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5 Reasons The 90’s Defined American Culture

5 Reasons The 90’s Defined American Culture. Who didn’t love the 90’s? Just look at all of the great things that happened in the 90s.

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Who didn’t love the 90’s? Just look at all of the great things that happened in the 90’s. On TV, there was Seinfeld, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Beverly Hills 90210, Martin, The Simpsons, The Arsenio Show, Saved by the Bell, and of course, F.R.I.E.N.D.S. just to name a few. In the NBA, we witnessed one of the greatest of all time, Michael Jordan, capture 6 NBA titles, while being in awe of the dominant force Shaquille O’Neal and the killer crossover handled by Allen Iverson. And let’s not forget about the music. From Brittany Spears to Backstreet Boys, from Nirvana to The Notorious B.I.G, the 90’s was universally accepted as the best time period for creativity and financial success. However the 90’s, affectionately known as the Clinton Years, also had some changes that have affected our culture to this very day. Let’s explore 5 of those changes.

E-Commerce/Tech Boom

Motorola DynaTAC 8000X

Motorola DynaTAC 8000X

Who doesn’t have a Smartphone? A Facebook Account? Purchased something from Amazon/Ebay? Well maybe Mary Beth in Beaconsfield, Iowa (Shoutout to Beaconsfield) but that’s highly unlikely. In 2015, it’s uncommon to come across an individual that does not have access to the information superhighway that we commonly call The Internet (Shoutout to Al Gore). The Internet has changed our lives in so many ways. Long gone are the days of the Nino Brown shoebox sized cellphone. Nowadays, you’re able to Facetime (or Hangout), send emails, edit resumes, purchase furniture, stream music and videos all from your cellular device. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg (watch out Titanic). The Internet has now eliminated local thinking and commerce and has truly transformed us into a Global society. Kids nowadays probably won’t remember the agony of patiently waiting for a 4 min song to download on Napster (let alone a full length album or movie) or attempting to sign onto your AOL account just to have your attempts thwarted by your mother’s coworker calling the house phone to gossip about Jimmy and the secretary going to lunch together. Then we got fancy and DSL was introduced, followed by cable and now fiber optics. And of course, we hate being confined by a wire, so routers were invented so that we could be on the move with this new technology. This new technology has led to the success of companies such as Apple, Google and the aforementioned Facebook, Ebay and Amazon. However with any success, there are some consequences, and with the rise of Global communication came a term called Outsourcing.

Outsourcing

Outsourcing meme

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The idea of outsourcing actually started in the 70s and 80s as companies attempted to increase its flexibility and creativity by reducing the lack of agility resulting from a bloated management structure. Outsourcing was not formally identified as a business strategy until around 1989.  In the 1990s, as organizations began to focus more on cost-saving measures, they started to outsource those functions necessary to run a company but not related specifically to the core business. Managers contracted with emerging service companies to deliver accounting, human resources, data processing, internal mail distribution, security, plant maintenance and our favorite, Customer Service (you know when you call the 1-800 number and speak to “John” in India). Unfortunately, these high repetitions, low thought level positions, were vital to the employment of American citizens. With the emergence of immigration as well (Hispanic Americans passed African Americans in the 90s as the largest minority in America), more and more low to mid paying jobs were removed from traditional American households, which contributed to the financial crisis of the 2000’s.

War On Drugs/3 Strikes Law

Before office jobs were being outsourced, manufacturing jobs started leaving urban cities at a drastic pace, leaving its

War on Drugs

The War On Drugs…Such A Waste

residents looking for equal paying jobs. Unfortunately, most of the manufacturing jobs were serviced by workers who barely had a high school education. So workers were left with the option of relocating, furthering their education, working at McDonalds, or alternative methods of acquiring capital. Unfortunately, if you don’t have capital to being with, relocating is not a viable option. If you barely made it out of high school, higher education is a decent memory. Entry level at McDonalds barely accommodates a teenager’s lifestyle let alone an entire household, so most urbanites were faced with the only workable solution…illegal activities. Now, I’m not defending those actions as the only solution. Coming from an urban environment, it’s definitely a struggle and it’s not easy by any means, however you can make it out of pretty much any situation without having to resort to illegal measures. However for many displaced workers, specifically minority workers, this was the route they chose to take. However starting with Reagan and continuing with the 1st Bush and Clinton, the War on Drugs and later the 3 Strikes Law (the law which mandates an automatic life sentence on your 3rd felony) saw a disproportionate amount of minorities locked up for long prison sentences in comparison to those of white collared crimes. By the end of the 90s, American prisons housed nearly 1/4th of the world’s criminals…THE WORLD CRAIG….THE WORLD. So in other words, imprisonment (and of course violence in the urban communities) led to an increase in fatherless households, which directly affected our next topic, the rise in Split Households.

