Incredibly writing incredible things that we need to pay attention to:
- Your Friends and Rapists by Sarah Nicole Prickett
- Two College Degrees Later, I Was Still Picking Kale For Rich People by Niela Orr
- On Blonde Girls in Cheongsams by Jenny Zhang
- This is How Paris Hilton Fooled the Entire United States of America by Mitchell Sunderland
- Why Do Black Women in Movies Have to Choose Between a Weave and a Relationship? by Hannah Giorgis
- You Don’t Have To Love Your Body by Ijeoma Oluo
- Women Do What They Need To Survive by Jade Blair
- Why Them? by Fariha Roisin
- The Problem With Wearable Technology, According To “Blade Runner” Designer Syd Mead by Mark Wilson
- Consent: It’s Not Sexy by Adult Magazine
- Winona, Forever by Soraya Roberts
- Not Shaving Isn’t Always A Choice for Women of Colour by Paniz Khosroshahy
- Jennifer Lawrence is At a Turning Point by Anne Helen Peterson
- Migrants Welcome by Teju Cole
- Love & Hip Hop in the Time of Shonda Rhimes by Zeba Blay
- How I Became a Southern-Fried Nigerian by Israel Daramola
- Why I’m Over the Carefree Black Girl Label by Shamira Ibrahim
- Drake Belongs To Black Women by Hannah Giorgis
- On Wanting by Fariha Roisin
- A Grief Like This by Chantal Braganza
- In America, Rage is a White Privilege by Sarah Moawad
SEVENTH GRADE a short film by Stefani Saintonge
FAMOUS FOR BEING FAMOUS a documentary by Will Rebein
As a first year college student, my mental and emotional health has been on the line. I finally came to terms with the fact of my depression, anxiety, and stress. I don’t really have coping mechanisms beyond escapism, and while I do not think running from problems is the way to tackle them, escapism led me to a number of wonderful TV shows that have helped alleviate my moods when I’m down. I’ve watched a number of feel good shows in the past few months and I want to share them here just in case they might help someone.
This was probably my first major feel good show since I began college and I remember weeks on end just caught up in the lives of Fran and the Sheffields. The Nanny is great comedy, great sitcom, great for a down in the dumps kind of person. Also, great fashion.
JANE THE VIRGIN
Okay! So, this show is the best show ever and everyone needs to be watching this! I’m not even joking. I remember last year my friend suggested it to me and from the title, I assumed it wouldn’t be great. Then I watched the trailer and thought, “there’s no way they could base a series off this.” Also, the trailer stressed me out. BUT this year I decided to try it out and, boy, was I all shades of wrong. BEST SHOW EVER: please, get into it. It also has one of the best color palettes on TV, shocking for the CW, really. ALSO, the color palette is so soothing, so stress reliving. I can’t believe you’re not already watching this!
FREAKS AND GEEKS
This show is among the list of 90s shows that should never have been cancelled. But it’s fine because maybe the showrunners would have wrecked the show come season two. Maybe it’s best that we have this capsule of good television. And this show is great. Highly recommend.
Remember how I anticipated Shadowhunters? Well, that was disappointing. However, Freeform came out with another show this year that is truly great. It definitely has it’s problems but the show is pretty awesome and has mostly been executed incredibly. I watched this over spring break and, again, highly recommend.
From 1999-2000, a show by Ryan Murphy, the creator of Glee, American Horror Story and Scream Queens ran. This witty, unrealistic portrayal of an American high school served me through spring break. It’s stupid, it’s silly, but it’s entertaining.
For your 2000s nostalgia…
GIRL MEETS WORLD
For more 2000s nostalgia…remember Boy Meets World? Corey and Topanga and Shawn? Yeah, watch this. It’s the new generation with Riley and Maya and Farkle and Lucas and Zay. Seriously, watch this. While the quality of shows on the Disney Channel has tanked, this is a show that I would let my kids watch; it’s fun, funny without being over the top, actual emotional content, stuff to learn, and good acting. Plus, if you missed the cast from Boy Meets World, Corey and Topanga are in this and Shawn and others show up often. Highly recommend.
Fariha Roisin is on a new podcast with Kiva Reardon where they talk about films in a nuanced and wholesome way.
We have a double standard, which is to say, a man can show how much he cares by being violent — see, he’s jealous, he cares — a woman shows how much she cares by how much she’s willing to be hurt; by how much she will take; how much she will endure.
– Andrea Dworkin
Well, that’s all folks. Hope you enjoy all these as much as I do. Hope you find paying attention to people, things, etc. rewarding! Have a good week!