Month: March 2015

WOC Wednesday: Taraji P. Henson

It’s #EmpireWednesday and we’re all gearing up for the 2 HOUR SEASON FINALE of one of the most explosive shows TV has seen in a long time.  I would be a bit remiss if I didn’t highlight one of the biggest stars of the show and the show’s leading lady, Taraji P. Henson, aka Cookie Lyon.

Henson remarked during a screening of the first hour of the finale that during an interview with the Hollywood Foreign Press, no one mentioned that Empire is a black television show. Instead, they talked about human struggles shown on the show.

“Love and hate and loss has no color,” she said, states Variety. “For me, that’s what I was hoping this show would do. Martin Luther King, we made it to the mountaintop!”

I’m glad Henson is finally in a project that allows people to see her immense talent week-in and week-out. Her Academy Award nomination was no fluke; she’s always had the talent, and now everyone gets to see it.

What do you love about Henson’s acting career and Cookie Lyon? Give your opinions in the comments section below!

Photo credit: Chuck Hodes

"Sleepy Hollow" Season 2 Post-Mortem: Part 2

I took on the challenge to rewatch Season 2 of Sleepy Hollow to see just how good or bad the season actually was without the fandom influences of #AbbieMillsDeservesBetter and other fan-based movements. I wanted to see the series just like how the average non-fandom viewer would. I even took notes. The results were interesting.

This is a continuation of Part 1 of the post-mortem, which you can read here.

"Empire" recap: "Sins of the Father"

First of all, I know this recap is HECKA late. I’m so sorry for that; I had a lot of work to catch up on and some job opportunities to apply for, and then my internet went out…so things got hectic. Anyway, enough of my apologizing. Let’s just skip all the pretense and get into what was really pearl-clutching about Empire‘s penultimate episode, “Sins of the Father.”

WOC Wednesday: Nichelle Nichols

Nichelle Nichols is such an icon for many reasons. Her Star Trek character Lt. Nyota Uhura is, of course, one of the few POC characters in sci-fi, but Nichols has also inspired countless black women and men to join the NASA program or live out their acting dreams (most notably, Mae Jemison, who saw Uhura as inspiration to become an astronaut, and Whoopi Goldberg, who has said many times how much seeing Nichols on TV as a kid made her believe she could make it in Hollywood).

"Fresh Off the Boat" recap: "Phillip Goldstein"

Lessons abound in this episode of Fresh Off the Boat, “Phillip Goldstein.” To give a very quick synopsis: Eddie wants to go to the Beastie Boys concert, but Jessica doesn’t want him to go. She really doesn’t understand her son sometimes, and his obsession with rap is one of those things. To quote her, she asks him why he can’t just be a “good Chinese kid” like his brothers.