Love Island, The Black Little Mermaid & Black Girl Magic on the Tennis Court

Halle Bailey cast to play Ariel Disney’s Live-Action Little Mermaid

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Congratulations are in order to Halle Bailey from the duo Chloe x Halle, who has been cast to play Ariel in the Disney live-action adaption of the Little Mermaid. I personally believe that Halle is more than capable of pulling off the role. The 19-year-old already has a lot under her belt. She is Grammy nominee, signed to Beyoncé’s label: Parkwood Entertainment, was the opening act for US leg of On The Run II tour and stars in the hit TV show Grown-ish.

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This is not the first time that a black woman has been cast to play Disney princess in a live action adaption. Brandy was the first, with her outstanding performance as Cinderella in 1997 and Bailey is the second more than 20 years later.

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The bar has been set high with Halle Bailey joining a cast that includes Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina, while Melissa McCarthy is in talks to play Ursula. On a side note, who at Disney do I need to petition to get Park Jimin from BTS to play Prince Eric?

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Love Island

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*SPOILER ALERT*

Fire and brimstone has rained down upon the villa. This week has been a complete whirlwind on Love Island and I am still in recovery. Needless to say, the men on the island are moving mad! Curtis tried to recouple with new girl Jourdan. Only to get his face cracked because she decided to couple up with Danny (more power to her because the British public has not forgotten what he did to Yewande). We watched in horror as Amy, who had been geared up to profess her love for Curtis, was told that their relationship was lacking, and he still wanted to pursue Jourdan.

As for the Michael & Amber situation, someone please nominate Michael for an Oscar because he has clearly been playing a role this whole time. The person who he has presented himself to be up until Casa Amour is completely different from the person we are seeing now. I am not saying that Amber has been perfect. I personally believe that she needs to learn some emotional intelligence. However, Michael’s conduct towards her has been abhorrent.

We all know that the premise of Love Island is find love (hopefully) and win money. Michael simply could have done what Anna did with Jordan. Which was take Amber to the side and admitted that he had a better connection with Joanna. Instead, he has been gaslighting the situation and has been dragging Amber’s name through the mud for days. Yet he wonders why the original girls of the island aren’t willing to hold hands and sing Kumbaya with him.

This behavior is toxic, and I sincerely hope that the Love Island producers have a therapist on standby for Amy & Amber. And I need that therapist to remind the ladies of the wise words of Rihanna.

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Cori ‘Coco’ Gauff beats Venus Williams

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At age 15, I was praying to get good grades in my GCSEs . At age 15, Cori ‘Coco’ Gauff has set a record by becoming the youngest player to qualify for the main draw of Wimbledon in the professional era. The rising star also beat her idol, Venus Williams and had a straight-set victory, 6-3 6-3 over Magdalena Rybarikova. What a way to come out of the gates swinging.

The gatekeepers of tennis really had no idea what they did when they allowed Venus & Serena Williams to break through the doors. They have inspired not only Coco Guaff but Sloane Stephens, Naomi Osaka and I’m sure more are coming. Watch the space, I can’t wait to see Coco Gauff become a huge name in tennis.

Are you looking forward to the live-action Little Mermaid?

What do you think of this week’s antics in Love Island?

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Get Better Friends Daniel Caesar

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This week Daniel Caesar got himself in quite a bit of trouble. The Grammy award-winning singer went on a drunken tirade on Instagram Live in defense of the Rolling Loud Festival Host JustJulz. JustJulz is a White lady who works in the Hip-Hop scene but makes it her personal mission to berate Black Women. Anyway, in Daniel Caesar’s drunken rant he asked his black fans why they were being “so mean” to white people.

It was also filled with memorable quotes such as “White people have been mean to us in the past. What are you gonna do about that? Tell me what you’re gonna do about that. There’s no answer other than creating understanding and keeping it moving. That’s some biblical shit. You have to bridge the gap.” You can watch the rest of his Uncle Ruckus type babble in the link below.

As you can image, Daniel Caesar has been dragged by Black Twitter for the past week. Personally, I don’t want to get into how many different ways his IG rant was incorrect or how Daniel Caesar is another black male celebrity who was ready and willing to throw Black Women under the bus, in order to come to the defense of a problematic white woman. I’m sure that platforms such as the Grapevine will do an excellent job of addressing that. What gave me cause for concern was how Daniel Caesar’s friends were sitting silently and watching their friend take shots at his own career by alienating his core fanbase.

