My Favorite TV Shows…

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I don’t get a chance to watch a lot of TV, but I usually schedule in some time on Tuesdays and Thursdays to watch a few of my favorite television shows.

  1. Scandal is my absolute must watch TV show right now. This modern day Sally Hemming-Jeffersonian edge to an otherwise illicit love affair keeps me on edge with each episode. The dynamic between Olivia and Fitz is fire. If you like romance, politics, and mystery, you will love this show. It’s on the ABC network  Thursdays nights (check your local listings for times).
  2. The Originals is my second favorite show. [It’s a spinoff of The Vampire Diaries, which used to be my favorite show until Elena became a vampire and everyone on the show became supernatural (even Matt) and began switching supernatural abilities faster than I could keep count.] However, The Originals is keeping me entertained because it interweaves the history, romance, and power struggles that originally (no pun intended) drew me to The Vampire Diaries. Plus, I really love Klaus Mikaelson. Not only is he fine (handsome), but he’s the villain you love to hate. However, secretly I pray Klaus is redeemable. Plus it doesn’t hurt that the New Orleans setting infuses the presence of multiple ethnicities into this hybrid vampire-werewolf storyline. You can find this show on Tuesday nights on the CW network (check your local listings for times).
  3. Love it or List it is my third favorite show, but I have no idea when the actual brand new show comes on. I usually catch the renovation and real estate antics of Hilary and David when I up late or on the weekends. I love how Hillary redesigns homeowners’ homes, but I’m drawn to the new listings that David shows each couple. They showcase the best of Canada and make me long to visit British Columbia again.  Also, Hillary and David have great chemistry; they manage to make me root for them both. I love home decor and I wish I could afford to design my home so elegantly.
  4. Lastly, Chopped is one of my favorite shows to watch on the Food Network. I have no idea when the new episode is supposed to be shown, but I love the creativity of the show. It always amazes me to see such surprising selections in the challenge baskets. I love to cook, but I got out of practice during grad school. This show really inspires me to cook creatively again. 

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So what are your favorite shows to watch on TV? Comment below. I’d love to hear what you choose and maybe we’ll all discover a new TV show to love in the process. 🙂

Calling Little Black Girls the C-Word…

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I was having so much fun watching the Oscars, working on my dissertation, and checking my Twitter to see all the cool comments, when my night was ruined by a senseless and disrespectful comment by The Onion. I am so shocked. I am nearly speechless. I am so damn mad.

The Onion decided to call the youngest best actress nominee, Quvenzhané Wallis, a “cunt.” Yes…that’s what The Onion called a 9-year actress and tried to dismiss it as satire and wit.

Oh yeah, something is funky and smells alright. The Onion should immediately apologize for calling any young girl or woman this derogatory name. Seriously, when did this kind crude, disrespectful, defamatory, and infantile behavior become acceptable in society? And this is just dealing with the gendered aspect of their comment.  When coupled with the fact that Quvenzhané Wallis is a young African American girl, this disrespect is just too much to bear–especially in light of the racial undertones of this supposed joke. Can you honestly say that this is just a gendered incident when none of the other young Oscar nominees in the past have been subjected to such treatment?

Nonetheless, instead of apologizing like any decent company would, The Onion decided like the cowards they are to take the comment down from its Twitter account sans apology. I am so incensed. How can this be 2013 and we are still dealing with the same racist crap?

There are some on Twitter that say that African Americans are being too sensitive and missed the intended humor. Yet, I beg to differ. Often people disguise their “truths” under the veil of a joke. However, when something is racist you know it in your gut. I am not throwing out the race card carelessly or lightly. And anyone who wants to dismiss this as funny needs a reality check and a history lesson.  Even still, regardless of race, would you want your daughter, sister, niece or any woman you know called a c**t?

Please let The Onion know that this level of racism and disrespect to women is not acceptable. So here’s my call to action–please boycott The Onion and unfollow them on Twitter. You may also want to send a “nice” email to The Onion editors

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UPDATE:

An apology has been issue by The Onion on Facebook. Please see the screen shot of the apology below.

The Onion Apology

Celebrating African American History Month

Celebrating African American History Month

I didn’t forget that this is African American History month. And what better way can I celebrate a month highlighting the accomplishments of those who share my racial heritage than to recognize someone who is not only inspirational, but exceptionally talented?

So today, I acknowledge Misty Copeland–my favorite ballerina. Misty Copeland is one of the youngest soloists at the American Ballet Theatre and is recognized as the company’s third African American soloists. Copeland defies traditional stereotypes which aim to pigeonhole women of color with rigid body type standards and exclude them from ballet.