WHERE THE HELL HAVE YOU BEEN?!
I know it’s been awhile since I’ve checked in with y’all (to put it lightly), but don’t worry I’m still alive! Let’s take a moment so everybody can take some deep breaths and calm down now that we solved the mystery of my whereabouts. Although I’ve been caught up with work and trying to make my way into grad school, I still have been living my same BORING life at the crib. I’ve been stumbling upon a lot of gems in the little down that I do have between work and sleep. Instead of focusing on one thing this time, I’m going to do my best to cover a few things over this gap.
I CAN’T MAKE THIS UP by KEVIN HART
One word review = GENIUS! I wouldn’t have necessarily considered myself a “fan” of Kevin Hart before I began reading this book, but halfway through and he has won me over. One of the biggest lessons from his life is that we should not only find the silver linings in bad situations, but also find a way to turn them in funny narratives that have helped mold us into who we are today. He opens up about a lot of events in his life that many of us would be ashamed to relive. He explains how they not only affected his life, but his comedy routine as well. If I heard these stories anywhere else, I would would write them off as lies and keep going on about my day. It only makes sense that these are things Kevin Hart went through because of who he is today. His resiliency and his ability to find the funny in ANY situation have played a crucial role in his international success.
THE MISADVENTURES OF AWKWARD BLACK GIRL by ISSA RAE
I’m sure that we have all been through the whirlwind that is ‘Insecure’ season one and we are wrestling with anticipation for season two. Finding out about Issa Rae was enough for me to check out her book titled ‘The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl’, named after her YouTube web series that helped land her spot on HBO. Issa talks about how she navigated her American childhood with African parents and how she became successful by staying true to her awkward self. I can definitely relate because even to this day I still feel awkward at times and all my moments aren’t as triumphant as people think. I read through many of her stories about her life growing up and was wiping tears of laughter from my eyes, but I felt that this book wasn’t necessarily for me right now. For that reason, I passed this book along to my younger sister Mikye because I think that she may be able to benefit and grow from this book more than I would. I made it through most of the book and I may finish it at a later date, but for now I think it was better suited someone else.
WHAT’S NEXT ON MY READING LIST?
BLACK PRIVILEGE by CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD
CHASING GRACE by SANYA RICHARDS ROSS
IV.XVI.XIV by JAZMINE MOORE
THE CARMICHAEL SHOW
I LOVE BLACK TV! Black people are the only people that I want to see across my TV screen for a long time because we need more diverse shows from more black writers. One show that I learned about not too long that doesn’t receive enough attention is The Carmichael Show. This is the show that arguably started the new Black Renaissance that we are in today. Jerrod Carmichael has the blessing and approval of legends like Loretta Devine and David Alan Grier, who play his mother and father on the show. He has done an incredible job by bringing along some “new” amazing talent in Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip), Amber Stevens West (22 Jump Street), and LilRel Howery (Get Out).
The show touches on every issue with a level of respect while also pushing the boundaries with some comedic opinions. Jerrod and his girlfriend, Amber Stevens West, are often on opposite sides of the fence when it comes to issues like cheating, guns, gentrification, depression, and even consent. His naive brother Bobby, LilRel Howery, street savvy ex sister in-law, Tiffany Haddish, and old school parents, Loretta Devine and David Alan Grier, add their own humorous perspectives on these topics. A wide range of topics and no shortage of opinions, which I don’t always agree with but I appreciate the conversation in the black community nonetheless. Just a few days ago, I found out that Jerrod is ending the show after this season, which bummed me out. I definitely recommend checking this how out on Hulu and letting me know what you think.
OTHER SHOWS YOU SHOULD’VE BEEN WATCHING BY NOW:
By now everybody should have a podcast or two that they listen to every week. I was introduced to ‘The Read’, a phenomenal podcast by the way, about two summers ago by one of my best friends. This was a blessing to my life, but also a curse to every other podcast because I had such a high standard for what a podcast should be. (LMAO WHO DO I THINK I AM? SOME KIND OF OFFICIAL PODCAST CRITIC?!) There are a few podcasts out there that I have listened to and eventually added to my weekly rotation.
N E X T !
A group of friends based out of my hometown, Indianapolis, gather around to cover the latest waves around the city, what’s going on in pop culture, sports, and everything else in between. These four men come together and comedy ensues as they each weigh in on topics with their unique opinions on what’s going on. Another thing I love about this show is the ‘Top Five’ lists every week because it’s always interesting to see who has the best list and it’s fun to come up with a list of your own from time to time. By far the funniest thing on this podcast is the stories that the hosts recall at random times. These stories remind me of the crazy stories that Kevin Hart detailed in his book because they are thing you can’t make up . If you want to hear some hilarious arguments/commentary about anything and everything that’s important to black millennials then you should check them out. I made it easy for y’all, so just click the link in the title above ^!