If you love Asian Culture, you have to love Asian People as well…

By: Shanise Lachelle

Now I’ll be the first to say I’m not the slightest bit racist and I was raised to treat everyone fairly. And I think the majority of decent human beings would say the same. But it hasn’t occurred to me until recently how MUCH ignorance and racism occurs towards the Asian Community . I can talk for years about how being black in America and being a Black Woman period, is an everyday struggle and Everytime it feels like you take 1 giant step forward for black people by breaking the “loud, ghetto, stereotypes” you take 1,000 steps back. It’s an ongoing cycle. But what I’ve noticed about the Asian Community, especially this year with (Covid-19) , is that we’ve all been guilty of being a little ignorant, even if we didn’t mean to. We’ve all made fun of the nail shop women, we’ve all said chinese food is rats and bats, and some of us have made fun of the shape of their eyes. And yes all of that is RACIST. Am I racist? No!, Have I done those things? Yes and of course I’m shamed. Because I wouldn’t want anyone to make black jokes and think it’s funny, when it’s not. Why is it okay for us to constantly bash them ,joking or not, but CONSTANTLY TAKE FROM THEIR CULTURE? We wouldn’t have half of the coolest things if it wasn’t for Asian culture. I’m talking chinese food, kung-fu movies, those same amazing nail shop women hooking out nails up, sushi, sailor moon, and some of the most amazing artists in the world .

When covid happened , Everyone became extremely racist against Asians. Because they didn’t want to catch the” chinese virus”. Which in itself is ignorant, because as soon as they found out about it ,they tried to contain it. And not all Asians are chinese . These people started to loose business in their shops and even asian Uber drives couldn’t get work.

It’s also extremely racist and WEIRD to be OBSESSED with asian culture, especially if you’re not ASIAN. You can appreciate the culture without going overboard and being offensive. Meaning ,if you are gonna wear certain symbols, know the actual meaning. Same goes for tattoos, if you don’t know what it really means, don’t get it tattooed. And DON’T befriend or only date someone because they’re asian then proceeded to only talk to them about karate and sushi etc., I can NOT stress enough how offensive that is and RACIST. and will make them highly uncomfortable. Not all Asians like karate or eat sushi, just like not all black people like fried chicken and watermelon.( I HATE watermelon). Just be considerate and be NORMAL. Don’t be creepy.

Before I got into Bts and K-pop, I was one of THOSE people who bashed it . Not ruthlessly, but I didn’t get it. I didn’t understand the hype around the “pasty Asians”, ( trust me I cringe now when I think about it). It wasn’t until I took all the underlining xenophobic thoughts out of my head ,was I able to fully enjoy a whole new genre of music and TALENT. Because oh man, Asian artist’s are just on a whole different level ENTIRELY. But I think that goes for the entire of Asia. They just seem to be living in future. Back to the point , I’m now made fun of for liking Bts and Those “Asians”. And people are constantly telling me they ” DON’T GET IT” and asking me”you really like Asians?”or just recently I said I wouldn’t mind dating an Asian guy/girl and my coworker said” okay where do they hang out at?” , as if they’re entirely a different species. Whether you know it or not, you contribute to xenophobia when you say things like that, even if you don’t necessarily mean it that way. Asians are people too. Hate to break it to you, but they bleed blood, poop out of their bum holes and walk around on like normal people just like Americans. This could also be the reason why alot of them are not fond of foreigners and americans and trust me I get it. But I think americans as a whole need to do better. You are HUMANS first and americans next. You can’t love a entire culture but hate the community it comes from and treat them like shit. ( Much how people hate black people but CONSTANTLY steal from black culture). This is not coming from a korea-boo ( I don’t want to move to korea) , or a weeaboo( I don’t watch anime). This is coming from a human who’s made alot of those same mistakes but has learned from them and grown to love and appreciate the Asian culture. I’m writing this to say, if you love Asian culture, you have to love Asian people as well. You can NOT have one without the other.

Ps. It is not lost on me how the industry treats Asians as well. We rarely get any all asian cast films, or tv shows and the Asian artist’s get treated like crap when they come to America and not taken seriously. And They rarely get nominated for big awards( grammys, oscars). America as a whole is extremely XENOPHOBIC AND THAT NEEDS TO END ASAP!!

The Craft: legacy

Upon hearing they were making another craft movie I think we were all like ,” nah we don’t really need it”. After seeing the trailer, I think alot of us were still like eh either way. The trailer looked extremely watered down, but I gave it the benefit of the doubt that the movie didn’t want to give too much away. After watching the movie, I can honestly say the trailer was better and extremely misleading. The movie never makes up its mind whether it wants to be a remake or reboot and just completely falls short. The story follows lilly and her mom, who moves to live with moms new strange boyfriend. Right off the bat stepdad is giving creepy vibes, then enters his 3 sons who all have Bible names. So you can honestly see where this might go. Stepdad is super strict and creepy , and just gives you over all wrong vibes. Lilly starts school and after having a heavy ass flow on the classroom floor, meets the other 3 witches.

