Dear White People: Netflix Series – Review

Netflix is one of those things that I will keep paying for but not use enough. I haven’t watched a good series in ages and this is my fault because I binged watch everything there is in two-day periods. However, this new show Dear White People came out and of course I had to watch it.

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I had seen the film and that was okay. Not amazing but not terrible. It raised questions and explored necessary racial conversation that needed to be had. I thought the show would just be more of the same but no. It built on the film and we were able to explore the multi-dimensional identity of black people. Honestly, I have never seen so many different types of black people in one show. Normally you get the token black person in a show scripted with all the usual stereotypes and while it’s nice to see some sort of representation it isn’t really relatable. However, it was refreshing to see diversity within a black community and to see how the black experience manifests for each different individual. I could see myself in the show, aspects of my identity could be seen within different characters and I could relate – regardless of various cringey scenes and plot ideas.

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I feel like satire is the perfect way to talk about sensitive issues especially in a show that intends to be a comedy. Dear White People manages to appropriately raise important race issues while maintaining an entertaining show – even leaving space to add in a bit of romance. I’m not a tv critic so I’m not even going to judge the quality of the show. But as a passive viewer it was a good watch; the subject matter forces you to form your own opinion on things and actually think about what you agree with. It raises difficult topics and provide multiple viewpoints towards it, which I think is great, enlightening and insightful. Coco is probably my favourite character. She tries to balance wanting to assimilate with accepting her identity despite the complexities of trying to conflate the two. Plus she can read anyone to filth – the shade oh the shade. Shout out to Lionel – you a G, and to Rashid who is hilarious. Also I couldn’t deal with the spoofs of Iyanla and Scandal – hilarious.

I’m also going to dedicate an entire paragraph to how hot everyone in the show was. I’m very grateful for that one ass camera shot of Troy – unexpected but much appreciated . Gabe, you pretty little bearded little hunky thing, he was an interesting character, also a side-man, but hey you can’t have it all. Sam. Very pretty, but also very annoying. Why are main characters always annoying. She reminds me of people who rather than acting on a problem just decide to complain about it and don’t actually bring about any real change. Although her passion for race equality was inspiring and her style was cute.

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All in all, go and watch Dear White People. I finished it in a day and I think anybody can appreciate it regardless of race, class, gender etc. If you need a new show to watch, a bit of a giggle or a cheeky gawp at some sexy people, this is the show for you. (I hope a British show exploring the black identity crops up, I think there’s space for it.) The show is not alienating and you could definitely binge-watch it with any of your pals. Not your parents unless you guys are down with awkward sex scenes. Also PS: if you are provoked/offended by the show title – you are who the show is aimed at.

If you’ve watched the show tell me who your favourite character is in the comments section or message me on Twitter. See you in the next post!

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Introduction. Hey, Hi, Hello.

Introduction

Introduction time! It is May and most of my university stress is over. I can finally start my blog! When I say start I mean start again. I used to be at afromermaid.net but I was a shoddy blogger and I like to think of that as an experiment. Finishing university, I am going to have a lot of time on my hands so this is the perfect time to re-launch. New URL, new theme, new look and new motivation. I am excited. I’ve blogged on different platforms in the past and loved it, so I decided to create my own little space on the internet for just me. I’m even self-hosted now! (WordPress and Bluehost are stress, let’s not even) Welcome to Afro Mermaid.

Me

Let me tell you a bit about myself in case you are new or in case you know me and would like to be reminded. I’m Whitney Abigail and I am about to finish university! Thank the laaaaawd. I studied Philosophy and Sociology, loved it, also happy it’s over. I love horror films and have an obsession with the ocean and mermaids. I’m very happy this mermaid trend is on the rise – mermaid-themed homeware is now acceptable haha. I have no party tricks except I love to talk a lot about nothing so you have that to look forward to if you decide to keep up with my blog.

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Upcoming Posts

So what am I going to be writing about? If you know my makeup collection is excessive (I’m not even a makeup artist) and I adore creative beauty looks. So yeah I will be writing BEAUTY posts; my new finds and favourites, makeup for WOC, beauty trends and hopefully some makeup looks of my own. There’s more! I will also be posting LIFESTYLE posts; so anything from what I’m up to, my thoughts on things in general, pop culture and all things LIFE and STYLE (see what I did there). LASTLY, probably what I’m most excited about, I will be writing WELLNESS posts; covering everything to do with self-love, self-care, confidence, positivity and all things good for the mind and soul.

Introduction post done! I think that’s it for now. I’m not good at writing bios. But I’m excited to try and be a consistent blogger (again) and share some of my thoughts. Stay tuned for my up-coming blog posts and things I have in store for myself; I will be posting a new blog post EVERY SATURDAY. Thanks for reading this far if you have and WELCOME TO MY BLOG, AFRO MERMAID say hello.

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