New Old Favorite Show: Boy Meets World

It may not be the ’90s anymore, but we sure can pretend like it is. Or at least, we can watch “Boy Meets World” and ignore everything else going on in the present. I mean, that is what I find myself doing for at least at least four days out of the week.

Everyone knows about this show. It follows a boy growing up surrounded by loving family and friends. Learning important life lessons along the way. Ya know, a boy, living life during the 1990s, meeting the world, so to speak. The theme song from seasons five to seven really explains it the best.

Now, this show is a little bit before my time. I was only three when the show ended in the year 2000. So naturally, I never really had any interest in the show. It was full of boring teen drama, and what does a young toddler want with that. Not to mention that my parents were kind of in control of the television, and I mostly spent my time watching “Barney & Friends.” Even as I got older and there were reruns playing, I stayed away from it. At least, until last year.

Long story short, I started watching “Boy Meets World” around October and it has easily become one of my favorite shows. It is so ridiculously sweet and happy. The show has everything I love. It is a sitcom about friends and family supporting and loving each through everything! What more could I want?

Overall, it is a feel-good show. Whenever I feel a little stressed out, I just watch a couple episodes. Life seems so much easier when problems can be solved in 24 minutes or less. And by the time that half hour has passed, I feel lighter, and a little bit like meeting the world.

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Black Panther Cultural Impact

Was “Black Panther” as good as what I expected? Definitely not… it was even better! “Black Panther” may have been out in theaters for months already, but its hype has not deteriorated.

I went to see “Black Panther” the weekend it was released. Theaters were packed and tickets were selling out fast. Even a week after its release, the line to watch Black Panther had not decreased. Releasing the movie during a four day weekend could be the best decision that Marvel has made yet. But even with the nicely timed release, the movie of course would not have been a success without the great actors, and story line. There was never a dull moment in the movie. I was entertained the whole time. It had enough action, and some jokes here and there, elements that helped grasp the audience’s attention.

The one aspect that I loved about the movie was that it did not just touch the hearts of African-Americans, but also of immigrants. As an American, and daughter of immigrants, I could relate to this movie in various ways, but the one that impacted me the most was of the right to speak any language one pleases. In “Black Panther” there is a scene where the Wakanda general, Okoye,  speaks in her tribal language to T’Challa (Black Panther), while a CIA agent is in their presence. This leads the agent to ask T’Challa, instead of Okoye, “Does she speak english?” Okoye quickly responds in English with, “She speaks English when she wants to.” The moment she said that, the inner me was jumping with happiness, because finally someone on the big screen chose to speak up about this issue.

Throughout history, and even today, people in America are being told to ONLY speak English, or to NOT speak another language. Some even having the audacity to tell others that our soldiers aren’t fighting for us to speak other languages, that they are fighting for our “right” to speak “American.” People should not feel bad speaking in a language besides English in public, and most importantly, people should not be obliged to forget their native language in order to make others feel “comfortable.” I am tired of worrying about making others feel “uncomfortable.” I personally have never been afraid to speak Spanish in public, but I know for a fact that there are many others, children and adults, that do need this reassurance of being told that it is okay to speak another language. “Black Panther” encourages people of all ethnicities and ages to love their culture’s language.

Unfortunately, some children didn’t get the same encouragement from the movie. Or at least the young girl I heard talking in the bathroom didn’t. I was washing my hands after the movie and I overheard a young black girl talking to her mom about how she didn’t want to be like the general. The mom asked her why, and the little girl said that she did not want to speak “African.” I was devastated when I heard her say that, because it showed the negative affect society can have on the minds of the young, when it comes to the topic of speaking other languages. In America, any language besides English appears to be ugly, and it’s not okay and it must change.

Enough decades have passed for people to understand that America is a melting pot, and no one language is better than the other. This is why I thank Marvel for including this scene in “Black Panther,” and presenting the people of Wakanda as people who love their culture, and are proud and unafraid of speaking their language.

