Friday, January 23, 2015

#genderbendingFriday: Spicy Heidi Klum

While I do shy away from red as I run away from extra bright colors. I fear my dark skin won't work well for such colors. But, I am often reminded that my skin's perfect for such vibrant colors. I guess it's just a mindset I need to shake.

But, without any doubt, this suit is all kinds of perfection. Can't fault it.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Heck yeah, Tina Fey understands the keys to our hearts! It's okay if you agree. No one will push you out of the cool clique. TV nerding is the new cool, has always been though. Moving on away from jokes I am bombing so bad at, Tina Fey's new hilarious comedy series stars Ellie Kemper "as a woman who is rescued from a doomsday cult and starts life over as a nanny for an Upper East Side socialite in New York City. Armed with just a backpack, light-up sneakers and a couple way-past-due library books, she takes on a world she didn’t think even existed anymore." Watch the trailer below.


 Already made a date with my bed and my smart DVD powered Netflix for March 6. Yeah, the whole date night works. Yes Netflix, just keep making me happy. It's not easy shelling out $20 per month for my subscription (streaming + DVD). Elli Kemper face's mirrors mine.

Friday, January 16, 2015

#genderbendingFriday: Golden Globes edition

Last Golden Globe hosting gig for these two, so they say. Somehow, I would not be surprised to see the contract being renewed. I refuse to let go of that dream. Tina rocked that suit, even though we only got to see it for a brief moment.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Saying Goodbye To HBO's The Newsroom

Synopsis: The Newsroom, an American television political drama series, finished its last and third run on Home Box Office (HBO) last year. Created by Aaron Sorkin, The Newsroom is a behind-the-scenes look at the people who make the nightly cable-news program, News Night, at the fictional Atlantis Cable News (ACN) channel. It focuses on the network anchor Will McAvoy, his new executive producer and former girlfriend, MacKenzie McHale, the newsroom staff – James Harper (Jim), Margaret Jordan (Maggie), Don Keefer, Sloan Sabbith, Neelamani Sampat (Neal) –, and Charlie Skinner, Atlantis Cable News (ACN) president. Will anchors News Night which is the flagship news program of ACN. It runs every night at 8 to 9 p.m. The series tracks their idealistic mission to do the news well, in the face of corporate and commercial obstacles and their own personal entanglements.

Cast's characters: Jim is a senior producer who followed Mackenzie to News Night. Maggie is an associate producer of News Night. Don is the former News Night '​s executive producer who leaves for the new program on the network, Right Now with Elliot Hirsch. Sloan, a double PhD economist, is the network's financial news reporter. Neal is the team online reporter. Neal writes Will’s blog, updates the network’s Twitter accounts and scours the internet for news leads. The demographics of the team are as follows. The team is almost evenly split gender wise. Everyone on the team is American. However, Neal is of Indian descendent. MacKenzie has British parents. She was born while her father was Margaret Thatcher’s ambassador to the United States. Will is persistent, organized, calm, self-confident, reserved, and practical. MacKenzie is secure, warm, sociable and cultured. Don is hardworking, self-confident, cold, assertive and practical. Sloan is hardworking, self-confident, warm, gregarious, curious and cultured. Jim is hardworking, anxious, self-confident, cold, assertive and practical. Maggie is hard working, emotional, depressed and cooperative. While, Neal is calm, dependable, cooperative, quiet, and creative.

Analysis: The goals of the team are to tell worthy news stories at 10 p.m., to enhance and simplify late night news for audience, to keep the audience, to be one of the top three highest rated prime-time news segments, to get sources who would reach out to the team about worthy breaking news and to have qualified guest on air. Another implicit goal is to remain on the air, survive as a news agency.

The organizational values are clear, timely and accurate communications with viewers, cooperation among the employees, accountability, continuous improvement, loyalty, respect for individuals, and service to society.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Christmas #genderbendingFriday:

'Tis a great year for Emma Watson, aka Hermione Granger. She finally left Harry Porter behind and transcended into Hollywood properly. This year, she starred in Noah. She was named Time's feminist of the year (still controversial) and Digital Spy Reader Awards' Hero of the Year etc. She also won a British Style Award. She became a U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador and gave that great speech for the #HeforShe Campaign. And, she graduated from Brown University with a degree in English literature.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas

It's Christmas day. Merry Christmas!  May the good times and treasures of the present become the golden memories of tomorrow.  Wishing you lots of love, joy and happiness. Today, sparkle with moments of love, laughter and goodwill.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Have you watched #TheHonourableWoman? You should!