Like many people, I love my friends dearly. I thank God for the fact that I have a circle who not only want the best for me but will actively call me out on my nonsense. I constantly want to see my best friends win in life. Which is why I could never sit back and watch them shame themselves, especially in public. If Daniel Caesar had been one of my homies, I would have tried to take the phone out his hand when he said he turned on his IG live and then announced that he was drunk. The minute he asked “why are black people so mean to white people,” I would have karate chopped that phone out of his hand.

Now we can all learn a lesson from Daniel Caesar rant. There is this phrase (which I believe comes from a Nollywood film) which says “you are an enemy of progress.” It means that someone who hinders progress or positive situations. Enemies of progress are exactly what Daniel Caesar’s friends were. They say that birds of a feather flock together so this could mean that they were in complete agreement with every word he was saying. It could have been gospel truth to them. However, this was not the time for them to stay silent. If they valued their friend, they should have silenced him quickly. Unless they were ‘yes men’ and did not feel like they could correct without being excommunicated from his entourage.

Either way, these are not the kind people you should have in your life. The Bible says in Proverbs 18:24 that “One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” This rant was a situation of ruin. If you cannot rely on your friend to knock some sense into you, especially when you are publicly shaming yourself, your family and your race then what kind of circle do you keep?

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I don’t know any of the people in that video were Daniel’s best friends, but he needs an Issa & Molly or Marcus Burnett and Detective Mike Lowrey type of friendship. I would encourage everyone, (including myself) to take stock of this situation and evaluate the company you keep. We have no time for Yes Men or Enemies of Progress.

 

Are All Black People The Same?

If there is one thing that gives me a hearty chuckle in life, it’s people who barely know me thinking that they have me figured out. What does give me pause though, is when people get surprised by the things that I like to do, purely based on my race. It’s as though people think that The Fresh Prince of Belair, My Wife & Kids, and MTV Base are case studies on blackness and anything outside of those three things is abnormal. The funny thing is that these stereotypes on the things black people like are only upheld by the non melanated. Black people can uphold these stereotypes too. I’m going to give examples of three things I enjoy that would surprise some people, since some folks base interests on skin colour.

  1. Black People Listen To More Than Just Rap

Surprise, surprise Black people like more than just Hip-Hop and R&B. Fun fact, historically Rock & Roll was created by black people (Google Little Richard) and the majority of the Korean music industry is influenced by Hip-Hop and R&B which was created by us. I say this because these are two types of music that I enjoy. However, even if black people had absolutely nothing to with these two genres, it would not matter. A naïve tribe from the Amazon jungle could have created them and if it was good I’d still listen to it.

Let me remind folks that the human brain is a remarkable creation and it is possible for a person to like several genres of music at once. I am perfectly capable of enjoying Kendrick Lamar, Aerosmith, BTS and GOT7 all at the same time. If I hear a good beat, impressive lyrics and the artist is an excellent performer, I am going to show support. It should not have you taken aback by the fact that I am a Black girl from Essex who would happily stand on a table and sing every lyric to Livin On a Prayer.

  1. Black People Like Camping

I was watching an episode of Black-ish and Dre (the main character in the show) was talking about how Black people don’t go camping. I laughed hard. Not because I agreed. I laughed because the majority of Black People I know have camped several times and love it. I’m going to need the Pathfinders from across the globe to rise up against this lie.

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Allow me to explain, I’m a Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Christian and we have an organization in the church called Pathfinders. It’s basically the Adventist version of Scouts and it is in almost every country where there is an Adventist church. It’s LIT! I enjoy being in the great outdoors, with my friends in tents. These are some of my best teenage memories. There are millions of Black Adventists across the world and we camp because it is fun, and we camp in the thousands in countries such as Denmark, Finland, and Holland. Make friends with an SDA, you’ll need us if Donald Trump or this Brexit situation ushers in the Apocalypse.

  1. Black People Can Swim

I do not know who started this myth that we cannot swim but when I find this individual, I’m throwing them in the deep end of a swimming pool. Just joking. Kind of.

I know as a people, we must take into account braids, weaves and shrinkage but believe it or not, we do like water. Usually, clean water that does not resemble the River Thames but I assure you that we can swim. I, for one, get a kick out seeing how far I can swim without coming up for air.

