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18 Movies You Must See in 2021

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Last year was a rough one for Hollywood, with COVID-19 shuttering production for months and closing theaters in the U.S. for the foreseeable future. But there’s some light at the end of the tunnel in 2021, with most of the delayed films from last year finally making their debut in some form or another. The Marvel Cinematic Universe will be making a triumphant return, while long-awaited remakes and sequels will hit screens alongside a handful of awards season hopefuls. Here are 18 movies to keep on your radar this year.

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Nomadland

Ever since its buzzy debut at the Venice Film Festival, Chloé Zhao’s based-on-real-life drama has been eagerly anticipated by cinema fans. Starring Frances McDormand in an Oscar-tipped performance, Nomadland follows the story of a woman who leaves her small-town life behind after a job loss. She sells most of her possessions, buys a van, and sets out to travel around the country. Struggling to find work on the road, she’s introduced to the nomad lifestyle and develops survival skills that redefine her attitude toward the world.

In theaters February 19.

2

The Father

Olivia Colman and Anthony Hopkins. Need we say more? This likely Oscar contender and guaranteed tearjerker centers on an aging man (Hopkins) who is finally forced to overcome his pride and confront the memory loss he’s long been denying when his daughter (Colman) moves into his flat to take care of him. Described by critics as a devastating portrayal of dementia, The Father looks like tough but essential viewing.

In theaters February 26.

3

Coming 2 America

There are a dizzying number of sequels and remakes coming down the pike this year, but few are as intriguing as this sequel to the iconic 1988 rom-com. Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall reprise their roles as Prince Akeem Joffer and Semmi in the sequel, which sees the prince dealing with an unexpected personal crisis on the eve of his coronation as King of Zamunda. After discovering that he has a long-lost son in America, Akeem sets out to find him and fulfill his father’s dying wish.

On Amazon Prime March 5.

4

The Many Saints of Newark

Making a sequel—or in this case, a prequel—to a show as acclaimed as The Sopranos is a fraught prospect, but David Chase’s much-anticipated crime drama is unlikely to let fans down. Set in 1960s New York, The Many Saints of Newark delves into tensions between the Italian-American and Black communities, laying the groundwork for what’s to come in the show while also exploring Tony Soprano’s childhood. In a moving touch, the young Tony will be played by the late James Gandolfini’s son, Michael Gandolfini (pictured on set, above), and the all-star cast also includes Leslie Odom Jr., Jon Bernthal, and Vera Farmiga.

On HBO Max March 12. Subscribe

5

No Time to Die

Daniel Craig’s fifth and final outing as 007 is intriguing for a number of reasons, even if you’re not typically a Bond person—chief among them the fact that Phoebe Waller-Bridge worked on the script. Given the long history of thinly veiled chauvinism baked into this franchise, the idea of Waller-Bridge getting her teeth into Bond is hard to resist. Set five years after the events of Spectre, No Time To Die begins with Bond coming out of retirement to face down Rami Malek’s villain, described as “a danger the likes of which the world has never seen before.”

In theaters April 2.

6

A Quiet Place Part II

John Krasinski’s hit horror movie A Quiet Place won over audiences three years ago with a deceptively simple yet haunting premise: What if making any sound at all could get you killed? This sequel sees Emily Blunt reprising her role as the newly widowed Evelyn Abbott, who must continue fighting to protect her children from mysterious sound-seeking monsters in a post-apocalyptic world. Cillian Murphy joins the cast, while Krasinski will return in flashback form.

In theaters April 23.

8

Free Guy

This sci-fi comedy sounds kind of like a gaming-themed take on The Truman Show. Ryan Reynolds stars as a bank teller who gradually begins to suspect that the world around him is less than real. Sure enough, he discovers he’s a “non-player character” (i.e. background) in a video game called Free City—and as if that weren’t bad enough news, the game is about to go offline. Jodie Comer co-stars as Milly, a player character in the game who teams up with Reynolds’ Guy to try and save their virtual world.

In theaters May 21.

9

Cruella

This origin story promises to do for Cruella De Vil what Maleficent did for the Sleeping Beauty villain. Emma Stone plays the iconic 101 Dalmatians baddie in what’s described as a crime comedy. Set in 1970s London, the movie finds Cruella working as a fashion designer (natch) when she develops an obsession with dog skins. Welp.

In theaters May 28.

10

In the Heights

The debut of Hamilton on Disney+ was a much-needed bright spot in the garbage year that was 2020, so the long-awaited release of the movie adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first musical couldn’t be more welcome. Directed by Crazy Rich Asians’ Jon M. Chu, In The Heights takes place in the New York City neighborhood of Washington Heights, where Miranda grew up, and follows a bodega owner (Anthony Ramos) torn between two futures. Should he stay in America, or move to the Dominican Republic, where he just inherited a fortune?

