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“Being Mary Jane” Season Finale: A Whole Lotta Crazy

26 Feb

Being Mary Jane: Season 1, Episodes 7 & 8 Recap

Saying goodbye is hard *tear* © Black Entertainment Television

“It’s not easy letting go of your dreams” -MJ *tear* © Black Entertainment Television

As my blog post title states, last night’s episode of Being Mary Jane was a whole lot of crazy. It started off sweetly enough (minus the colorism and self-esteem issues), when Mary Jane had a popcorn-and-movie-night sleepover with Niecy. But the episode took off to another level when Mary Jane learned that her friend Terrence Mitchell – the fraudulent journalist she helped expose – committed suicide.

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“Being Mary Jane” Episode 6 Recap: Reality Bites

19 Feb

Being Mary Jane Season 1, Episode 6 Recap

When things fall apart... © Black Entertainment Television

When things fall apart… © Black Entertainment Television

Last night’s episode of Being Mary Jane dumped a bucket of ice cold water on the characters, jarring them into reality. It all starts off so romantically as Andre and MJ enjoy each other’s company over a candlelit dinner. But then Andre confronts MJ about her nostalgic moment with David at the gala: “Are you screwing him? Am I his replacement?” He throws it in her face that he is breaking apart his life to be with her and she tells him that his sucky marriage should really be the impetus for that, not her.

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She Reads: “Bird of Paradise” and “How to Die in Paris”

18 Feb

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It’s such a shame that I’m just now writing about these memoirs, considering that both have been sitting in many ‘NEED TO READ’ notes and documents on my iPhone and computer for a combined total of two years. What’s even more absurd is that after I ordered both books, I left them on my bookshelf for weeks. Perhaps I was waiting for the perfect moment in which I could fully absorb (and completely devour) them, and a snowy day a few weekends ago was it!

I had already started Bird of Paradise a few days before, but I finished the bulk of it and the entirety of How to Die in Paris in one day. There was something so enchanting about spending the day fully engaged with the meat of two peoples’ life stories. I laughed and cried and shouted and gasped and went mute at so many moments while reading these memoirs and I felt invigorated after the experience. Through the process of reading about Raquel Cepeda and Naturi Thomas’ lives in their own words, I almost felt challenged to assess my own life with different eyes.

The messages in these books will resonate deeply with any reader and I highly recommend that you pick them up and dive into their worlds as soon as possible.

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“Being Mary Jane” Episode 5 Recap: The Liars Club

12 Feb

by Janday Wilson

“Being Mary Jane” Season 1, Episode 5 Recap

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© Black Entertainment Television

The bleakness of last night’s episode of Being Mary Jane was made all the more dark because of the few ephemeral, bright moments that occurred. As a viewer, I was almost wishing that the characters could get everything their hearts desired, but it feels like they already made their deals with the devil. So unhappiness is the price that they’ll have to pay.

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“Being Mary Jane” Episode 4 Recap: No, BET, We Do Not Want To Be Mary Jane

5 Feb

by Janday Wilson

“Being Mary Jane” Season 1, Episode 4 Recap

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© Black Entertainment Television

This recap is dedicated to that completely perplexing commercial that was aired during last night’s “Being Mary Jane,”  which promoted a Twitter campaign encouraging BMJ watchers to share the reasons why “#iammaryjane.” Wait a second. I need some time to dismount my high horse. I kiiiiind of get where BET was going with this one. Mary Jane is a complex person, as we all are. Everything living on this planet has flaws. No one is perfect. Now with that said, though I do not hate Mary Jane as much as it appears many of my fellow BMJ watchers do, I would be DAMNED if I came out and said that I am Mary Jane. I do not want to be her. Let me count the ways based off of this episode:

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“Being Mary Jane” Episode 3 Recap: Addicts Anonymous

22 Jan

by Janday Wilson

“Being Mary Jane” Season 1, Episode 3 Recap

MJ Andre back

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The schmaltz was laid on really, really thick last night folks. “I deserve  better than this. I was raised better than this!” Mary Jane wails after getting caught by her brother going to (down) town on Andre in the opening scene. (I know I wasn’t the only one expecting the head in Andre’s lap to be that of his  wife Avery.)

The drama of this scene takes a Tyler Perry turn as Mary Jane turns into a doe-eyed damsel in distress as quickly as she snapped. She reprimands Andre for not fixing the floodlights in her pool, so he gets all Prince Charming on her and dives into the deep end fully-clothed to fix them. “Anything else you want me to do?” was all Mary Jane needs to hear to turn on her bedroom eyes and go slack-jawed as Andre proceeds to reciprocate their oral exchange.

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“Being Mary Jane” Episode 2 Recap: The Follies of Marriage, Love and Commitment

15 Jan

by Janday Wilson

“Being Mary Jane” Season 1/Episode 2 Recap

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Maybe Mary Jane should take solace in the fact that she is not the only one struggling in the relationship realm. In fact, much of last night’s episode was an instruction guide on what not to do.

At the start of the episode, Mary Jane battles with her private desires for marriage (or something like it) and the reality that her situation is anything but a fairytale. She rejects Andre’s proposal in a hotel room love nest, but gazes wistfully at the engagement ring he mailed to her to convince her to reconsider. In a laugh-out-loud scene, she mimics a trained seal when questioning whether or not women are trained to think, GIVE ME MARRIAGE. She tells her friend and colleague Mark (Aaron D. Spears) that marriage may not be in her future, but does she believe that?

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“Being Mary Jane” Episode 1 Recap: When It Rains…

8 Jan

by Janday Wilson

“Being Mary Jane” Season 1/Episode 1 Recap

Last summer, BET teased us with the pilot episode of Being Mary Jane, which they debuted as an original movie. Mara Brock Akil’s creation proved to be captivating. Gabrielle Union embodied the lead character, Mary Jane Paul, an accomplished news anchor who cannot handle her love life and family with the same level of success as her career.

The show was full of memorable characters, compelling storylines, and spicy dialogue and scenes. The film even ended with Mary Jane freezing an unknowing man’s sperm. You can’t get much more drama than that (am I right??), which made the 5-month wait for the show’s official premiere that much harder to bear.

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Celebrating FindSpark’s Three-Year Anniversary and Relaunch

5 Dec

If you are a young creative professional or student and have not heard of FindSpark (previously known as NY Creative Interns), get your life in order.

After graduating from college, FindSpark Founder and President Emily Miethner had a difficult time networking in the big city. She noticed that her friends and peers were also struggling to make connections with people in creative professions, so an idea was born. In December 2010, Miethner and her friend and fellow Hofstra alum Reb Carlson launched the Meetup group NY Creative Interns to serve as a haven for young creatives looking to meet likeminded peers and mentors and gain invaluable career advice.

Three years later, NY Creative Interns has relaunched as FindSpark and is the largest Meetup group for interns and recent grads in the country. The group offers a wide variety of events and live and virtual workshops with an array of speakers and mentors, a highly curated job board and insightful career-related articles.

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REVIEW: “12 Years a Slave”

15 Nov

12 years a slave

They stand there dank-faced and silent, outfitted in their rough sack-cloth, listening as the plantation’s overseer instructs them on how to properly cut sugarcane.

“12 Years a Slave”‘s opening scene portrays the banality of plantation life – slaves being taught how to work the fields had to have been a mundane sight for those who lived in that time. But Platt’s (formerly known as Solomon Northrup) eyes, veiled with grimness, reflect the true horror of the scene. Behind his mournful gaze, one can almost see the atrocities that await him as a slave.

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