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My Favorite Web Series and Movies I’ve Seen in 2014

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I’ve seen quite a few films this year and the first season of a certain web series. Here are my favorites!

Web Series: The Misadventures of The Awkward Black Girl (Season 1)- While there are actually two seasons of the show available, I stopped at season 1 because I didn’t want to be disappointed that there would be no more episodes to watch after Season 2. All the episodes are funded through Kickstarter and either there are no more episodes that are going to be made or they haven’t gotten funding to make more episodes yet.

Anyway, I gave Season 1 a chance after hearing about this show on sites like Black Girl Nerds and Afropunk. I am so glad that I did, because this is the first time I have seen someone like me in a show. By someone like me, I mean an awkward yet quirky woman of color. This show is honest and very funny. I found myself laughing out loud  and smiling at every episode. If you haven’t seen this series, then check out the episodes on the show’s site.

Movies:

Slam (1998)– This became my favorite poetry film ever. Not only does it have great slam poetry, but it also teaches the value of hip-hop and that you don’t have to be a part of a cycle of violence and revenge to get by. As a poet, this film inspired one or two poems I wrote this year and showed me the value of using homonyms. This film also helped me appreciate hip-hop more, because I barely listened to it until this year.

Stormy Weather (1943)– This classic blues and jazz film has become a favorite music film of mine. It features four of my favorite things: tap dancing, Cab Calloway, and blues and jazz. This film introduced me to the legendary tap dancer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson and the lovely Lena Horne. There is so much talent in this film that it is impossible not to enjoy the performances.

Cab Calloway’s Hi-Di-Ho (1934)- This short film is one of many short films that Cab Calloway did in his prime. This one is my favorite because you see him dance and sing live and provide a little humor at the end. I also liked that this film also doubled as an advertisement for radio, which was a fairly new product at the time.  View the short film on YouTube here.

The First Grader (2010)– This film made really appreciate the free grade school education I have gotten in the United States and made me think about the current state of education in America. I also liked that they told the true story that inspired the film in such a raw and realistic light.

P!nk’s The Truth About Love Tour: Live from Melbourne (2013)– As a huge fan of P!nk, I was very happy to see this concert film on Netflix. I’ve seen some fan shot videos of certain performances on YouTube, but it was awesome to see the entire tour. P!nk sings live while doing acrobatics, dancing, or just sitting or standing.

My favorite performances were “Raise Your Glass”, “Try”, “Time After Time”, “Fuckin’ Perfect”, “Can’t Take Me Home Medley (“Most Girls”, “You Make Me Sick”, “There You Go”, ), and “Sober”. The only thing I didn’t like were the excessive camera angles. The concert film is still available to watch on Netflix.

Big Hero 6 (2014)– When I originally saw the previews for the film, I thought it wasn’t going to be good. Then, somebody from my college’s anime club  posted about how good it was. After that, I found out that the film was inspired by Japanese anime and Japanese pop culture and I decided to give the film a chance.

As it turns out, the film was awesome. Since I lost my father two years ago, I could totally relate to the film’s main character Hiro Hamada when he lost his brother Tadashi. I also loved how diverse the main characters were and how they were all geeks.

Of course, I also loved that the film was inspired by Japanese anime and Japanese pop culture. Also, Baymax has become my favorite animated sidekick because of how he helped Hiro work through his grief, how awesome his special abilities are, and how funny he was when he learned how to do Hiro’s handshake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Why P!nk Is One Of The Most Underrated Female Musicians

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Pink (singer)

Source: Wikimedia Commons

Authoress Note: I’m aware that I’ve already done a spotlight on P!nk. However, since P!nk now has a new album and tour, I’d thought I’d do an updated spotlight on her. 

On December 10th 2013, pop-rock singer Pink will be honored as Billboard’s Woman of The Year.  While Pink has received huge amounts of praise and numerous awards, she has rarely received them here in the United States. With all the superficial music out there, Pink is a rare gem for many reasons.

1.  She can sing more than one genre.

Pop- “The Great Escape” from the The Truth About Love (2012)

Rock- “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” (Led Zeppelin Cover)” from Funhouse Tour: Live in Australia (2009)

Blues- “Misery” (feat. Steven Tyler)” from Misundazstood (2001)

R &B- “Most Girls” from Can’t Take Me Home (2000)

2, She can sing live while doing acrobatics and dancing.

“Try” (Live from The Truth About Love Tour 2013)

“So What” (Live from The Truth About Love Tour 2013)

“R&B Medley” (Live from The Truth About Love Tour 2013)

3.  She empowers women with her songs and music videos by showing you can be assertive,  emotionally vulnerable, and that you can express your gender however you want.

“Blow Me (One Last Kiss)”– music video from The Truth About Love (2013)

“Perfect”– music video from Greatest Hits… So Far!! (2010)

“Stupid Girls”-music video from I’m Not Dead (2006)

“Don’t Let Me, Get Me”-song from Misundazstood (2001)

4.  Many of her lyrics are honest, reflecting on things that have happened to her or around her

“Run” from The Truth About Love (2013) – this song is for her daughter, Willow

“I Don’t Believe You” from Funhouse (2008)- this song is about how Pink wanted to reconcile with her husband Carey Hart

“Dear Mr. President” from I’m Not Dead (2006)- this song was about then president George W. Bush

“Family Portrait” from Misundazstood (2001)- this song is about how Pink felt when her parents got divorced

5.  With P!nk, what you see is what you get. She’s being herself not only in her music, but in her interviews and rare candid moments.

Marie Claire Magazine Interview (August 2013)- Warning: mild profanity

Pink Stops Concert for Crying Girl (March 2013)

Ultimately, P!nk’s honesty as a person and a musician makes her an inspiration for anyone who doesn’t fit the mold.

 

Written by Serena Zola

October 21, 2013 at 10:00 AM

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