This Week in #POCtv: Black-ish and Fresh off the Boat

Blacki-ish is really off to a good start this season.  This first two eps have been a flawless victory, with the premiere tackling the infamous n-word and this week's ep tackling gun ownership.

Unlike Minority Report, Black-ish's season premiere "The Word" was a flawless victory.  I laughed so hard, out loud, the whole way through. I'm really glad that ABC - for the time being - appears to be sitting back and just letting Kenya Barris do what he do, hear?  Having Andre Johnson, Jr. tackle the n-word - the only way Andre - can is a stroke of sheer genius.

The smartest move, however, was to not make Andre go entirely overboard the way he usually does, at least not this time.  When his younger son Jack is expelled from school for using the word, Andre has to start re-evaluating it, starting with his family, friends and coworkers, and then the school board.

It's a really funny episode.

This Week in #POCtv: Quantico

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ABC confuses Priyanka Chopra with another Indian actress

Oh, you know I've been waiting for something like this.  Priyanka Chopra, go on and get yours even if mainstream American media has trouble telling you apart from other Indian actresses.

I'm really digging the WOC cast of Quantico.  Judging by the pilot, I'm guessing that for brown folks, this is going to be one of the big ones to watch.  Chopra, a Bollywood goddess in her own right, is a comfortable and confident as the lead, and she actually has an interesting storyline.

Chopra stars as Alex Parrish, a federal agent-in-training who harbors the secret of having killed her abusive father in defense of her mother (she plays a mixie: white father, brown mother).  The pilot flashes back and forth between the time Alex spent at Quantico and the aftermath of a massive terrorist attack.

Apparently, one of Alex's fellow trainees has infiltrated the FBI, and over the course of this season (hopefully it doesn't take the whole series), we're going to find out whodunnit.  But in the meantime, the Feds either can't figure out who did or don't want to hold the right person accountable, so the end of the episode shows Alex being blamed.

Enter Miranda Shaw.


This Week in #POCtv: Once Upon a Time

My favorite OUAT logo out of all the seasons, featuring the Fabulous One Herself
On the one hand, I'm always happy to see the ageless diva Lana Parilla (a.k.a.Regina the Evil Queen) holding down the fort on OUAT, even as the quality of writing continues to steadily deteriorate.  In fact, I'm beginning to think that casting is going to be thing which fans keep tuning in for because the stories just aren't doing it anymore, and haven't for a long while.  OUAT fans know exactly what I mean - we've gotten the amnesia routine so many times I'm starting to wonder if this OUAT is eventually going to turn into a trashy soap.

I'm really not digging what's being done to Lana's character.  For the past season and half she's been portrayed as magically diminished, and that got old a season and a half ago.  They've kept her as sharp-tongued and sharp-witted as ever, but Regina's been "weakened" for far too long, and with the lead character's newfound power as the Dark One, now is so not the time.


This Week in #POCtv: Minority Report

We'll start with Minority Report.

When you consider the train-wreck that was Meagan Good's last show, Minority Report is a huuuuuge improvement.  This is not to say this show is a flawless victory and FOX's next big hit.  Far from it.  The pilot was filled with a lot of the typical pilot problems which plague shows these days.

1) For one, there are no coincidences in Hollywood

Tom Cruise's latest film does not just "happen" to come out around the same time as a TV show based on a film of his from back in the day.  Furthermore, I don't recall a lot of people clamoring for a show based on that movie.  As far as folks are concerned, there are way too many other shows which need to be shows right now, including a reboot of Joss Whedon's Firefly starring the original cast.  See how desperate people can get?

2) Cliched Leads

We have a man and woman partnering up to solve crimes.  In this case it's a male psychic and a female detective.  Instead of making one gay and the other straight to prevent the predictable "Endgame Couple" BS, already there are references to Dash (the psychic) being Det. Vega's boyfriend.  *rolls eyes*  #BoredNow


Matt Damon and the Art of Doublespeak

I challenge you to caption Effie Brown's facial expression during her convo with Matt.


Ben Affleck and the Art of Doublespeak
...My comments were part of a much broader conversation about diversity in Hollywood and the fundamental nature of Project Greenlight which did not make the show. I am sorry that they offended some people, but, at the very least, I am happy that they started a conversation about diversity in Hollywood. That is an ongoing conversation that we all should be having.” - Matt Damon
Um, yeah...we'll start with that bullshit drone-speak right there.


White lives DON'T actually matter to white people, and that's what this is really all about

If all lives really do matter, then why deface a mural honoring Sandra Bland?  Didn't her life matter?
Bar Patrons, I got words.

