Black Girls' Night Out: Raquel (#Crazyhead)

So I finally finished watching Crazyhead on Netflix and I'll admit...I'm a fan.  Crazyhead has shades of Buffy the Vampire Slayer as well as echoes of '80s horror, not to mention that signature modern British style of humor, so there's definitely a lot to work with here.

***Spoilers Ahead***

What They Did Right

Casting British-Nigerian actress Susan Wokoma as Raquel earns Crazyhead very, very high marks from me.  She's dark-skinned with proud West African features, curly-haired, awkward as hell, she's not a size 2, and in the Crazyhead universe, she's the Chosen One.  So if we end up having to choose between Wokoma as Cynthia on Chewing Gum (where I absolutely adore her) or Raquel on Crazyhead...I vote for Raquel.  Since both shows stay within the 6-8 episode range per season, hopefully, she can continue doing both.

New Page, New Rules (Updated)

So our page is back (https://blackjunction.com/theblackgirlsclub), but you may have noticed some changes.

For one, we're no longer on Facebook.  After finally getting everything up and running, we got unpublished again.

See, the near the demise of the first page, you may have noticed a lot of commentary from people who weren't Black women.  There were a lot of people upset about our pro-LGBTQ an pro-interracial posts, as well our lack of dambs for White tears.  Suffice to say, some folks weren't too happy with us.

And he wasn't the only one.

We still have our Twitter handle, however, the tweets are now set to private.

Let's be clear: we created this club to talk to Black women.  It's centered on Black women.  Our name is self-explanatory.  We didn't set up to get shut down/reported every time someone's upset that we asserted our sexuality, our beauty, our love and self-worth, while racist, misogynist, and anti-LGBTQ pages have free reign to be "dangerous" and "abusive."

Our goal was to become completely independent of Facebook someday, as it obviously doesn't have the best interests of women and POC at heart.  In fact, I have a mind to transition all my pages to Blaqspot.


With Facebook Down, Let's Get Situated

So Facebook dismantled our page, which gives us the opportunity to explore new options, and a chance to return to our blogging roots. We are not unaware of the systemic targeting of Black-run pages, so a split from Facebook was probably inevitable.

For the Black girls who code, sound off...we've got an idea in the works and now's your time to shine.


Black Girls' Night Out: Keating & Pratt

Okay, so it's been three episodes and I feel like I finally have something to recap.  To be honest, I feel like Season of HTGAWM has been one long episode diced into shorter episodes and chocked full of filler.  And this, people, is precisely what's wrong with the current trend of serialization: writers are so heavily invested in the overarching story that they forget how to write the day to day. So they throw a bunch of things at the audience that no one really cares about.

No one cares about Bonnie/Frank.  I mean, where the hell did that even come from?  No one cares about Laurel/Frank.  No one cares about Laurel/Wes which...ewwww and also, huh????  When did they supposedly fall so hard for each other that Wes felt compelled to dump a perfectly good sista?  I mean, this was a blemish-free sista - why is this a favorite trope on television and why the hell is it happening in Shondaland?

And now we're supposed to believe that Wes and Laurel supposedly can't keep their hands off each other?  Yeah, I get that they bonded a while back and had a few investigative adventures of their own, but the writers missed their moment back in Season 2, so now they fit better as friends.  Their "passionate" sex scenes are a snorefest.  There's no sizzle.  What momentum they built up before has since fizzled out.

And why is Laurel always attached to some man?  When Frank disappeared and Wes was preoccupied with his girlfriend, Laurel had room to grow as a single woman and gain some new dimensions.  Instead, the writers turned right around and not only stitched her to another man but also made her pregnant?

Black Girls' Night Out: Bonnie Bennett

I know, I know...why bother?

Season 8 marks the final season of The Vampire Diaries so I figured I'd take a stab and see where it goes.  The story thus far has been mostly a snorefest.  When Kat Graham announced she was planning to leave the show after Season 8, showrunner Julie Plec replied that they didn't even know what they were going to do for Season 8.  Well, we're now three episodes into Season 8 and it feels like the writers still don't know what they're planning to do. 

Apparently, the vampires Damon Salvatore and Lorenzo a.k.a. "Enzo" are being controlled by the most annoying, boring villain since the Original Vampires.  Her name's Sybil, she's a siren, and I was over her two episodes ago.  Damon being the siren's slave draws his brother Stefan back into the is-Damon-even-worth-saving dance which got tired YEARS ago.

