Tune in each week as Marhaba delves into the wonderful world of popular culture to find the best new TV series, movies, books, and music.


HBO’s new three-part documentary Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union starts this Tuesday. Director Peter Kunhardt’s previous work includes the Martin Luther King Jr documentary King in the Wilderness – in his new series he chronicles the life and legacy of POTUS 44, President Barack Obama. There are conversation with speechwriter and podcast host Jon Favreau, New Yorker writer Jelani Cobb, former senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett, and Reverends Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, as well as Obama’s own speeches and interviews. The first part of the series, airing on Tuesday, covers Obama’s early life, while the second two episodes, on Wednesday and Thursday, follow Obama’s journey from Illinois State Senator to the most important job in the world.


Out this Friday is The Suicide Squad, a half reboot/standalone sequel of Suicide Squad which came out in 2016. Writer-director James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy) brings together a mammoth ensemble cast (Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, John Cena, Joel Kinnaman, Sylvester Stallone, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney and Peter Capaldi, to name just a few) as two suicide squads of underdog heroes who have to overcome the odds to defeat a powerful alien enemy. As can be expected from Gunn, the movie is action-packed and full of gags, with an awesome soundtrack. The Suicide Squad will be on HBO Max for just one month, while showing simultaneously in cinemas.

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Billy Summers US cover
Billy Summers US cover
Billy Summers UK cover
Billy Summers UK cover

Stephen King’s new novel, Billy Summers, includes a note saying when it was written: 12 June 2019 – 3 July 2020. It was first mentioned in an NPR interview in April 2020, where King stated he had to change the story from taking place in 2020 to 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But this is not a pandemic novel, per se.

In this latest thriller, King brings us the story of Billy, a former Iraq war sniper turned hitman, who only kills the really bad guys: ‘He has no problem with bad people paying to have other bad people killed. He basically sees himself as a garbageman with a gun.’ Billy is now doing one final job before retirement – what could go wrong? Everything! King’s recent foray from the supernatural to crime/thrillers is paying off – critics are calling Billy Summers one of his best books in recent years.


Who doesn’t love Barbra Streisand? The multi-awarded singer and actress has unearthed previously unreleased songs from her personal vault for her upcoming album Release Me 2, a follow-up to her acclaimed 2012 album, Release Me. This new 10-track collection contains duets with Kermit the Frog (‘Rainbow Connection’), Willie Nelson (‘I’d Want It To Be You’) and Gibb (‘If Only You Were Mine’), as well as unreleased versions of ‘You Light Up My Life,’ ‘Be Aware,’ ‘Sweet Forgiveness’ among others.

The collection will come in a variety of formats. Superfans can also pre-order a variety of special Release Me 2 premium packages, including the Essentials Box with a physical copy of the album, a t-shirt, bookmark and six face masks with the different colored album covers.


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Author: Sarah Palmer, Weslee Dizon

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