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 trouble than happiness.

It was all good just a week ago 😩 @YvonneOrji #InsecureHBO

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I initially felt sorry for Lawrence. His struggle to find work despite his degree is an all too familiar 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 article about how ‘Insecure’ has mastered the art of lighting black actors featuring an interview with the show’s Director of Photography, Ava Berkofsky.

#InsecureHBO all zay.

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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. 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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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?  I decided to write my own list of Rihanna songs I think are underrated and unappreciated.

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Review: Grand Theft Auto V (PS4)

I don’t think it is too much to say that Grand Theft Auto V was revolutionary for the gaming world when released in 2013. The graphics, extensive map and three playable protagonists were elements which were new to most gamers.

Grand Theft Auto V was the follow up which Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas deserved and Grand Theft Auto IV failed to deliver. Grand Theft Auto IV was good but not great.

The Grand Theft Auto games went from offering a plethora of mini-games, customisation options and an extensive open world to explore to a dull protagonist and lack of the aforementioned.

Grand Theft Auto V, however, is the perfect balance. It took the realism that Grand Theft Auto IV aimed for and met in the middle with the fun and extensive open world of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas that the player could make their own.

In GTA V, Of Michael, Trevor and Franklin, Franklin was my favourite character to free roam with. Franklin reminded me of Carl Johnson from the 3D universe and the nostalgia added an extra feeling of enjoyment.

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LA Girl Matte Flat Finish Pigment Gloss Review

If there is one thing I hate, it is a lip gloss that leaves a sticky residue on your lips. If you want a product that is a pretty colour but feels like it has left superglue on your mouth, buy this lip gloss.

When I pressed my lips together, they became stuck. Therefore, Ladies, I don’t think this lip gloss will do well on dates.

There is also no nice smell or taste like with other products such as the NYX Matte Lip Cream. The LA Girl Matte Flat Finish Pigment Gloss instead tastes like baking flour and smells like chemicals.

I won’t be buying this product again unless I need an alternative product to glue on my lashes or stick up wallpaper.