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5 Feel-Good Shows To Binge Watch While You’re Snowed In

Being snowed in sucks, but it sucks even more if you don’t have anything good to watch. If you’re not the type who likes to ingest emotionally-heavy shows in one sitting but you’d like something a little more immersive than a movie, here are 5 shows to add to your Netflix list. They’re entertaining and feel-good, but not so dumb that it’ll annoy you (well, not that much, anyway). These shows are just good, clean fun, and ain’t nothing wrong with that. Continue reading “5 Feel-Good Shows To Binge Watch While You’re Snowed In”

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Amandla Stenberg Is The Black Feminist Icon Your Little Sister Needs

 

If you’d told me ten years ago that a bisexual black feminist with natural hair would make the cover of Teen Vogue, I never would have believed you.

But Amandla Steinberg – actress, activist, all around badass – not only graces the February cover, but was interviewed by one of the founding feminists of Black Girl Magic, Solange Knowles, and filmed a dope video campaign to go along with it. And let me tell you – the interview is so good, I just might go out and pick up a physical copy. Continue reading “Amandla Stenberg Is The Black Feminist Icon Your Little Sister Needs”

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Merry Christmas, Hermione Is Black!

 

A lot of us have been saying it for years now: Hermione is black. Bushy hair, buck teeth, and Britishness aren’t exclusive to white people, so why the hell couldn’t Hermione be a woman of color?

J.K. Rowling agrees. Not enough to have cast a non-white girl in the films back when such a move really could have made an impact, but I digress.

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‘Underground’ Is The Slavery Drama You Need To Get Excited About

 

One of the greatest crimes of mainstream media is that there aren’t more stories about slavery being told. Sure, A&E has that Roots remake in the works (starring T.I., among others. I know, right? Wtf?), but let’s get rid of the idea that there can only be one interpretation when it comes to shared black experiences. Continue reading “‘Underground’ Is The Slavery Drama You Need To Get Excited About”

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Here’s Why Ayesha Curry’s Comments On Modesty Were Out Of Line

Once again, those with sizable platforms are using those platforms to spout the same old sexist nonsense.

But let me backtrack a bit. Ayesha Curry, wife of basketballer Steph Curry, shook things up when she shared her views on fashion via Twitter over the weekend. A brief recap: Continue reading “Here’s Why Ayesha Curry’s Comments On Modesty Were Out Of Line”

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Have You Seen The Best Modern Werewolf Movie on Netflix?

 

Dude. If you haven’t watched Late Phases: Night of the Lone Wolf yet, you need to go ahead and add it to your queue, because this movie is so, so worth your time. Continue reading “Have You Seen The Best Modern Werewolf Movie on Netflix?”

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My Patron Saints of Black Girl Geekdom

We all have those characters. Maybe she was the first black girl you ever witnessed having actual lines on a sci-fi show. Maybe it was her presence that let you know that girls like you could exist in those worlds.

Often their roles are small but in the color-starved oasis of genre television, the appearance of such characters can feel life-affirming for marginalized viewers. These are the characters whose stories have meant the most to me and who I clung to during a rocky adolescence. Their images would be preserved in the stained glass windows of my black girl nerd temple if I had one. They’re kinda like my patron saints, I guess; like, to the point where I’ve mentally planned the black and white half-sleeve I’d get of them if I wasn’t afraid of needles, but that’s another story.

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“Star-Lord and the Power of Friendship”: Why Guardians of the Galaxy Made Me Cry

Guardians of the Galaxy was about friendship and love and more friendship. It was basically Sailor Moon in space and I cried through like the whole thing.

Spoilers after the jump!

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Which fictional world would you want to live in?

Confession time! I spend a crazy amount of time thinking about what it would be like to not live in the place that I live. I realize this sentence makes me sound a lot more dissatisfied with my life than I really am, but that’s not what this is about. It’s just that there are so many cool magical words out there (in fiction-land??), and all we have are tvs and microwaves and cellphones that can give you directions, which is cool but not as cool as magic schools or demon-hunting or traveling through space and time would be, am I right?? Continue reading “Which fictional world would you want to live in?”

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Orange Is The New Black, Season 2: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Season 2 of everyone’s favorite women-led prison dramedy premiered on June 6 at 3 am in my part of the world. I resisted the urge to stay up all night just to see what kind of ridiculous, graituitously-nude craziness the showrunners would throw at us next, but after consuming the entire season over the course of a few days, here’s what stuck with me – for good reasons and bad.

Spoilers after the jump..

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When did you first know you were a nerd?

Definitions are funny things. There are endless debates over the difference between nerds and geeks. Personally, I couldn’t care less; whether I say nerd or geek, you know what I mean. Someone linked me to an article from 2010 that asked a question that I just can’t stop contemplating: when did you first know? Whether you prefer to call yourself a nerd or a geek, when did you first know that you consumed media just a little bit differently than the average consumer?

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Not All Black Girls Can Dance

 

No one is safe from the twerk police.

After separate videos of Malia Obama and Serena Williams dancing hit the internet, I’ve seen people blasting both of them for not being able to dance, and I am at a loss. Continue reading “Not All Black Girls Can Dance”

What To Do When You’ve Lost Your Inspiration

Here’s the scenario: you’re sitting on your bed in your least favorite, ugly ass pajamas. You have no desire to actually write or create (you know, what you thought was your whole purpose in life), opting instead to feel like shit about your lack of productivity. You scroll through your Facebook feed, feeling like garbage made sentient as you watch your peers succeed in life and be passionate about various things and go on dates and shit.

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There’s A Movie About The Nat Turner Slave Revolt And I’m So Psyched

I am so glad that actors like Nate Parker exist.

You’ll probably remember him for his roles in movies like “Beyond The Lights” and “The Great Debaters” but in my mind, he’s now the person we have to thank for there being a feature film about the Nat Turner slave revolt. Continue reading “There’s A Movie About The Nat Turner Slave Revolt And I’m So Psyched”

You Can Now Have Dinner At Hogwarts For Valentine’s Day

 

If you were planning on hitting up Olive Garden and a movie for Valentine’s Day this year, it’s time for you and your boo to step your game up. Couples – muggles and otherwise – can now spend Valentine’s Day at the most romantic location on Earth: Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Continue reading “You Can Now Have Dinner At Hogwarts For Valentine’s Day”

Why Do People Act Like Dicks On The Internet?

The internet has made monsters of us all. Well, not really – it’s just made it easier for people who were already assholes to find new and creative ways to be dicks. This alone isn’t news, but every once in a while a headline will come along that reminds you just how messed up internet culture can be. Continue reading “Why Do People Act Like Dicks On The Internet?”