The Rise in Split Households, The Increase in Divorce Rate and The Decrease in Corporal Punishment

DivorceThe United States Divorce Rate peaked in the 80’s and maintained the high amount through the 90’s. Once you couple that with the increase in prison population and what you have left is the rise in split households. What was once thought to be a cultural or minority issue had blossomed into a societal one. Now, it was acceptable and common to have split families when it used to be taboo in the 50’s and 60’s. The idea of celebrating two birthdays and two sets of holidays seem somewhat cool on paper, but the mental and emotional are scars rarely show. However, when they do show….watch out. In the 90’s, we started hearing more terms such as ADD and ADHD to describe children. Children were being placed on medication at younger and younger ages. “Behavioral Issues” became the catch phrase in school systems. I have an opinion, which may be unpopular, as to the rise of this. Without steady father figures in the households, our Nation started to turn to less physical means of consequences for unruly or inappropriate acts. Instead of whippings made popular by Southern parents and grandparents, we started to take a more liberal approach in the form of increased punishment and “timeouts”. Now, I can’t tell you how this “timeout” thing worked unless we’re talking during a sporting event because I was an active participant of corporal punishment. And now as a father, I’m still a vocal supporter of it. One of the factors that led to my own family separation was our views on child spankings. I believed in it, she for the most part didn’t. I believe you have to spank your child early to set the foundation for understanding who has the authority in the relationship and to build respect. Unfortunately she did not agree. Fast forward to 2015….and when my son is with me, let’s just say those “behavioral issues” that she comes across on a weekly basis doesn’t appear under my roof.

Rise in the GLBT Community

Lastly, in addition to the rise in split households, the 90’s also witnessed a rise in the GLBT awareness and acceptance. Now, I’m not going to dive deep into this conversation since it usually heads towards bible scriptures, GLBTbut as a member of a minority who had to fight for their own acceptance, I understand how difficult it is to live in a world that’s not accepting or ignorant to your culture. Whether you are an ally or not, the GLBT community has taken many steps to carve their place into society’s acceptance. From “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” of the 90’s to “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”, it’s become evident to see the progress in which society has made in terms of the GLBT community.

Through it all (and yes I’m biased) the 90’s for me was a great time period for myself. I lost my virginity, graduated High School, enrolled into 2 great Universities (S/O to NSU and ODU) and pledged my beloved Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. (S/O to the Vicious OI chapter). We had great music, great shows and great times. We had such a great time; the kids of 2015 wanna be 90’s babies so freakin bad! So…Whoomp, There It Is!

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New on Netflix in December 2019

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Netflix December Releases

Released December 1

Dead Kids *Netflix Film
A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish
The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl
Austin Powers in Goldmember
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
Cut Bank
Eastsiders: Season 4
Malcolm X
Searching for Sugar Man
Sweet Virginia
The Tribes of Palos Verdes

Released December 2

Nightflyers: Season 1
Team Kaylie: Part 2 *Netflix Family

Released December 3

Especial de Natal Porta dos Fundos: A Primeira Tenação de Cristo *Netflix Film
Tiffany Haddish: Black Mitzvah *Netflix Original
War on Everyone

Released December 4

The Last O.G.: Season 2
Let’s Dance *Netflix Film
Los Briceño *Netflix Original
Magic for Humans: Season 2 *Netflix Original

Released December 5

A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby *Netflix Film
Apache: La vida de Carlos Tevez *Netflix Original
Greenleaf: Season 4
Home for Christmas *Netflix Original
V-Wars: Season 1 *Netflix Original

Released December 6

Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show *Netflix Original
The Chosen One: Season 2 *Netflix Original
The confession Killer *Netflix Documentary
Fuller House: Season 5 *Netflix Original
Glow Up *Netflix Original
Marriage Story *Netflix Film
Spirit Riding Free: The Spirit of Christmas *Netflix Family
Teasing MAster Takagi-san: Season 2 *Netflix Anime
Three Days of Christmas: Season 1 *Netflix Original
Triad Princess: Season 1 *Netflix Original
Virgin River *Netflix Original

