Fall TV 2017: Star Trek Discovery

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Tune in tomorrow night, Sunday September 23 for the spectacular premiere of Star Trek Discovery starring Sonequa Martin Green (The Walking Dead) on CBS. Subsequent episodes will air on the subscription service CBS All Access. Check out the trailer below. (more…)

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The Black Pact

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Recently online, I’ve seen lists of commandments for black people to follow in order to create strong relationships, unity and make our communities better. Some rules I agree with, others I feel don’t go into enough depth and are just band aids to the problem. For example, telling blacks not to roam the streets, sag or hang out does nothing to attack the root of the problem. So I decided to make my own. The Black Pact is the top 10 (more…)

Erasing The Negative Stigma of Mental Illness in the Black Community

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“Therapy is for white people.”

There is a pride that comes from knowing that our ancestors were able to endure so much pain, physically and mentally, for generations. We hold on to this image of them as a guide on how to live our lives with similar strength. We set the highest expectations for ourselves, that no matter what tragedies life throws at us we were born with the DNA and the genes to suffer through it. We hold tightly to this myth that (more…)

What to Watch: Reality High on Netflix

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What to Watch: Netflix’s newly released teen drama Reality High. 

Summary:

Dani Barnes played by Nesta Cooper, is an adorably awkward teen who dreams of becoming a veterinarian. She navigates high school safely under the radar with her bestfriend Freddie (Jake Borelli) by her side. But her world changes when the most popular boy in school Cameron (Keith Powers) takes a sudden interest in her.

Why I loved it: (spoiler free) (more…)

R.E.A.D: Dawn by Octavia Butler

Ava Duvernay, director of 2018’s highly anticipated A Wrinkle in Time recently announced that she is developing a TV adaption series of Dawn by legendary black sci-fi writer Octavia Butler.

Dawn is the first book in the Xenogenesis trilogy. It follows Lillith, a woman from Earth who awakens centuries later on a ship with an alien race called the Oankali. They inform her that she is one of many humans they saved from a desolate Earth. Humanity is now free from disease and sickness and the Oankali plan to return them to Earth, but their evolution comes with a price.

When I first discovered this book and who the author was it blew my mind that there were works of sci-fi written by a black woman in existence. At the time I thought I was the only black girl in the world who was a huge fan of sci-fi and wanted to write about it. Octavia Butler opened the world of possibility for me. I look forward to seeing the series on screen. Dawn is an incredible book I highly recommend.