The Best Netflix Shows To Binge For Breakfast (And Every Other Time of the Day)

Netflix is officially watching you. 

Just when I thought Netflix didn't know what I was doing or watching (you know since I constantly get those "are you still watching?" pop-ups) I got the ultimate sign that it does.

A recent survey by Netflix tracked what viewers watched in 22 countries over six months and the media company discovered what users liked to watch during specific times of the day. And what'd they come up with you ask? 

Netflix viewers prefer a diet of comedy at breakfast, a portion of drama on their lunch break and a midnight snack of documentaries.

At 6am members are 34% more likely to watch a comedy than at any other time of the day. Sneaking in an episode of a drama at lunchtime has emerged as a popular pastime and thrillers are on the menu for more than a quarter of people by 9pm. Then comedy takes the lead once again right before bed. 

As a frequent Netflix user, I'd have to say the results are pretty accurate, though I do love comedy all of the time. 

These findings inspired me to come up with my own daily-binge plan. Here’s what I would watch and when from midnight to midnight and yes, I know; I do need a hobby that doesn't involve staring at my computer. 

Midnight – 1 a.m.: Good Burger. (Welcome to Good Burger, home of the Good Burger, can I take your order?)

1 a.m. – 2 a.m.: Seventeen Again (the Tia + Tamera Mowry version)

2 a.m. – 7 a.m.: I'll skip around a binge a few episodes of Dear White People

7 a.m. – noon: The perfect time for some Jane the Virgin. 

Noon – 2 p.m.: Sort of like my mid-day motivation, I'll watch season 1, episode 9 of Being Mary Jane

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.: I should be working buttttt I'd rather re-watch Grey's Anatomy

4 p.m. – 5 p.m.:  Did I mention I'm still watching Grey's Anatomy.  Lord, I hope the people on the train don't see me tearing up during the plane crash episode. 

5 p.m. – 7 p.m.:  Time for tacos and Riverdale. My mom's been pushing me to watch it. 

7 p.m. – 9 p.m.:  Break time for me. And I go back to Grey's Anatomy. #SorryNotSorry. 

9 p.m. – midnight: I gave up on Riverdale and decided to binge-watch Chewing Gum instead. 

What are your go-to shows + movies to binge-watch for breakfast, lunch and dinner?

'Girls Trip' Will Forever Change The Way You See A Grapefruit

No doubt about it: Girls Trip is an instant classic.  

I basically watch movies for a living and never have I laughed as much as I did this weekend. (Full disclaimer: I've already seen Girls Trip twice.)

Following a reunion of sorts for a quartet of college friends known as the "Flossy Posse," Girls Trip is a whopping good time that can only be described as Sex and the City meets Bridesmaids, but with black women and quite honestly, 1000x better!

Taking place in the Crescent City (i.e. New Orleans), the film follows Lisa (Jada Pinkett Smith), a perfect wife and mother turned single mom; Sasha (Queen Latifah), a journalist turned broke gossip blogger; Dina (Tiffany Haddish), a raucous party girl; and Ryan (Regina Hall), a lifestyle guru married to an athlete named Stewart (Mike Colter) and the author of a best-selling book entitled You Can Have It All and their time at the annual #BlackGirlMagic meet-up known as ESSENCE Festival. 

The women’s wild weekend gets complicated, however, when Sasha receives a paparazzi photo of Ryan’s husband Stewart with a predatory Instagram model, sparking drama, secrets, and jealousy. 

As a former ESSENCE employee, this movie did the festival an insane amount of justice. It was a surreal experience watching the festival played out on screen especially being that I was there last year working! (If you go see it and spot me, let me know!) The New Edition concerts, seeing Mariah Carey, hanging out in the VIP lounge, sampling the food from the ESSENCE Eats area-all of it is just as magical as it looks on screen. 

The celebration of sisterhood involved plenty of quotable and stomach-clenching moments (purely from laughter) thanks to breakout star Tiffany Haddish. She complimented the more serious storylines perfectly and forever changed the way I will look at a grapefruit. Her raunchy persona was a nice change from the usual stuffy, buttoned-up way black women are portrayed on-screen. And for this we have co-writer Tracy Oliver to thank. 

