The Black Girls Club

4.16.2016

Black Girl Music: Alex Reid of RaNia


This one's a little late, but it's also been a long time coming.

Alexandra "Alex" Reid is the latest addition to Korean girl group RaNia.  Now, when she was first added, the Kpop corner of the internet imploded, although some remained cynical.  Some people wanted to know why Alex was such a big deal, when the Black/Blasian presence in Kpop is nothing new.

For folks who are still not understanding why (Black) Kpop fans were going crazy for this girl, lemme break it down for you.

Alex is a young Black/White mixie from originally Lawrence, Kansas (she never fails to mention her hometown). She has no Korean ancestry. She does not speak Korean. She's never lived in Korea before now, and she only discovered Kpop back in 2009 when she was browsing videos on YouTube.

Does that sound familiar? It should. Many of us didn't care that much about the Kpop since either until 2009, when Ninja Assassin came out and MBLAQ dropped "Oh Yeah" - for many us, that year changed the whole game.  Matter of fact, 2009-2010 was like a golden era for some of us.  But imagine you're a backup singer/dancer/rapper from Kansas, casually browsing vids on YouTube, fangirling and wishing you could be on the scene, and then one day, you go from watching Kpop videos to actually being in them.

4.11.2016

Ichabbie, take notes from Avan Jogia and Kylie Bunbury (and #CancelSleepyHollow)

Real talk.

This thing with Sleepy Hollow has pissed off more people than even I realized.  #CancelSleepyHollow is trending with a vengeance, and there's no shortage of critics and bloggers swearing off the show, in the highly unlikely event it gets a Season 4.  Not only that, there's no shortage of pieces on the deaths of several female lead/prominently recurring characters over the past couple of weeks, spanning an appalling number of shows, and comprising no small amount of lesbians (the writer of that last article didn't know it then, but the lesbians on Empire and The Vampire Diaries have also since died).

Yikes.  Sounds like someone's really upset with the womenfolk lately.  Wonder why that is?

The women themselves are clearly upset.  While folks are genuinely shocked at the death of Abbie Mills, everyone knows Nicole Beharie has been trying to put miles between her and FOX, ever things took a dive in Season 2.  Kat Graham is bailing from The Vampire Diaries next year; she's been missing for the past couple of weeks from the show, and recently stated that her (two) most exciting episodes - in all of Season 7 - are about to air...now that the season is ending.

Yeah, okay - my point is that Avan Jogia and Kylie Bunbury showed us the way, back in the day, on how to handle your business when you leave a show, or it gets canceled because the writers are complete and utter shit.

4.09.2016

It's Waaaay Past Time for Bonnie Bennett to Exit #TVD

Kat Graham...gives no dambs
I don't know if Nicole Beharie and Kat Graham got together over coffee a while back and just were like, "Girl...do you think we should just say 'Fuck it' and call our respective bullshit a day?"
“The Vampire Diaries” is losing another star but possibly getting Nina Dobrev back as Elena! Kat Graham who portrays witch Bonnie Bennett says Season 8 is her last. That means she’ll be done around mid-2017. But is Kat Graham leaving of her own volition? Or is she being ushered out the door to make room for a Nina Dobrev return?

Kat’s character Bonnie is not front and center right now. She’s not in a romance, she’s not the target of hunter Rayna, and now there’s another witch on the scene with Valerie (Elizabeth Blackmore) who is more powerful than Bonnie and is a vampire to boot so she’s easier to keep alive.

The bottom line is Bonnie is extraneous. Not only that, because of the wicked spell that Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon’s (Ian Somerhalder) mom placed on Bonnie, she and Elena can’t exist in the same timeline. Bonnie has to die for Elena to come back.

With “The Vampire Diaries” ratings suffering, are showrunners at The CW hoping for (and encouraging) Kat Graham to check out of the show so they can kill off Bonnie and bring Elena back to life? Nina Dobrev has been pursuing other projects since she left The CW show she helped make a hit.

But let’s face it, Nina Dobrev is not exactly setting the world on fire with her movie career – two small parts and nothing of critical interest.
(Source)
I want to say "Yes" and "All of the above" to the aforementioned questions, but most importantly, I want to say it's about goddamn time.  In the last two episodes, she's been completely missing from TVD.

4.08.2016

#Bitchfest: Sleepy Hollow

Nicole Beharie is too damn beautiful

Yes, it's been a while since we had one of these, and I can't think of a better reason to have one now.

Abbie Mills is dead.  Discuss.

Black Girls' Night Out: Olivia Pope

 
Yes, much to my chagrin...I'm still watching.

It just occurred to me that Scandal is five seasons old.  Five seasons old, and yet I still feel like I'm watching Season 1 and waiting for something - anything - to happen.  I barely even remember Seasons 3 and 4.  I don't even remember the first half of Season 5.  Yet somehow, this show's managed to score a Season 6.

The irony is here is that Scandal is on it's fifth second chance trying to correct/reinvent itself.  But in so doing they've created a show that's like your frenemy/relative/boss who's plagued with chronic amnesia.  Every season premiere is an unspoken clean slate that ends up being cluttered with the same bullshit as the season before.

However...there have been some powerful moments with Olivia Pope which, I think, are only bugging certain folks because she's a Black woman.

4.04.2016

Author Sisters: Tasha Silva

Sexy Bahamian authoress Tasha Silva has joined forces with the MCP family.  We've just added two works of her polished erotica to our new store: Snowed In: A Novella, and V., a short story.

We also asked Madam Silva a few crucial need-to-know questions.  We think you'll like her answers.
State your name for the record, please.

Tasha Silva

Where you at?

Probably somewhere in a dark room glued to my laptop. No, really I am.

Favorite comfort food?

Reese's peanut butter cup ice cream. It makes everything better.

Favorite song to sing in the shower?

"I'm in Love With a Stripper" by T'Pain and Mike Jones. Don't ask why.

Favorite drink?

Sky Juice, a mixed drink native to the Bahamas where I'm from. Ingredients are coconut water mixed with gin and sweetened condensed milk. Drink it mostly on holidays, and it gets you nice and mellow really fast.

Aaaand a famous person you’d like to make out with?

Lee Pace. He's tall, handsome, tall, has the most gorgeous smile and some really soulful eyes.
Help us welcome this fabulous sistah into the fold.

4.02.2016

Simply Casting Black is Not Enough

Angela Bassett, aged 57
Remember back in 2013 when TV producer Bryan Fuller dreamcasted his then-nonexistent Star Trek show?  Fuller - who previously wrote for Deep Space Nine and Voyager - wanted to cast Angela Bassett as the Captain and Rosario Dawson as her First Officer.

Mind you, he was just being hypothetical...but it was still enough for the Trekkies among us to lose our goddamn minds.

But then, Fuller's dream came true and the next thing we knew (February, 2016 to be exact), CBS named him showrunner of an as-yet unnamed Star Trek show set to debut in 2017.  And I, having been known in my time as the Queen of All Things Trek, should have been ecstatic.

But I wasn't.

For one, I highly doubt we will actually get our Captain Bassett and Commander Rosario.  But let's just say we did...do y'all remember why this is called the Black Girls Club?

Back in 2011 I chronicled the fuckery surrounding the casting and writing of Black female characters in shows from 2009-2011.  The comments section went on to add on characters I'd missed.  And that's when I realized that there was no point in getting excited for Star Trek in 2017.  When it comes to writing for Black women, pretty much everyone who is not a Black woman hasn't the first fucking clue what they're doing.

Or...they know what they should do, and whom to hire to to do it, but they really just don't want to.