USC Annenberg’s Annual Hollywood Study is Out and… It’s Business As Usual

I love studies. It’s dorky, but I really do. Mainly I love them because I like to back up my opinions with facts- especially my opinions about representation in the entertainment industry. Just earlier today, USC Annenberg (as part of the Media Diversity Social Change Initiative) released Inequality in 900 Popular Films– an ongoing study…

THE INCREDIBLE JESSICA JAMES: Review

This is your one and only life. What do you wanna tell people about it? Netflix is on a role with its original films. Tonight, I watched a film I have been anticipating for months now, The Incredible Jessica James. The critically acclaimed film debuted at Sundance this year, and showcased the charisma and talent…

The Film Festival Bucket List

You’re in for a fun post today! Today I am writing about my film festival bucket list. While I have a regular bucket list, I have an interesting selection of film festivals that I want to go to. One of my list items is to travel to a minimum of 10 countries, and what better…

GIRLS TRIP: The Power of the Black Dollar

Just returned from the theater, and today’s film was Girls Trip! I was so excited about this movie! Finally, a movie centered female-lead black comedy. And many others were just as excited as I am because it is the best R-rated live action comedy opening of the year, and I have seen so many celebrities…

Personal Challenge: A Film Campaign a Month

I’ve been in thinking mode for these past few days! Really, really thinking. One of the things that I want to do the most (as being part of the industry) is helping storytellers take their stories to the screen. I also get a thrill when I learn something secures enough financing to go into production,…

TO THE BONE: A Hard Depiction of Anorexia

On July 14th, critically acclaimed Sundance selection To The Bone was released on Netflix, and in limited locations nationwide. I had been interested in seeing this film since hearing about it at Sundance, and I was highly interested in how this film would tackle the controversial topic of Anorexia. Never having had an eating disorder…

POC Creators Shouldn’t Just Tell “Our” Stories

This week, the trailer for A Wrinkle in Time was released, and I couldn’t have been more excited. When I saw the trailer, I was elated to see a young black woman as the lead (Storm Reid) alongside major talents such as Oprah Winfrey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine, Reese Witherspoon, and Michael Pena.…

THE LITTLE HOURS: The Relationship With Religion and Shame

Another movie post! Hurray! I haven’t done a full movie post in a while- which are my favorite things to do! I had seen The Little Hours back at Sundance, so I had seen it ages ago, but never really wrote about it. Luckily, I have had plenty of time to formulate thoughts about it,…

A Year In California: Some Honest Reflection and Updates

On June 17th, 2016 I left the East Coast for good. On my own, I had never been further than Texas. Just a couple weeks earlier, I was working at a (now defunct) call center , and wondering where to go next. I had big dreams of California, and I was saving my money bit…