You should never limit Black people in the arena of sports. If African countries such as Nigeria are starting to show up at the Winter Olympics, please believe that we will take over swimming. We shall follow in the footsteps of Olympic gold medalist, Simone Manuel and debunk this lie.

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There is something about Black People that are universal. Such as Summertime by Will Smith & DJ Jazzy Jeff and Return of the Mack by Mark Morrison being the national anthems of summer. Most of us think that chicken is delicious and even if we didn’t like Black Panther (which you’d have to have been insane not to like), we will defend that film in front of mixed company until the day that we die. However, I just want to reiterate again, that we are not monoliths. Some of us can’t dance, some of us are nerdy and some of us don’t like Beyonce. All of these things are okay because our differences are what make us beautiful. Take the time to get to know us on a human level and you will see.

Please comment on the things that you like that have surprised people.

Murder, Baby Bumps & BTS at the Grammy Awards

I’m trying something new here guys. You will let me know if you like it.

Let’s discuss what happened in the world of pop culture this week.

British Media Hates Meghan Markle, The Duchess of Sussex

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All hell broke through the streets of England when there were mere rumors that Prince Harry was dating Meghan Markle. Why? Because Meghan is a divorced, older, biracial woman. It didn’t matter that Meghan Markle is so light skinned that most people would not be able to tell that there is an ounce of black blood flowing through her veins. However, the media storm that ascended upon the now Duchess of Sussex was so ferocious that Kensington Palace had to send out an official statement. They basically told the British media in not many words, “we see your racism, Prince Harry is disgusted, shut the hell up.” Which is what happened, but as soon as that wedding was over… they came back with the fire of a thousand suns.

Has Meghan been able to do anything right in the eyes of the media since? Apparently, Kate and Meghan have a feud. Now she’s been berated for holding her own baby bump, as if the woman isn’t 7 months pregnant. She is also being blamed for Prince Harry balding. As if everyone male in Prince Charles’s bloodline hasn’t suffered from hair recession once they hit the tender age of 30. In fact, Black British Twitter was begging Meghan to introduce Harry to coconut & caster oil to combat his unfortunate genetic disposition.

This is the complete opposite of how Kate Middleton was treated all of the times she was pregnant.Three guesses as to why. I just want you to know that we see your micro aggressions towards Meghan in these headlines. They are racist and unfair. Let that woman grow her baby in peace.

Is Liam Neeson a Racist?

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I don’t even know where to begin with this story. Liam Neeson decided to inform Al Gore’s internet that after someone close to him was allegedly raped by a black man. These were his words

“But my immediate reaction was… I asked, did she know who it was? No. What colour were they? She said it was a black person.

“I went up and down areas with a cosh, hoping I’d be approached by somebody – I’m ashamed to say that – and I did it for maybe a week, hoping some [uses air quotes with fingers] ‘black bastard’ would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know? So that I could kill him.”

Let me get this straight. He didn’t go looking for the criminal who did this to his loved one. He wanted to harm ANY black man that so much as gave him a bit of lip in an act of revenge. Do you have any idea how dangerous this kind of thinking is? This is how we get deaths of unharmed black men and boys like Trayvon Martin. If all Black people exact revenge on white people who have wronged us, white people would be extinct. Furthermore, I don’t understand the logic of telling us this? Where is his PR team? This story was far from necessary.

Remember, Liam Neeson did not tell this story at Hollywood Race Panel sitting between Ava Duvernay & Oprah talking about dangers of racism and how he once had these thoughts. He told this story in mere promotion of a film. Ask yourself, if his friend had been raped by a white person, what was the likelihood of him wanting to assault any random white that he had met on the street? Unlikely. It is one thing to acknowledge that these thoughts were horrible but real growth is acknowledging that they were racially based. Making them racist.

I’m annoyed because I still haven’t watched Widows and I now I have watch him in the same film with Aunty Viola Davis. Thanks a lot Liam, how am I meant to watch Love Actually and Taken now?

BTS Will Be Presenting At the Grammys

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It was confirmed this morning that BTS will be presenting at the Grammys this coming Sunday. As some of you may know, they are the first Korean Artists to be nominated for a Grammy in the Academy’s history. Now I am not impressed by the category they have been nominated in (Best Recording Package). I think they should have been nominated for Best New Artist or Best Album. This is a group that had 2 number 1 albums on Billboards last year alone. However, it is no secret that the Grammys have a prejudice towards people of colour and boy groups.

