Teresa has a type. Tall, dark and devastatingly handsome! Guero, James, and one so briefly seen, we simply called him the Waiter. These men could be triplets separated at birth. They all flock to danger and Teresa. Only one of them has been described as, "her weakness, her drug of choice... a Chicano from Texas." … Continue reading Where’s Guero, Teresa’s Sometime Lover On “Queen of the South”?
As the deadline for Emmy nominations closed on June 25th, I wondered not about what shows would be announced on July 12th, but the ones that won't ever be acknowledged. Oh course, I look forward to the love that will hopefully be heaped on Atlanta, America, Blackish, Counterpart, Dear White People, Game of Thrones, Killing Eve, Queen … Continue reading The Best TV Shows No One Watched This Emmy Season
Emmy nominations and wins only matter to a small circle of people. TV industry, executives, directors, writers, actors and reviewers' lives revolve around this gold statue. It is their Super Bowl, NBA Championship, World Cup, Grand Slam. It is a calling card to be used till death. Instantly, the nominee or awardee is to be known … Continue reading Is It The Year of Latinx TV?
As our favorite intelligence/espionage shows come to an end (Berlin Station, Strike Back, Homeland, Quantico...), there is a curious rise in military shows. Military series are en vogue! Trump's divisive campaign and Presidency has created a fear matrix. To quell or indeed feed this, television networks (executives, creators and writers) have brought us no fewer … Continue reading Military Series are En Vogue During Trump’s Presidency
Give me Living Single over Friends any day of the week and twice on Sunday! This by no means stunts or regulates my television viewing habits. I enjoy a wide spectrum of shows from The Americans to Sr. Avila and Game of Thrones. But I will not disregard or quiet my appreciation for shows that … Continue reading Best Black Shows on TV: TV’s Second Browning
The first time I saw Monique (Angela Hicks) I immediately identified with her. She inhabited many of the categories I have been assigned: fat, black and kind of pretty given the first two. But she has the one thing I could never muster for very long. She had the electricity of confidence and she delivered … Continue reading Why Monique Scares Us…
Endings are significant. More so when memorable. They form scatter plots of our lives. We all have them with varied data points: graduations, trips, relationships, jobs, television shows... Who can forget the unexpected endings of The Wire, Sopranos and Lost. Good or bad, endings, even en media res, must satisfyingly bring some story points to conclusion. … Continue reading Queen of The South’s Disappointing Season Finale!
On a blistering Sunday, I sat inside shielding my skin, my person from a blessing. When sheets of rains or heaps of snow descend we wish for the sun. When the wind whips about our possessions we bemoan its strength and ferociousness. Yet it is beautiful, warm, well hot and calm today and I cannot … Continue reading What Heals the Earth’s Soul?
There he was in one of his two uniforms, in our early morning history class. His closely guarded secret was widely known. It perfumed his uniform; wrinkled slate gray pants and a lackluster white shirt with a stained black tie that would become a focal point for daydreaming. The stench of him, of his uniform, … Continue reading Not the One!
From racism to colorism and nepotism, people of color (POC) have long been shut-out, sidelined and minimized in Hollywood, the entertainment business. The current prominence of black creators and performers is reminiscent of the nineties when The Cosby Show, A Different World and Living Single ruled the airways, remember Girlfriends did not air until 2000. … Continue reading The Disappearing Dark(black)ness Syndrome Persists