CULTURE

Get Carrie’s Glasses from HBO’s “And Just Like That”

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Sex and the City Reboot, "And Just Like That"

It’s finally here.

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The 10 Hottest On-Screen Priests in History, Ranked

Forgive me father for I have sinned...

What is it about Catholic priests that fill us with thoughts that are anything but godly?

Is it that they're sexually unattainable? That their robes emphasize their shoulders? That they're obligated to listen to our problems? Whatever it is, the trope of the hot priest has become a cultural staple that can be found in myriad of books, movies, and TV shows. Here are 10 of the hottest priests to ever make it on-screen.

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Let's Unpack the Sex and the City Revival, "And Just Like That"

Can Sex and the City still exist in 2021?

Justice for Samantha though

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As Sex and the City celebrates its 20th anniversary and the reboot is on its way, for fans of the show, this means it is officially peak rewatch season.

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The Best Show That’s Not on TV: A Beginner’s Guide to "Red Table Talk"

Red Table Talk should be discussed in groups like a book club.

The intergenerational show features Willow Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Adrienne Banfield Morris.

Red Table Talk

Jada Pinkett Smith began the Facebook Watch show Red Table Talk with the intention of it being a hobby.

Over a year and thirty-seven episodes later, it's become a must-watch program, gaining millions of views per episode. On the show, Smith usually congregates with her daughter, Willow, and mother, Adrienne Banfield Morris, to discuss pressing issues. The intergenerational show centers on the three black women as daughters, mothers, and grandmothers who discuss difficult subjects. They dig into societal taboos and illuminate deeply ingrained problems in our families, in our country, and within ourselves. Every episode explores new questions, revelations, and personal insecurities.

On Facebook, the comments section is flooded with debate and gratitude. In a period when our country is more divided than ever, so many Americans are longing to come together and for a platform to discuss what's gone unheard. Whether the three women are discussing white privilege, child brides, or sexuality—the red table feels like a safe space for understanding, with the underlying certainty that we're all equally human.

Yet, we're still different. Red Table Talk sends out the flashing message that different perspectives and active listening can transform a generation—if we're open to it. For 20 minutes per episode, what happens at dinner tables across the country is happening on your screen, allowing viewers to reflect on serious conversations based around respect.

Red Table Talk should be one of the most watched educational programs, discussed in groups like a book club, where introspection, deliberation, and debate are possible.

With that in mind, during every discussion in your personal life, you should reflect on the following questions and maybe pose them to others, thoughtfully and respectfully.

  1. How can I productively contribute to this conversation? Should I participate or sit back and listen?
  2. Do I have privilege here? If yes, how do I use it to benefit others and undo the oppressive systems in effect?
  3. What are my biases?
  4. What is my intention in contributing?
  5. Do I dominate conversations? If yes, how can I work to become a better listener?
  6. Am I being defensive or attempting to inform in a positive fashion?
While you watch the more recent episodes of Red Table Talk, here's a guided shortcut to the major topics covered by the powerful women.

Race

Should White People Adopt Black Children?

Unpacking White Privilege and Prejudice

The Racial Divide: Women of Color and White Women

Questions discussed include:

Should white people adopt any child of color?

What are the responsibilities of a person raising a child of a different race?

Do you believe that white people pass down their own biases and internalized racism to their children and in their everyday lives?

How can people teach children to be inclusive?

Can people unteach and undo exclusionary mentalities in adults?

Can all women come together or will race continue to divide us based on our experiences and prejudice?

True or False: Race is a construct. We are the human race.

How can people include and make space for other POC, when race has become such a black and white issue?

Toxic Organizations and Mentalities

Children Forced into Marriage— A National Disgrace

Leah Remini: Setting the Record Straight

Molested As a Young Boy: An NBA Star Breaks His Silence

Questions discussed include:

Why do people raise their daughters with different standards than their sons?

Why do people feel shame when they themselves are the victims?

How can we advocate for the destigmatization of sexual abuse in our society and in our laws?

Becoming a mother can become a source of strength, but also a burden— how can we find support in our everyday lives?

At your lowest, how do you motivate yourself?

True or False: Only you can get yourself out of a bad situation,

Everyone should go to therapy— yes or no?

Should we trust the laws our government enforces, when so often they work against many members of our society?

Does religion cause more harm than good?

Should people indoctrinate their children into a faith at a young age?

Romantic Relationships

Unconventional Relationships: Can Multiple Relationships Work?

Common: Breaking Destructive Cycles

Infidelity: Can Your Relationship Last?

Questions discussed include:

Would you consider participating in a polyamorous relationship? If not, why? If yes, why?

Can polyamorous relationships last and be balanced?

