The Power of 'Brown Girls'

The Power of 'Brown Girls'

The new web-series entitled 'Brown Girls' directed, written, and starring brown girls will be coming out in February 2017.

The new web-series entitled Brown Girls directed, written, and starring brown girls will be coming out in February 2017. I saw the trailer for the first time a while ago and really enjoyed it. I watched it again before writing this and really thought about what this show could mean for brown girls everywhere and myself.

The show follows two women of color living in Chicago. From the official website, we learn that “Leila is a South Asian-American writer just now owning her queerness. Patricia is a sex-positive Black-American musician who is struggling to commit to anything: job, art and relationships”. It sounds like the typical show about friends who are juggling different aspects in life, such as Friends, New Girl, and Broad City. However, what makes Brown Girls different is that now we get the inclusiveness of women of color and the struggles that come with being just that. The crew itself is “probably 95% people of color and/or queer people” which only creates a more diverse and intriguing energy to the show. With different aspects of different people, we get a show that really portrays all kinds of people, not just a selective few.

Looking at just the two-minute trailer, you can already see that there’s an intersection of identities, of people trying to figure out who they are and going after what they want. We see Leila unexpectedly kissing someone else a while into the trailer. We see Patricia talking about having sex with some other person, and it being just that. This show will talk about sex explicitly so maybe we can finally realize that sex is something we shouldn’t be afraid to talk about. Not only that, but we also see probably Patricia’s mom telling her that she won’t even give her a lecture about what she doesn’t know about feminism. This show is going to convey to us what feminism really is with the power of inclusiveness. And I’m totally down for it all.

In an interview of Sam Bailey, the director of Brown Girls, she said how “[the characters] don’t shy away from talking about their race when it’s necessary to the conversation, but I think any art that’s done by a marginalized people becomes a political statement”. I think we should all realize how true this statement really is. I’ve read dozens of pieces of literature, looked at different types of paintings, seen shows about and from oppressed groups, and all of them have something in common: a political statement. Through art, we can really show how our lives are affected by unequal treatment and injustice. Brown Girls is another beautiful piece of artwork that will really portray what actually goes on in our heads and lives coming from a marginalized group.

Being a brown girl myself, I am really excited for this show. I am a brown Mexican girl going to school in Chicago, trying to understand what commitment is and understanding my own sexuality. And I can finally see myself in a show.
Cover Image Credit: Brown Girls/Facebook

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If Taylor Swift Songs Were Types Of Alcohol

Because what's better than a drink and some T-Swift?

With Taylor Swift's quick return to the music scene... and in a big way, might I add, I decided to associate some of the best Taylor Swift songs with alcohol.

I mean, who wouldn't want to drink to Taylor Swift's catchy melodies and perfect choruses to get over an ex or tell someone exactly how you feel about them?

Taylor Swift has been around for a decade at this point, and let's face it, pretty much all of her songs could go along with at least one type of alcohol.

1. "Welcome To New York" - Moscow Mule

It only makes sense. Visit the Big Apple and you have to indulge in the state's signature cocktail. Moscow mules are a New York classic, and if it's your first night in the city and you haven't bought yourself one, are you even in New York?

2. "Blank Space" - Everclear

Think about it... A night of drinking Everclear will leave you with a giant blank space the next day. You might also look like Taylor did in the music video.

3. "Tim McGraw" - Beer

Tim McGraw is a throwback to Taylor's high school love. What better way to reminisce than with a couple friends and a keg of your favorite cheap beer?

4. "Style" - Cristal Champagne

What's more stylish than with a glass of the most expensive bubbly you can find? Just like Taylor Swift, Cristal will never go out of style.

5. "Shake It Off" - Martini

Get it? Cause you shake a martini? I might be the only one who thinks that's funny but you might end up dancing a little bit with a martini in hand when "Shake It Off" come on the radio.

6. "Red" - Merlot

Red has to go along with a red wine. What else could go along with yet *another* T-Swift breakup song?

7. "22" - Margaritas

Let's face it, when you're 22, you really only drink margaritas. They're fun- and all the hipsters are probably drinking them too.

8. "Teardrops On My Guitar" - Southern Comfort

When your heart is broken, who are you going to turn to besides the only alcohol that gives you comfort...Southern Comfort that is.

9. "I Knew You Were Trouble" - Fireball

I can't say I've ever met anyone who spent a night with Fireball and didn't regret it the next morning.

10. "Look What You Mad Me Do" - Tequila

T-Swift's latest single is an angry one. What better to make you angry than tequila? Taylor basically just called out everyone who had ever talked about her behind her back and she did it in true Taylor fashion-by writing a song. She was probably drunk on tequila when she wrote it too.

11. ...Ready For It? - Bottomless Mimosas

Because it's just that good.

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Board Games Are More Important Than You Think They Are

They've become a defining part of my family.


Remember when you were a kid and you'd have a family game night? Or your friends would come over and you'd open the game cabinet and play at least three different games together?

Maybe it's just me, but those are some of my best memories from my childhood. My family loves games, board games, and electronic games.

Of course, as I got older, gaming consoles like PlayStation and Wii became more and more popular. That meant that the game cabinet was opened less and less, collecting dust.

Thankfully, I live in New Jersey near the shore and Hurricane Sandy left my family with no power for five days. Sure, it was scary not having power and walking around my neighborhood seeing fallen trees or roof shingles, but we were inland enough to not have had any flood water damage.

No power also meant no PlayStation or Wii games. The gaming cabinet was opened again, this time with vigor. Now, four years later, and I still think about sitting in the dark with a flashlight playing Scrabble with my family.

That was also the week I learned how to play Yahtzee and dominated my dad in every game. My sister constantly was looking for someone to play her to Battleship. We exhausted Rummikub.

The game was already a family favorite, and that's including extended family. Family barbeques had been ending with late night games of Rummikub for at least a year by the time Sandy hit.

We were ready to strategize and crunch numbers, but after day three, we never wanted to a number ever again.

This semester, there's been a surge of board game love again in my family. My sister bought Jenga, which we are currently trying to exhaust ourselves with. My favorite board game also had a comeback: Life.

I loved this game so much that I had the SpongeBob version as a kid. I would play it with my best friend, just the two of us, playing game after game of Bikini Bottom themed Life. Now, I have a car full of "kids" that I've started to make pets in my head. I can handle having five pretend dogs, but not five pretend kids.

I don't know what it is about board games, but my family has always had an affinity for them. We've gone through our cycles of playing video games and card games, but we always come back to the classics. Maybe it's more a defining part of my family than I originally thought.

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