Interview of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with Oprah Winfrey.

The reactions to Meghan’s interview have been the loudest thing women, POC, anyone who has ever suffered from suicidal thoughts, anyone who Meghan’s story represented has ever heard. For her truth to be debated as if it was a conspiracy theory truly shows the sickening nature of people, especially the British press and journalist. Yes, Piers Morgan too. As he openly sat there, on what we now know was his last appearance on Good Morning Britain, saying “I don't have a racist bone in my body”. The sheer fact that he decided that it was his place to sit there…

To be completely honest, I think everybody can find a reason to be jealous of Phoebe Waller-Bridge, whether its because you wish your mind was as great as hers or you want to be in a Harry Styles music video or you simply just want to be one of the funniest humans alive.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge is the most beautiful contradiction of our time. Now hear me out. She’s British. Us British folk don't talk about sex or anything that could lead to some sort of embarrassment. Even though, to be clear, there is nothing embarrassing about your sex life. But…

Every award show nomination announcement is filled with an uprising of people confused as to why certain movies and tv shows didn't get the recognition they deserve. Why certain actors were overlooked. And every time, I don't understand why people do not see how abundantly clear it is that race plays such a crucial part in every aspect of any award season.

Michaela Coel’s ‘I May Destroy You’ was art. It is art. It was heart-wrenching and raw and real. It encapsulated the discomfort of living your truth. It is one of those stories that we look back on and…

Get Even.

Pretty Little Liars and Gossip Girl are screaming from their graves. 2020 has brought a wave of new shows that did everything those shows should have.

Whilst Gossip Girl, The OC, One Tree Hill and Pretty Little Liars had their impact on our younger years, time really is up on high school shows that enforce the ideas that only the rich and white get to have the traditional high school experiences. Which actually isn’t so traditionally and probably shouldn’t be encouraged.

But move out of the way whitewashed high school dramas, representation has arrived and it’s better late than never.

because black people exist beyond having to educate people on the racism that we didn’t create:

Okay, let’s start with the films…

The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019).

The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) dir. Joe Talbot.
This film is actually educational but in a very subtle way. Its main theme is racial gentrification and how it affects a young black man in San Francisco whilst he tries to connect himself to his past. It’s heartbreaking. It’s beautiful. It was snubbed of an Oscar nomination and snubbed of the publicity it deserved which is probably why you haven't heard of it. Regardless, this is a must-watch.

Moonlight (2016) dir. Barry Jenkins. HELLO, JANELLE MONÁE’S PERFORMANCE??? I could leave it at…

Premature is one of those films that just does everything so right. You feel every emotion. You see the ups and downs of love. It pushes a black feminist agenda. It shows the real side to abortion as opposed to the conservative message that women get abortions as a form of contraception. It shows black people being so unapologetically black; being writers, being kids, laying their edges, going to parties. Premature is definitely a film that has been swept away but deserves all the publicity this world has to offer.

It's not cancel culture. It’s holding people accountable and allowing them to change.

White people have got to stop thinking that when other white people come forward to apologise for their ignorance to how much they've benefitted from racism and white supremacy, that they can say whether or not the apology is accepted.

the silence of the white people and non black POCs i’ve shared moments of my life with has been the loudest thing I’ve ever heard. louder than my cries every time i hear that yet another black person has died for existing. louder than the sound of my blood boiling every time someone has made me feel less than because of the colour of my skin.

growing up, black was never beautiful. it wasn’t what i saw in films. it wasn’t what i saw glamourised. i got the message. until the black communities in my life made me feel different…

“Crying is feminine” and then a girl cries and she’s weak. Straight hair is what the billboards show us is beautiful and then a black girl irons her gorgeous curls down flat and now she’s “trying too hard”. “Cover-up”, now she’s a prude. “Don’t be so frigid”, now she’s a slut. Society has sent more mixed messages than a guy trying to play with your feelings. The sad truth is, nothing will ever be enough. There will always be something you could’ve done or shouldn’t have done. Someone will tell you your straight hair looks better than your natural curls…

We’ve seen it a million times. The re-used storyline of a depressed teenager getting their amazing happy ending when they move away from home or dump their boyfriend. All these ideas from movies and shows planted in our brain that depression is something that will always end and something we can run away from. Under the glitter eyes and purple haze of the show, Euphoria is the show that a lot of people might have needed.

Mary Claire Steven

22 | she/her. ig: @marystevenn.

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