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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This post won't be long, but I had to make a playlist of classics from my fav American state to visit. Florida! Jacksonville, Tampa, Miami, etc. are all represented here.
Honorable Mentions (AKA not on Spotify):
-Yung Trap "She Thick"
-The Puppies "Funky Y2C"
-Grind Mode "So High"
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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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