'Siempre Bruja: Always A Witch' Will Make You Pay Attention to Netflix

'Siempre Bruja: Always A Witch' Will Make You Pay Attention to Netflix

And not just because the show is in Spanish.


Let me start off by saying that this show was not something I thought I needed. I watched the first episode and was hooked. The story takes place in Colombia in 2019 and is about a young witch named Carmen, but there is a distinctive twist to this tale. Carmen has traveled forward 450 years in time after making a deal with a wizard in 1649 to bring back her love, Christobel. You see, Chrisobel was shot after being found in the woods with Carmen. Because at this time in the Carribbean there were slaves and Carmen is able to read, write, and heal people with herbs, the family she serves assumes she is a witch.

Oh, right. And they can't believe their son could ever fall in love with a slave, which in and of itself made my blood boil. The two teens are trying so hard to be together, and it might be a bit overdone romantically, but that is not for me to say.

Anyway, Carmen travels forward, tasked with bringing a stone to a university in the city armed only with a name. What she finds is a plot unfolding day by day over the centuries, getting more dangerous every time she turns. To make matters worse, she is from another time entirely, so she has no idea about social media, girls in schools, and a whole lot more that gets her into a lot of trouble. And of course, there is a potential love interest and a wacky friend in this time period, too, just to make things interesting.

I am only a few episodes in, so I don't know entirely how the plot will play out or if it is just beginner's luck that makes this show so captivating, but I know I am going to be watching a lot more very soon. If the plot doesn't make me pay attention, the need for subtitles will. I'm forced to see every word and detail, and, frankly, 7 years of taking Spanish has only made me understand every fifth word, anyway. Even so, I am so excited to watch something that feels different and something that I literally cannot look down at my phone during for more than a couple seconds at a time because I DO NOT SPEAK SPANISH. I know, there are native-speakers looking at this cackling, but even so, I'm not any less excited.

I have seen a lot of mixed reviews. Some people are saying that Black History Month was not the time to make another show about a slave girl falling in love with a white man. Others are saying that Carmen is a force to be reckoned with, and seeing an Afro-Latina protagonist is PERFECT. I think I fall somewhere in the middle.

Watch this trailer and tell me what you think. And then watch the first episode.

Siempre Bruja: Always a Witch | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix www.youtube.com

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17 'Winnie The Pooh' Quotes To Remember When You're About To Have A Final Exam Panic Attack

"People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day."


Stressed AF about finals?

Let Pooh take the wheel:

1. "You're braver than you believe and stronger and smarter than you think." 

2. "Think it over, think it under." 

3. "Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day." 

4. "People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day." 

5. "It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?"

6.  "Think, think, think." 

7. "The nicest thing about the rain is that it always stops. Eventually." 

8. "Could be worse. Not sure how, but it could be." 

9. "To the uneducated, an A is just three sticks." 

10. "Home is the comfiest place to be." 

11. "So perhaps the best thing to do is to stop writing introductions, and get on with the book." 

12. "I must go forward to where I have never been instead of backwards where I have." 

13. "One of the advantages of being disorganized is that one is always having surprising discoveries." 

14. "Life is a journey to be experienced, not a problem to be solved." 

15. "It never hurts to keep looking for sunshine." 

16. "Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known."

17. My spelling is Wobbly. It's good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places."

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5 Songs to Add to Your Playlist This Month

Spring into finals week (and the summer) by "cleaning up" your playlist


Here are some fun, fresh new tracks to check out as you finish out the rest of the school year and help you get out of your "music comfort zone!"

“Patience” by Tame Impala 

Genre: Electronic/Alternative

Tame Impala FINALLY released new music (!!), and this track is absolutely stunning. With frontrunner Kevin Parker staying on brand with the band's psychedelic, seemingly ethereal style, it sounds like a combination of 70s soft rock and waves of modern-day electronica, with Parker's voice drifting in and out in a kind of otherworldly, mellowed-out manner.

“Harmony Hall” by Vampire Weekend 

Genre: Alternative/Indie Pop

Vampire Weekend is also releasing an album, entitled "Father of the Bride", on May 3rd. From the looks of it, this track relates to the theme of marriage/weddings present in the album's title, and it is a fun, upbeat song that I have been listening to a lot in the morning as I'm getting ready for class! Ezra Koenig's voice is so unique and can cover a broad range, and I highly recommend listening to some of the band's other work as well ("Step" from their 2013 release "Modern Vampires of the City" is one of my all-time favorite songs!).

“Ready to Let Go” by Cage the Elephant 

Genre: Alternative/Alternative Rock

So many great artists are (finally) releasing new albums this year, and Cage the Elephant falls into this category. This track is an absolute banger and doesn't stray much from the band's style in that it includes a lot of loud guitar and dynamic vocals. Like Vampire Weekend, Cage the Elephant has been around since the early 2000s, and I highly recommend checking out some of their earlier work as well (big fan of their most recent album, actually!)

“Apple Orchard” by Beach House 

Genre: Indie/Electronic

Beach House is one of my favorite bands of all time, as I find a kind of an ethereal, beautiful sadness in the dreamy style of instrumentalist Alex Scally and lucid vocals of singer Victoria Legrand. This track is from their 2006 self-titled debut and is probably one of my favorite songs they've ever released. The lyrics are poetic and perfect for the post-finals enjoyment of spring weather, in that they preach relaxation and restfulness, and the song's electronic rhythms echo the essence of spring as well. If you like this song, then I highly recommend checking out the band's other albums as well (Depression Cherry is one of my favorite albums of all time).

“April Come She Will” by Simon & Garfunkel 

Genre: 60s Pop

No spring playlist is complete without a little Simon & Garfunkel! This song is a classic, its timeless, poetic lyrics capturing the epitome of the coming of spring and all its glory. In fact, I consider the entire album (entitled Sound of Silence) to be perfect for the pleasantness and feelings of renewal/natural revitalization associated with the coming months, so be sure to give it a listen if you haven't heard it before!

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