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Quarantine Life

It’s been two months since this pandemic started. I still get to go to work which I am grateful for. On my days off I’ve been watching alot of Netflix. In my last update I mentioned some shows I had watched. Well, here are some more.

1. B: The Beginning

2. Never Have I Ever

3. Haikyu

4. Hollywood

5. School Daze

There are probably more I just can’t remember them at the moment.

Quarantine has been tough on alot of people. I watch the news. However, protesting and acting a fool isn’t going to end the quarantine. If anything, it’s going to make things worse. States are trying to open back up and I see that this is a premature move. This is going to get people killed. Your haircut can wait. Your family dinner at Olive garden can fucking wait. Stop the bullshit and stay in the God damn house for fuck sake.

5 Shows I Love and You Should Too.

It’s summer so you know my normal primetime tv shows are off and my summer favorites have returned along with some new favorites. As we get into mid July, I’d like to spotlight some shows I have been hooked on that I think you all should check out.

1. On My Block

Season 1 of On My Block premiered earlier this year on Netflix and I watched all 10 episodes in 2 days. Set in California, 4 teens embark on their first year of high school. The teens who had been friends since elementary school deal with hook ups, parental expectations, gangs, and crushes in this 10 episode masterpiece. The show has already been renewed for a second season to premiere sometime next year. I love the Black and Latino representation in this show too.

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2. Pose

This TV series by Ryan Murphy is set in 1980s New York and centers on the ballroom culture. It features an African-American and Latino LGBTQ+ cast and is executive produced by trans activist Janet Mock. Oh my goodness do I love this show! Every week it tugs at my heartstrings as I see characters live the best they can in the midst of the AIDS epidemic. The 1980s was a scary time for LGBTQ+ individuals, especially Black and Brown individuals. Ryan and Janet present the characters in a way that is not cliché or misrepresented. This is the first season of the show and I hope it gets renewed. Fans of the documentary Paris is Burning will also enjoy this show. New episodes can be seen on FX on Sundays at 9pm EST and previous episodes can be seen on the FX Now app. Oh also, I’m team Evangelista.

3. Steven Universe

This past week we had 5 new episodes of Steven Universe. I’m not going to spoil it, but lets just say some big events happened and a shocking revelation almost caused the complete collapse of the Crystal Gems. If you are not familiar with the show, catch up on Cartoon Network.

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4. Five Points

This show is executive produced by Scandal’s Kerry Washington and stars Madison Pettis and pop star Hayley Kiyoko. Set at a Chicago high school, 5 teens grapple with the effects of a major event and the story unfolds in each of their points of view. All ten episodes can be viewed on Facebook now. I hope this show gets renewed.

5. Queen Sugar

I love this show!! We are in Season 3 and things are as twisty as ever. The show details the trials and tribulations of the Bordelon family: Charlie, Ralph Angel, and Nova. After the death of their father in season 1, the Bordelon siblings rally together to save his farm as they are fighting a myriad of their own issues. New episodes air Wednesdays at 10 pm EST on OWN.

Honorable Mentions

Orange is the New Black. Season 6 premieres on Netflix on July 27. They released the trailer this past Monday, which can be seen on the official OITNB Facebook and Twitter page. Despite its flaws, I still watch the show and I am eager to see how my girls deal with their new surroundings. Also, even though I am not that much of a fan of hers, I’d like to know where Alex is too (Laura Prepon was pregnant in real life at the end of season 5 so that is why she may not be in the first couple episodes of season 6). I also did not see Laverne Cox (Sophia) or Maritza(Dianna Guerrero) in the trailer either.

Dear White People. Season 2 premiered in May on Netflix and it was just as good as the first season. Sam and her classmates are reeling from the events of the town hall and now face a whole new set of challenges. This season tackles PTSD, abortion, colorism, sexual identity, and racism. The show has already been renewed for a season 3, which is set to be released next year. Catch up on seasons 1 and 2 on Netflix.

The Summer of Binge Watching

May is here which means summer is right around the corner. These past couple months have been very busy for me and I hope to get a little reprieve this coming summer. Thankfully I will have some time on my hands to read some books and watch television.

My current weekend obsession is the ever popular streaming service, Netflix. I am 1 month into my new subscription and I must say I am deeply satisfied. Since March, I have watched countless movies and television shows.

I initially got Netflix as a free 30 day trial so I could watch the movie Burning Sands, which I have reviewed here . During that 30 day free trial, I watched all four seasons of Orange is The New Black, season 6 of Shameless, Brotherly Love, Jamesy Boy, Thirteen Reasons Why, and 13th. Since my subscription began in April, I have seen The Get Down, BoJack Horseman, Dear White People, Little Boxes, Our Song, and Frat Star.