Anyway, I acknowledge that they are breaking down barriers for other Korean Artists who are trying to achieve success in the Western Music Market. I understand that the magnitude of this nomination, and even being asked to present an award is a huge honour for the BTS. Plus Suga (one of the rappers in BTS) had expressed in 2018 his desire to go to the Grammys. It seemed like a dream to both the group and the fandom (ARMY), now look at where we are. The power of speaking things into existence.

Let me know if you think the British Media has it out for Meghan Markle?

Should Liam Neeson have kept that story to himself?

Will you be staying up to watch BTS at the Grammys?

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Don’t Tell Us How to Feel About Our Hair Jay Park

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Gather round kids, I have a story. Allow me to set the scene. Jay Park, an Asian American artist based in the USA, posted on his Instagram a clip of a white rapper named Avatar Darko. Don’t bother researching him, this man could have easily been out rapped by Soulja Boy. Besides the attempts this man was making to rap, he was wearing dreadlocks. Let’s all breathe a sigh of exasperation. Personally, I do not like seeing Caucasians people wearing dreadlocks because they are rarely done well, and they usually don’t understand the history of dreadlocks.

This is not a situation that I would ever feel the need to comment on however, it appears that a lot of people jumped in Jay Park’s mentions about this “rapper” and Mr Park went on to tell his fans and everyone else on Twitter, “”Let’s not argue over dumbs***. There are REAL problems out there, much more serious than how you wear your hair… If you wanna focus on something, go focus on that. We’re just trying to put on for the city and our people while doing what we love… If you don’t like it, that’s cool. Much love to all the fans.”

Hold on Sir. Now you’ve forced me to make commentary.

Should the hair be an issue? No, in an ideal world, why would we care about hairstyles. The problem is that we do not live in an ideal world and there is centuries of history behind Black hair and the way the rest of world perceive it.

Despite our hair having a rich history and the ability to manipulate our hair to do amazing things, White Oppressors have dictated what we can do with our hair. It started with Slavery, carried on through the colonization of Africa and Jim Crow. You would have thought that it end but alas it has not. To this day, hair is still a source of contention for Black people (especially black women) and it does not matter what part of the world you live. People assume that if you wear dreadlocks, you are dirty, probably smoke weed and do not contribute anything to society. Do I need to remind people of the disrespectful comment that were made about Zendaya when she wore faux locs to the Oscars? Giuliana Rancic of Fashion Police made racists comments on a live broadcast, saying that Zendaya’s faux locs “make her look like she “smells like patchouli oil. Or, weed.”

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Our hair is described as political. Why do you think people assume that you are ready to start a revolution just because you have an Afro? This misconception is the reason why we never saw Michelle Obama wear her natural hair while (my forever) President Obama was in office, but now we see it more frequently now. The picture below is depiction of the Obamas by the New Yorker when President Obama was running for office in 2008. For the record, Michelle Obama never had her hair in an Afro during the 2008 campaign.

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Our hair has been described as unprofessional and unkept. This is the reason why black women will wear European style wigs, weaves or (if you’re feeling brave) braids to an interview but hardly wear their natural hair. You reserve the twist outs, afro and faux locs for when you secure the job. Why? Because we know that there is unfair judgement when it comes to the hair that naturally grows out of our heads or the styles we wear to protect our hair.

Back to our story on Jay Park. I actually find it comical that an artist who is trying to gain success in a genre of music that was created and still dominated by black people, would have gall to tweet such foolishness. This is exactly why the vast majority of us do not like seeing people of other races wearing our styles. Other races will wear our culture hair styles we created as fashion that can be picked up and dropped whenever they feel like it. However, when questioned on their decision or if they have done any research on our hairstyles, we are met with rudeness. Worse still, we are told that our hairstyles aren’t a big deal. To add insult to injury. they state dying your hair blonde hair or listening to K-Pop is also cultural appropriation. As if blonde hair is only mutually exclusive to Caucasians or listening to music on K-Pop on Youtube or Spotify is not for public consumption.

