I Forgot My Phone

Beautiful. Sad. True.

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A racial community provides not only a sense of identity, that luxury of looking into another’s face and seeing yourself reflected back, but a sense of security and support.

– Wentworth Miller

Hot Creamy Love [ tea ]

This morning I was asked to make something called “hot creamy love” to which I responded, “What?” Fortunately, the marvelous Philiane Phang was on hand to show me just how exactly to make this milky tea concoction.

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All you need is (2) bags of Numi Earl Grey Tea, (1/2) pack of Truvia, about (1/2) cup of milk, and hot water. It takes about 10 minutes to make depending on your stove top.

  1. Assemble the ingredients
  2. In a large sauce pan, pour milk and place on stove on medium – high heat
  3. Fill mug with 3/4 hot water and let tea steep
  4. As the milk begins to steam, stir in a clockwise motion
  5. Don’t forget to give it some “love”
  6. Once milk starts to froth / boil, turn off burner and pour slowly into tea taking into account not to let the milk “film” get into the mug
  7. Stir a few times for mixing and whalah, you’ve got Hot Creamy Love

 

Wadjda

Hi there! A while back via NPR, I read about the making of the Saudi Arabian film Wadjda and the special challenges the female director faced. For example, she had to give direction to her male crew from inside the van via walkie-talkie because, as a woman, she could not be out on the streets without a male guardian. Anywho, check out the trailer (below) and I can’t wait to see it on the big screen ::

Writing a Trojan Horse

courtesy of Netflix
Image courtesy of Netflix

I was surfing Jezebel earlier today and found this interesting pull quote from Jenji Kohan – showrunner for current Netflix hit Orange is the New Black – on how the lead character of Piper was a Trojan Horse when it came to telling the stories of the minority characters on the show:

You’re not going to go into a network and sell a show on really fascinating tales of black women, and Latina women, and old women and criminals. But if you take this white girl, this sort of fish out of water, and you follow her in, you can then expand your world and tell all of those other stories. But it’s a hard sell to just go in and try to sell those stories initially. The girl next door, the cool blonde, is a very easy access point, and it’s relatable for a lot of audiences and a lot of networks looking for a certain demographic. It’s useful.

Shonda Rhimes came to mind as the creator of Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice and Scandal. After all, Meredith Grey was her Trojan Horse. And Emmy nominated writer Mindy Kaling had The Office as a Trojan Horse before launching the wildly hilarious (and should have been nominated show) The Mindy Project. So what does that mean for screenwriters, specifically in scripted television, who want to bring minority stories to the masses? Is the sad reality that yes, we – yep I said “we” – must resort to the military tactics made famous by the Greeks? Apparently so.

With this in mind it will be interesting to see if HBO will actually pick up its current development project with Issa Rae (Awkward Black Girl) and Larry Wilmore (The Daily Show, The Bernie Mac Show) because right now, Fox’s The Mindy Project, NBC’s Ironside (Blair Underwood) and ABC’s Scandal will be the only network shows with a minority as its lead character for the upcoming Fall 2013 primetime television season.

Something to think about!