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Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Celebrities & Public Figures
Malala Yousafzai graduates from Oxford University
Pakistani activist for female education Malala Yousafzai with Prime Minister of Japan Shinzō Abe in 2019
Pakistani activist for female education Malala Yousafzai with Prime Minister of Japan Shinzō Abe in 2019 Credit: 内閣官房内閣広報室 / CC BY (Creative Commons Attribution 4.0)

Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai has graduated from the University of Oxford with a degree in philosophy, politics and economics. In 2012, Yousafzai was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman due to her activism for female education.

In a Tweet, Yousafzai shared images of her graduation celebration and wrote: "Hard to express my joy and gratitude right now as I completed my Philosophy, Politics and Economics degree at Oxford. I don’t know what’s ahead. For now, it will be Netflix, reading and sleep."

Business • Media & Advertising
Netflix CEO to donate $120 million to HBCUs
Reed Hastings speaking at the Media Convention Berlin in 2015
Reed Hastings speaking at the Media Convention Berlin in 2015 Credit: Mondileinchen / CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix, announced that he and his wife Patty Quillin would be donating a total of $120 million to three HBCUs, historically black colleges and universities. Morehouse College, Spelman College and United Negro College Fund will receive $40 million each.

In their statement, the pair said that they have "supported these three extraordinary institutions for the last few years" because they believe that "investing in the education of Black youth is one of the best ways to invest in America's future" and adding "generally, white capital flows to predominantly white institutions, perpetuating capital isolation. We hope this additional $120 million donation will help more black students follow their dreams."

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • TV & Movies
First images of The Umbrella Academy Season 2 revealed
Ellen Page, Christos Kalohoridis, Justin H. Min, and Aidan Gallagher in The Umbrella Academy
Ellen Page, Christos Kalohoridis, Justin H. Min, and Aidan Gallagher in The Umbrella Academy Credit: CHRISTOS KALOHORIDIS/NETFLIX

Netflix has released multiple stills of the second season of The Umbrella Academy. The photos show the Hargreeves siblings in a 1960's setting and, according to Entertainment Weekly, "the team gets split up in the process" of time-travelling.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • TV & Movies
Zimbabwean film "Cook Off" premiered on Netflix
Promo Picture for movie Cook Off
Promo Picture for movie Cook Off Credit: Cook Off the Movie / Netflix / via Twitter

The film "Cook Off" from Zimbabwean film producer Joe Njagu premiered on Netflix on June 1st. This film follows a struggling single mother who enters a cooking competition where she finds love. It had a small budget of $8000 and was made with the help of Njagu's personal relationships without immediate payment. Njagu made the film to show the world "that there is more to Zimbabwe than what they hear."

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • TV & Movies
Netflix announces that it'll automatically cancel inactive users plans

The streaming service has announced that it'll contact users that are subscribed to the streaming service but haven't used it in over a year in order to notify them about their subscription. The users will be asked if they want to continue their subscription and if Netflix doesn't hear back it's planning on automatically canceling the service.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • TV & Movies
Netflix's Umbrella Academy returns for season 2 on July 31

The Umbrella Academy, based on Gerard Way's comic, will return for season 2 on July 31. In a video posted to YouTube, the actors who play the Hargreeves siblings, recreated the first season's dance scene to announce the release date.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • TV & Movies
Season 5 of Netflix's Queer Eye to be released on June 5

Netflix announced that season 5 of Queer Eye will premiere on June 5. This season is set in Philadelphia and shows a return of all the Fab Five: Antoni Porowski, Bobby Berk, Jonathan Van Ness, Karamo Brown and Tan France.

Technology • Internet & Web
YouTubers tricked Carole Baskin into first interview after Netflix's Tiger King

Carole Baskin, the owner of Big Cat Rescue and subject of Netflix's documentary Tiger King, was recently tricked into an interview by British YouTubers Josh Pieters and Archie Manners. Baskin, who has refused to be interviewed following the release of the Netflix series, was led to believe she would be a part of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. As agreed beforehand, Baskin was not asked about the show and only answered questions regarding her organisation.

Science • Animals
Colorado Wild Animal Sanctuary has rescued 39 tigers from zoo shown in "Tiger King" on Netflix

The staff of the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado has rescued 39 tigers and three black bears from the roadside zoo shown in the Netflix documentary "Tiger King". The Chief Science and Welfare Officer at the sanctuary, Becca Miceli, has said how difficult it was seeing the exploitation of the animals with them being held in "small enclosures, the indiscriminate breeding" and other forms of abuse. After rescuing the animals the sanctuary now provides them with large open spaces for the animals to run and decide what they want to do for themselves.

Health
Netflix reduces streaming quality in Europe

Following the coronavirus outbreak, more and more people in different European countries are voluntarily staying at home or forced due to movement restrictions. With this comes a higher internet usage throughout the whole continent. After talks between Thierry Breton, the European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services, and the Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, the streaming service has announced that it would reduce the data consumption by 25% by lowering the picture quality and therefore "preserve the smooth functioning of the internet during the Covid-19 crisis".