Released December 8

From Paris with Love

Released December 9

A Family Reunion Christmas *Netflix Family
It Comes at Night

Released December 10

Michelle Wolf: Joke Show *Netflix Original
Outlander
: Season 3

Released December 11

The Sky Is Pink

Released December 12

Especial de Natal Porta dos Fundos *Netflix Film
Jack Whitehall: Christmas with My Father *Netflix Original

Released December 13

6 Underground *Netflix Film

Released December 15

A Family Man
Dil Dhadakne Do
Karthik Calling Karthik

Released December 16

Burlesque
The Danish Girl

The Magicians: Season 4

Released December 17

Ronny Chieng: Asian Comedian Destroys America! *Netflix Original

Released December 18

Don’t F**k with Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer *Netflix Documentary
Soundtrack: Season 1 *Netflix Original

Released December 19

After the Raid *Netflix Documentary
Ultraviolet: Season 2 *Netflix Original
Twice Upon a Time *Netflix Original

Released December 20

The Two Popes *Netflix Film
The Witcher: Season 1 *Netflix Original

Released December 22

Private Practice: Seasons 1-6

Released December 23

Transformers Rescue Bots Academy: Season 1

Released December 24

Carole & Tuesday: Part 2 *Netflix Anime
Como caído del cielo *Netflix Film
Crash Landing on You *Netflix Original
John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch *Netflix Original
Lost in Space: Season 2 *Netflix Original
Terrace House: Tokyo 2019-2020: Part 2 *Netflix Original

Released December 25

Sweetheart

Released December 26

The App *Netflix Film
La Bazar de la Charité *Netflix Original
Fast & Furious Spy Racers *Netflix Family
You: Season 2 *Netflix Original

Released December 27

The Gift *Netflix Original
Kevin Hart: Don’t F**k This Up *Netflix Documentary
The Secret Life of Pets 2

Released December 28

Hot Gimmick: Girl Meets Boy *Netflix Film

Released December 29

Lawless

Released December 30

Alexa & Katie: Season 3 *Netflix Family
The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.: Reawakened: Season 1 *Netflix Anime

Released December 31

The Degenerates: Season 2 *Netflix Original
Die Another Day
Golden Eye

Heartbreakers
The Neighbor
 *Netflix Original
Red Dawn
Tomorrow Never Dies
The World is Not Enough
Yanxi Palace: Princess Adventures *Netflix Original

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New on Amazon in May 2019

Another month, another amazing month of Netflix content. Of major note is the increase in the cadence of original content. Check out our picks after the jump.

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Amazon studios is bringing some good content to Amazon in May. The original content shines but what shines brightest is the entire Friday The 13th collection . Check out our picks after the jump.

Released May 1

Shanghai (2010)

Released May 2

The Yellow Handkerchief (2008)

Released May 3

Suspiria(2018) *Amazon Original movie

Released May 5

Crash (2004)

Released May 8

Action Point (2018)

Released May 9

Dinosaur 13 (2004)

Released May 10

Sneaky Pete: Season 3 *Amazon Original series

Whishenpoof: Season 2C *Amazon Original series

Released May 13

The Romantics (2010)

Released May 15

Yardie (2019) *Amazon Original movie

Released May 16

Punisher: War Zone (2008)
The Punisher (2004)

Released May 17

Fleabag: Season 2 *Amazon Original series

The Durrells in Corfu: Season 3
Poldark: Season 4

Released May 19

Federal Hill (1994)

Released May 20

Jesus’ Son (1999)

Released May 22

Lulu on the Bridge (1998)

Released May 25

Morning Glory (2010)

Released May 26

The Frozen Ground (2013)

