Why I Need Afrostream, The Black Netflix

This week I found out that a thing called Afrostream exists. Like Netflix, it’s a subscription based VOD platform currently available in France, Africa, Europe, and soon in the U.S. On the website (which is in French) it is described as “Your favorite movies and series afro when you want where you want unlimited.” Looking at the titles, they’re dated, but whatever, I’m more amazed at the concept of a Black Netflix. I’ve searched “African American movies/shows” on Netflix many times hoping for an updated selection. Mind you, some of my favorite movies and shows have all white casts – Forrest Gump, Friends, Inglourious Basterds, Pretty Woman, to name a few – but sometimes I just want to laugh at black romantic comedies or watch shows with an all black cast…shows in addition to a A Different World. *Side eye to Netflix*

There is a power in relating to the images you see on TV and in the movies. As the women on The View and other talk shows have discussed, whether you’re a woman, Hispanic, Asian, Irish, Native American, gay, people notice when they are missing, and missing out.

The fear of missing out (FOMO) is not only a modern day term used when people constantly check Facebook or Instagram. It’s actually innate. There is a part of the brain – the amygdala – that acts “like a smoke detector. It signals the brain to activate the flight or fight response when we begin to feel threatened or unsafe….FOMO arises when we become preoccupied with the feeling that we are not good enough and that we may never be.” (YouBeauty). Platforms such as Telemundo, BET, NAACP Image Awards, the CMA Awards, etc. were created to help alleviate FOMO, confusion, and anger of people who don’t see themselves on television and in the media.

“If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” – Toni Morrison.

I need Afrostream in my life not because I’m ONLY interested in Black programming but because of the #BlackLack* on Netflix. I want to see black relationships. I want to see black sitcoms. Not only can Afrostream fill that void, it’s also a great reminder that our issue isn’t only our issue, but a global one as well.

*Hashtag credit: Daniel Meyer*

 

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Bittersweet Twilight Glitter: Why You Loathe, Why I Like

Source: IMDb

Love it or hate it, the Twilight saga will go down in history as the flicks that skyrocketed teen blood pressures and grossed more than $2.5 billion dollars worldwide collectively – but wait! There’s more. The series’ final installment, Breaking Dawn Pt. 2, which debuted yesterday, November 16, 2012, will, according to the NY Times, “break box office records, with as much as $150 million in projected sales this weekend“!

In 2008, I was a freshman in college. It was the same year the first Twilight movie came out. I started watching it with a group of friends, but never stayed ’til the end or engaged in the hype about Twilight’s two, three, and four. Five years later, literally this past week, I watched them all in one swoop!

My reasoning? I have been relying on the media and other people to tell me how good or bad – mostly bad – the acting was. It was only fair to watch them and judge for myself.

Guess what? Not as bad as they say.

[PAUSE: As a movie-lover/undercover critic/PR professional…:)…I should not be labeled as having “bad taste” in movies. There is a method to what seems like madness….]

Main Reasons Why I Like The Movies:

  • It captures the tug between having something you want (Team Edward) versus sticking with what you need (Team Jacob). I don’t know about you, but I have never been in love with two people at the same time. However, I believe it is possible to feel that way. Some people would say that the movie is slow. But in reality, when you are having conflicted feelings, you swing like a pendulum, constantly looking for a balance. This is what Bella was doing…majority of the time.
  • My boyfriend claims that Jacob got “crapped” – not for the lack of a better word, mainly to be polite – on a lot. What other people think may be “right” for you, may not be. Bella said to Edward, “I love him…but I love you more” admitting it was a tough choice, but she made a definite decision. Yes Jacob was warmblooded and good looking, but if Bella had chose him because it was the “right” thing to do, they would’ve lived an unhappy life together.
  • The sappy lovey-dovey-ness. Maybe it’s because I’m a girl. Maybe it’s because I believe that true love does exist. I’m a fan of fairy tales, what can I say.
  • Families are shown as strong entities. There is a lot of faith and trust in each other; more families should have this.
  • They had some decent fight scenes.

Main Reasons Why I Think People Hate It:

  • The glittery bodies
  • The fact that these vampires stray from the common myths we’re used to hearing (which are not necessarily true. For all we know, vampires could’ve glittered instead of burned in the sunlight! Who. Knows.)
  • The pace is slow
  • If fairy dust had a sound it would be the background music of every romantic scene.
  • The graphics?
  • They didn’t use real wolves
  • etc etc

From a public relations p.o.v., I have to commend the Twilight PR team because they took their targeted audience and RAN with it; business is business and it’s an even exchange. I’m in awe and look forward to watching the last movie.

P.S. What do you think will be the next teen movie obsession? Our generation was lucky to have Harry Potter and Twilight – the pressure’s on! By the way, have you seen the trailer for Warm Bodies, a movie about a human and zombie who fall in love? It’ll be out February 1, 2013. Move over wolves and vampires, zombies want a turn at teen romance.

I Strongly Believe in Visualization (And Hard Work!), So Does Jim Carrey

So recently, my sister sent me something from Khloe Kardashian’s website titled “Motivational Monday: You are Unique!” I absolutely loved it! We all go through moments where we’re on top of everything, where it seems like life can take no wrong turn. Unfortunately, that is not the case; life will find a way to knock us down, forcing us to learn lessons and keep truckin’! With that said, I have designated this section of my blog, under the category “Pick-Me-Up” to post motivational/inspirational…anything!…that I find on the web. 🙂 Here’s my first post – an inspiration lesson from Jim Carrey.

