Rebelle Loves… Insecure

(Spoiler alert)

Starring Issa Rae, Jay Ellis and Yvonne Orji, ‘Insecure’ has main characters that all have flaws.

No one is exempt from criticism. In other words, they are all TRASH.

Too often, film and television opt to have characters that act immorally and mess up that act as a direct contrast to their perfect counterparts who can do no wrong.

Not only is this boring but it isn’t at all realistic. No one is perfect; especially in relationships and ‘Insecure’ illustrated this amazingly.

Let’s start with main character Issa. Her main flaw according to Twitter is her infidelity towards longtime boyfriend Lawrence.

I would add that she is also very judgemental and quick to point out everyone else’s wrongdoings yet fails to recognise her own. Her attack on her best friend Molly in season one at the fundraiser was harsh.

The criticisms of Molly by the other characters and by the audience were accurate. Her ‘standards’ are her downfall. She initially dismisses Jared because he didn’t go to college and later chooses Dro (who is married and in an open relationship) over Quinton who consoled and supported her through her work troubles.

Molly is right to have high standards but her fairytale based construction of the perfect guy leads her into more troubleĀ than happiness.

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I initially felt sorry for Lawrence. His struggle to find work despite his degree is an all too familiarĀ scenario to millennials. I wanted him to get his app up and running and feel accomplished.

He was clearly depressed and this prevented him from being the fulfilling boyfriend that Issa needed.

When Issa cheated with Daniel, I was Team Lawrence and I screamed at my screen.

I know Lawrence messed up her birthday and was bumming around on the sofa but Issa cheated just as Lawrence was starting to get back on top of things and prove he was committed to her.

I still hope they’ll work things out in Season 3.

 

Lawrence disappointed me in the way he treated Tasha. His disregard for her feelings and skipping out on her family barbeque (which he wasn’t forced to attend) was unnecessary. Tasha’s dragging of him offered my favourite quote from the show:

“You’re worse than a fuck nigga. You’re a fuck nigga that thinks he’s a good dude”

Aside from the great writing, acting and characters; the cinematography and soundtrack of ‘Insecure’ add to its appeal.

I think ‘Insecure’ has the best-suited soundtrack for a series I have ever encountered.

The insecurity and relationship troubles explored in featured artists’ music such as Bryson Tiller and SZA is a perfect match for the themes of the show.

I sometimes forget that the songs are stand-alone products and not a score composed exclusively for the HBO original.

‘Insecure’ displays a huge variation of black femininity and masculinity. The ‘angry black woman’ construction is discussed and challenged, as is the ‘ratchet black woman’ and black masculinity and sexuality; all of which are prevalent issues in the black community.

MIC published an articleĀ about how ‘Insecure’ has mastered the art of lighting black actors featuring an interview with the show’s Director of Photography,Ā Ava Berkofsky.

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The article showcased the innovative nature of not only the show in terms of its black representation but also its composition.

The result is that the already beautiful cast members appear just as great on screen as they do in real life.

 

If you haven’t already, watch ‘Insecure’ and let me know what you think of the characters in the comments below.Ā 

 

 

 

 

 

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Meek Mill, Tyga and the Social Media Sheep

People don’t listen to music and form their own opinions on it anymore. They rely on social media influencers, blogs, charts and radio personalities to do it for them.

Two notable examples are Tyga and Meek Mill. Prior to their controversial rap beefs and/or high profile relationships, both were relatively popular in their own right.

Meek Mill’s ‘Dreams and Nightmares’ intro was once called “one of the best rap moments of our generation” and he was viewed as the voice of the streets and widely celebrated as competition for rap heavyweights like Kendrick Lamar and J Cole.

Tyga has never been heralded for his lyricism; however songs like ‘Faded’, ‘Rack City’ and ‘Dope’ and his many collaborations including those with Chris Brown were still successful.

Following Tyga’s relationship with Kylie Jenner and Meek Mill’s rap beef with Drake, the media turned against the artists.

Suddenly, the voice of the streets had become “trash” and the premium collector of Ls. Meek Mill wasn’t cool and if you listened to Meek Mill, you weren’t cool.

The praise of his newly released LP ‘Dreams Worth More Than Money’ quickly ceased and the masses suddenly forgot Meek Mill could rap. He quickly became “Weak Mill” andĀ the inferior boyfriend of Nicki Minaj who was on his “girl’s tour”.

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Tyga was soon viewed as the worst rapper alive and merely Kylie Jenner’s accessory.