Released May 31

Good Omens: Season 1 *Amazon Original series
Antitrust (2001)
Awaiting (2015)
Blaze You Out (2013)
Body of Evidence (1993)
Cougars Inc. (2011)
Deadtime Stories (1986)
Emperor (2012)
Eulogy (2004)
F/X (1986)
F/X2 (1991)
Super Dragon – Feng qi yun yong dou kuang lung (1976)
Flawless (2007)
Fluke (1995)
Forbidden Ground (1969)
Free Money (1998)
Friday Night Lights (2004)
Friday the 13th (1980)
Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)
Friday the 13th Part III (1982)
Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986)
Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988)
Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989)
Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985)
Fun Size (2012)
Shaolin Drunk Fighter – Gimunsayukbang (1983)
Hart’s War (2002)
I’m Gonna Git You Sucka (1988)
Jennifer Eight (1992)
Lost and Delirious (2001)
Chinese Hercules – Ma tou da jue dou (1973)
Mission: Impossible (1996)
Murimgori (1982)
N.Y.C. Underground (2013)
Night of the Living Dead 3D (2006)
Night of the Living Dead: Resurrection (2012)
Patriot Games (1992)
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
Private Parts (1997)
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Shaolin vs. Lama – Shao Lin dou La Ma (1983)
Woman Avenger – Shi mei chu ma (1980)
Tao tie gong (1979)
The ‘Burbs (1989)
The Big Wedding (2013)
The Constant Gardener (2005)
The Doors (1991)
The Ghostwriter (1997)
The Gift (2000)
The Letter (1940)
The Lonely Man (1957)
The People vs. George Lucas (2010)
The Puffy Chair (2005)
The Secret of NIMH (1982)
Trainwreck: My Life as an Idiot (2007)
X+Y (2014)

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New on Hulu in May 2019

Another month, another amazing month of Netflix content. Of major note is the increase in the cadence of original content. Check out our picks after the jump.

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There is some good content on Hulu in May. There is minimal original content but instead some strong content from partner Complex. Check out our picks after the jump.

Released May 1

Anger Management (2003)
Bait Shop (2008)
Billboard Dad (1998)
The Big Kahuna (2000)
The Birdcage (1997)
Black Rain (1989)
Borat: Learning of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation Kazakhstan (2006)
Breakdown (1997)
Bully (2001)
The Burrowers (2009)
Catacombs (2007)
Cecil B. Demented (2000)
Center Stage (2000)
Chocolat (2000)
Chuck & Buck (2000)
Clerks (1994)
Dazed and Confused (1993)
Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo (1999)
El Pantra (2018)
The English Patient (1996)
Fair Game (2010)
Fatal Attraction (1987)
Flashdance (1983)
The Green Mile (1999)
Ground Control (1998)
Happy Endings (2005)
Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)
Hardware (1990)
Harsh Times (2006)
Hoodlum (1997)
Hunt for the Skinwalker (2018)
Imagine Me and You (2005)
Julie & Julia (2009)
Kazaam (1996)
The Krays (1990)
Kygo: Stole the Show (2017)
Laddie: The Man Behind the Movies (2017)
Larger than Life (1996)
The Landing (2018)
The Last Animals (2017)
Le Divorce (2002)
The Lucky Ones (2008)
Made (2001)
Major League (1989)
Man of the House (2005)
Mermaids (1990)
My Five Wives (2000)
New Guy (2002)
Nick of Time (1995)
The Night We Never Met (1993)
Passport to Paris (1999)
Possums (1998)
The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper (1981)
Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008)
Rollerball (1975)
Rollerball (2002)
Shaolin Soccer (2001)
Show of Force (1990)
The Sicilian (1987)
Slow Burn (2000)
Spirit (2002)
Star Kid (1998)
Steak this Movie (2000)
Switching Goals (1999)
The Time Machine (2002)
The Toybox (2018)
Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her (2001)
Thirteen (2003)
Twelve Monkeys (1996)
Twice Upon a Yesterday (1999)
Under Siege (1992)
Wargames (1983)
Welcome to Mercy (2018)
Zombieland (2009)

Released May 2

Dies Irae: Complete Season 1 (DUBBED) (Crunchyroll)

Released May 3

Into the Dark: All That We Destroy *Hulu Original
Don’t Believe the Hype: Complete Season 1(Complex)
Everything’s For Sale: Complete Season 1 (Complex)
Jobs Unlisted: Complete Season 1 (Complex)
Price the Hype: Complete Season 1 (Complex)
The Yellow Handkerchief (2008)

Released May 4

Drunk History: Complete Season 6A (Comedy Central)
Painkillers (2018)
The Clovehitch Killer (2018)

Released May 6

Crash (2005)
Unicorn (2018)

Released May 7

My Hero Academia: Complete Season 3A (DUBBED) (Funimation)

Released May 8

Hillbilly (2019)

Released May 9

Action Point (2017)

Released May 10

Dinosaur 13 (2014)

