It all started with a tweet:
This got me thinking about who I am at this very moment. I’m constantly evolving. I’d advise against trying to fit me into your tiny box of who you think I should be, just to avoid future disappointment. Side note: the battery life on my MacBook is incredible. I love it so much, only took me three years to realize it but I appreciate this thing.
So my answer to the initial tweet?
- Bob’s Burgers
- Cutthroat Kitchen
- Chewing Gum
- She’s Gotta Have It
Of course, I’m going to choose an artsy Black show, food shows, and comedies. Come on, it’s me we’re talking about here. I like painting, eating and laughing. That is the most direct pathway to my heart in any capacity. Somebody needs to host an event with delicious vegan food, contemporary Black art, and comedy.
One second, let me grab some water . . .
I’ve been slacking lately and my skin has not been happy with me.
Okay! Now, to the fun part. As a reader of my blog (thanks for being here!), you most likely don’t know me in day-to-day life. That’s okay, I’m just as smart, funny and dope off the internet, I’m just usually quiet and at home minding my business.
First, we have Bob’s Burgers.
If you aren’t watching this show, what are you doing with your time? After two episodes, most people say that I’m Louise. She resonates with me at a deep level except for the fact that I’m not the youngest. I was nowhere near as awkward and quirky as a teenager like Tina. The Belcher’s are a healthy, nuclear, family unit, something I never had. I had a mom, and I had a dad, just not in the same house for most of my life. I had siblings that I never really bonded with, every other weekend and half of summers. They aren’t afraid to make a fool of themselves for other family members. They support each other’s “crazy” dreams. Linda is just a great mom, she never scolds her children for their strange personalities and decisions. She just makes sure nobody dies and everybody is bathed, loved, and fed.
Second, Cutthroat Kitchen.
Look. TV gold. Alton Brown is the only white man who hasn’t let me down. He has been teaching me about food for over a decade. He is just as diabolical as he is knowledgable. Truly, one of the best shows ever created. The already competitive chefs, limited time allowances, “simple” dishes AND they can sabotage each other in the process. This show is 3 steps away from pure evil. I absolutely love it.
Third, Chewing Gum.
Can we just take a moment to give Michaela Coel her well deserved credit??? She deserves all the standing ovations. She is hilarious in portraying the awkward and painfully awkward moments Tracey experiences. Not many characters can give me second-hand embarrassment, but Tracey…. Poor Tracey. It’s just as crazy, strange and extreme as real life can be at times. I fully relate. And you already know that I’m here for any Black girl flourishing in her own ways, even if it’s waaaaaaaaay left of mainstream.
Fourth, She’s Gotta Have It.
Let me start this off by saying this: I’m not a Spike Lee connoisseur. I respect his catalog and impact on the culture but I’m not going to debate his political correctness. With that being said, the movie and the Netflix series are perfectly flawed and act as a launch pad for numerous conversations. From the obvious topics of female expression, street harassment, and dating to the more niche topics of being an artist and navigating that life. No, Nola isn’t a perfect character and has some major flaws that need to be worked out but don’t all of us? She isn’t the protagonist we can defend against every argument but she’s the realistic protagonist I needed. And let me not forget how beautifully shot the show is. Spike knows how to shoot a stunning project, nobody can dispute that.
I love a good show that combines food and history. ESPECIALLY if you are interweaving the history and its evolution to what he have now. I’ve watched the full series three times. It’s 4 episodes, each based on one of the four elements. The water episode leads into pot cooking (stews and soups). The air episode leads into bread making. The fire episode leads into cooking meats. The earth episode leads into fermentation. Food, science, and anthropology! I support it.
If I had to sum up the current person I am, in this part of my evolution, it would be these 5 shows. Naturally, I highly suggest all of them.