9.24.2016

Black Girls' Night Out: Keating & Pratt (#HTGAWM #BGNO #TBGC)

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Black Girls' Night Out.  A lot of you (hell, most of you) are new this season, so you probably don't know that about this little feature we've been running for about as long as we've had the blog.  It all started with Det. Joss Carter (Person of Interest) and Olivia Pope (Scandal), and has since grown (and shrunk at times).  The main point of BGNO is basically to critique shows (and sometimes films) which feature Black women.  We don't usually cover sitcoms; we instead gravitate towards the dramas, the nighttime soaps, etc.

Now, I'm going to be your Shondaland correspondent (have been since day one), though I may take on other shows.  I won't be touching Grey's Anatomy; I feel it's long past its heyday; it took too long to bring on some young sistas, and when it did, it didn't really do anything exciting with them (they're not the focus).  Gina Torres is slated to appear on The Catch, but I doubt I'll be touching that one either unless they really step what they're doing with Rose Rollins.  I'm not particularly thrilled about Still Star-Crossed, but...we'll see.  And Scandal won't be an issue until next year.

I will admit that I've fallen for How to Get Away with Murder; it's a crazy show that's open and honest about its craziness, and I have to respect that.  Also...Viola Davis.

Y'all, Annalise Keating's wig and makeup have come a loooooong way over the last couple of years.  I feel the stylists have finally figured out something which works for our leading lady here, and it helps that Viola is in her fifties, but looks at least a full decade younger.

To be honest, I was a little disappointed with the Season 3 premiere; while watching it, I was suddenly reminded of old Scandal episodes where things only seemed to get interesting in the last five minutes.  Annalise spends most of the episode trying to find Frank after he murdered Wes's father and went into hiding.  FYI: I don't care about Frank.

It seems that Annalise spent her summer working in her garden and occasionally connecting with her students.  Laurel went to Mexico for the summer.  Connor suntanned and soaked his feet in a kiddie pool.  Asher was financially cut off from his mother and offended at the thought of getting a job.  Oliver asked Annalise for a job and of course, she hired him.  And Michaela...we'll talk about her next.

But Annalise did experience some development in this show; apparently her Keating 5 suck at a school now and have dropped to the bottom 10%, unlike their predecessors.  I'm just saying, maybe if they stopped killing people, they wouldn't be in this mess.  It's hard to focus on your grades when you're trying like hell to stay out of jail.

Because of their failings, Annalise's prized criminal law class is taken from her and she's granted a clinic as a consolation prize.  That means in addition to teaching, she can choose two students to sit with her as co-chairs on her cases.  So now the students will go from doing just the dirty work to actually getting to talk in court.

In the meantime, someone is taping up flyers branding Annalise a killer.  My money is on her dead husband's sister.  And oh yeah, Annalise's still sleeping with Nate.  *shrug* Good for her.

My disappointment in the writers when it comes to Michaela Pratt continues to grow.  I still feel she's an afterthought for them, as they prefer to focus on Laurel.

Apparently, Michaela spent her summer acting out; in a flashback, Annalise has to come get her when she's busted for drunk driving.  Michaela is distraught; she can't believe that after all the murders and all the drama, she's expected to shut up and just go back to being a law student.  Annalise reminds her that she got away from a bad family, and so she'll get through this.

Huh?  Who?  Come again?  Was that a throwaway line to get fans off the writer's backs about fleshing out Michaela?

Michaela Pratt is the latest example of Shondaland writers not really knowing what to do with young, beautiful Black women on their show.  They don't know how to make them interesting.  We saw this on Grey's Anatomy, and we're seeing this on The Catch.  In fact, if a Black actress is not the lead on the show (or a maternal, mentor figure), the writers tend to struggle.  At this point, Aja Naomi King stays shining only because she's that beautiful and that awesome, not because of anything the writers have done for her.

The premiere ends with the show's signature flash-forward to Annalise's house on fire and a covered body being put into an ambulance.  We don't see who died, but we do see Annalise wailing at the top of her lungs.  So we're meant to assume it's someone she cares about.  However...this is Annalise.  I wouldn't be surprised if we learn during the season finale that she set her own house on fire to torch the corpse of someone who was about to snitch.

This wraps up Season 3, Episode 1 of HTGAWM.  If you are interested in being a BGNO correspondent, let us know!  There's plenty to go around this season.