In theaters and on HBO Max June 18.

11

Zola

Can you even believe it’s only been five years since the Zola Twitter thread went viral? Time has lost all meaning—but the good news is, if you need a refresher on this absolutely wild saga, the movie adaptation is finally hitting screens this year. The thread written by Aziah ‘Zola’ Wells recounts what happens after Zola befriends a woman named Jessica while serving her at Hooters. Jessica persuades Zola to road trip from Detroit to Tampa in order to make money stripping, and things…do not go entirely to plan. Taylour Paige stars as Zola, along with Riley Keough as Jessica and Nicholas “Cousin Greg” Braun as Jessica’s dimwitted boyfriend.

In theaters June 30.

12

Space Jam: A New Legacy

If the concept of a sequel to the 1996 cult comedy Space Jam doesn’t grab you, maybe LeBron James making his lead debut will. The basketball superstar memorably played himself in Trainwreck back in 2015, and this time he’s starring as himself. According to the plot synopsis, A New Legacy will see James and his son making a fateful trip to the Warner Bros. studio lot, where they end up trapped in a digital world with the Looney Tunes. Entertaining movie sequel or overly meta exercise in milking IP to death? You be the judge!

In theaters and on HBO Max July 16.

13

Candyman

No matter how many times you said his name (kidding, please don’t do that), the long-awaited Candyman sequel did not show up in 2020. But this Jordan Peele-produced, Nia DaCosta-directed follow-up to the 1992 horror classic is finally coming in 2021. It stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Anthony, the grown-up version of the baby who was kidnapped by the Candyman in the prior movie and rescued by Helen Lyle. Twenty-eights years later, Anthony has moved on—until a chance encounter unveils the horrific truth of his past.

In theaters August 27.

14

The Eternals

After Black Widow, Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will continue later in 2021 with Eternals. Led by an ensemble cast that includes Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Kumail Nanjiani, Brian Tyree Henry, and Richard Madden, the movie follows a race of immortal aliens who’ve lived undercover among humans for centuries, but have to come out of hiding and join forces to defend Earth from their ancient enemies.

In theaters November 5.

15

Dune

Denis Villeneuve’s ambitious adaptation of Frank Herbert’s hugely influential sci-fi novel was already one of the most feverishly anticipated movies of 2020, even before the coronavirus pandemic delayed it along with so many other blockbusters. It’s not easy to pithily summarize Dune, but the saga depicts a universe in which the ownership of planets is divided up among noble families, inspiring plenty of power struggles. Oscar Isaac stars as a nobleman in charge of a brutal and treacherous desert planet. Alongside his son (Timothee Chalamet) he must protect his territory in an intergalactic battle and oversee the mining of a powerful spice that gives people superpowers.

In theaters and on HBO Max October 1.

16

West Side Story

Blending the romantic melodrama of Romeo and Juliet with the energizing thrills of a Broadway show, West Side Story is exactly the kind of escapism we could all use in 2021. Adapted from the iconic musical, the movie follows the passionate but ill-fated love affair between Tony (Ansel Elgort) and Maria (Rachel Zegler), whose ties to rival New York street gangs threaten to tear them apart. With Steven Spielberg at the helm and Pulitzer-winning scribe Tony Kushner (Angels in America) writing the script, this big-screen take on the Sharks and the Jets is bound to be worth the wait.

In theaters December 20.

17

The French Dispatch

Wes Anderson’s latest off-kilter comedy takes place at the European bureau of a Kansas newspaper and chronicles a series of separate but interconnected stories from the magazine’s final issue, all set in a fictional French city. Described as a “love letter to journalists,” the film brings together a number of Anderson regulars including Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, and Tilda Swinton.

TBD 2021.

18

Cinderella

This isn’t your grandmother’s Cinderella. Directed by Pitch Perfect’s Kay Cannon, this musical reimagining stars Camila Cabello in the title role and will offer a bold new take on the beloved fairytale about a mistreated orphan granted one wish. That wish, for starters, will be granted by fairy godparent Billy Porter, and if that’s not enough to get you on board then I simply don’t know what to tell you. Idina Menzel, Pierce Brosnan, and James Corden also star.

TBD 2021.

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Bring a little joy into your life (and closet) with Shopbop’s surprise sale. The retailer is holding a one-day-only sale on its sale, slashing prices an additional 25 percent off for major discounts on your favorite brands, including Ulla Johnson, Ganni, Acne Studios, and more. Seriously, we spotted Isabel Marant boots for under $200, and that’s the only kind of news we want to hear. You can take a long lunch break and click through Shopbop’s 41 pages of on-sale goods, or you can peruse our curated list of favorite steals. We clocked formal dresses, season-less sweaters you can wear year-round, and matching sweat sets if you’re still there physically and mentally.

