Leonard Nimoy is dead. WHY!? I feel like the stereotypical woman who throws herself over the casket asking, “WHY, GOD! WHY!” But, as much as I feel like that woman who’s still holding on, this article isn’t going to be a eulogy (or at least, it won’t be a traditional one). I don’t particularly like writing eulogies, so I actually debated a while as to whether I would write something about Nimoy even though I wanted to honor his life in some way. Then it dawned on me to do just that—honor the good he did in life instead of the finality of death. So that’s what I’m doing.
Here’s what I read this week!
Patricia Arquette and Sean Penn are the latest celebrities to go through the meat grinder that is Twitter. They’ve landed themselves there after making some unfortunate comments that really didn’t need to be made.
Hopefully, I can keep this type of post up every week, but there’s a lot of stuff I read on a weekly basis, but I don’t have enough time to cover them (or, believe it or not, I feel a little unqualified to talk about). So, without further ado, here’s what went down this week:
Black History Month is a month rife with controversy. In past years (like during my youth in the 1990s), people treated Black History Month with quite a bit of reverence and seriousness. Or at least, the amount of history projects I’d have to do and the number of times Roots was shown on television seemed to give that impression.
Nowadays, a lot of the reverence seems to be gone. We’re not learning the official Black American anthem, “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” anymore, and Roots isn’t even shown on television all day every day like it was in my childhood. But despite the ups and downs, there’s always been the idea that Black History Month shouldn’t be contained within one month. Also many people felt (and feel) like we should be focusing on more modern achievements and new leaders apart from relearning the same stuff, like the now-cliched use of Langston Hughes poems and Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
Enter the hashtag #BlackFutureMonth. This hashtag is celebrating where and what we’ve come from, but it’s also celebrating where we’re going. Knowing where we’re going is just as important as knowing where we’ve been, right?
We’ve seen #BlackLivesMatter and now #MuslimLivesMatter, but there’s yet another hashtag bringing awareness to marginalized people who are constantly subjected to unwarranted violence, Native Americans. The hashtag #NativeLivesMatter brings to light the sheer volume of Native deaths at the hands of police that occurred last year and years prior.
It was pretty heartbreaking to wake up to the news that three Muslim students had been murdered in their apartment. Craig Stephen Hicks has been charged with the deaths of Deah Shaddy Barakat, his wife Yusor Mohammad and Mohammad’s sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha. The police believe Hicks killed the students over a parking dispute, but obviously there’s more to the case, since Hicks is an atheist and the victims were Muslim. Police are now looking into whether the killings are hate crimes. The jury of public opinion state that it’s unequivocal that discrimination against Muslims was in play.
Two phrases stuck out to me while watching Fresh Off the Boat episode, “The Shunning”:
“Real life isn’t a rap video, Eddie.”-Emery
“I couldn’t just search ‘Asian Kids who like hip hop’!”-Eddie
Not to mention the vast amount of hip hop that makes up the show.
In my review for Fresh Off the Boat, I wrote a lot about how Eddie’s love of rap (and his parents befuddlement about it), Eddie’s experience with a racist black kid and the lack of Asian-American representation only taps the top of the iceberg of black-Asian relations.
Empire has really shown TV networks what a show with a black main cast can do. The series, states IndieWire, has made Fox history, become the first show in 22 years to increase ratings and viewership for the network. In fact, each week, it tops itself in the ratings, quickly becoming this TV season’s juggernaut.