Movie Review: Black Panther


OMFG this movie is amazing!

Literally everything about it is great. The cast, the clothing, the technology, the album. It’s all perfect. Also, the album is on Spotify and probably whatever else you use to stream so you should listen to it.

Okay I am in love with this cast Chadwick Boseman is amazing and he plays the role so damn well.

Angela Bassett……well she’s Queen Angela Bassett she’s literally great in everything,

I was pleasantly surprised to see Forest Whitaker. Love him.

Lupita. Omg I love her and from this movie I found out that she looks good in any shade of green. I love that she was the love interest too. A lot of times when the main character is a person of color their love interest is white. And that’s fine but very few movies focus on relationships between two people of color, let alone black love.

One of the things that I love most is that the women are badass boss bitch warriors. I loved Danai Gurira, she was absolutely fantastic. I loved how loyal that character was.

Letitia Wright as Princess Shuri is awesome. I love that she’s both techie and she can fight. She so amazing.

I like Michael B Jordan but I think this is the first time that I’ve seen him as a villain. I hated his character for the most part, but he did say a lot of important things about history that need to be noted.

The great thing about this movie is that this is the first time that a major movie franchise has really taken the time to cast a movie with majority black people like it’s supposed to. Not as fucking slaves or the help. About culture, family, legacy. These things are so rare for us to see on the big screen. Representation matters and I’m so proud of Marvel because they did a great job at giving us that.

I didn’t mention too much about the plot because I don’t want to spoil anything. I highly encourage you to go see this movie. If you want to talk about the actual movie plot feel free to message me on any of social media outlets.


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Let’s Talk About the Shooting in Florida

I didn’t want to write about this. I didn’t think that I had to write about this but now I know that I do.

What happened the other day is tragic. It’s something that should not keep happening yet we are stuck in a never ending cycle.

This was the 18th time in 2018 (mind you, it’s only February) that someone has opened fire in a school. Two have included injuries and fatalities. The rest of them may not have made the national news but 18 shootings in schools? That’s way too many.

In my opinion, the biggest part of the problem is gun control. I know a lot of people are saying that this isn’t about the guns and that the shooter was “mentally disturbed” but if that’s the case then why was he able to get his hands on an AR-15? Why is any civilian? These are the things that we want to prevent with gun control laws.

Also, I’m just going to go ahead and say it. If the shooter had had more melanin then he would not be described as a mentally ill orphan. He would be a thug and a terrorist and we all know it.

Yes mental health is a huge problem in this country, but that is going to have to be an article for another time. What I will say though, is that blaming this solely on mental health is a part of the reason that it’s a problem. This is not the face of mental illness and we need to talk about it more often instead of only when tragedy strikes.

People need to understand that when we ask for gun control we are not trying to take away their guns. You have the proper permits to keep a gun in your home or carry one in your purse. Good for you, that’s great. I honestly do not blame you and have even thought about it myself. But again, why the fuck is an AR-15 accessible to a teenager?

Seriously people. Without gun laws, people have made impossible to go anywhere without fear of someone shooting at them and it sucks. At this point people are either constantly worried or saying “well I can’t stop living my life because I’m afraid.” It’s either we stop having fun or at least we’ll die while doing something (that’s supposed to be) fun.

This is not healthy for our country.

At the end of the day, all we want is for it not to be so easy for people who should not have guns to get them. We are tired of our nightclubs, movie theaters, concerts, churches, and schools being shot up. You should not have to worry about your loved ones every time they walk out the door

No one is coming for your second amendment right. We literally just want this country to be safer.


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Black Panther “Controversy”

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Look. I shouldn’t have to write this. It’s fucking 2018.

Black Panther having a mostly black cast is not anti-white or racist. How many times have movies had zero people of color in them or even had white actors cast as characters of color? Where were you then?

