Dat Yummy Yummy Medley

The semester had just ended. I clicked submit on the online class grading system, and welcomed summer break by shifting my attention to something I hadn’t given much thought to throughout the year. Food! During the year, it’s easy to fall into the routine of rice and stew or some kind of pasta. But thisContinue reading “Dat Yummy Yummy Medley”

About Mr. T. No, not that Mr. T

For people of color, representation and ownership of images are far and few between. Before Jane the Virgin (2014), the last show featuring majority Latinx characters was George Lopez show (2002) which lasted until 2007. That’s 7 years, two shows centered on Latin-American life. And before Lopez, was Chico and the Man (1974). It wasContinue reading “About Mr. T. No, not that Mr. T”

Black Box

No,it’s not Bird Box, and it’s likely better. But to be transparent, I am completely biased. I don’t recall where I learned about the film, but the trailer seemed interesting enough. A psychological thriller about a single father with amnesia, trying to recall his old memories, and possibly discovering something terrible about himself. Fractured, comesContinue reading “Black Box”

Dear Founding Fathers, We Present Shyamala’s Daughter

I was so distracted by my fear of the continuation of an administration which would pose a threat to my physical and psychological well-being in these United States, that I couldn’t even enjoy the history Kamala Harris made as the first female Vice-President of the United States. And she is not just the first female,Continue reading “Dear Founding Fathers, We Present Shyamala’s Daughter”

The Sit-In

What’s this have to do with first and second-gen Americans? I imagine that would be your first thought. Unexpectedly, plenty. The Sit-In is a documentary about the one week that entertainer/activist Harry Belafonte hosted Johnny Carson’s The Tonight Show. The documentary suggests that during the peak of the Civil Rights Movement and civil unrest, CarsonContinue reading “The Sit-In”

Just Moved to Yankee!

And what comes to mind when you hear this phrase? Me? I see a packed suitcase and an airplane landing at JFK. Honestly, I see Akeem with his animal skinned turban screaming from a balcony “Yes! Yes! F@#! you too!” (Classic!) Whereas the term “yankee” may more famously be known to refer to northerners inContinue reading “Just Moved to Yankee!”

My American Flag

On July 2, MoveOn.Org launched a voting campaign called My American Flag in which they feature writers, actors, activists and other creatives against their immigrant back stories, and a newly created flag–one that tells their story. Of course, your girl was ecstatic as the message resonated with my message and my mission for this blogContinue reading “My American Flag”

The Lovebirds

No I’m not late to knowing about the film. Just late to writing about it. The Lovebirds, starring Issa Rae (Insecure; The Photograph) and Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick; Stuber) was released May 2020. As a stalker fan of Issa (we on a first name basis), I had heard about it through one of herContinue reading “The Lovebirds”

The Successful Africans

To hear the term successful Africans might sound redundant if you have grown up in an African home with African parents who made success a requirement for their love (just kidding…kinda). Although Sub-Saharan Africans comprise of less than 5% of the immigrant population in the United States, research shows that their rate has increased overContinue reading “The Successful Africans”

Make Stallone a Verb?

Last night, I had a movie night with my husband. Admittedly, I normally dread when he asks me to pick a movie. I know he is being kind, but honestly the movies I really want to watch are the ones that make me think or feel. I like words. Contemplation. Connection. I think my husbandContinue reading “Make Stallone a Verb?”