11.23.2014

The Bar Loves Carlos Valdés (@Tha_Los)


So after weeks of dodging The Flash, I'm officially hooked.  I didn't think the CW had it in them.  I mean these are the people who gave us Reign for pygmy's sake.

In addition to the fabulous Candice Patton, Carlos Valdés as Cisco Ramon caught my eye immediately.  Patrons...every so often TV unleashes a character that is so much of what you want that you have to wonder if your prayer's been answered personally.

Cute nerd?  Check.  POC?  Check, check.  Long hair???  Aw, shit....

11.19.2014

Open Mic Night

Like I was saying on my Dark & Twisty blog, I'm not silent due to lack of time or ideas; it's a comfort issue.  I'm counting down to when I can get a laptop so I can put my feet when I write.  I have a lot to say.

So for now, drink and talk amongst yourselves while I interview one of the actresses from MisSpelled.  I even have a topic in mind, like how ISIS and Ebola were strictly about getting the world to stop talking about Ferguson.  So mad love to We Are Respectable Negroes for refusing to stop talking about the murder of Michael Brown.

What about you, Bar Patrons?

11.09.2014

The Bar Loves Gina Rodriguez (@HereIsGina)

After the cancellation of Selfie, I'm on Red Alert for other POC-led shows.

I just watched all four episodes of newcomer Jane the Virgin and I gotta say...1) This show is awesome, and 2) Gina Rodriguez is flawless.

Without a doubt, Jane the Virgin is a telenovela, filled with zany twists and highly unlikely events.  But that's the point.  It's Ugly Betty with neither the ugly nor the nerd factor.  The idea of a steadfast virginal "good girl" getting knocked up via accidental insemination is the stuff of genius.  The scene where the doctor tells Jane she's pregnant is incredibly hilarious.

The show is also totally helping me learn some Spanish.

And Gina is just sexy, y'all.  She's slender, but curvy, with beautiful eyes and skin.  And she's a great actress; her interaction with the actresses playing her mother and grandmother are electric and genuine, and her comedic timing is laugh-out-loud good.  Not only do I want her show to have several seasons, I want her career to really go somewhere.  At the age of 30, she's ready to take off.  She's ready to have all eyes on her.

She's totally earned it.

11.02.2014

The Bar Simply Adores Marsai Martin

I don't know why more people aren't talking about ABC's Black-ishThis show is hilarious and actually provides some great commentary on sexism, racism, parenting, childhood, and being a nerd.

I love, love, love Marsai Martin who plays Diane Johnson.  Diane is the smarter half of the twins (the two younger children of the four) and a quintessential Black Girl Nerd.  I am completely ecstatic that such a character exists on TV right now.  She wears glasses and prim outfits, and she uses big words.  Her siblings never fully comprehend what she's saying, and Rainbow, her mom, has already accepted that out of all the kids, only Diane can follow in her footsteps and become a doctor.

Marsai herself is an eloquent, phenomenal young actress.  Her comedic timing is flawless, her facial expressions are on point, and her voice is made of the purest charm.

I also like how Diane's perception vastly differs from her siblings.  At the end of Episode 5 (the most talked about episode of the series thus far), her older siblings think Jack has gotten spanked and are terrified about being next.  But Diane's biggest concern is that she owes her grandfather fifty bucks.

Like...this is so my girl!!!!

You Vote

There's a lot going on right now in these disunited states, and although I prefer to celebrate the lives of POC and their accomplishments (you know, stuff to make us happy), I'll let you decide.  Do you want me to weigh in on some shit or do you want me to continue doing what I do?  Because I've been going back and forth and I can't make up my mind.

10.19.2014

Wes Gibbins and the Colorstruck Brotha

Wes, who has some serious neighbor attachment issues, decides it’d be a brilliant idea to fake an attorney ID to pose as Rebecca’s lawyer after hearing Griffin throw her under the bus. As a law student who should know the consequences of such an act, Wes continue[s] to baffle me. Why is he risking everything for his emo neighbor, who kicks him out saying the kid is stalking her and posing as a lawyer. She does not seem to share the same neighborly obsession (yet). (Source)

Back at Wes’s apartment, Waitlist pulls out those puppy-dog eyes and gets Rebecca to tell him the code for Lila’s phone. Which she does. Which almost makes less sense than Wes’s creepy obsession with a girl he hardly knows.

