Issue 5
Sept. 5, 2019

...Are you still watching? YES, STOP SHAMING ME

Hello 911? No, nothing’s wrong — I just want to talk about this show I’m watching —*dial tone*

by Amina Akhtar & Lincoln Mondy
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Four Weddings and a Funeral

Hulu

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The new, diverse cast of Four Weddings and a Funeral - Hulu

Four Weddings and a Funeral is HULU’s series adaptation of the popular movie, which we will admit we haven’t seen. The title says it all — there are four Weddings and a funeral. Whose wedding? Whose funeral? You find out little by little.

You know we needed Mindy Kaling to prove herself after she dated all those white dudes on “The Mindy Project”, and she definitely delivered in the casting decisions for this show. A lot of these characters are messy in the decisions they make, and you know we love a mess that’s not ours. That’s one of the pitfalls, a lack of character development has you wondering why these people make such terrible decisions. We’ll take two orders of cliche flashbacks for context, please. With all that said, we watched 8 episodes in a matter of days. The drama, apparently endless incomes, and European aesthetics have us waiting for the next episode on Wednesday.

-Amina & Lincoln

Derry Girls

Netflix

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The cast of Derry Girls (Yeah they're all white, but who isn't in Ireland?) - Netflix

A group of Teenage girls navigate their lives on the Catholic side of the 30 year ethno-nationalist conflict in Northern Ireland. Stay with us, it's a comedy! When we first started Derry Girls, we were like, “Wait, why are they getting bombed every 2 minutes?” We soon googled the Northern Ireland conflict, educating ourselves on why Catholics and Protestants hate each other on the show. The show does such a good job of explaining a political climate with humor. You may have to google some of the references but it is fully worth it. BELLY LAUGHS WE TELL YOU, BELLY LAUGHS!

-Lincoln & Amina

My House

YouTube and Amazon Prime

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- VICELAND

Last year, Ryan Murphy’s POSE premiered to critical acclaim. The FX drama chronicles New York City's ballroom culture in the 80s and 90s, the AIDS crisis, and how ball culture was a lifeline for the LGBTQ community. The show, now in its second season, was lifted up as an example of how to get it right. Trans folks were employed and centered both in front of and behind the camera.

At the same time as POSE debuted, VICELAND released My House — a docu-series following a cast of ball performers and commentators on the east coast. While POSE is fictional, My House provides an in-depth look at the ball scene, and how many LGBTQ folks gravitate to ball culture to find their chosen family and express themselves without fear of judgement or violence. The docu-series taught me a lot, including all of the ways ‘mainstream’ popular culture and fashion have taken, taken, and taken from ballroom culture without proper credit. Anyway, the show is available for free on Broadly’s YouTube channel!
-Lincoln

Man Like Mobeen

Netflix

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- BBC Three

Man like Mobeen is about an ex-drug dealer who is trying to make ends meet as the sole caretaker for his sister in Birmingham, England. It sounds dark, but trust me... it’s a comedy. The show does an excellent job of slowly revealing details of Mobeen’s former life. The police are regulars on the show, constantly racially profiling Mobeen and his friends— but they always find a way out. The South Asian siblings in the police force who are constantly inflicting racial bias on their own people are my favorite. HATE TO SEE IT!


-Amina