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Angela Bassett + Taye Diggs + Jamaica, need I say more? Terry McMillan adapted the script from her own novel for the film directed by Kevin Rodney Sullivan, about the workaholic Stella (Bassett), who meets (and falls in love with) hunky younger man Winston while on vacation in Jamaica with her bestie Delilah ( Whoopi Goldberg). Enjoy the backdrop of Montego Bay for this steamy, sexy romance. Stream it on HBO/HBO Max.

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As recent events have shown, activism extends to athletes’ role as workers. In the case of St. Louis Cardinals all-star center fielder Curt Flood, it was about upending the labor status quo in Major League Baseball. After the 1969 season, he challenged the “reserve clause” that kept players under their original team’s control even beyond the lives of their initial contracts. In refusing a trade to the Philadelphia Phillies, he engaged in a losing court fight that would eventually usher in the era of free agency, at the cost of his own career. The 2011 HBO documentary “The Curious Case of Curt Flood” tells the tale.

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Ali is perhaps the most famous athlete whose career was inexorably intertwined with political protest. One of the greatest boxers of all time, Cassius Clay converted to Islam and changed his name to Muhammad Ali in the 1960s, then cited his religious beliefs and opposition to the Vietnam War in his refusal to be drafted. He was prosecuted for draft evasion and stripped of his titles, though the Supreme Court overturned his conviction in 1971. He lost four prime boxing years during the court fight but managed to become champion again and an icon who transcends not only his sport, but sports in general.

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The Dodgers legend is known for his courage and self-control in becoming the first Black major leaguer, but he was also an activist off the field, who often decried American racism and helped organize (with Martin Luther King Jr. and others) the 1958 Youth March for Integrated Schools.

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HBO’s “Watchmen,” an adaptation of one of the most acclaimed graphic novels of all time, was ignored by the Golden Globe voters but not by the Emmys.

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HBO's "Game of Thrones" released its final season, sending fans into a downward spiral of unmet expectations and withdrawal. Many felt the storylines were rushed and sloppy, while others were just going through it without their beloved show.

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Bledel and Turner likely landed on the list this year due to their respective roles in the popular shows "The Handmaid's Tale" on Hulu and "Game of Thrones" on HBO, both subscriber-based services.

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Strout's connected stories in "Olive Kitteridge" won the Pulitzer Prize in 2008, and Frances McDormand won an Emmy for her work as the brusque title character in the HBO miniseries. The new book is dubbed "a novel" although it, too, is made up of linked stories. Whatever it's called, readers will love having more Olive. Strout will be at St. Louis County Library on Oct. 24. (Random House; Oct. 15) 

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“Bodyguard” (Netflix); “Ozark” (Netflix); “Succession” (HBO, streaming)

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HBO’s jet-black comedy about an assassin-turned-aspiring actor broke bigger in its sophomore season, nabbing nominations not only for comedy series, lead actor Bill Hader, and returning champion Henry Winkler, but also supporting cast members Sarah Goldberg, Anthony Carrigan, and Stephen Root.

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The HBO political comedy has always been an Emmys darling, but Simons’ performance as a White House staffer-turned-congressman had yet to receive a nomination. The supporting actor category was again too crowded (by some of his fellow cast members) to accommodate his final turn as Jonah Ryan in the last season of the series.

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"Game of Thrones" had its series finale Sunday night and more than a few viewers are feeling some kind of way about it all being over. With all the excitement in the run-up to the end, after eight seasons it begs the question: What happens now?

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