of the city I love, I am 100% biased, but Ice Breakers is my favorite in this documentary series. I can’t wait for you to watch this one and all the rest of the wonderful and amazing stories that truly empower women in National Geographic’s amazing docu series IMPACT.
Half Moon Bay, California, U.S.A.: After losing her twin sister to COVID, Kelsey is driven by two passions: surfing and helping people through grief and trauma.
San Juan, Puerto Rico, U.S.A.: Discover the inspiring story of Arianna, a 19-year-old woman leading a team of college students who invented a water filtration system.
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.A.: Meet Kayla, who has dedicated her life to helping homeless transgender women of color.
Grand Caillou/Dulac, Louisiana, U.S.A.: Meet Chief Shirell, the first female chief of her southern Louisiana tribe. Her ancestors have lived on the land for hundreds of years, and they are now expected to be among the United States’ first climate refugees.
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil: Witness the inspiring story of Tuany, a 23-year-old ballet dancer who started a dance company for young girls in the middle of one of Rio De Janeiro’s most dangerous favelas.
Have you heard of the super cute kids show on Apple TV+ called “Doug Unplugs”? “Hailing from DreamWorks Animation and based on Dan Yaccarino’s popular Doug Unplugs book series, six new episodes premiered Friday, April 2 exclusively on Apple TV+.
“Doug Unplugs” follows a young robot named Doug who senses there’s more to life than just the facts. While other robots plug in for their daily download, Doug unplugs and journeys into the human world with his best friend Emma to experience its wonders firsthand.“Doug Unplugs” is executive produced by Jim Nolan, Aliki Theofilopoulos and Dan Yaccarino, and stars the voice talents of Brandon James Cienfuegos, Kyrie McAlpin, Eric Bauza, Mae Whitman, Leslie David Bakerand Becky Robinson.
To help keep your kiddos busy, “Doug Unplugs” released a couple of activity sheets and I had to share them with you!
National Geographic is inviting the world to kick off Earth Day 2021 with a star-studded Earth Day eve Celebration, and let me tell you it’s sure to be out of this world.
The event features musical performances by Angelique Kidjo, Aurora, Jose Gonzalez, Maggie Rogers, My Morning Jacket, Rostam, Valerie June, WILLIE NELSON, Yo-Yo Ma and Ziggy Marley!
National Geographic’s Earth Day Eve virtual concert will be streaming Wednesday, April 21 at 8:30 p.m. EDT, and available exclusively on the National Geographic YouTube page or at http://natgeo.com/earthdayeve.
This fun virtual celebration is hosted by travel expert Jessica Nabongo and features world-renowned ethologist and conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall (so you know it’s going to be good).
This year, National Geographic will offer multiple ways for people to celebrate Earth Day with a lineup of activities that will meet people wherever they are, kicking off with an Earth Day Eve virtual celebration. The lineup of musical artists from places of importance to them around the world and appearances by National Geographic Explorers will take viewers on a virtual journey when it’s needed most. Hosted by travel expert Jessica Nabongo, Nat Geo’s Earth Day Eve 2021 will feature performances from Angélique Kidjo, AURORA, José González, Maggie Rogers, Rostam, Valerie June, Willie Nelson, Yo-Yo Ma and Ziggy Marley, as well as a world premiere new music video from My Morning Jacket.
As viewers join in the musical event remotely from around the world, they will be introduced to extraordinary National Geographic Explorers, including world-renowned ethologist and conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall, carnivore ecologist Dr. Rae Wynn Grant, environmental journalist Lillygol Sedaghat and biologist Dr. Lucy Hawkes. A highlight of the event will include National Geographic Explorer and photographer Brian Skerry, one of the world’s leading marine photographers, as he previews the new four-part Disney+ original series, “Secrets of the Whales,” from Academy Award®-winning filmmaker and National Geographic Explorer at Large James Cameron. Narrated by award-winning actress and conservationist Sigourney Weaver, the series from National Geographic takes viewers deep within the epicenter of whale culture to experience the extraordinary communication skills and intricate social structures of whales. The series will anchor National Geographic’s activities on Earth Day and becomes available on Disney+ at 12 p.m. PDT on April 22.
The event will also include a number of exciting announcements and be followed by a virtual afterparty on the new National Geographic TikTok account at 10pm EDT. In National Geographics first-ever TikTok Live, viewers will be invited to drop by to hear Jayda G. spin an original set accompanied by stunning visuals from the new Disney+ series, “Earth Moods.” In the meantime, National Geographic has published a newly created Spotify playlist that’s the perfect soundtrack for Earth Month.
