Thanksgiving Day is upon us! Many of us will spend the day with family and friends, enjoying good food, and reflecting on the past year. Today, I want to take the time to aknowledge some of the things I am grateful for this year.
1. This Thanksgiving, I am grateful for Primetime REALNESS. This year has been an amazing one for television. We have been lucky to witness some truly groundbreaking moments. We have seen Annalise Keating without her wig and make-up (because NO ONE goes to bed or wakes up in full hair and make-up). We have alse seen Mary Jane Paul sitting on the porceline throne scrolling on her phone (yes, we’ve all done it). We have also seen Empire’s Becky, a plus-sized woman, getting her groove on (Yep, big girls HAVE and LIKE sex too). These moments are all significant because they show the fullness of these characters. The seemingly mundane acts humanize these characters and add authenticity to their stories.
But above all, I am thankful for the real life issues that prime time shows like Being Mary Jane and Scandal bring to the forefront. Showrunners Mara Brock Akil and Shonda Rhimes bravely go where few have gone before. Collectively they have tackled abortion, suicide, racism and shed light on world issues. These women keep it all the way real.
2. I really like to laugh. But one day I realized that the majority of the shows that I watch are dramas. Luckily, things are changing. This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for the surge in the number of sitcoms on television.
This year comedies starring people of color seem to be making a comeback. In addition to black-ish (which is one of my FAVES), Fresh Off the Boat, The Carmichael Show, and Born Again Virgin are the shows that have provided me relief from my drama-heavy line-up.
3. Music makes me happy. And I love a good soundtrack. This year, my life has been changed by the phenomenon that is Hamilton. The Broadway musical chronicles the life of Alexander Hamilton, our country’s first Secretary of Treasury. In theory, this is not a story that I would be interested in. But the genius of writer Lin-Manuel Miranda coupled with an uber talented cast makes the Hamilton Original Broadway Cast album something to give thanks for.
I learned about Alexander Hamilton in high school, so I know how his story ends. But EVERY TIME, I get to the end of the soundtrack, I am overcome by a sense of sadness. Yes. The Hamilton soundtrack is THAT good. My favorite moments are courtesy of The Schuyler Sisters, Angelica, Eliza and Peggy portrayed by Renee Elise Goldsberry, Phillipa Soo, and Jasmine Cephas Jones. Anyone who knows me knows me knows how much I adore Renee Goldsberry. My absolute favorite song is “Satisfied.” Every time Renee sings the lyric “At least I keep his eyes in my life…” I shed a tear. She is amazing. The entire album is AWESOME!
Lastly, I am thankful for my online family and friends: my Cinema in Noir team, Candice and Rebecca, Team #NFOTD, the ARRAY Mavericks and Rebels and ALL of my Twitter homies! You all are awesome.