“I think we need to show all aspects of black lives,” Oliver told The Hollywood Reporter. “I love Moonlight. I love Hidden Figures, but I also want to see some people who are having fun and just showing female friends hanging out. It doesn’t have to always be so serious. We can just relax and like hang out and have a good time, too.”

Although I'm a journalist I found myself identifying most with Ryan, the strong friend. A wildly successful young entrepreneur who "has it all" I sometimes struggle to keep up with the charade of my life.. As a 23-year-old thriving magazine editor, blogger living in NYC, I’m often the one my friends call on in their times of need, but don't always feel the support in return. 

While it may be too late for me and some of those friends, Girls Trip gave me hope that one day I'll find my own "Flossy Posse," and reminded me that it's okay to not always be the "strong one." Definitely the perfect reminder at a time like this for me. 

Hey, the movie even gave me hope that I'll find my own Julian (i.e. Larenz Tate). Lord, let me tell you. The other amazing thing about this film is the showing of black love. I didn't see anything but fine chocolate men onscreen with my favorite being Ryan's almost-love interest. That bass player is something else I tell you! I might go see the movie again just for him. 

Few movies over the years have adequately touched on black female friendships (Waiting to Exhale, Set It Off) and I'm happy to see this one added to the collection of greats.

Point blank: Girls Trip was fantastic and even had a perfect ending. In one of the final scenes Regina Hall’s character mentioned that there is something powerful about being in the presence of people who know the real you–and frankly I couldn’t agree more.

Here's to celebrating one of the greatest movies of our time! 

Photos from Universal Pictures

Sorry, Not Sorry: 14 Things Women Should Never Apologize For

These days, the phrase “I’m sorry” is used more often than ever before. (Guilty as charged!) In an effort to combat society’s stereotypes of us and appear as non-threatening as possible we constantly apologize for things like our looks, our ambitions and our love lives. But ladies, enough is enough! Just like anyone else we have a right to own these things and live unapologetically. Therefore here are 14 things we should never apologize for.

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Having an Opinion

The “overly-emotional woman” stereotype doesn’t seem like it’s going away so just do you boo. Speak your mind respectfully and say what you’re feeling even if others don’t like it.

Not Wanting Children

Somewhere, somehow we got the rep of being baby-crazed, nurturers. Not always true. When it comes to kids, one size does not fit all and that’s perfectly fine. Never feel the need to justify your reasons for wanting to just be the “cool aunt” forever.

Being Ambitious

People will try to tell you that you can only achieve so much as a woman of color—don't listen to them. Barrel right through that and never say sorry about working your behind off.

Having Feelings

The world might think we’re cold and abrasive, but we get emotional too. And hey, it’s natural! Cry. Laugh. Smile. Yell. Whatever you’re feeling, let it show.

Your Quirky Hobbies

I like to sticker up my planner on the weekends. And?

Your Obsession with Male Celebs

So what if you spend your evenings fantasizing about Michael B. Jordan and Chris Pine. Doesn’t everyone?

Watching Reality TV Shows

Enjoy Real Housewives, Love and Hip Hop or The Bachelorette? Own it.

Saying 'No' To Going Out

It's understandable and essential to maintaining sanity—not selfish. You only have one life and the only person that is always going to be there is yourself. Always make sure that you are happy and okay.

Your Success

Chances are you've gotten at least one comment implying that you've only gotten what you have because of some sort of handout or “system.” But remember you've gotten to where you are because you worked hard and don't let people tell you otherwise.

Not Wearing Makeup

Unlike Beyoncé I have no desire to look Flawless all of the time.

Your Curves (or lack of curves!)

Every size is beautiful! And let’s be completely real, black women slay regardless of pants size.

Your Sub-Par Cooking Skills

Excuse me, but we don’t exist just to be Susie homemaker. If you can throw down in the kitchen snaps to you. If not don’t apologize for ordering takeout or only volunteering to bake the cornbread at Thanksgiving.

Splurging on Shoes

Or bags. Or jewelry. You see it. You want it. Work hard and grind 'til you own it.

Being You

Need I say more?