Y’all seriously need to fall back and let us have this. A major movie franchise, properly casting a movie focused on black people and black culture does not happen often. And whenever we complain about white actors taking roles that were meant for POC you say, “It’s just a fictional character. It doesn’t matter!” Well, actually it does matter. Representation matters, and we hardly ever get it so this is huge for us

Also, stop comparing this to Aquaman. Okay let me break this down. Black people have a huge presence on Twitter to the point that it’s literally called Black Twitter. The reason that #BlackPanther, #WakandaForever etc. have so many hits is because we have such a huge presence. To my knowledge (and other people on Twitter have said the same thing, but please correct me if I’m wrong) there isn’t necessarily an “Asian Twitter” like there is a Black Twitter. On top of all that, Aquaman doesn’t come out for another TEN MONTHS and (in my opinion) Marvel makes better movies than D.C. anyway. NOT SORRY. But if you’re seriously questioning whether Black people will be as excited about a movie directed by and starring an Asian actor……yes we will be. Because we know that struggle and we’re tired of the damn white washing.

So sit down, check your privilege and kindly shut the fuck up because this movie had already broken records and will continue to do so starting tonight.

I’m going to see Black Panther this weekend and I will do a review to let y’all know how much I love it.


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Book Review: 3rd Degree (Women’s Murder Club #3)

3rd Degree by James Patterson

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Synopsis:

Plunging into a burning town house, Detective Lindsay Boxer discovers three dead bodies…and a mysterious message at the scene. When more corpses turn up, Lindsay asks her friends Claire Washburn of the medical examiner’s office, Assistant D.A. Jill Bernhardt, and San Francisco Chronicle reporter Cindy Thomas to help her find a murderer who vows to kill every three days. Even more terrifying, he has targeted one of the four friends. Which one will it be?


~SPOILER ALERT~


So because I don’t read book descriptions, I had no idea that one of them was a target and I’m really mad about the fact that Jill is dead. I was looking forward to her bringing down a domestic violence charge on her shit bag of a husband. It’s also so early in the series that it’s weird that one of them has died already.

Jacobi has been incredibly supportive in the last two books and it’s such a nice contrast from how shitty he was in the first book.

On the other hand though there’s a lot more sexism in this one and it’s weird because Lindsay has been Lieutenant for a while now so where is it coming from? Like at this point I’m kinda mad that she hasn’t just shut that shit all the way down. She doesn’t clapback nearly as often as she needs to.

Also, Lindsay is kind of a bitch to Cindy sometimes. And I get that their jobs are slightly conflicting but it’s so unnecessary.

Aside from being upset about Jill’s death, I also feel like Michelle didn’t need to die. She wanted to do good and she did but I don’t get why she stayed with Malcolm when he obviously didn’t really care about her.

Also, the whole August Spies thing was stupid. Like the symbol of August Spies makes sense and I get that he died for no reason. But for this “new generation” or whatever to be like, “Oh these rich people are killing innocent people so to teach them a lesson we’re going to kill more innocent people!” What the fuck? You’re no better than the people you claim to hate but okay.

Still an interesting read though.

3 stars.


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For People Who Complain About Valentine’s Day Just Because They’re Single

Look, I know that Valentine’s Day isn’t for everyone and that’s cool. But if you’re the person who hates the day just because you’re single, we need to talk.

If you say any of the following things it’s time to stop and let everyone else have their fun.

This is just a day to let single people know how single they are.

  • No it’s not. You just feel excluded so you found a way to make it about you. If you look up what it’s actually about it goes back really far and is all religious so….yeah.

It’s just another day for companies to take your money.

  • Well to be honest most holidays have become commercialized so yeah I see your point, BUT if you don’t want to buy the V-day paraphernalia then don’t. No one is forcing you too. I mean, if you really want chocolate then you can wait until the day after when it’s half off!

Shouldn’t you show someone that you love them everyday and not just today?

  • Yeah. And they do. So stop complaining okay.

Look, I can understand that you may feel lonely when you see everyone else posting on days like this, I get it. However, you don’t have to be bitter just because other people are happy. You want to make this day about you then do something to celebrate. Go out with your single friends and exchange gifts with them if you can afford it. Don’t have any single friends? Take yourself out. Have some me time. Watch your favorite movie, get your favorite meal, whatever makes you feel good.