Ironically, it was a troll commenting on Facebook post who casually pointed out that "All Lives Matter" isn't a real movement.  It's not a "thing".  There's no structure, no actual organization, no funding, no platform - "All Lives Matter" is merely a variant of "White Lives Matter", and "White Lives Matter" is just a slogan white people yell to shout down black people trying to bring police brutality and systemic corruption to the forefront.  They're not chanting this because they genuinely believe white lives matter.


Okay, so let's talk Bryce Williams (#FuckYourManifesto)


Why Aren't the Families of Vester Flanagan's Murder Victims Being Asked if They Forgive Him Yet?
The U.S. Is Officially Averaging More Than One Mass Shooting Every Day So Far in 2015

So this is kind of like an open thread; say what y'all want. I'll even start: these shooters who go after unarmed, unsuspecting people need to quit with the "manifestos." Fuck your manifestos. The fact that you wanted to commit/attempt suicide, take a few people with you, and make sure to have the whole world know about it, tells us everything we need to know about you. Your manifesto is automatically rendered meaningless, because regardless of your motivations, your methods are all the same.

In addition to automatically executing any mass shooter who survives (by firing squad, and within in a week, mind you...don't drag the shit out), I think an additional law should pass allowing mainstream news outlets to cover information about the killer for just one day, and then go silent for all eternity.  Don't give these dickheads the breaking news, the this-just-ins, or a single extra minute on prime time.  Don't glamorize or sensationalize their asses.  For the duration of the week that the shooter has left to live, focus on their victims and their families.  After that, no more attention.

Questions?  Comments?  Dirty looks?


When Negro Forgiveness Syndrome goes too far

No. To quote Jeffrey Almonte, "No, no, no, no, no, no."
In her time, [Eva Smith]’s encountered no crime so heinous for which she can’t find room in her heart to offer that gift. Even, she said, in recent months when she crossed paths with the man suspected of walking into Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church in June and shooting nine black parishioners.

The killings, described by authorities as a racially motivated hate crime, placed Dylann Roof, a 21-year-old white man, at the jail charged with nine counts of murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime. He faces 33 additional counts on federal hate, weapon and other charges.

To Smith, though, Roof is merely a young man, like any other, in need of God’s love.

A mother of three and grandmother of eight, Smith, who is black, attempted to build a rapport with Roof by asking whether his parents had come to visit. Arms crossed, face scrunched, he replied no, she said. Well, what about a girlfriend, she asked.

“Then he looked up at me and he smiled,” she said. “You have to make him smile. ... I really feel that he’s going to get the help he needs because of the people who are saying, ‘I forgive him. I forgive him.’ The law’s going to do what it has to do, but we aren’t a people of an eye for an eye.”

~ Charleston County jail chaplain: Dylann Roof, Michael Slager, others ‘are just my sons’
Uh...ma'am? This kid doesn't need "help". He needs the electric chair. The families of his victims are the ones who need help.  Remember them?

Fuck no.  Fuck...no.  See, this right here?  This is a HUGE part of the reason this shit keeps happening.

Just...no.  I-I can't right now.



My Interview with Feisty Zine (an Excerpt)

Feisty Zine, a budding new online zine, was kind enough to reach out to me after reviewing my Selo & Inya series. Get a taste:
FZ: Do you have a writing soundtrack? If so, what have you been listening to? If no music, then what is your writing space? What’s it like?

Ankhesen: I do LOVE writing to music; I like to find music to fit what I’m writing though. I tend to go for moody, ambient tracks, or indigenous music from around the world.

FZ: What message do you want to convey with your writing? Is it purely entertainment for your audience and yourself or are you writing to create something you’ve never had? Such as how there’s a lack of representation for Women of Color that isn’t oppressive.

Ankhesen: I definitely write to create worlds I never had growing up. Selo & Inya is actually a perfect example of this; I grew up watching Xena: Warrior Princess. And while I loved Lucy Lawless to death, the lack of brown female leads on that show in that genre overall was so irritating. It made it literally impossible to fully enjoy the show. And I think that something our white counterparts don’t get; when we watch shows and films where we’re not correctly and abundantly represented, it’s not satisfying. We’re not happy customers. It ultimately feels like a waste of time and money. Cool wardrobes and special effects will only appeal to us up to a certain point. After that, we’re like, “…Why did I even bother?”

FZ: What writers influence you? What writer would you totally make out with?

Ankhesen: The folklore I grew up on from Cameroon (and West Africa in general) heavily influences my style, as it guides the way I think. So it’s not just one writer, but rather an entire custom of storytelling within the oral tradition.

As for the second question…there are so many insightful bloggers and independent artists who have enriched and entertained me (and flirted with me) ever since I first discovered “the blog life” six years ago. Let’s just say my make-out list is quite long at this juncture…but I’ll be taking those names to my grave.
Check out the full interview here!