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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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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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