Last August, I wrote a post called Where Am I? An Ongoing Conversation on Representation to try and deconstruct the importance of the #RepresentationMatters and why I will never stop pushing for the impossible dream of seeing someone just like me on television or in film. I highlighted how frustrating it was to have to seemingly break myself into different identities just to feel like I can properly relate to anyone on a screen. One of the characters I listed was Elena Alvarez from the critically acclaimed show One Day At A Time. The show streaming giant, Netflix, decided to cancel 2 days ago because there weren’t enough people watching the show. I would call bullshit, but I am just too exhausted to do anything but feel sad and irrelevant.
It wasn’t just the lesbian Latinx teen who was everything I wish I could have been at that age. It wasn’t just the adorable queer couple who was just trying to figure themselves out, giving me hope for the multitude of queer kids out there who need Elena and Syd (Elena’s Syd-nificant Other) way more than I do. It was also the loud, proud Latinx family with the immigrant matriarch trying to live their version of the American dream. It was also the struggling mom with depression/anxiety and PSTD; a conversation that is so hard to have in any family, but for my personal experience, especially in the Latinx community. It was the little brother trying to find his place in the world with a big sister placing huge, almost impossible, expectations on his shoulders (Adiel, I love you and you know I’m still trying). The Alvarezes were a representation of the stories in my family. They were me. Where am I now?
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There is nothing more impossible, even now in 2018, than asking to see myself on the television screen. As an asexual woman loving Afro-Caribbean Latinx woman, the chances of me seeing myself for a accumulation of those pieces in one person alone on a television series or in film is like asking for the sun, moon, and stars as well as a billion dollars. It’s totally possible! The probability of it is definitely there, but I shouldn’t hold my breath either. So I break those pieces down, and find comfort in characters that sort of resemble who I am. I look for Afro-Latinx, Black, or brown characters, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. I look for queer folks, regardless of racial/ethnic identity or gender identity. I find empowerment with any characters who could be genderqueer or androgynous because I can identify with them as well as female identified people. I cast a broad net and find a bit of myself with everyone because it’s the only way I’ll be able to see something of myself on screen. It’s been that way my whole life.
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Another episode down and the Bold Type continues to dazzle me! I know, I know – I’m late to the show and late to recaps. But better late than never, right?
All the girls are dealing with shared drama, everyone continues to look gorgeous even exhausted and stressed out, and Kadena gave me all the feels last night. Can I just say how smitten I am with this show? Positively smitten!
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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.
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!