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Bachelorettes JoJo, Rachel & Becca (2016, 2017 & 2018)

Here we go again………’The Bachelorette’ currently airing on ABC with the new bachelorette trying to find love. Back in 2016 we were introduced to JOJO (Joelle Fletcher) from Season 12, who was a runner-up love interest from Season 20, ‘The Bachelor’, rejected by Ben Higgins, but eventually found love with Jordan Rodgers, whom she is still with. Her season was filled with humor, fun, romance & issues.

Then we moved to someone name Rachel Lindsey, who looks a little like actress (Robin Givens) who was looking for love with Nick Viall, but ended up becoming the First Black Bachelorette in the history of the show & she represented well. Her season 13 presentation was humorous, colorful, romantic & racial at times. What some Black fans (& Whites) wanted to see was her choosing a nice Black guy, but she fell in love with a Hispanic chiropractor from Miami, named Bryan Abasolo, whom she’s still involved with.

NOW…….we move to BECCA! This girl came out of ‘The Bachelors’ Season 22, since the Producers decided to not use any of the men from Rachel’s Bachelorette season as the tradition of the show normally does. I guess too many strong Black men to choose from with the fear that they would keep it Black, so they reached back to 6 years ago & got Arie Luyendyk, Jr. who was in love with the then 8th Season Bachelorette, Emily Maynard, but she rejected him for Jeffrey Holm. And after watching his run being The Bachelor, people went from seeing him as someone to feel sorry for to…….WHAT A DICK! He ended up choosing Becca Kufrin to marry, the show ended, they were suppose to live their life together, till he had a change of plans & broke her heart to get with the other girl he rejected, Lauren Burnham, whom he is still with. So now we see Becca on TV looking for love……………………………..

Some Links
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bachelorette_(season_12)
http://abc.go.com/shows/the-bachelorette/cast/rachel-lindsay
https://people.com/home/bachelorette-rachel-lindsay-and-fiance-bryan-abasolo-dallas-home-photos/
https://www.bustle.com/p/are-rachel-bryan-still-together-in-2018-the-bachelorette-pair-started-their-relationship-amongst-a-lot-of-drama-9201095
http://abc.go.com/shows/the-bachelor

 

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Royal Wedding: Meghan & Harry (May 19th 2018)

It’s official. THEY ARE MARRIED. I woke up 5am today to watch the whole thing LIVE our time since England is 5 hours ahead of us, as the American news broadcasters covered the event.

 

 

SEE EVEN MORE HERE………..
Her Life Before Prince Harry
Their Love Story

~ Lhisa Mrklon

I, Tonya (2017 Film)

