The Golden Globes Cannot Recognize Black Excellence

The Golden Globes Cannot Recognize Black Excellence

The Golden Globes does not recognize hard work and success if it bit them on the face.
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I watched "Girl’s Trip" during the summer and it definitely exceeded my expectations. I went inside the theater expecting it to be a predictable plot line. Instead, It showed four successful, educated, and hard-working black women just having the time of their lives.

Regina Hall played a successful author, Queen Latifah played a journalist, Jada Pinkett-Smith played a family-oriented nurse, and Tiffany Haddish played the goofball with the office job.

This movie was definitely the epitome of girl power and friendship. This was way different from the buddy-cop or the stereotypical guy best friend movie. It wasn’t the typical black movie either; it wasn't depicting the sad, melancholy past that American society has put black people through and these women weren't struggling as a result of that.

These women were successful, powerful, and assertive. Something rare to see in any movie that depicts women in general.

"Girl’s Trip" was about having fun with your best girlfriends and getting along.

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This movie also glorified black women and black men in all their splendor. They even had the Essence Festival featured in the movie.

You know "Essence," the magazine that has glorified the beauty of Black women since day one.

It was amazing, hilarious, and relatable. The rating for this movie was off the charts and the production made beyond their budget, this movie also gained an 89% on Rotten Tomatoes. However, it didn’t receive a Golden Globe.

This movie received little to no recognition for the performances that were given.

Tiffany Haddish excelled in her FIRST movie role and still got nothing out of it.

"I, Tonya" came out a few weeks ago and got on the list already, while "Girl's Trip" has been out since the Summer and did not earn a spot on the list?

Don’t get me wrong, I love Margot Robbie and the movie looks amazing, but it just came out five days ago! It already has a spot? I’m sorry, what?

"Get Out" was nominated for best comedy, when I sure as hell know that EVERYONE in that movie theater was SHOOK, not just laughing.

Daniel Kaluuya did not give that spectacular performance for his movie to be called a comedy.

Director Jordan Peele stepped out of his box of comedy and crafted a masterpiece that scored 99% on Rotten Tomatoes, just for it to be called a comedy? Absurd.

Both of these movies were black-oriented, black directed. These movies excelled and broke from the chains of a typical black movie and still have little to recognition for it. And they were both cheated out of an obvious win.

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.
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Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.


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Everyone has times when they have nothing to do and boredom strikes way too hard. From experience, I have found some top things to do when you literally have nothing else to do!

1. Clean

Not super fun, but will keep you busy.

2. Netflix

Find a new show to binge watch. Watched them all? Rewatch something you haven't seen in a while!

3. Shopping

Retail therapy can always keep you busy.

4. Make a home cooked meal

Spend some time in the kitchen and make something yummy! Even invite some friends.

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Pop in on some people you care about that you haven't seen in a while!

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Writing is something we all do and is a great way to express ourselves!

7. Exercise

Hit the gym or go for walk, do something to keep you nice and fit.

8. Volunteer

Go to an animal shelter, food bank, museums, or anywhere in your area that needs help.

9. Look for a job

If you're bored, maybe getting a part time job will keep you a little occupied. Plus it's extra money in your pocket.

10. Draw/ do something artsy

Even if you think you're a bad artist, drawing is something fun to do! You'll get better in time.

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