I’m not arguing that Meek Mill didn’t underperform and disappoint in his rap battle with Drake or that Tyga wasn’t wrong for dating a 16-year-old.

As a Meek Mill fan, his initial responses to Drake were frustrating and painful, I knew he could do better. And as for Tyga, he deserved the backlash for dating a then underage Kylie.

However, social media developed amnesia in response to the controversy and forgot that they once celebrated and loved these artists. Now they were being attacked every day on social media, the radio and in magazines like Complex and XXL and labelled as talentlessĀ and wack.

Now it seems to be popular and acceptable to like Meek Mill and Tyga again. Meek’s ‘Wins and Loses’ is being praised by the same publications and social media influencers that were saying he had no talent and should retire months earlier.

Tyga’s newly released ‘Bitch I’m the Shit 2’ is being called his comeback album and the revival of his rap career.

Some would argue Meek Mill and Tyga simply redeemed themselves from their Ls by making better music.

I’m not buying this.

I think that instead, it became popular and trendy to hate these artists because social media influencers and celebrities like Drake, Charlamagne the God, Amber Rose and The Game all joined in on the hate parade. The memes and YouTube parodies were in constant supply and the culture simply made you an outsider if you liked these artists.

Now that the Meek Mill and Drake feud has died down and Kylie Jenner has moved on to Travis Scott, social media has run out of jokes and bandwagon hating Tyga and Meek Mill isn’t fun or the popular thing to do anymore.

The fall and recent rise of the artists has lead me to agree with critics who have argued that the music industry is merely a popularity contest where people listen to what is seen as acceptable in order to fit in. I hate being cynical but Hip-Hop culture in the age of social media seems to be proving this to be true.

Rebelle Loves… 67

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I am verrryyyy late to the party with 67. My friends and Twitter timeline have been talking about 67 for a while. And by a while I don’t mean months; I’d go as far as saying I am at least a year and a half behind, maybe even two.

I promise it won’t happen again.

It wasn’t until I saw their interview with DJ Vlad on YouTube autoplay that I finally took notice of the South London collective.

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Don’t touch (or tell me what to do with) my hair.

Twitter is slowly becoming my least favourite social media platform. It has its perks but also many flaws; a major one being that everyone feels the need to comment on any and everything; including things that don’t concern them.

I’ve noticed recently that a popular topic of discussion is Black women’s hair. Black women seem to be condemned whatever style they choose. Their unpermed edges are laughed at as loudly as a lace front wig on another.

In my opinion, no one but the individual Black woman should decide how she styles her hair. Whether that be a natural style, chemically processed, a Ā wig or hair extensions. Twitter, however, doesn’t agree.

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PS4 Review: Watch Dogs

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On paper, Watch Dogs sounded exciting; An open world game that players were free to hack into and manipulate to suit them.

Overall I enjoyed this game and I am excited to begin playing the sequel, Watch Dogs 2. There were some flaws however which I feel were very disappointing and let down what could have been an amazing game. Like the ctOS system that the player spent the game hacking and destroying, there were too many faults.

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Underrated Rihanna Songs

I read an article recently that named Rihanna songs that should have been singles. A few of my favourite Rihanna songs didn’t make the list and these are songs that deserved to.

The article named songs like ‘Consideration’ and ‘Love Without Tragedy’ which are fan favourites that are already celebrated although not officially released as singles.

What about the overlooked album cuts that are often ignored? Ā I decided to write my own list of Rihanna songs I think are underrated and unappreciated.

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Don’t take Twitter’s relationship advice

I texted one of my friends yesterday and it took an hour for them to reply. According to Twitter, I should cut them off because they don’t value our friendship and only speak to me when they are bored. What Twitter failed to consider was that said friend was at work and couldn’t reply at the instant second Twitter and its memes demand.

Maybe it’s just the people I follow but it seems as though everyone on Twitter is insecure and has serious trust issues. Is it really that deep to cut off a friend or significant other because they don’t reply ‘lol’ to the Kermit the Frog meme you sent them within seconds? Is it too much to believe that people are too busy in the real word to constantly be on their phones and ready to reply at any given second?

Maybe the society we live in encourages it. Being in the bathroom isn’t even an excuse anymore as people read emails and reply to texts whilst using the toilet as if that isn’t unhygienic and, to be honest, a bit weird. It sickens me to think of someone replying to one of my messages in between flushing and wiping.

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