Click through and act fast, because sizes are already disappearing. All you have to do is apply the code REFRESH when you check out. Happy Friday, indeed.

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Printed Cotton Poplin Mockneck Dress

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Isabel Marant Dusta Boots

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Fine Lace Trim Midi Dress

Self Portrait
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Tilda French Terry Sweatshirt

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Malinka Marled Cashmere Cardigan

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Libby Relaxed Bootcut Jeans

Citizens of Humanity
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Pleated Lace Flutter Midi Dress

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Victoria Beckham Tie Neck Blouse

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Linen-Cotton Reversible Short-Brimmed Bucket Hat

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Cruise Snake Sunglasses

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Chuck Taylor All Star Lift Ox Sneakers

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Harbor V Neck Mini Dress

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Keandra Fluffy Alpaca Sweater

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30 Black-Owned Handbag Brands To Carry You Through 2021 and Beyond

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With 2021 trudging along the way it is, our fashion choices can and should be intentional. A handbag can be our most prized possession, a piece of art, or the everyday tote you rely on more than your BFF. The things we carry hold weight, both literally and emotionally, so make it a priority to diversify your closet. Black people matter and so do the businesses they own. We’ve rounded up 30 Black-owned handbag brands to know, support, and love. From fashion-industry favorites like Brother Vellies to indie brands you should be paying attention to, click through our gallery and remember to #BuyBlack.

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Mateo NY

We’ve sung the praises of Matthew Harris’ jewelry line Mateo before, but his expansion into handbags is not to be missed. His bags follow the same minimalist through-line of his architecturally-inspired jewelry in the form of embossed croc totes and ladylike box bags.

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Amina Iris

“Like the palm oil reds of Cameroon’s traditional Bamileke cloth, or the notable geometric shapes of Ghana’s kente, Africa’s bold history is reflected in the molds of our pieces,” Amina Iris’ landing page states. Handcrafted in Dakar, Senegal by seasoned craftsmen, this handbag line is the brainchild of designer Wilglory. Expect the unexpected with hexagon shapes, limited-edition metallic leathers, and more. If that’s not enough, you can even customize a bag to suit your tastes.

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Petit Kouraj

Fashion stylist Nasrin Jean-Baptiste created Petit Kouraj—Haitian Creole for “little courage”—and we can’t wait to see what’s next for the burgeoning brand. The designer was born in London, raised by Haitian parents, and is currently based in Brooklyn, so her design sensibility pulls from all of these cities and beyond. Think elevated mesh bags, dipped in natural dyes and embellished with seashells.

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Yvonne Koné

Luxe doesn’t even begin to describe Yvonne Koné’s aesthetic. Her supple leather goods are made in Italy, inspired by Danish minimalism, and infused with colors sourced from her Ivory Coast lineage. Bonus point: Her Instagram also doubles as a serious source for interior design inspiration.

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Brandon Blackwood

Brandon Blackwood was born and bred between New York City and Tokyo, infusing his namesake label with a universal appeal. His designs vary so there’s something for everyone, but look to him if you want tight, clean, and boxy silhouettes like our favorite style, the Kuei top handle.

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AAKS

Launched in 2014 by Ghana native Akosua Afriyie-Kumi’s, AAKS is a true labor of love that offers marvelously crafted basket bags (and home goods!). These woven beauties can found in sixty stores worldwide, preserving traditional techniques while creating jobs in Africa.

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Agnes Badoo

Classically made leather goods are what you will find with Agnes Baddoo. The designer and stylist created her line with the focus on timelessness. These handbags are designed for everyday use to get you from point A to point B.

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Anima Iris

Inspired by matriarchs of her past, Anima Iris is a handbag brand crafted in Senegal. Holding to her beliefs and promises of sustainability, Anima Iris’ manufacturing process adopted a zero-waste model, which ensures no materials are wasted, so no two bags are the same.

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Asata Maisé

Every so often a brand will burst onto the scene offering a special piece of magic This is Asata Maisé, the namesake label for a young black designer who specializes in sustainability with a vintage feel via one of a kind, patchwork designs. Based in Delaware, Maisé has been designing since she was 14, and already her creations ell out like hotcakes. Consider yourself blessed if you get a hold of one of her items.

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Ashya

Pronounced “agh-shya”, ASHYA was established in 2017 by co-founders Ashley Cimone and Moya Annece. Their collection of unisex travel accessories exude the brand’s motto: “Ode To Exploration.” Ultimately, ASHYA wants you to be your best self navigating this world in chic leather waist bags and accessories.

