I saw two white girls reading this book, and thought I should check it out. Reni Eddo-Lodge hits it right on the nose with this powerful read about the roots of racism, anti-racism, structural racism, feminism and racism, white privilege, and how we can all move to affect positive change. While it takes a closer look at racism in Britain, its historical context, background, and messages are a must read for all.
All good things must come to an end, and alas...I can cancel my Hulu subscription. Just kidding...well, I probably could, but that's not what's important here. What's important, is that The Mindy Project has come to end. That show is actually the reason I subscribed to Hulu in the first place. I've loved this show from the get-go, and Mindy Kaling is probably my spirit animal.
I did not know I could be so inspired by battle rap. Next to Don't Talk to Irene, this was my second favorite movie out of the Toronto International Film Festival this year. It's about half an hour too long which makes some of the battle rapping feel overly redundant. However, I really enjoyed how the filmmakers addressed diversity and political correctness in a way that isn't forced and uneducated.
AT LAST...Leo got his Oscar!!! I've never cried so much during an award show. Absolute tears of joy were streaming down my face, I didn't even care what happened next. So, I feel a little bad for the SPOTLIGHT team, because everyone was probably still overjoyed about Leo's win when they got up to accept their awrad. However, I'm really glad SPOTLIGHT took Best Picture home, because it's such an incredible and important piece of storytelling.
Overall, I enjoyed the evening--mostly because I was so anxious to see Leo finally win. Needless to say, Chris rock started off the night instantly hitting it out of the ballpark. However, as he continued to go on with his wordy opening monologue addressing the diversity issue, all he talked about was black and white, and then he tried to include a little more by spending about a minute talking about women. There are more colours in the rainbow than black and white!
Thankfully, the Academy tried to make up for that by peppering some extra diversity throughout the show by having an Asian award escort lady, Sofia Vergara and Byung Hun Lee presenting an award together, adding a rap song to the end of the show as the credits rolled about "fight the power," and even inviting Mindy Kaling! Good job Academy for hearing everyone's anger over the lack of diversity. Good job.
Still, one of the most powerful moments of the night was when Joe Biden came out on stage to introduce Lady Gaga. I could not stop applauding him and crying. He's been so important in protecting women against assault and violence, and it's incredibly important that he was able to stand up with that message on such an influential platform in front of an industry that has a lot to do to improve how it address sexual assault and violence against women. And then I just crumbled during Lady Gaga's performance. I was bawling. Thank you Mr. Vice President for continuing to fight for us, and thank you Lady Gaga for sharing your truth and being such an important and powerful voice.
BIG LOVE & HUGS