I’ve had some pretty strong feelings about these protests, riots, and the persistent, unjustified murders of black people at the hands of law enforcement.Continue reading “No Justice, No Peace”
A PoemContinue reading “Numbness”
If you’ve seen the memes on social media of a short, stout, mayonnaise-y man and a very facially expressive Asian woman, you might have a basic familiarity with this show.
90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days is one of the many spinoffs of 90 Day Fiancé, a TLC reality show following the relationships of several couples going through or starting the K-1 visa process.Continue reading “RVW Review of 90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days S4”
This weird movie starring Colin Farrell chronicles a man, and others like him, checking into this hotel for single people. During the application process, they each have to choose an animal they’d like to be turned into. If at the end of the 45 days stay they’re still single, they’ll be turned into that animal and sent out into the world.
It’s a dystopian movie. Only couples can enjoy the city, taking trips and cohabitation. If you’re seen alone, authorities ask for papers proving you’re in a relationship. Also, at the hotel, it’s all about routine.
Scenarios are acted out by the staff, presumably, every morning as to how and how not to act in relationships and how women are safer from danger when accompanied by a man.
I wasn’t being held at gun point when watching this, but it sure felt like it.Continue reading “RVW The Lobster Movie Review”
You can read my full review on Reedsy Discovery: https://reedsy.com/discovery/book/reinventing-hannah-jack-ori Below is an excerpt of my review.
At my age, and having not experienced extreme sexual assault, I don’t think I’m the target audience for this book. However, I think a young adult audience and survivors of sexual assault may gain more from this book than I did. The reigning message in this book, which is rape doesn’t diminish one’s value as a person and brings about lots of complexities. Granted it’s a sensitive subject, is handled well at first. However, it encompasses the entire plot of the story to the point I began to wonder if any closure or solution would be reached over the course of 300 pages.Continue reading “Reinventing Hannah Reedsy Book Review”
March 6, the Friday before my spring break began, I worked from noon to around 5, got a pizza for dinner, and took the bus to town for a fun night out. Little did I know that would be my last shift, last time dining in, or having any late night fun in my college town before the pandemic tightened its grip on what was my normal.Continue reading “Being a College Student during a Pandemic”
My first viewing of The Chi was only passive and in snippets as I would pass through the living room as my mama watched it. Even she began only partially paying attention as she began to drift off midway through episodes inching toward the second season.
Admittedly, I thought it was a boring mess of a show from the 1 1/2 episodes and pieces of other episodes I’d seen. Granted, I didn’t know what in the world was going on, which may have influenced my initial perspective. So I thought I’d never try watching it again, especially with hour-long episodes.
Fast forward a year or so later, I figured since I had Showtime on my iPad now, I might as well give the show another shot. So I started the right way: Season 1 episode 1.
It started to make sense as I pieced together scenes I saw the first time and connected them to what I was currently seeing. Coogie, Brandon’s brother, plays a more important role in the show than I initially thought. The little boys, particularly Kevin, also play a more important part than I thought.Continue reading “RVW Review of The Chi S1 and S2”
Originally published on Reedsy Discovery
Sixteen-year-old Nia has a history of running away in epic fashion. In 8th grade she ventured across Eastern Europe! But when Nia and her mom visit her grandmother in California for the summer, they both assume her juvenile escapist days are over. But her broken family’s lifestyle in San Francisco soon becomes dull and offensive, and Nia meets an intriguing young troubadour named Jesse. In typical teenage style, things change very quickly. Nia gets inspired by Holden Caulfield from Catcher in the Rye. She’s fuelled by news that her sage-like friend from her first fugitive adventure, Kurt, is dying only hundreds of miles away in San Diego. Add a lingering attraction to Jesse, and Nia’s rebellious California road trip becomes much more urgent.
Nia, a 16-year-old semi-delinquent, has a rocky relationship with her mother— who she has recently traveled to the U.S. with for a week— and an even rockier, tense relationship with her grandma. Nia herself is of Bulgarian heritage, and her grandma, Grandma Ross, is a born and raised American who refuses to understand Nia as she is. Nia’s mother, also American, is constantly torn between taking the side of her mother or defending Nia from her insults and judgements.
Read the full review here: https://reedsy.com/discovery/book/nia-and-the-dealer-dominic-carrillo