“My black disabled body is not the body reflected on screen.”
So I’m cheating because I technically read this wonderful piece today, in June, but I had to share it with the world. Keah Brown is a writer that many more will know soon. She’s a senior writer for Cliché Magazine and her work has been featured on Femsplain, Catapult, and so much more. Like me, she’s a lover of rom coms, and her most recent piece Love, Disability, and Movies will seriously move you. It’s the kind of writing that makes me want to be better and the stories that must be told. Read Keah’s essay here.
If you’ve been living an unhappy life, you probably haven’t been consuming Beyoncé’s latest and most critically acclaimed work to date, Lemonade. Please stop reading this blog and go download Tidal or buy it on iTunes or something. And when you’ve come back after your studies, check out this AMAZING syllabus that Candice Benbow designed for those who wanted to learn more after their cup of lemonade. It contains required reading, viewing, listening of influential black women. After that, go read this interview with Wasan Shire, the poet whose poetry inspired much of the visual album.
I watched so much YouTube in the past few months. The following videos range from hilarity to devastation to inspiration.
The videos on this playlist include a hilarious Harry Potter inspired parody of Beyoncé’s “Hold Up.” It’s in the perspective of Hermione, and I cry many happy tears. You can also find a must watch conversation between Roxane Gay and Saeed Jones on ownership and truth in literature, an interview with the women of Game of Thrones, comedian Victor Pope Jr. and his life with Bipolar Disorder, and this heartwarming Buzzfeed video where best friends design magazine covers for each other.
Podcasts are in, and I hope they’ll never be out. I’ve already blogged about my favorite podcasts here, but that list has grown immensely since then!
Another Round recently interviewed the tiny powerhouse behind #1000BlackGirlBooks, Marley Dias. The episode featured Ashley C. Ford, another fave. Heben and Tracy had a roundtable discussion on the impact of literature during their childhood and their favorite reads.
- Black Media Minute hosted by Kimberly Foster, founder of ForHarriet.com. Black Media Minute is a conversation with Kimberley and other black media creators. The conversations are insightful and helpful to those trying to “break into” the industry or just enjoy listening to Black Excellence.
- Am I Allowed to Like Anything? This podcast has been around for some time, but I listened to my first episode featuring Eve Ewing. It’s a conversation between Darian Symoné Harvin and friends about the things they genuinely like and why.
- 2 DOPE QUEENS: It’s a comedy/storytelling podcast featuring Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson. Enough said.
I recently watched Ali Wong’s standup on Netflix and it was life changing. Wong, who is a writer on ABC’s Fresh Off The Boat, is a force to be reckoned with. Her thoughts on feminism and how and why she snagged her husband made me choke with laughter. Thanks to my friend Ale for demanding I peep this.
3 dope women are on my Humans You Should Know list this month. All of them black, all of them doing amazing things.
Elaine Welteroth became the youngest Editor-in-Chief for Teen Vogue this past month. She’s 29 and had been the Beauty Editor for Teen Vogue until recently. I can’t stop thinking about The Hills and if she ever worked with Lauren Conrad. I’m terrible, I know. Congrats Elaine!
I recently learned about Alexis Wilkinson, the first black female president of The Harvard Lampoon. I’m obsessed with her now, and want her to go on to the biggest of things.
Evelyn from the Internets took over our screens in the month of April. Participating in the Vlog Everyday April or VEDA challenge, required her to vlog one video a day, for 30 days. I can barely put a video up once every six months. Evelyn is comedy genius in the making. Her videos saved me from a late night anxiety attack recently–my fears transformed into wonder and amazement. She’s so funny and you can tell that she works hard on the videos she makes for her growing audience. Her top videos of April were this response to that ridiculous Buzzfeed video and Beyoncé’s Lemonade. THEN Evelyn was featured on Beyoncé’s Formation Tour and she made a followup to let us know that she was beylessed and highly favored. So proud of you, Evelyn!! Now everyone, go subscribe.
Ugh, you all. It’s near the end of the post. I wanted to end on TWO happy things that made me squeal.
So it’s been two years since Girl Meets World, the spinoff of Boy Meets World, premiered on Disney. If you didn’t know, I’m obsessed with the franchise that is Boy Meets World. I own the whole series’ DVD box set. I cry over Cory and Topanga, Shawn and Angela, and Jack Hunter on a regular basis. And to make things even worse for me, for its 3rd season, Girl Meets World decided to give a nod to its predecessor by filming an almost identical opening credits season to this one. I’ve died and gone to Feeny heaven. Side note, please don’t ever die, Bill Daniels.
And finally, a couple of months ago, it was revealed that Hermione was going to be black as hell in the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play. Coming to London in Summer 2016 (forreal, can y’all gofundme some coins for this?), is the latest installment in the Potter universe. JK Rowling is the Queen of all and she makes sure we’re constantly fulfilled. I honestly don’t know what the play is about, I need to buy a copy here. BUT, it’s Harry and the crew all grown and they have children and Hermione is black. WELL TODAY, we got pictures of Hermione, Ron (still white) and their black daughter!!!! She has afro puffs and I screamed! I gasped! Check out the story here!
So friends, what were some of the things you enjoyed this week? Comment below! If you read, watch, or listen to any of my suggestions, let me know what you thought!