Released May 11

Marvel’s Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D: Season 6 Premiere (ABC)
Above Majestic (2018)
Driver X (2018)
Funny Cow (2017)
One Million American Dreams (2018)
Swimming With Men (2018)

Released May 12

Claws: Complete Season 2 (TNT)

Released May 13

Angels of Death: Complete Season 1 (DUBBED) (Funimation)

Released May 14

The Bachelorette: Season 15 Premiere (ABC)
The Romantics (2010)

Released May 15

Big Bad BBQ Brawl: Complete Season 2 (Cooking Channel)
Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction: Complete Season 4 (Food Network)
Burgers, Brews & ‘Que: Complete Seasons 1-3 (Food Network)
Cash Cab: Complete Season 13 (Discovery Channel)
Counting On: Complete Seasons 2-3 (TLC)
Diesel Brothers: Complete Seasons 3-4 (Discovery Channel)
Eat, Sleep, BBQ: Complete Season 1 (Food Network)
Four Weddings: Complete Seasons 7-8 (TLC)
I Found the Gown: Complete Seasons 2-3 (TLC)
La Promesa: Complete Season 1 (Caracol)
Love It or List It: Complete Season 12 (HGTV)
The Little Couple: Complete Seasons 11-12 (TLC)
A Breath Away (2019)
Astral (2018)
Beautiful Girls (1996)
Egg (2019)
Getting Grace (2018)
Iris (2001)
Little Voice (1998)

Released May 16

MasterChef Celebrity Family Showdown: Special Part 1 (FOX)
Knocked Up (2007)

Released May 17

Catch-22: Complete Series Premiere *Hulu Original
Punisher: War Zone (2008)
The Punisher (2004)

Released May 18

Thanks for Sharing (2013)
The Riot and the Dance: Earth (2018)

Released May 20

Federal Hill (1994)

Released May 21

Preacher: Complete Season 3 (AMC)
Bernie the Dolphin (2018)
Jesus’ Son (2000)

Released May 22

Tracers (2015)

Released May 23

Baywatch: Complete Series (Fremantle)
MasterChef Celebrity Family Showdown: Special Part 2 (FOX)
Backtrace (2018)
Lulu on the Bridge (2011)

Released May 26

Morning Glory (2011)

Released May 27

Broad City: Complete Season 5 (Comedy Central)
The Frozen Ground (2013)

Released May 28

Against the Clock (2019)

Released May 29

America’s Got Talent: Season 14 Premiere (NBC)
Songland: Series Premiere (NBC)
The Terror: Complete Season 1 (AMC)

Released May 30

American Ninja Warrior: Season 11 Premiere (NBC)
Angie Tribeca: Complete Season 4 (TBS)

LEAVING HULU MAY 2019

Leaving May 31

8 Heads in a Duffel Bag (1997)
A Fistful of Dollars (1967)
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)
Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)
American Beauty (1999)
Area 51 (2015)
Astro Boy (2010)
Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction (2006)
Batman Begins (2005)
Black Sheep (1996)
Blue Velvet (1986)
Boomerang (1992)
Breakheart Pass (1975)
Bright Lights, Big City (1988)
Bushwhacked (1995)
Carriers (2009)
Death at a Funeral (2007)
Destiny Turns on the Radio (1995)
Deuces Wild (2002)
Dirty Work (1998)
Double Jeopardy (1999)
Drunk Wedding (2015)
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Equilibrium (2002)
Fire in the Sky (1993)
Firstborn (1984)
For a Few Dollars More (1967)
Funny about Love (1990)
Glory Road (2006)
Hot Pursuit (1987)
Impostor (2002)
Inventing the Abbotts (1996)
Jersey Girl (2004)
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Mystic Pizza (1988)
Office Space (1999)
Perfect Creature (2005)
Practical Magic (1998)
Red Corner (1997)
Regarding Henry (1991)
Saved! (2004)
Shaolin Warrior (2013)
Shirley Valentine (1989)
Sideways (2004)
Silence (2016)
Small Soldiers (1998)
Tapeheads (1988)
Time Toys (2016)
Toys (1992)
Tristan & Isolde (2003)
Two Weeks Notice (2002)
Universal Soldier (1992)
Vice (2015)
Waterworld (2013)
What a Girl Wants (2003)
Windtalkers (2002)
Witness (1985)
World’s Greatest Dad (2010)
Yes Man (2008)

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