I, Tonya……..now on Dancing With The Stars (DWTS). The 2017 Movie, ‘I Tonya’ was great & the subject matter is relatable played by award-winning actresses Margot Robbie (Tonya) & Allison Janney (The Mother). Looking back at the time period of this story, I was in my graduating year in High School & Nancy Kerrigan was the skater almost everyone was rooting for….., but side opinions count. Some people liked Tonya & her hardship all the way to The Olympics representing America as well. It was fucked up what happened to her career. There are people that can relate to her story. Not everyone fits a mold for certain industries. Does this mean that you CAN’T compete? She was breaking a lot of rules. She didn’t let poverty get in the way, nor having the standard Ice Princess look or breeding hamper her chance at success & fame. And for THAT, she was punished. She was a victim of prejudice amongst HER OWN people. They loved Nancy Kerrigan. The dark-haired beauty could do no wrong. She had the judges in her favor even if she made a mistake on the ice, as long as it was not too bad, her marks were still high. Oh well…..you poor blond bitch, we don’t care about your scrapper way of getting here to our ivy league sport, you don’t belong & we don’t like you, so we’re gonna score you a little bit lower even though you were the ONLY American Woman to land the Triple Axel in 1991 in our International sport. THAT was the general attitude that poor child had to deal with even though she had A RIGHT to be there representing not only The U.S.A, but the downtrodden & disenfranchised rest of us. THEN IT ALL WENT WRONG ONE FATEFUL DAY. The asshole/loser she married to get away from her loud-mouth & funny, but abusive mother, couldn’t leave the skating politics alone & conspired with his friend to have a cohort go to where Nancy Kerrigan was practicing & whack her on the knee, where she famously screamed out, “WHY!” It injured her ability to do well in general, in an effort for Tonya to win Olympic gold ofcourse. There are those despite the old news reports & trial in the mid to late 90s, & now the current movie 23 years later partly told from Tonya’s perspective, who still doubt her innocence. The case was federally investigated & Tonya got banned professionally from the sport & competing nationally & internationally. So now for the first time ever in public, we’re seeing her at 47 years old (still able to land a triple axel while ice-skating privately) on the TV show ‘Dancing With The Stars’ competing for the Mirabal trophy along other respected athletes. But going back to that tragic event from the past, arguably the attack on Nancy Kerrigan was not necessary at all, since Tonya WAS the better skater if you look back at the old footage. The real problem here was the skating committee/judges who discriminated against her for being poor & rock n’ roll. She liked skating to heavy metal music, she looked like a hard rock chic in her outfits & I was into that stuff too & thought at the time watching her on TV, how refreshing to see someone different out there on the ice. Nancy Kerrigan was nice skating to the classical/contemporary themes, but she looked too much like the cookie-cut standard model with how she was carefully packaged. And the people in charge of the whole thing who could have made a difference, were too ignorant & blind to that. THEY are the real ones responsible, because had Tonya been treated more fairly,…..none of it would have happened.

More on the film……..
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I,_Tonya
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/06/movies/i-tonya-review-margot-robbie.html
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5580036/awards

~ Lhisa Mrklon

The Movie Get Out (2017) ~ (Critique)

A full plus year well after the February release of this film, featuring a ‘Black Actor’ Daniel Kaluuya, as the star, continues to enjoy its value & success. It was written, produced & directed by Jordan Peele, who’s also ‘Black’. I didn’t like the film. I preferred Kaluuya’s role in the movie ‘Black Panther’ because he played an African Leader of his own tribal domain. Historically in racist horror films & other genres, the Black character is often killed off early in the film. First of all, a Black person, unlike a Caucasian, wouldn’t be involved in, or be doing certain things, or going to certain places pondering/wondering to wind up dead or have a crazy situation happen on them. It’s not our nature. And that’s why those past Hollywood films didn’t make any sense to us & many of those films would have been much better scenically & conceptually, had they left the Black character out. So to play off that motif, we see again in this movie, a dumb Black guy, not racially conscious enough, dating a racist White female trying to lure him to his enslavement & death. If not for his occasional flash photography, talking to the hypnotized negro servants on the plantation, snooping & noticing strange stuff & MOST OF ALL, his continual cellphone communications with his Pro-Black friend assessing his situation & letting him know what time it was & for him to GET OUT, our hero of the story would have failed to retain his life & freedom. He ended up doing what we never saw ever in any previous horror films by a Black character, except for comedy skits & the movie ‘Django,’ where the oppressed Black character rise to victory. That was the moment of the movie I liked, when our fool ‘woke up’ & saw the light for what those people really were & smite them. A simple film that Jordan Peele felt he needed to put out there. I don’t think a sequel is necessary. The Film received nominations from SAG, Golden Globe, Critic’s Choice Awards, & NAACP, however, it won for best foreign international film, at the British Independent Film Awards. Who else would be that open minded to appreciate the latent messages behind it all & not be offended? Well, not to be topped, in 2018 the film had a few Oscars nominations, but won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Jordan Peele graciously accepted the award making history as the First Black to win in that category.