So far so good. I eagerly await Season 5 of Orange and I intend to watch A Series of Unfortunate Events sometime this month. Haven’t made up my mind about watching Stranger Things and House of Cards yet. I was surprised at the quality original programming Netflix has. I did not expect their originals to be that good. I am hooked and shook by the series I have watched so far.

I look forward to this summer not only for the rest I’ll get, but also for the abundance of Netflix programming I will be watching. It is a good time too since many of my live tv shows are having their season finales in the coming weeks.

Burning Sands: Film Review

Netflix, the maker of Orange is the New Black and the premiere site for binge watching TV, made the decision to premiere this year’s Sundance hit, Burning Sands.

Starring Trevor Jackson, Alfre Woodard, TreVante Rhodes, and Steve Harris, the film tackles hazing among fraternities at a fictional historically black college.

Zurich, played by Jackson, wants to join the popular and illustrious Lambda Lambda Phi Fraternity at the fictional Fredrick Douglas University. His initial motivation for joining is to complete the process his father was not able to complete.

From the onset we see what will end up being a tell tale case of hazing gone wrong. Zurich and his pledge brothers are running in the woods when their dean stops them and makes them do pushups. First, they are in the woods, second, it seems to be early morning and they clearly are exhausted, but lets get back to the story.

Zurich is kicked in the side while doing his push ups and falls to the ground. Now here I am thinking, “Lord they broke this boy’s ribs” but clearly no one shares my concern. As a result one of Zurich’s pledge brothers quits because as he said “I do not need this shit”, my sentiments exactly.

Zurich and his pledge brothers go on to endure increasing violence and abuse at the hands of their future fraternity brothers. Zurich’s relationship with his girlfriend heads for an inevitable end since he is spending so much time being a pledge that he never has time to be with her. I mean, you think she would understand that pledging is a lengthy process that requires much attention, but of course she just cannot fathom why Zurich has to pledge all the time. Anyway she goes on her merry little way as Zurich continues to go through his process.

Zurich’s pledge brothers, who do not get much of a back story, are painted as pledges who join for the wrong reasons. One guy is a legacy, his dad and granddad are members of Lambda, one guy is a nerd who wants to get girls, and the other one is a church kid looking to shed his holier than thou image. Clearly, these guys haven’t researched anything about reasons to join a frat and reasons not to, but lets go with that.

So Zurich did not get his ribs checked by an actual doctor at an actual hospital or clinic, but he went to the house of one of the Lambda brothers who is currently doing his medical residency. The brother gave him some aspirin and told him it would take 6 to 8 weeks for his ribs to heal, but seeing that Zurich is in the middle of Hell Week, he does not have six to 8 weeks. So he just has to tough it out.

His professor, played by Alfre Woodard, finds out about his injury and urges him to do more about it but of course, he cannot talk about it because in walks the fraternity chairman, the very man who selected Zurich to pledge his frat. So nope, Zurich can’t talk now, at least not to her. He does however go to the fraternity chairman with his concerns but the chairman dismisses him saying, “I went through the process, and I know one more night will not kill you.” Well we will see about that.

Finally Hell Night comes and Zurich and his pledge brothers are ready for this all to be over so they can be members of the great Lambda Lambda Phi. They get haircuts provided by their future brothers then are taken to a barn where the real fun can begin. Fun that of course consists of being screamed at and hit and fed animal food. Yaaay, what fun.

Then tragedy strikes. A pledge collapses, everyone scrambles. Zurich and his remaining pledge brothers take their brother to the hospital. They contemplate leaving him outside the emergency room and driving off, until they regain their common sense and see how unfriendly and unbrotherly that would be. The final scene is of Zurich crying in the waiting room. We do not find out what happens after that. I guess the director wants viewers to make their own conclusion.

The ending was not surprising, it was inevitable. When people abandon all common sense and decency just to be part of an organization, this is what can happen. People get hurt, even die. For what? To wear some letters, throw parties? This film is not a critique of Black Greek Letter Organizations (Divine 9), no more than last year’s Sundance hit, Goat, which was actually based on a true story whereas Burning Sands is fiction, was a critique of Caucasian fraternities.

The purpose of this film in my opinion, was to show how hazing could have detrimental consequences and how the desire to be part of a group could greatly affect one’s judgement.

This film could have been so much better if there were better back stories for the pledges and the fraternity itself. Some characters seemed like unneeded additions, and the unresolved ending had me mad at first, but then I understood why the film ended like that. Some scenes were laughable because even regular people know that some of the stuff in the film, when the boys have to have sex with that jumpoff and when the pledges are seen talking and dancing with others at the frat party, probably do not happen the way it was portrayed in the film.

The message of the film was that hazing is bad. Duh. Yet I applaud the film maker for not making this into an after school special type flick. There was no happy ending, the story was unresolved which lets viewers make their own conclusions, even though we can get an idea of what happened next just from doing a few Google searches about hazing deaths.

I give this film 3 out of 5 stars.