Black women have lost job offers because of wearing dreadlocks and had to take these matters to the Supreme Court (see the links below).

https://www.ebony.com/news/black-woman-supreme-court-dreadlocks/

Teenagers girls in South Africa have had to protested just to wear their natural hair to school without the threat of suspension.

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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/31/south-african-students-speak-out-ban-afro-hair-pretoria-school

We are constantly put in a position where we must defend our hair. Yet we have to watch the likes of Kim & Khloe Kardashian wear cornrows and call them “Boxer Braids.” Fashion Houses will wear dreadlocks for as an accessory when it is part of a religion for a whole community of people. Our styles are picked up and dropped whenever it is convenient because it is deemed fashion forward and edgy. Remember Marc Jacob’s at the 2016 New York Fashion Week. However, these people face none of the consequences we face when wearing these styles, and it’s aggravating.

I hope you are starting to see the source of our contention. I am not trying stand on a soap box behind Jay Park. The Lord knows as a Black K-Pop fan, you must pick your battles of colourism and race wisely, or risk throwing the whole genre away. Some of you reading this may not give a flying monkeys about Korean artists or dreadlocks, but the fact of the matter remains that black hair is a touchy subject. I want to make it clear that it is easy to exist in a predominately black space. We appreciate talent and respect for our art, craft and style, but the respect is mandatory. A lack of respect will have you dragged all over the internet by Black Twitter, and Black Twitter will make you atone for your sins.

I look forward to the day where I can go to a place of work and not worry about if I’m being judged on my “ethnic looking hair.” Or wear my Afro out and people not assume that that I have my “fist in the air.” However, until we reach that Utopian space, do your research, do better and don’t tell us how to feel about our hair.

What Did We Learn From Surviving R Kelly?

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If you have been on the internet in the past 5 days, I’m sure you have seen that R Kelly has been a trending topic. I know that a lot of you have watched the 6-part documentary about the R&B singer. The documentary talks about how over the past 20 years, R Kelly has been sexually, physically and mentally abusing underage girls. Specifically, he has been abusing underage black girls. I watched the series and by episode 5, I was starting to have nightmares about R Kelly. The man is a monster. There were a few points that stuck out in my head from watching the documentary and I would like to address them.

  1. The beginning of the documentary talks about how R Kelly was molested by a family member between the ages of 7-12. He has talked about these events in previous interviews. However, he has never reported who the family member was because “he didn’t want to throw his family member under the bus.”

Let me say this. Just because one was abused that does not give them a pass to abuse others.  The psychologists on the documentary explained what happens to one’s brain when they have suffered sexual abuse. It’s sad and I cannot imagine the trauma. I can only say that is so important to seek help, report the incident and go to therapy.

 

  1. The part  of the documentary that had me flabbergasted was how many adults were complicit in R Kelly’s abuse of so many girls. He had his personal assistants, security and other staff members who would scout young ladies at the mall, his concerts, even outside of his trial (the infamous trial where he urinated on a 14 year-old girl, yeah that trial) and bring them to his place of residence for sex. On of his staff members was the one who forged Aaliyah’s age on the marriage certificate between her and R Kelly. Aaliyah was actually 15 and allegedly pregnant by the singer so his personal assistant wrote that she was 18. It was horrifying. It would have been different if R Kelly had acted by himself. However, this man had an entire community of people helping. I do not care that these people were on his payroll. A cheque should not be worth your soul. I do not know how these people sleep at night knowing that they have been active in ruining so many women’s lives. I wonder if they would have felt comfortable in introducing their daughters, nieces or cousins to R Kelly?

 

  1. Another despicable aspect of the documentary was how  intentionally quiet the music industry was throughout the past 20 years regarding R Kelly. Honestly, R Kelly should have been shut down after the Aaliyah incident. However, this man has been able to prosper and flourish. He continued to have radio plays, called to sing at several award shows and honoured at the Soul Train awards. This man has been allowed to work with some of the biggest names in music. From Michael & Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, Jay-Z etc. The deafening silence of the industry has allowed R Kelly to become untouchable. This man has been emboldened to the point he has been calling himself “Pied Piper of R&B!” If you are unfamiliar with the fable of The Pied Piper, he was man summoned by a village that had a rat infestation. After he lured out the rats, the towns people refused to pay him. So the Pied Piper used music to lure all the children of town into caves and they were never seen again by their families. Coincidence? I think not.R Kelly has been telling us who he is for many years and we ignored him because his music was good. His pedophilic tendencies have instead become a part of pop culture. The Dave Chappelle skit and R Kelly episode of The Boondocks are just a few examples how we have all known what R Kelly was into but did not take seriously to demand change.