 

The Legend of The Chelsea Hotel

The Chelsea Hotel, otherwise known as The Hotel Chelsea, has housed many rock ‘n’ roll greats, authors and actors. People from the iconic Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix to the notorious Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen have stayed in. In the late ’60s and ’70s, New York City was home to the whole new pop culture realm of music, photography and poetry.

I came to hear about the Chelsea Hotel through a book written by Patti Smith called “Just Kids”. She wrote about her many experiences in New York with her then partner Robert Mapplethrope. She talks about her time in the Chelsea Hotel and the people she met there.

As some of us may know, The Chelsea Hotel was were many artists spent the end of their lives. The most infamous was the murder of Nancy Spungen, Sid Vicious’ girlfriend. For those who don’t know the story, Nancy was found stabbed to death in her and Sid’s hotel room. Many believe that Sid killed her, including the police. So, they arrested him at the Chelsea Hotel.

Many songs, books and movies have been written about this hotel. We all know the lovely song “Chelsea Hotel #2,” by Leonard Cohen, who also stayed in the establishment. That song was about the affair with Janis Joplin he had during their stay at the Chelsea. Andy Warhol, the esteemed photographer, filmed a short film called Chelsea Girls about his models and their lives in the hotel.


I recently had the privilege of visiting the Chelsea Hotel. Even though it was closed for renovations, I could still feel the essence of its glorious history. On the building people have written the long long list of names of legends that have stayed behind its doors. I hope to go back one day when it is open to really feel the spirits of those who came before. I’ll leave you with the words of Leonard Cohen: “I remember you well, in the Chelsea Hotel. You were talking so brave and so sweet.”

 

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A Night to Remember at the Oscars

On March 4, the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles held the 90th Academy Awards, which was hosted by late night television host Jimmy Kimmel.  Kimmel opened the Oscars ceremony with a monologue that called out several nominees, such as Jordan Peele, Timothee Chalamet and Margot Robbie.  He additionally made jokes and remarks about last year’s Oscar envelope mix-up, President Trump and Mike Pence, and about how “clueless” Hollywood is about women.  

Kimmel then proceeded to discuss the large amount of sexual harassment claims in the past year, the #MeToo and #Time’sUp movements, and how positive change is currently taking place for women and African Americans, through movies like “Wonder Woman” and “Black Panther.”

 “We can’t let bad behavior slide anymore, said Kimmel, challenging the entertainment industry. “The world is watching us.”

 After Kimmel’s monologue, a black-and-white video displayed Hollywood celebrities like Mel Gibson and Harvey Weinstein, to follow up on celebrities’ sexual harassment in the workplace.  

The stage was decorated by Derek McLane who used 45 million crystals to represent each era in the history of movie making.

The night consisted of musical performances throughout the show, from songs that were nominated themselves to songs from nominated films.

In addition to Pixar’s “Coco” winning Best Animated Feature, the film won Best Song for “Remember Me.”  The song was written by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. Anderson-Lopez also wrote Frozen’s “Let It Go.”  The award-winning single was performed by actor Gael Garcia Bernal, R&B singer Miguel and singer Natalie LaFourcade, while being accompanied by a string of guitars and Mexican folk dancers.  

History was made when Daniela Vega, the first openly transgender woman presenter in Oscars history, introduced Sufjan Steven’s performance of “Mystery of Love” from Luca Guadagnino’s, “Call Me By Your Name.” Stevens rose from the ground at the beginning of the song, alongside St Vincent, Chris Thile and Moses Sumney.

In addition, rapper Common and Andra Day performed “Stand Up for Something” from “Marshall,” with a powerful call to action towards the end of the song. They were joined on stage by 10 activists, including Bana Alabed, Cecile Richards of Planned Parenthood, civil rights activist Dolores Huerta, an eight-year-old Syrian refugee who tweeted about Aleppo, and a transgender activist.  

“This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman” scored a performance spot at the Oscars, which was performed by actor Keala Settle and co-written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.

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