The problem with this film is that, unlike the original there are NOT character issues. Besides lilly and the stepdad, none of the other girls have any issues or a real story line. Lourdes , who’s played by trans actress zoey luna barley has any lines! And I felt from the teaser and the promo photos and the way the actress talked about lourdes ,that she was gonna be the main antagonist and the witch who would get out of control. She never did. Which upset me, she could’ve done so much more with her character,had they written her better. Tabby played by lovie Simone is the only black character, following the original. And has ZERO STORYLINE. Other than being the gorgeous token black girl. She had a moment when they were playing a game and she wished she had more black friends, but that was it. Another character that they could have done so much with and they didn’t. Gideon Adlon who plays adorable word vomit frankie, had the most memorable moments of the coven, but her jokes often fell flat and we’re too dry. They also could’ve done more with her character, but they didn’t. The ending with the main fight, was LACKLUSTER and I saw it coming from miles away.

Going into this movie not connecting it with the previous the craft and it’s a decent cute movie. Which I don’t think is what they were going for. Going into the movie comparing it to the craft original and you will be highly disappointed.

They could have made it so much darker and gave these characters more depth. But they made a disney version instead . It was cute but not what I expected. I give it a 3/5.

The Craft is finally here.

The Craft REBOOT OR REMAKE…I’m not quite sure which, but it’s finally here! Well the poster and trailer that it is. It seems to be trying to do something a bit different than the original while copying the original story line. So I’m honestly a bit confused on how it will play out. First impressions from the poster, I was HYPED. first impressions from the trailer, I’m big worried. It does look decent and the acting seems fine, it’s just when they’re showing the girls using magic it looks a little *disney* to me and cringe. I know sometimes trailers suck and don’t do the movie Justice. So I’ll hold out until I can actually watch the entire film to judge. I’m still excited for it, and of course it can’t replace or beat the original. But maybe it’s not trying to and it’s continuing the legacy, hence the movie name. They do make a few references to the original, so I’m very curious to see how it all plays out. You know the plot already, new lonely cute (white) girl moves to town and befriends a bunch of other lonely cute girls. I will say I like the little diversity we got going on this reboot. We have a CHOCOLATE black actress, a trans actress, a Jewish actress and then our white lead. I’m a fan of the actresses by themselves, so I’m also curious to see their on-screen chemistry. I also LOVE that it’s being released during October and just in time for the best Holiday ever-Halloween. It already gets points from me for that. Guess we will just have to wait until October 28 to see if it flops or it’s a Bop. I’m sure I’ll enjoy it either way. Are you down for the remake or over remakes ?! Let me know down below.

Great films I’ve watched recently

Here are some of the films I’ve watched in the last few weeks that were AMAZING.

1. Knives out- now I get the hype around it. Amazing performance from Everyone. Especially Chris Evans. I love him as there hero, but love him even more as the bad guy.

2.the invisible man. Now upon seeing the commercials I will admit I thought it looked a bit silly. But oh man oh man this is without a doubt one of the best films of 2020. Elizabeth Moss is a BEAST!! And carries this entire movie on her back !

3. The gentlemen. What a pleasant surprise. I happen to be one of those girls who can enjoy a little man ensemble nonsense film from time to time. Especially when the men are handsome. This film is an excellent film though and I’m surprised I didn’t hear to much praise about it when it came out. It’s super clever and funny. And everyone gives an outstanding performance.

4.zombieland 2. Not much to say about this one other than I enjoyed it very much . And it’s what you expect from a zombie comedy.

What have you been watching in self isolation? Any of these films?

Birds of prey preview

HI I had to upload this BEFORE even seeing the film because honestly I’ve HAD ENOUGH. Birds of prey was released Friday night and ALREADY( its only Saturday) people(men) are shitting on it and calling it a ” FEMINIST AGENDA”. And they’re tired of Hollywood pushing this theme/ agenda on them. They didn’t like charlies angels, the new terminator or Star Wars. They’re sick of it and it’s not realistic because they can’t relate to it. Okay sir who GIVES A FUCK?! This film is not made for sweaty 30 year men who live in their moms basement or have no social life! This is a female empowerment film made for… you guessed it WOMEN. It’s for us to see ourselves represented as strong leads and not just your sidekick love interests!!! The absolute FACT that you’re going to see this movie just to bash it and say “we don’t need another feminist film” PROVES the point that we in fact need to KEEP making these films until y’all get the fuck over it!!! This is the norm and NOT just some fantasy we’ve cooked up! Women and men are equals!! And we can do what you do and most of the time BETTER.

These films are directed by women, written by women and starring women for WOMEN. No one cares about your less than relevant opinion Adam. Take your sexist unwanted remarks elsewhere! But also thanks for spending 15 bucks to go see a movie you HATE. Giving us that top box office appeal!! And to the women who are also saying they hate these types of films: DO do BETTER JANICE. It’s not 1702. Do you wanna be a sidekick making less than men for the rest of your life?!!!Rant over. Go see the film and support these bad ass female actresses who had to train incredibly hard and did most of their own stunts!!! Support your local girl gang!! Women are the BEST!!!

Black history ✊🏾

Today’s black artist spotlight is on miss Jodi smith!

this stunning chocolate amazon goddess just had her first break out role in last years “queen and slim” . You should definitely check it out, she absolutely stole the show for me ! And I can’t wait to see what else she gets up to career wise. Next up though: mommy to be. Congratulations 🥳