“If you can see it and believe it, it is a lot easier to achieve it.” – Oprah

Uncomfortable Houston Family Interview on “The View”

I have always enjoyed The View. “But they don’t have any conversational manners…they always talk over each other!” Anyone who knows me knows that people without conversational manners grind my gears. But as they say, the only rule that exists is that there is an exception to every rule – The View is my exception.

Two days ago, Whitney Houston’s family was on the show to promote The Houstons: On Our Own, a new reality TV series, which made its debut yesterday, October 24 on Lifetime at 9 p.m. Whitney Houston’s sister-in-law, Pat Houston, mother, Cissy Houston and Pat Houston’s daughter were all on the couch for this interview. It is common knowledge that Barbara Walters is Mama View, the matriarch of daytime television. Walters dominated this interview with the Houston family making the guests and viewers at home feel uncomfortable – check it out.

In the clip, the tension started with concern for Whitney Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina – is she too young to be engaged at 19 years old? Co-host, Sherri Shepherd  stated, “Well, a lot of people get married young….” The conversation moved on to a touchy suspicion (which we can almost assume is correct based off the comment Cissy Houston made) – are they doing it for the money? Is it right for Bobbi Kristina to grieve and grow up on a reality show? Pat Houston shot this notion down by saying that the show is about the family, not only Bobbi Kristina, and that “the cameras have been following her since she was born”. Tension begins to stack higher and higher, forcing Sherri to cut the thick air with a compliment to Whitney Houston’s mother. The last straw was the mention of Bobbi Kristina’s underage drinking on the show (around 6:30 you can see how uncomfortable Sherri is) followed by Walters addressing rumors about the amount of money Whitney Houston left behind.

My thoughts on this interview –

In regards to Barbara Walters. As a journalist/TV host, it’s important to push guests and ask questions the audience would like answers to. I commend Walters on doing that, redirecting questions, etc., however, she moderated this conversation with little compassion (until the end). She took on the role of a concerned parent, almost discounting the Houston family’s guardianship over Bobbi Kristina, which was not cool and uncomfortable to watch.

In regards to the Houston Family. Pat Houston and Cissy Houston shared the same views on raising Bobbi Kristina. However, Cissy Houston’s discontent with doing the show instantly put the family in a negative light. You start to think: “This family is being exploited”, “So it IS for the money”. It seemed like Barbara Walters was focusing on all negatives, but as the interview progressed somehow it started to makes sense.

There is one thing we can all agree on: obviously this family has gone through and are still going through a lot.     

Source: Sandra Rose

Zooey Deschanel and 6 Reasons Why You Should Watch FOX’s “New Girl”

First of all, I have a huge lessssbian crush on Miss Deschanel. She sings, she’s quirky, fun and filled to the brim with awesomeness. My love for her has blossomed, since 2003’s Elf, into a red lotus flower. Obviously I don’t know her personally but over the past few years her “act” has been consistent so it must be real. Right? Right. And everyone loves a girl who can make fun of herself.

Now that is out of the way, here are six reasons why you should watch New Girl on FOX:

  1. It stars Zooey Deschanel (duh) as the main character, Jess.
  2. The writing is hilarious. See for yourself: “I like to improvise with my body. I’m like a sexual snowflake – each night with me is a unique experience.” – Schmidt
  3. The writer is a woman, Elizabeth Meriwether. (Funny women! Yes!!)
  4. How often does a girl break up with her boyfriend and move in with three guys??….Rarely.
  5. More than 1,800,000 people like New Girl on Facebook. It’s ok to believe the hype sometimes.
  6. (Last but not least) It has been nominated for many awards including the Golden Globes Awards, People’s Choice Awards, and Primetime Emmys.

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You Won’t Catch Me Dead In Those Heels!

Source: Shine from Yahoo!

Want to see this model walk in the “Scary Beautiful’s”? Click on the picture. I don’t see anything sexy about walking down a runway looking like a  zombie from The Walking Dead, but to each his own. I guess it’s true what they say, beauty does lie in the eyes of the beholder. And I guess it’s also the model’s responsibility to make sure her knees stand correct (pun intended)  while controlling her height above the ground because heaven knows I would have buckled after two seconds! 🙂

Halloween 2012 (Tentative) Movie List

It has to be the adrenaline rush. I mean, why else would Halloween be my favorite holiday? This Oct 31, I want to be ready. Below you can find a growing list of Halloween movies for later this month. Check it out!

  • The Crazies
  • The Cabin in the Woods      ✓
  • Prometheus
  • The Haunting in Connecticut
  • The Last House on the Left      ✓
  • Pandorum
  • Cloverfield
  • The Stangers
  • Thirteen Ghosts
  • I Spit On Your Grave
  • Hostel
  • Silent Hill
  • Halloween
  • Leprechaun      ✓
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 
  • The Ring
  • The Grudge
  • Friday the 13th
  • Saw
  • Jeepers Creepers      ✓
  • Poltergeist 
  • The Fly
  • The Shining
  • The Corpse Bride
  • Psycho