“For over 133 years, National Geographic has strived to inspire people to care more deeply for the planet. This Earth Day, we hope to provide that inspiration with a one-of-a-kind celebration that invites audiences everywhere to unite around the power of music,” said National Geographic Chairman Gary Knell. “Our Earth Day Eve event — virtual and accessible to everyone — will showcase environmentally passionate artists from around the world together with some of National Geographic’s most extraordinary Explorers. From AURORA’s forest performance in Bergen, Norway, to Jane Goodall’s greeting from her home in England, the celebration will give us even more of a reason to fall in love with the place we all call home — and empower us to act to protect it.”
Hosted by Jessica Nabongo, travel writer, entrepreneur and the first documented Black woman to have traveled to every country in the world.
Event art by Cachetejack, whose colorful illustrations and playful style perfectly bring the music of National Geographic’s Earth Day Eve 2021 to life. Nuria Bellver and Raquel Fanjul of Cachetejack are a Spanish freelance illustration duo working together since 2011 to bring an irreverent and playful style to their work that honors their ancestors.
Secrets and spies, oh my! The Courier, a true life-based Cold War spy thriller is set in the early 1960s and stars Benedict Cumberbatch as a salesman-turned-secret agent.
Save the date: Friday, April 16 for $19.99, On Demand platforms such as Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video, VUDU and cable providers let you bring this Cold War espionage thriller to the comfort of your living room.
Based on the true story of British businessman Grenville Wynne and the daring acts of espionage he undertook during the Cold War, The Courier features a desaturated color palette which definitely set the scene for the movie.
Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Wynne, a happy-go-lucky English businessman who is married to Sheila (Jessie Buckley) and the father to Andrew (Keir Hills). Wynne is invited by acquaintance (Angus Wright) to have lunch with an American “consultant”, where he is pressed into “service” for Great Britain, and by the line “I can’t believe I’m having lunch with spies” you can tell he is shocked.
Wynne’s mission, should he accept it (let’s be honest, there isn’t much of a choice) is to travel to Moscow and collect images from Col. Oleg Penkovsky, a high-ranking Soviet officer who has grown wary of Nikita Khrushchev’s threats of nuclear war. Willing to betray his country to save his family and the world, risking it all—can you image the brutal death if he’s caught? Yikes
While at first I loved the desaturated color scheme, and was excited that it was genre-appropriate over the course of the movie the gray color scheme became depressing to look at. The muddy hues of people and buildings just wasn’t something that was attractive throughout the movie.
Overall, the movie seems like your typical spy movie with some twists, turns and danger. However, the fact that it is in fact a true story is what helped keep me captivated.
In this true-life Cold War spy thriller, unassuming British businessman Greville Wynne (Benedict Cumberbatch) becomes entangled in one of the greatest international conflicts in history. Recruited by MI6 and a CIA operative (Angus Wright and 2018 Primetime Emmy® and 2018 & 2019 Golden Globe® winner Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” Best Actress in a TV Comedy Series), Wynne forms a covert partnership with Soviet officer Oleg Penkovsky (Merab Ninidze), and both men risk everything in a danger-fraught race against time to provide the intelligence needed to prevent nuclear confrontation and end the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Benedict Cumberbatch Doctor Strange, Avengers: Endgame, The Imitation Game
Merab Ninidze “Homeland,” “Freud,” “McMafia”
Rachel Brosnahan “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” I’m Your Woman
Jessie Buckley “Fargo,” Dolittle, “Chernobyl”
Angus Wright “Cobra,” “Flowers”, The Witches
Written by Tom O’Connor (The Hitman’s Bodyguard); Directed by Dominic Cooke (On Chesil Beach)Open document settingsOpen publish panel
1. Start your garden indoors. I have already started a variety of seedlings, and cucumbers, tomatoes and herbs have started to sprout.
2. Easter is right around the corner (literally it’s the 4th), now is your chance to whip up some delicious Easter treats.
3. Try a new recipe for easter. I have been looking up recipes on Pinterest and I think I need a dark chocolate raspberry mousse cake in life.
9. Daffodils and tulips are in full bloom. Elevate the aesthetic of your home by grabbing some for various rooms of your home.
15. I am big fan of spontaneous road trips—it’s the perfect time to hit the open road and see where it takes you.
16. It’s Mushroom Day! I’ll be celebrating by making a flatbread pizza with green peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms and a balsamic glaze. Bonus points if I can find some morels.
26. Bird watching has become one of my favorite things to do, and I think you’d enjoy it too. The coolest birds I recently spotted are Osprey and Bald Eagles.