...Wes was willing to insider trade for Rebecca. Dude, you knew her for like two days. She’s your neighbor. Why are you this fixated?
(Source)
For those of you who haven't been watching How to Get Away with Murder, I've give you a quick rundown:

You already know Alfred Enoch portrays Wes Gibbins, the underdog law student who's accepted off the wait list (hence the nickname), and then winds up not only working for the formidably Annalise Keating, but also becomes entangled in a murder plot.

As the writer above so aptly states, Wes also has this over-the-top attachment to his unfriendly neighbor Rebecca Sutter (portrayed by Kate Findlay).  The series does this whole flashing between present-day and later on thing showing us that in addition to being a hardcore drug dealer/user, she's also quite possibly a murderer (she's currently involved with at least two).  Yet Wes feels the world is being unfair to her and that she's the one who needs help.

10.16.2014

At the Bar with Lindsey McDowell

~ * ~ Uber-Special Edition ~ * ~

Actress, singer, and writer Lindsey McDowell is the mastermind behind the cult web hit MisSpelled, whose flawless casting, quirky premise, and laugh-out-loud hilarious script garnered an army of fans overnight.

It was the utmost honor to complete this interview with her October 16, 2014.

Lindsey McDowell, it’s amazing to have you At the Bar. What are you sippin’ on?

Midori Sour!

In addition to being a writer, you’re a singer and an actress. How did your family respond to your desire to study and pursue that?

They had a very different reaction when I was fresh out of my freshman year at Howard VS. being 3-14. It was a lot of 'cute' and keep practicing at those ages. I don't think even I got super serious about acting until I was 18. When I was 18 they were supportive and I was in shock. My parents are so conventional when it comes to academics and 'the sure route' in life. My sister left the nest for LA too. She loves films and making films and I think they were comforted that I'd be living on her couch while I was in acting school.

Tell me about your writing. How did you get into that and what motivates your work?

I started at a young age. I must have heard my mom talking about Maya Angelou and how she expressed herself through poetry. Even today at my house (back home in NY) I could find probably 75 sheets of paper with really sad poems and haikus from a super sad and overweight 10-year-old. Actually...you can probably find that today looking through my computer from the same. Just 23, haha! It's important to grow and express yourself. Even if no one sees it.

10.11.2014

The Bar Loves Aja Naomi King (@ajanaomi_king)


Let me start by describing Aja Naomi King in one word: bewitching.

This svelte actress is dark goddess chic, armed with an MFA from Yale and a perpetually flawless outfit.  She's got an ever growing list of TV credits and words cannot express my awe when I first saw her on How to Get Away with Murder.

10.09.2014

#IDGAF...I love "Black-ish"


Y'all, listen...Golden Ages come and go, the 1990s are over, coulda/woulda/shoulda/zero fucks given.  True, the Huxtables and Bankses are no more, but Black-ish is funny as hell, I laugh every single episode, and it's another great show - out of barely a handful - to look forward to each week.

Black, functional, upper-middle class family?  Check.  On-point casting?  Check, check.  Hell...I've been paying attention to Anthony Anderson since friggin' Romeo Must Die and Cradle 2 the Grave (personally, I preferred him bigger).  Tracee Ellis Ross led the cast of Girlfriends for almost a decade.  Laurence Fishburne was Morpheus.  And the kids playing the twins ("Jack and Diane") are the very epitome of breakout stars (Diane's my favorite character).  What's not to love?

Is Black-ish flawed?  Of course.  We're in Season One and the third episode only just aired last night.  Give it time and feedback, people.  I "get" Black-ish, I find some of the jokes to be incredibly witty, and I hope that with constructive criticism and consistent support, the show will move forward and last several years.

Is anybody else watching?