~ Lhisa Mrklon

 

Marvel’s Black Panther Movie 2018 (Review)

I LOVED THE MOVIE ~~~ It is true. By far the best Marvel Comics Movie Ever. The cinematography is like Star Wars/Star Trek meets any kind of African-based film. So I’ll try to tell you something without revealing TOO much if you didn’t see it yet because there are some surprises. FIRST, you must see the movie using the 3D glasses, you’ll cheapen the experience if you don’t. Oh, & I love the war cry of the Man-Ape Leader, M’Baku and his crew, The Jabari Tribe. And some territorial parts of the movie is reminiscent of the 80s cartoon Thundercats. The movie captures Blackness. There are comical moments breaking up the seriousness of the moment & everybody’s acting was impeccable.

Two familial rivals at war with one another in any fictional story doesn’t get old when these types of conflicts are real. I was feeling the character Erik Killmonger’s argument about using the advanced African technology to usurp the rest of the White controlled World, & it would have been interesting to see it pop off, but the traditions of a humble people retaining their culture in a quiet & secret enclave of the continent, is the other side of the preservation argument. What I got from the movie is a dialog between The African & The African-American. The tragic colonizing & slavery experience of Blacks by another people & how it affects us today & what to do about it. So we have a dead king named T’Chaka & his son T’Challa takes over as The Black Panther, & without revealing much, he’s poised with being a leader one expects in his region, keeping all that Wakanda technology private, or deciding whether or not to be concerned with other Blacks about the globe living in our present condition as a globally persecuted people & claim us. There are definite historical issues here discussed in the film between characters & it’s authentic. You’re not being schooled or talked down to, it’s just straight-up conversation between rival characters motivated by different things.

The film shows the power of Women. In history, African women battled White colonialists on the battle field & WON. The narrative in this movie deals with an Outsider, representing ‘The Black Experience’ of the African-American, who returns to Africa with a lot of anger & vengeance in his heart. While King T’Challa, is the authentic African at peace with himself, with all his wealth & culture intact. So what you have is a rivalry. The tribal divisions that was already in the land was still peaceful compared to the racial torture one lives, & the backstory of the injustice of one brother to another. So it causes greater division amongst the Blacks in Wakanda. Well, what do you expect? In real life it would. Who do you follow? As usual, there would be the presence of a government Agent, representing The White People, let’s be real BUT see how all that affects him in the movie.

A lot of people like the movie & interpret it their way, while others have a problem, I leave the experience to you. And let’s not forget the power of The Black Panthers of the 1960s as they fought for the rights of our people to be self-determined & we see glimpses of the Black Power fist in the movie in honor of them. The film could have been made way back in the day (the 1990s) when the actor Wesley Snipes was hot, but he ended up doing ‘Blade’. The timing of movies can be an art itself. A piece of movie magic happens when something pops up at the right time with the right cast amidst a period when people need to see it while history unfolds a certain way where it becomes more meaningful. ~~ Lhisa  Ungelis  Mrklon

#MeToo, #TimesUp

It’s wonderful that the cycle has come around again where WOMEN have woken up to their real problems in the world by organizing a global movement about it, during the era of President Trump, BUT how real is it & can it sustain itself? The reason why I’m skeptical is because I know women. The only ones that aren’t complaining are the ones who benefit from a Sporting Lifestyle. Many of them get ahead by throwing themselves on men. You could be a damaged goods, under-educated, no skills, druggie girl that hangs out in places & pick up a guy with money & end up doing better in life servicing him as a Floozy, side-chick, girlfriend, or wife, than the female who lived her life being “proper” “lady-like” a “good girl” that did all the right things, but yet her society fails to reward her with the right sociological status & accoutrements she deserves. So what’s the real problem here? Is it realistic to expect a little woman’s movement to some how GROW & change millennia’s of historic sexism when THEY went along with it in the first place? I’m a woman, so I’ve seen what REALLY goes on. Yes, there are victims of live sexual assault & their cases deserve professional handling, but I’m talking about the majority of things that society grooms & allows. How are you going to change that without compromising the OTHER RIGHTS a woman should have. Do you really want to go back to the olden ways where you were taught your place for your own good because back then, those people would look at these womens’ cases and laugh at her. You voluntarily went into a man’s abode ignoring obvious signs of his intent from being around him amongst people. How could you not know? If you are working amongst men or in some social setting with them, you can tell if they like you or desire you by their behavior. The cues are there. Men are easy to read, even the ones pretending they don’t like you. Many of them are lecherous. Men can also tell if a woman wants him too. So you may have to go back to religious dressing, stay in your house, need a man’s permission for something, go through the proper courtship methods, & so forth for respect & isn’t this something women fought to be where we are today. Why digress? All a sexist law-maker needs to do is to start rolling-back your rights because he is so concerned about your chastity to protect you from your own stupidity. Why are you out in public amongst men? What are you doing? If there wasn’t some immorality in you in the first place, you wouldn’t have enticed that man? This is old-school sexist logic. Many of these women’ cases I’m hearing on TV wouldn’t stand up in court, so the safest place to say it, is out here in the public where it can take off. Why not ruin someone’s job & life prospects in general. You don’t need to prove anything. And I commend some of the men being targeted, for fighting back the false allegations. For the cases that ARE legitimate, more power to you women, because a judicial court system doesn’t always work in your favor & getting the truth out there in the court of public opinion, is the best option.