BGNO - Ginny Baker Deserved Better (Ratings)



Pitch premiered on Thursday night, and y'all, it was excellent. The storytelling, the diversity, the music, the acting, the production, the characters.  They all pulled me in right from the beginning and never let me go.  And that's no small feat.  As much as I love to watch television (probably too much, to be honest), I don't particularly like to watch pilots.  It's the equivalent of watching a superhero's origin story, and although I know they're necessary, I still have little patience for it.  But Pitch was one of the rare exceptions that I can see myself watching again and again.

Unfortunately, being awesome didn't save the show from getting bad ratings (1.1 18-49, 4.3 million viewers).  And I'll be honest--I don't understand it.  I'm sure there's some expert explanation for it that I can't put my layperson finger on, but it's mind-boggling to me. 

When I saw the ratings on Friday morning, I was sitting at work like


Like me, my friends were also scratching their heads wondering what the hell had happened. We all watched it.  We all saw how good it was and how well it was being received.  We all saw it trending #2 on Twitter for nearly it's entire runtime. We all read the glowing reviews and saw Fox promoting the show like it was the only new show they were premiering this fall.  And it still didn't do well.  None of that seemed to matter.

8.21.2016

Why we must keep talking about how #BlackLooksMatter


Etienne Rodriguez just penned a great piece yesterday over at Affinity Magazine entitled "Our Diversity Isn't Looking So Diverse" (from whence I snatched this great image above).  In it he makes the same points we posted from Ms. Jaina Bennett, on the same day she made them...which was perfect.


Let me make this abundantly clear: we love, love, love Zendaya.  And Candice Patton.  And Kylie Bunbury.  And Kat Graham.  And Kiersey Clemons.  And Angel Coulby.  And Nathalie Emmanuel. And Nicole Ari Parker.  And Megan Markle.  We use to love Zoe Saldana too, but she's on a bit of a time-out.  They're our sisters; we respect their accomplishments, and appreciate the struggles they've endured and continue to endure in the hostile world of show business.  We don't want them to give up a single thing (they're not exactly drowning in back-to-back roles).  So when you think about it, this isn't even really about them.  This is about the people who hire them.

8.06.2016

Athletic Sisters: Danusia Francis


Looks like Jamaica's getting a second representative!

Funny story about Danusia: She was born in Britain, currently lives in Los Angeles and attends UCLA (whom she also competes for).  She was a reserve gymnast on behalf of Britain in 2012, but because she represented Jamaica at the 2015 World Championships, she qualified to test for their Olympic team.  Needles to say, she passed.

I'm really excited that Danusia is at the Olympics because she's known for her flexibility, which I can only describe as, well...insane.





This truly is the Blackest year ever. Someone said this year's Olympic gymnastic event is going to be a bloodbath, and well...yes and no. I'm so glad all these Black and Brown girls are making/going to make history this year, so it's win-win either way. However...they all have eyes on the gold, and they all can't have it.

Let the games begin.

7.17.2016

Black Girls' Night Out: Whitney & Robyn (#BlackandSexyTV)


Wow...feel like it's been a while.

Like I said At the Bar, I am enjoying the hell out of my new Black & Sexy TV subscription.  The casting is on point, the production is on point, and the music constantly has me asking, "Who dat???"

Best of all, I get to pick up where I left off with my two fave girls on Hello Cupid.

7.10.2016

Actually...We Wouldn't Care



I'm getting old and less patient, so I'll just shuck right down to the cob: 1) We built the Black Girls Club because we could, and 2) if a White Girls Club came out tomorrow...we really wouldn't give a shit.

I once said that being a Black woman is like being a member of an exclusive club you never actually chose to sign up for.  This part's particularly important because I don't think people fully grasp the meaning of "the Black Girls Club."  Yes, it's just what it says on the tin.  It's also so much more.

People resent Black women so much because they either can't be us, or can't have us.

6.18.2016

Black Girl Baes: Samira Wiley


I've been meaning to do this post for a while, and it seems more fitting now than ever, so...here goes.

For those of you drawn to the "gender fluid" type, it's easy to hop and online and see one White face after the other.  Ruby Rose's name in particular pops up.  Some sistahs recently asked where was the same hooplah around our own Samira Wiley, whose sleek, slender, boyish-yet-femme looks should be focus of just as much attention.  After all, one of the writers on Orange is the New Black suddenly realized she was a lesbian and left her husband for this woman.  #Game #SetMatch #Checkmate

Now that she will no longer be on OINTB and has been itching to try out new looks, I can't wait to see where her career takes her (she recently appeared in ShondaLand on The Catch).

'Bout to fangirl the hell outta this woman....