Literally one year, my roommate and I exchanged gifts. It was cute and fun. So what if neither of us were in a relationship.

Either find a way to make this day fun for you or pretend it doesn’t exist. Either way, don’t rain on everybody else’s parade.


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Rae’s Rules to Remember #85: Listen to Marginalized Groups

I haven’t done one of these in a while but there’s something that’s been bothering me lately.

Awhile ago I cut off contact with a few people for posting things that I felt were offensive. Instead of listening to me and trying to understand where I was coming from, they dismissed me.

The reason that this bothered me so much was because these were people that not only claimed to be feminists, but also that I had trusted as both friends and allies. As a person of color, it’s not okay for a white person to tell what is or is not racist. They are never going to be on the receiving end of racism and they will never understand fully what it’s like. This doesn’t mean that they can’t have an opinion, weigh in and ask questions but it does mean that as a so called ally their first concern should be listening and learning.

For example, as a black woman in America I face both racism and sexism constantly.  However, I am still aware that I have certain privileges. I do not face Islamophobia, xenophobia, homophobia, etc. So as someone who very fiercely identifies as an intersectional feminist and an ally, if someone (with any identity that I personally do not have) told me that something was offensive to them, I would listen. Why? Because I don’t want to disregarding their feelings.  Because I would (unfairly) be telling them how they should act in a situation that I will never be in. Most importantly, because it’s the right thing to do, and if I didn’t, I would be betraying everything that I claimed to stand for.

The bottom line is that you may not always understand someone else’s point of view but in situations like this you don’t have to because 1. It’s not about you and 2. what you don’t understand is still another person’s reality. And if we’re being honest, your unwillingness to take the time to listen and understand makes you a part of the problem and, you’re never going to be able to change to become part of the solution. The most important part of being an ally is using your privilege to help lift the voices of those who are constantly silenced. So when you stop listening, it makes it that much harder for those voices to be heard.


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Book Review: 2nd Chance (Women’s Murder Club #2)

2nd Chance by James Patterson

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Synopsis:

2nd Chance reconvenes the Women’s Murder Club, four friends (a detective, a reporter, an assistant district attorney, and a medical examiner) who used their networking skills, feminine intuition, and professional wiles to solve a baffling series of murders in 1st to Die. This time, the murders of two African Americans, a little girl and an old woman, bear all the signs of a serial killer for Lindsay Boxer, newly promoted to lieutenant of San Francisco’s homicide squad. But there’s an odd detail she finds even more disturbing: both victims were related to city cops. A symbol glimpsed at both murder scenes leads to a racist hate group, but the taunting killer strikes again and again, leaving deliberate clues and eluding the police ever more cleverly. In the meantime, each of the women has a personal stake at risk–and the killer knows who they are.


~SPOILER ALERT~


I think that I need to start reading book descriptions again because I’m tired of being blind sighted by racially charged books with white supremacists throwing the n word around.

Anyway, I like that we get the perspective of the killer again so I’m guessing that will be a reoccurring thing throughout the series.

I knew that Cindy and Aaron were going to start dating, you could tell from their first encounter. I like it. I hope it works out.

I’m kind of annoyed that after 3 victims no one thought to keep an eye on the chief and have people stationed outside of his house. He didn’t have to die and I just feel like that could have been avoided.

This is kind of random, but I’m wondering if we will ever meet Lindsay’s sister Cat. She has to come in at some point right? She’s mentioned enough.

I hate Lindsay’s dad. I love that he was there for her in the end and all, but there is no valid excuse for leaving his family the way he did or not speaking up when Coombs killed a child. Unacceptable.

I could not believe that Jill lost her baby. I know that I don’t want kids (and no I will not change my mind) but that scene was heartbreaking.

I suspected that Chimera would go after Claire simply for the fact that she was black but there’s no way that she could have died. She’s one of the main characters and it’s way too early in the series. Same with Cindy, she can’t die.

I was shocked to find out that Chimera was actually the son. I had some suspicions when he first came into the picture but he was only mentioned that one time so I let it go.

Overall this was pretty good. I’m interested to see how the story and characters continue to develop.

3 stars.

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