The alternative argument is for the women who benefit from being trashy. They live a lucrative sex-filled lifestyle dating & playing men. There was a time when it was common knowledge to only bother those women. When you are a guy bringing your sexually wayward, mentally-ill self to a Lady, Noble Woman, Woman of Respect, or anyone of the like, you needed a good ass-kicking. Today’s men doing that are STUPID. That’s why they got in trouble & I don’t feel sorry for them. Women are not objects. They lacked the finesse, charm, & skill set to obtain the right female. That’s why even the women of ‘ill-repute’ themselves treat them like SHIT because they are connoisseurs of men to tell a good one. You aren’t hearing certain mens’ names getting targeted by the Feminist Witch Hunt because they obviously have a good rapport with the women they mess with & they obviously possess the Lady’s Man Gentleman Persona so even if the relationship ends, the woman doesn’t feel she needs to lash out & tear up his life. We’ll see how long this Women’s rally of movements last, because there is a mistrust & divide amongst women anyway. If I were to go to a woman in charge of something to obtain a proper job, service, favor to something I’m qualified for & entitled to, I would be given a hard time, but if I turned to a man, it would be easier for me to gain. Women are petty & jealous. Men are more practical. I’m not trying to see a bunch of Bitches all of a sudden controlling the industries world-wide, because that would be a Tyranny. Many of them are incompetent & stupid. Being a wise female, regularly dealing with treachery from other females, I have to look at men & their rights too, especially being amongst women & their vileness. Did you know that many of these criminal cases involve women simply marrying men to get their life insurance & they end up killing them to claim it? You know you don’t like the guy, but he pays your way through life because he’s so obsessed with you, but you fail to reciprocate. You know some guy wants your pussy, but you are repulsed by him, yet you still walk by or hang out there in close proximity. How is he suppose to interpret that? You feel uncomfortable on the date, you don’t trust the guy, yet you go back. You know you’re just using this guy, it won’t go any further, yet you are surprised when he gets mad for being played by you. You sense the infidelity, yet you pretend it isn’t happening & you stay. YOU’RE THE WOMAN, you’re in control. YOU go as far as YOU want to. Stop leaving the responsibility to them.

“Shithole” Countries

Ooooh here we go again. Trump on the Immigration thing. He claims to have never used the derogatory term referring to African & Caribbean nations as “Shithole” countries that the U.S. are accepting immigrants from & that they should let in more people from places like Norway. Well…………people from well developed wealthier European countries would NOT want to relocate to America because that would be a drop in their standard of living. The point that Trump missed is the whole propaganda effect; promoting the lie that life is better in America. So when poorer immigrants come here thinking life is better, they quickly learn that the only real value is struggling amidst the stresses of life to earn the American dollar is the only strong suit here, because in reality, what they left behind was a better way of life, & THAT is the real sacrifice.