Academia, Love Me Back

TIFFANY MARTÍNEZ

My name is Tiffany Martínez. As a McNair Fellow and student scholar, I’ve presented at national conferences in San Francisco, San Diego, and Miami. I have crafted a critical reflection piece that was published in a peer-reviewed journal managed by the Pell Institute for the Study of Higher Education and Council for Opportunity in Education. I have consistently juggled at least two jobs and maintained the status of a full-time student and Dean’s list recipient since my first year at Suffolk University. I have used this past summer to supervise a teen girls empower program and craft a thirty page intensive research project funded by the federal government. As a first generation college student, first generation U.S. citizen, and aspiring professor I have confronted a number of obstacles in order to earn every accomplishment and award I have accumulated. In the face of struggle, I have persevered and continuously produced…

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Why You Need to Watch Queen Sugar

Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey have brought a true masterpiece to the OWN family with Queen Sugar. From the phenomenal casting of talented and gorgeous Black actors to the compelling stories we are introduced to in just the first episode, this is a show that has delivered from the very first moment the trailer was released. And it can only go up from here!

Following three Louisiana-borne siblings after tragedy strikes their family, the opening pilot introduces us to Nova, Charley, and Ralph Angel Bordelon. Nova is an activist who seems to dabble in some blessed magick, Charley is a manager for her basketball star husband, and Ralph Angel is a single father just recently out of prison. The nuances between the siblings, their father and other family members creates a beautiful narrative of the complexities of family, love, and conflict. The addition of the beautiful Southern backdrop with stunning wide frame landscapes gives the well-paced tale a fantastic setting. Queen Sugar has delivered the perfect first course to whet our appetite on what is sure to be a fine visual dining experience of Black Excellence in both in front of the camera and behind it.

Bioshock Collection Confirmed!

Excitement!

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Rejoice Playstation 4 and XBOX One owners, the complete Bioshock trilogy is heading to your console!

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Today, 2K Games officially announced the remaster on their website and Bioshock Twitter account. The trilogy will include special features such as commentary, unreleased content, and last but not least, all the additional content for all three games.

Check out the trailer below!

Bioshock Collection hits the Playstation 4 and XBOX One on September 13th for the United States, September 15th for Australia, and September 16th for the rest of the world.

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Microsoft’s E3 Recap — Teh Lunchbox Pub

Now it’s Microsoft’s turn and they had quite a few things to show off as well. Let’s jump into it. Xbox One S We begin with Microsoft giving us a first look at one of two new consoles set to be released over the next two years. While project scorpio (which will no doubt change […]

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Upcoming Anime for May 2016 — Teh Lunchbox Pub

The only thing that is happening this month in the world of anime is these few movies. I was shocked to find this out but you should still check them out. Only a few more months to summer. Ajin: Shōtotsu 2 (movie) 5/6/2016 For high schooler Kei—and for at least forty-six others—immortality comes as the […]

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Lemons Blow My Mind

I was so prepared to begin my first review with one of my current television obsessions. But from that chosen show crossing lines that I could no longer ignore for my own sanity to a short bit of writer’s block, my fingers began to itch even before the first five minutes of Beyonce’s ode to Black women that is Lemonade. From Reggae and Hip Hop to Rock & Roll and Country, Queen Bey eschewed her love and devotion to Black women across the nation and the globe through a musical amalgamation with guest appearances that ranged from Serena Williams to Amandla Steinberg, as well as powerful cameos from Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin; Lesley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown; and Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner, who all posed with pictures of their sons.

Lemonade praised Black women’s sexuality and strength, inundated the viewer with stunning visuals of Black culture both present and past all the while presenting Beyonce’s gift of raising the bar from previous performances and albums. She leaves no subject untouched: love, religion, family, relationships, death, and more. Perhaps it is best to say that not only has she raised the bar for herself, but for musicians everywhere. I am not one to so quickly jump on a bandwagon, but this is one instance where I am more than willing to lead said wagon around for others to follow.

Fabulous job, Beyonce. How will you blow our minds next?

Reviews

I have two main addictions if you ignore Pokemon (which you cannot, so bump that two to a three): television & books. Okay, in essence one addiction: stories. I love stories. I love crappy stories from SyFy (come on, Sharknado was kind of funny in a sad, pathetic, sexist way), I love realistic fiction like L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables series, and I especially love Fantasical stories from the Harry Potter series (the books, don’t start me on the movies…they were okay, I guess) to Netflix’s adaptation to the Seven Deadly Sins. Stories are my life’s blood.

Since I want to post my stories here, my writing as a whole, I’d love to be able to talk about other stories and perhaps even entertain a conversation on them. Maybe I can convince you to watch something new, pick up a new book (or download it to a Kindle, I love my Paperwhite), or we can talk about our favorite relationships/friendships/all the ships. All in good fun, of course. I am certainly not here for senseless arguments, and I try to be objective whenever possible and stay respectful.

So! I will be posting reviews every now and then on different television shows, books, games and movies; getting a feel for a different kind of writing than what I am used to and I hope whoever stumbles upon this humble blog of mine will find something interesting.

Ta ta for now, and remember to always look on the bright side!