I do not want to talk too much on this subject because it is sickening. I will say this though. Let’s stop defending this man’s inhuman actions based on his talent. No one is denying that he is a fantastic musician. We have danced to The Remix to Ignition, cried to I Believe I Can Fly or Stepped In The Name Of Love. However, we need to open our minds up to the fact that talented people can do terrible things. Hilter was an amazing painter, that does not mean that we deny or ignore the fact that he orchestrated the Holocaust.

At this point, R Kelly does not need to be in prison, he needs to be lying UNDERNEATH the prison. His reign of terror on the bodies of black women needs to come to a swift and abrupt end. We need to believe Black women when they say they have been abused. When women get abused, they are not ‘fast,’ they did not ask for it and nothing they wore warrants someone raping or abusing them. Especially when they are minors. That is not up for debate. The culture of protecting abusers over victims need to come to an end.

Mute R Kelly already.

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Three Reasons Why I Will Be Watching Us

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Jordan Peele decided to give us a Christmas gift in the form of a trailer for Us.

I am going to start this off by saying that I am terrified of horror films. The last horror film I watched was The Omen. The one that was released on 06/06/2006. Yeah, that one. I was 17 years old and my friends decided to watch it at Yetti’s birthday after a hardcore session of paintballing. We got a third of the way into the film and the TV stopped working for no good reason. The majority of us were Africans with very strict Christian mothers. Therefore, we came to the conclusion that this was a sign from Jesus that he did not want us watching the film. That was the last time I voluntarily watched a horror film. However, this trailer has my attention and despite the blood and gore that will obviously be coming my way, here are some of the reasons why I will be watching this film on opening weekend.

 

  1. Lupita N’yongo

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Honestly the list of reasons could end right here. I am such a huge fan of this woman. From her fashion, the way she carries herself with so much elegance and I adore her charm. Have you noticed that men of all races melt in her presence? Seriously, I need to figure what she does to make Michael B Jordan and Chadwick Boseman look at her with so much awe.

Even if you do not stan for Lupita the way I do, you cannot deny the fact that she has been outstanding in every film she has been in. Black Panther, Queen of Katwe and 12 Years a Slave are just a few of the films where she has knocked it out of the park acting wise. Plus, Lupita N’yongo is not an actress who has allowed herself to be pigeon holed into one genre, so it makes sense that she has added horror film to her roster. I cannot wait to see what she brings to the big screen in Us. Plus, I am low-key happy to see the reunion of Nakia and M’Baku

  1. Representation Matters

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In the opening 20 seconds, I see a beautiful, dark-skinned family bopping in the car to I Got 5 on It and I am sold from the get-go. Correct me if I’m wrong but has there ever been a horror film that centres around a black family? It is important to have representation of all types of people, especially in media. The media can either uphold or dismantle stereotypes about different races.

I am glad that 2018 was a year that destroyed the lie that casts, which have people of colour at the forefront, cannot do well at the box office. Look at the numbers that Black Panther, Creed II and Crazy Rich Asians pulled in. Hopefully this film will also put an end to the myth that black people are the first ones to die in horror films.

  1. It Has Nothing to Do with Race

Jordan Peele has made it clear that Us, unlike Get Out, (which if you have not watched by now then you need to), has nothing to do with race. He states that “I dedicated a lot of myself to create a new horror mythology and a new monster.”

This is a relief for me. There are so many good films that have been made with a black cast at the centre. However, a lot of films that normally get the attention of The Academy Awards (and other film organisations) are stories drenched in black pain. The main plot is usually to do with a black person overcoming the struggle that the white man has put them through. You can see this in films like Hidden Figures, Selma and The Help. These films are normally brilliant, well executed and stories that are more often than not true. These films need to be made no matter how uncomfortable and painful they are. However, it is nice to strike a balance. It feels good to watch stories about black people just living their best lives, going on a girls’ trips to New Orleans or trying to escape being killed by their evil doppelgangers.

As you can tell, I am excited and slightly terrified to see Us. I pray it does not disappoint or leave me with nightmares.

Let know if you will be watching Us and what your thoughts are on the trailer.