Why do many consider the nuclear family to be the ideal norm in our society?

How do you learn to trust other people?

Being closed off can be a way to protect yourself: Why do people shame others for having walls?

Meanwhile, vulnerability is treated as a strength nowadays: How can we create healthy, emotional boundaries in our everyday lives?

True or false: You can only love someone if you love yourself.

Why do people consider cheating to be the end-all, be-all worst betrayal in a romantic relationship?

True or false: Once a cheater always a cheater.

How can you rebuild trust after cheating?

Are we, as humans, meant to be monogamous?

Women are writing for other women and it's amazing.

Often women are crammed into supporting roles where they're the damsel in distress, the hot girlfriend, or the average girlfriend (or maybe not even a girlfriend, but a loyal friend who might as well be a girlfriend). And often these roles suggest women hate each other and live in constant competition with one another. One episode of Broad City, and every annoying stereotype associated with non-female-driven/written comedies is entirely subverted.

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Ilana (Glazer) and Abbi (Jacobson) are nasty, selfish, wild, and in case you haven't guessed by now, my favorite female duo in comedy. These are two women that have everything and nothing in common, who love each other and support one another despite their glaring insecurities and flaws. For women, the narrative has historically gone: lose weight, look for a man, find a man, make yourself desirable — you get the point. Women are often told how to mold their bodies and behavior for the male gaze, but Broad City — a queer, feminist comedy — isn't concerned with celebrating womanhood under the guise of traditional femininity; nope, it's more focused on letting you know that women can (and should) do things solely for their own pleasure. In Broad City, being imperfect is a badge of honor; the culmination of disastrous dates, pregnancy scares, and failed career opportunities build these characters up. Ilana and Abbi are two distinct women rarely depicted in TV.

Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson at New York City Pride 2017Photo by Michael Stewart

I can't help but compare Broad City to Lena Dunham's Girls, which was supposed to be an ironic indictment of white privilege and hipster culture in Brooklyn, but often felt a little too on the nose to render satirical commentary. In Girls, the women, for the most part, hated each other, even scoffed at the successes and minor advances of their counterparts, only showing support or empathy when it served or elevated their personal agendas. There was no sisterhood or gossip over mimosas like Candace Bushnell's New York Times column adaptation, Sex and the City, but there were certainly over-indulgent dance routines and a fair share of white-girl misery (bad boyfriends, unfulfilling jobs in which you actually have to work, and oh dear god, financial and emotional reality checks). (If millennials are all miserable and selfish, can we at least be horrible together?)

Hanna Horvath (Lena Dunham) at a warehouse party Courtesy of HBO's Girls (Season one: ep: 7)

Issa Rae's Insecure is another female written comedy, but its focus lies on the dating scene for Black women and is a love letter to female friendship, hip hop, and South LA. Insecure is rare because of its depiction of successful women of color, who are desired by men. Yep! Desired. Wanted. Needed. By who? Men of color. It's kind of funny that in 2016 (season one) this was considered groundbreaking, but I suppose these things take time. I digress.

Broad City isn't out to fool you that friendship is all you need, or that girl power (YAS, KWEEN!) is all about weed and Lil Wayne (ep: "What a Wonderful World"), but it's out to let you know that women are human and complex and sometimes have body hair, weird outfits, and casual, crazy sex. Our complexities are unlimited, our friendships raw and honest; Broad City is New York in all of its hazy, discounted, sweaty glory. Broad City is feminism for 90's babies who saw the The Rugrats Movie or for the girls in high-school who were just too weird and too witty to be pinned down.

Abbi Abrams and Ilana Wexler after a failed Lil Wayne concert Courtesy of Comedy Central's Broad City (Season one: ep: 1)

Is it fast food feminism for the millennial age? Kind of, but only in the delicious oooh-that-hit-the-spot way. Don't be fooled by the antics of these two; Broad City is a smart, progressive, and politically and socially aware comedy. Ilana and Abbi don't live in la-la land where there are only three Black people in Brooklyn. Trust me, Broad City is a rare gem that's so wonderfully crafted it naturally feels familiar. There is a lot of heart in this show, a type of genius that is universally lauded and enjoyed by women and men alike. I don't think there's another show that stands up to pop culture and pop feminism like Broad City, thieving, dating, twerking, smoking, and learning its way through the diverse and magnetic streets of New York City. Just two Jewish broads, hanging out.


Shaun Harris is a poet, freelance writer, and editor published in avant-garde, feminist journals. Lover of warm-toned makeup palettes, psych-rock, and Hilton Als. Her work has allowed her to copyedit and curate content for various poetry organizations in the NYC area.


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