Netflix Virtual Watch Party: “Malcolm X”
In honor of his upcoming birthday, we invite you to join us for a virtual movie experience this Friday as we collectively give tribute to:
Malcolm X, sometimes stylized as X, is a 1992 American epic biographical drama film about the African-American activist Malcolm X. Directed and co-written by Spike Lee, the film stars Denzel Washington in the title role, as well as Angela Bassett, Albert Hall, Al Freeman Jr., and Delroy Lindo. Lee has a supporting role, while Black Panther Party co-founder Bobby Seale, the Rev. Al Sharpton, and future South Africa president Nelson Mandela make cameo appearances. This is the second of four film collaborations between Washington and Lee.
The film dramatizes key events in Malcolm X’s life: his criminal career, his incarceration, his conversion to Islam, his ministry as a member of the Nation of Islam and his later falling out with the organization, his marriage to Betty X, his pilgrimage to Mecca and reevaluation of his views concerning whites, and his assassination on February 21, 1965. Defining childhood incidents, including his father’s death, his mother’s mental illness, and his experiences with racism are dramatized in flashbacks.
Malcolm X’s screenplay, co-credited to Lee and Arnold Perl, is based largely on Alex Haley’s 1965 book, The Autobiography of Malcolm X. Haley collaborated with Malcolm X on the book beginning in 1963 and completed it after Malcolm X’s death.
Malcolm X was distributed by Warner Bros. and released on November 18, 1992. Denzel Washington won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. In 2010, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.
What is Netflix Party?
Netflix Party is a Google Chrome extension you can install to start watching movies and TV shows with friends and family online. What makes this extension unique is its capability to synchronize video playback, so if the group needs a quick break to grab more popcorn, everyone’s screen will pause and resume at the same time.
What’s more, a group chat feature allows you to type up your thoughts about the flick without having to reach for your phone or open another app.
How do I download the Netflix Party extension?
Once all invitees have a Netflix account and Google Chrome, you will be able to use Netflix Party in seconds following these steps:
Go to the Netflix Party website and click “Install Netflix Party.”
Once at the Chrome Web Store, click “Add to Chrome” and then “Add Extension.”
On the upper right-hand corner, an “NP” icon will appear.
Go to the Netflix website and select a movie or show to watch.
Then click on the “NP” icon, and copy and paste the URL.
Send the link to your friends and start watching together!