So here's where Bonnie stands within this shitshow: she still hasn't recovered her magic.  When factor in the three-year jump from last year, it means she's going on four years now with no magic.

Bonnie's feeling deeply alone; she's still living in that shit cabin from last season, doesn't appear to have a job, nor any family left to give a shit about her, and her "friends" have their own lives.  Caroline and Stefan are now engaged nd blissfully living together (in the fabulous Salvatore house), and Rick is off being a dad and the research guy.  Meanwhile, that which the Plec giveth, she's happy to taketh away: as a slave and hostage of the siren, Enzo has to put his relationship with Bonnie on hold.  *shrug* We saw that coming, of course, because there was no way in hell TVD was ever going to give Bonnie a full season of romantic, drama-free bliss.  Not even if it's her last season.


BGNO: Insecure...the Rundown (#BGNO #INSECUREHBO)

If you haven't started watching "Insecure", what are you waiting for. You're missing out. Those of you with it on your DVR...noooo just watch it so we can discuss. So, I purposely have not written about the last two episodes because they honestly needed to just be one episode. SPOILERS COMING...SO READ AT YOUR OWN RISK. There are so many things going on that it would not be fair to go through everything so I will just give you a few highlights. In episode 2 Issa is still avoiding her boyfriend Lawrence. My best friend and I were discussing how this couple is not right for each other because of the different stations they are at in life. Issa is working and still trying to figure how to make her job more of what she wants. Lawrence is out of work and trying to figure out what he wants to do with his life.
So they had a fight and Issa has been staying with her friend Molly (we gonna get to her in a minute). So Issa, still avoiding Lawrence and the apartment they share entirely, goes to RITE AID to buy new underwear. Unbeknownst to her Lawrence is there attempting to make up for forgetting her birthday by buying her a card and other cheap stuff. Well, you guessed it...they run into each other...well Lawrence sees Issa and calls her out for not coming home. They argue , Issa decides that she cannot or will not talk to Lawrence and walks away...but suddenly comes back and asks...wait for it...if she can borrow Lawrence's Rite Aid card to get a discount...

Another highlight from episode two is MOLLY! Oh MOLLY YOU IN DANGER GIRL! So Issa's bff Molly is on the hunt for her IBM. She is on every dating website to find this perfect guy. What I found so hilarious were the guys she went on a date with. They were every kind of black man imaginable: the Hotep Black Man, the Hood Black Man, the Good on Paper Black Man...all of which only wanted get in her panties.

Which takes me to Episode 3...which had a lot of great moments (Dada, Issa and Lawrence making a truce, the Secret white meetings and texts in the office), but a stand out moment for me was Molly and Jared (Mr. Enterprise). Like a lot of us...we sometimes bypass a good guy because of his station or status- its not on par with our ideal man. Jared did not go to college which changes the dynamics of Molly's feelings for him. Despite him being up front about his feelings for her and being super fine and hard working at Enterprise (the rental car place, which I always used by the way). Molly, like a lot of us are looking for man we have planned in our minds, but maybe that's not the kind of guy we need.  I see a lot of my former self in Molly. I had a list...a long list...and I still kept running into shitheads.

Again, there is so much magic happening in this series. You have to go watch! You're really missing out on some outstanding writing and just awesomeness. This show gives black girls the opportunity to be vulnerable and not always "strong". Thank you Issa!


Black Girls' Night Out: Annalise Keating (#HTGAWM #BGNO)

This episode barely had any Michaela in it, so we're not going to talk about her.

Okay, so remember the slap we all felt right down to our bones?  Since no good deed goes unpunished, Annalise Keating has to face the music for it in "Don't Tell Annalise".

In the university's desperation to get rid of Annalise, a board member leaks a video of the slap and in the middle of a trial, Annalise gets the news that her license has been suspended.  And here's where I've noticed a pattern with the writers.  In the first couple of seasons, we got the impression that Annalise is usually one step ahead of everyone.  Season 3 shows is this isn't always true.  In the episode with the slap, we see new a DA, a hot young sista who tells Annalise that after years of bad behavior, no one in that office is willing to give her deals anymore.  Annalise scoffs and blows it off, but we see her briefly panic as soon as she's out the door.

Granted, she finds a way to use that against the DA in court, but this is one of those rare moments in the series where we see Annalise truly caught off guard with no Plan B in place.  This week, the news about her license has her even more rattled, as we see her hit the bottle harder than usual.