Can we talk about Nessa Stein? I predict this post to be all about Nessa Stein. Can someone scream badass? First Nessa is a baroness, not just any baroness, a first generation Brit baroness. Not just any first generation Brit, but an Anglo-Israeli first generation Brit. Yes, the barony is the lowest rank of the European nobility, but it was originally instituted as a mark of a pledge to militarily defend the king.

Now, I only know three ways to become a Baroness. One, you marry a Baron. Two, you're born into it. Three, you're granted the title by a Queen or King. Obviously, Nessa falls into the third category. But, the thing is that the third category is the hardest. It is extremely rare. So, color me impressed that Nessa is a frakking baroness, even though her father, Eli, was an Isreali who procured arms for Zionists. Nessa turned her father's former arms company into a company seeking to broker peace in the Middle East. She does this by providing high-speed data cabling across the Middle East, increasing learning and knowledge, and tabling peace in the Middle East across the globe.

More about Nessa's Barony, Nessa is a life peer. Unlike a hereditary peer, her title cannot be inherited by her offspring. It kinda dies with her. But, her children could style themselves with the prefix "The Honourable," like she can too. Which is a nice play of word. For many do debate whether Nessa is The Honourable Woman because of her new barony or because she diligently works towards bringing peace in the Middle East, an honorable endeavor. Like I said, nice word play.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Our attitudes towards rape accusations

It is heart breaking to realize even in 2014, people still have no idea what rape is. Roxane Gay believes it's because we "can’t fathom rape as a thing that an otherwise normal-seeming person would ever do."

Rape IS NOT ABOUT SEX! It is not even forceful sex. Rape is about power, dominance, dehumanization, etc.

Even though the definition of rape was amended a decade ago, we still immediately assume rape must be forceful and must incur bodily harm. Even sadder that most survivors actually believe this and have to go through a process of accepting that they were raped, then have to go through the emotional process of putting their lives together after such discovery, to pointing a finger at their rapist. To assume that people have to do this concurrently, and should they not, it be an indication of a lie, I have no words for. I have news for you. You don't get to decide someone's emotional process. It's not yours to decide!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Give #The100 four other tries and you won't be sorry

The 100 Cast Picture

Watching the first three episodes of The 100 was a lot hard for me. The teenage angst was just unchewable, especially Clarke's animosity towards Wells and then towards her mother. It just had me all about to African parent smack some senses into her. Jesox, can she just grow up! The unneeded disappearance of Wells didn't help either. Really, that was a pointless development, especially what was done to that poor little girl after. It's not on the characters but the writers. Let's not even talk about the Clarke, Finn and Raven triangle. Ship Clarke with anybody, but Finn. I even hoped for a spark when she started working with Bellamy. But, the writers seem intent on shoving Clarke and Finn supposed one true pairing down my throat. Really, at first glance, The 100 feels like a campy Battlestar Galactica effort, only with teenagers.

But, if you stick with it, you would forgive all these grievances and go look in haste for the second season as soon as the last episode of the first season ends. Seriously, it gets not that terrible by episode three, a lot better by episode five and a whole lot awesome towards the end of the first season and the rest of season two.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Syfy's #Ascension Review: A Goody

Ascension Tricia Helfer

"Sexist, racist and homophobic, yet I say you should watch it." These are words that come to mind when I think of Ascension.

Ascension is Syfy's original science fiction mystery drama that takes place in an alternate present time aboard a generation ship. In 1963, men, women and children were sent into space on a century-long voyage aboard the U.S.S. Ascension to colonize Proxima Centauri, assuring the survival of the human race. Insider TV nails it best: "The twists and turns of Ascension’s three-night mini-series flight landed the earthbound space ark’s most Right Stuffy space hero and the story itself in a mysterious place strewn with wreckage and reminders of other stories. And more mystery!"

Overt problems 
Racism: there are only two token lead black people: one black guy who rises from the lower deck to become an officer and the black librarian who adopted him after his parent's get blown to pieces. Verdict, librarian gets shipped into a coma by reacting to another person's shot. Black guy gets zapped to Mars, like literally.

Sexism: there is clear gender roles on the ship. And, the environment off the ship resembles the one in it. To quote a few fellow watchers and tweeters.