If you’ve heard that Black Panther is one of the most inspiring super hero films for its representation of Africans and African Americans, it’s true. If you’ve read that the world building in the movie is all sorts of crazy-good, it’s true. If you’ve noticed that this movie is chock full of ideas and themes … Continue reading Movie Monday: Black Panther Roars
I’m leaving Twitter today, not exactly earth shaking news--even to my 33 followers--but it’s been a long time coming and it was a easy decision after reading Lindy West’s article I Quit Twitter And It Feels Great. I've realized that every time I'm on Twitter I walk away feeling even more anxious and angry than … Continue reading Flipping the Bird
The first thing you should know about the movie Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is that it is from Martin McDonagh, the director and writer of In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths. In Bruges is one of my family’s favorites and thanks to the movie, we were not only inspired to visit Bruges, Belgium but we … Continue reading Movie Monday: Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
For the first time in twenty years someone won’t be at our Thanksgiving table. I knew it would happen one day, I just didn’t realize how much a void her absence would be. Yup, for a number of reasons Dylan is staying in Chicago this weekend and while I’ve been a bit sad she wasn’t … Continue reading Happy Friendsgiving
Given the stellar reviews of Mudbound, which was released in theaters and on Netflix last week, I wanted to love the movie—I really did. But after watching it, the movie left me feeling more emotionally distant than I would have thought possible, given that it was about a subject I usually find compelling. That’s not … Continue reading Movie Monday: Mudbound
One of the reasons for creating my blog is to share stories as I walk through this world, whether in Marrakech, Manhattan, or my own neck of the woods in Northeast Portland. Usually my walks in Portland are fairly uneventful. With the exception of crossing paths with an especially stupid squirrel playing chicken with Wasabi, … Continue reading So What If She Flipped You Off?
I love watching shit blow up. This explains why I’ve seen almost every superhero movie that’s been released in the past twenty years. While I’m intimately familiar with all of the Avengers (Iron Man, Hulk, Thor) and X-Men from Marvel, and I love Christopher Nolan’s Batman, Wonder Woman and the Watchmen (all DC), I wouldn’t … Continue reading Thor: Ragnarok
Trump’s gonna Trump. I’ve said this since last summer during the ramp up to the Republican Convention and I still believe this today. You can be outraged, horrified and disgusted by his comments or you can be gleeful that he’s sticking it to your neighbors. You know, the trans/female/brown/sick/impoverished/intellectually vulnerable ones. This past weekend Trump … Continue reading The Sound of Silence
From its opening scene of an African American man walking lost in an affluent neighborhood to the penultimate, where the main character—also black—holds his hands up to the flashing lights of a police car, the movie Get Out is both topical and timely. I can imagine sitting in a pitch meeting and someone is saying … Continue reading Get Out: Movie Monday
For me, 2016 was the year of the podcast. While I know they’ve been around forever (one of my friends was doing one ages ago where she discussed The Young and the Restless) I didn’t find them accessible until I downloaded the podcast app on my phone and could subscribe to as many as … Continue reading Walk with me while I listen to a story.