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Brother Vellies

You might know Brother Vellies for its beautiful shoes, but the brand’s unique and stylish handbags are not to be missed. These luxury handbags are an industry favorite, crafted with the goal of continuing African design practices. Backed by Aurora James, the designer is notable for creating economic equity for Black brands with 15 Percent Pledge, an organization that pushes retailers to reserve 15% of their shelf space to Black-owned businesses

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Cheyenne Kimora

Cheyenne Kimora is taking the term “bling bling” to the next level in 2020. The self-taught designer is based in Los Angles and established her eponymous brand in 2008. She is known for her signature crystal mini bags, but don’t sleep on her blinged out hats, durags, and more one-of-a-kind denim pieces . If you are addicted to handbags, be sure to snag one of these babies for your revered collection.

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Edas

Edas seeks to accommodate the everyday eclectic. Designed by Sade Mims, the brand’s sleek and feminine handbags standout amongst the rest.

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Haiti Design Co.

Guided by an old Haitian proverb, “men anpil, chay pa lou,” which means “many hands make the load light,” Haiti Designs Co. focuses on making a lasting impact. Rooted in sustainable effort since 2014, the brand partners with and houses production teams that work with various artisans to create their leather handbags.

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Helmer

Together, a mother and her two daughters are the force behind the handbag brand Helmer. Their vision is to bridge harmony and heritage with uniquely crafted handbags, inspired by their culture and love for travel. To dreamers everywhere, this bag is for you.

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Jumz Accessories

Caution: here’s your next bag addiction! Ethically handmade in Lagos and founded in 2018, Jumz Accessories makes contemporary woman bags inspired by African heritage. You can get it all here, from beaded clutches to woven basket bags, with most styles capping off around $100.

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KAYADUA

Ghanian Eyiwaa Agyekumhene is a designer with a purpose to honor the craftsmanship of her elders while appealing to all audiences. Each handmade piece tells a beautiful story.

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Kintu New York

Minimalist and vibrant bags for the practical shopper are what you will find by Kintu. These bags are consciously designed with vegetable tanned leather, appealing to the dynamic urban wearer.

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Love, Cortnie

A week after learning to sew, Cortnie opened up her Etsy shop. Since then, she’s created statement clutches in various colors and textiles (our current fave is lime green calf hair), as well as crossbody, waist and bucket bags. A girl’s gotta have options!

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Mifland

Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Mifland Leather Goods offers leather accessories that specialize in form and function. With architecturally inspired details, each bag is thoughtfully constructed to meet all of your needs.

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Mowalola

Mowalola Ogunlesi was named design director of the upcoming Yeezy and Gap collaboration, but the designer’s own label is just as hot. Her eponymous label evokes that ’90s cool— her always-sold-out Bundle Bags are a true testament of that.

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Off-White

By now you can probably recognize an Off-White bag by its arrowed “X”, adorned binder clip, or cheeky quotation marks. In other words, an Off-White bag has become a modern classic.

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Peju Obasa

Peju Obasa’s playful bags are exactly what we need to keep us together for the rest of the 2020. Make sure you peep her Instagram page, filled with cheeky “virtual styling sessions” with the designer’s dream clients.

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ROOP

Inspired by Japanese Furoshiki bags, Roop makes the cutest bundles of joy made from deadstock fabrics. Elastic scrunchie handles makes carrying this brand so much fun.

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SHEKUDO

Made locally in Lagos, Nigeria, Shekudo focuses on making wearable art while incorporating age-old techniques. Not only do their bags make a visual statement, but the brand aims to create a global sisterhood of Shekudo wearers, empowering and celebrating women across the world.

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Telfar

Affectionately known as the Bushwick Birkin, Telfar bags are not just for you, but for everyone. Seriously, the cult following includes New York Representative Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez. These bags are hot like fire, but if you don’t believe me, check out the brand’s bag security program.

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Tongoro

Favored by celebrities like Beyonce, Naomi Campbell, and Alicia Keys, Tongoro is a brand to watch. The Senegal-based brand is known for its beautiful RTW pieces, so it’s no question that its handbags are equally exquisite.

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Vavvoune

Brooklyn based Vavvoune, pronounced vav-une, is a whole mood. Behind these leather goods is Valerie Blaise, a self-taught designer convincing us that both lavender and pea green is a neutral.

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Yaito

Paisley and the bandana print made a forceful comeback this year, and they were the source of inspiration for Yaito’s latest designs.

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Zashadu

Quiet elegance and unabashed glamour is what you will find with Zashadu handbags. Created in Lagos, Nigeria, Zashadu is redefining luxury, where traditional techniques are harnessed by artisan using locally sourced materials.

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