I love all forms of entertainment, not just music. So, when I go to Hulu, Netflix or Amazon Prime to binge watch a show, I get really disappointed with the selection. Don't get me wrong- I love "The Golden Girls" and "Cheers". It's just important for us to be able to tap into nostalgia and watch our old classic favs just like the white majority can stream "Friends". Shows like "The Bernie Mac Show", "A Different World" and "Living Single" are available for streaming. However, those aren't the only Black sitcoms that had an impact on the culture. Here are 5 of many shows I want to see available for streaming:
For Your Love (1998-2002)
Many people will either say, "Huh?" or "I forgot all about that show!" Either way, it'll only take an episode to convince them to binge all 5 seasons. This show featured Black couples that didn't play the tokens or supporting characters. I love healthy Black love. Dear Amazon, please adopt this show.
The Parkers (1999-2004)
Do I even have to explain? A dark skinned, plus size woman as a lead character. The main focus of the show wasn't her weight, AND she had handsome romantic interests. On top of all that, the show is just damn funny.
The Steve Harvey Show (1996-2002)
This show is still one of the most diverse sitcoms. Period. A Black woman as principal. Jewish and Afro-Latino supporting characters as students. A teacher who could sing, dance, play the piano and sax, and made time to mentor students. I have spent days watching this show and laughing to tears. We need it, Hulu. Thanks in advance!
In the House (1995-1998)
First, I just wanna pay homage to Maia Campbell. The official Friendly Black Hottie of the '90s. Secondly, anything with Debbie Allen is already a classic. Lastly, LL Cool J in his prime. Duh! Let's go, Netflix.
It is absolutely WRONG for this show not to be streaming! I don't have a DVD player anymore, and watching on cable just doesn't work for a lot of people's budgets and/or schedules. I know I talked about Joan being insufferable, but this is still the best show that proves the world doesn't deserve Black women. We really are the blueprint.
What shows do you want to see on streaming platforms? Comment below!
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At the beginning of the year, I set a goal to blog every month. I had a burst of energy last month so I decided to curate all of the music playlists I had planned, format the posts and schedule them. So, I officially have enough content to account for every month. I'm so proud of myself! However, when it came to all of my lifestyle ideas I had planned...I hated every one, or they weren't attainable just yet.
I had some travel posts planned, but my bank account humbled me lmao. So, until I can afford those trips, I feel stuck on what to write. I know I want to create, I just feel blocked.
I'm a spiritual and religious person, more spiritual than the latter though. Before I start streaming church on Sunday morning, I meditate. I smudge my space with palo santo and sage during the new moon. I release bad habits I've developed during the full moon. Yes, I'm one of "those people." Anyway, my point is no matter how I feel I always go to God, and then I check my spirit. So last week, as I remembered I wanted to write another post for this month, I was anxious and frustrated. My heart kept pounding and I was struggling to control my breath.
I journaled and meditated, and that helped for only like five minutes. At this point, I'm trying to remember what my day was like. It was fine. So, I decided to check my chakras to see where I'm unbalanced spiritually. It turned out that my root and solar plexus chakras were under active. This means that I was doubting myself too much and lacking control over myself and my life. Therefore, I was stifling my creativity. The lightbulb went off in my head, and I also thought about the sermon I watched last Sunday from Sarah Jakes Roberts.
Sarah preached about being in a tight spot, learning how to persevere, while also recognizing that God is there with us. This year, I've been grieving loved ones, moving, trying to secure my professional life and I also dealt with heartbreak and betrayal. It has been a lot, seriously. The only reason I have not let any of it break me is because I have been taking care of myself and knowing that God is building me into the person I have always prayed to be. I am in a tight spot right now, but I have not let go of my faith. I have not given up on myself and I do whatever I can to take care of what I can control. I exercise in this tight spot. I eat as well as I can in this tight spot. I read my Bible in this tight spot. I seek counseling in this tight spot. I listen to music, recognize sounds and curate playlists based off my own interests. I then use this platform, format the content and post it all on social media. So, yes, that takes creativity! My lifestyle content will grow as soon as I come out of this tight spot. Until then, I have music and that's what makes me a creative. My many layers keep me active and sharp even when I struggle in other areas. And for that, I'm so proud of myself. I really am that girl and it's ok for me to realize that and make it known.
I can't wait to show you all what I have planned for the rest of the year and 2020. 🧡
Thanks for reading! See you in two weeks.
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Besides music, TV is also one of my interests. I love discussing it, and am willing to argue any hot takes on Twitter @AlexisJadeL. I will watch any show, old or new. The only popular shows I refuse to watch are "The Walking Dead" and "Breaking Bad." Other than that? I've seen it. However, there are 3 shows I will watch over and over and not get sick of: "Girlfriends", "The Golden Girls" and "Living Single".
I also will binge "Sex and the City" and "A Different World" if I'm in the mood. Although these shows are classics with fantastic female leads, not all of the stars were good friends. In fact, they sucked. I decided to list them all because yes, it's that serious to me. LOL! Here goes...
Regine from Living Single
This one is obvious. I love her wit and the fact that she never missed a chance to serve looks. On the other hand, she was awful when it came to teasing her friends. She'd get called short, then retort to body shaming Maxine, or poor shaming Synclaire. She even found a way to use Khadijah any time she could without ever thanking her. She had the worst character development of the cast.
Joan from Girlfriends
Maya's mom would call her "classist and egregious". I call her elitist, neurotic, critical and controlling. On the outside looking in, Joan is always showing up for people, planning hangouts and she was an intelligent attorney. When you look deeper (AKA watch all seasons 2,457 times like me), she only shows up so she can throw it in your face later or complain about "how much she does for people". As if the word "No" doesn't exist. She also only planned said hangouts so she could have control over the activity and setting because "her house is so much better". She completely ostracized Maya and admitted to having a problem with her own wedding because it wasn't up to her standards. I could go on for days about how awful this woman is. But I'll end it with this: even though Lynn was a lazy moocher, she was the best friend to the Girlfriends. Her loyalty and consideration for them was unmatched.
Carrie from Sex and the City
Carrie is a character that all fans agree was horrible. My opinion of Joan is HIGHLY unpopular, but not this one. Every SATC fan knows that Carrie lived way beyond her means and was a selfish, chain smoking train wreck who knew nothing about friendship, let alone love. In the movies they celebrate how much crap she had to go through before even getting to the aisle with Big. Charlotte, Samantha and Miranda are saints for putting up with her.
Whitley from A Different World
I truly don't think Whitley was a bad person. She was worldly, fashionable and cared about important causes. She was also very professional and exceptional at everything she tried. When things got serious, she never let them down. However, if she was in distress, she had an issue with being aware that other people have problems too. She would whine, vent and ask for a million favors before she even asked someone how they were doing. That one flaw caused a lot of friction in her relationships. With the help of Kim and Dwayne, she grows and checks herself.
I know this was long, but I promised y'all real lifestyle content! If you like any of these shows, drop a comment below.
Thanks for reading! See you in 2 weeks.
Read or Weep,