[Black] Girl, Interrupted

“It’s like you’re screaming and no one can hear you.”-Angelina Jolie as Lisa Rowe “Girl, Interrupted”

One of my favorite movies is the 1999 film “Girl, Interrupted” by James Mangold starring Wynona Ryder and Angelina Jolie[who won an Oscar for her performance as Lisa Rowe]. MV5BMTUyNjUzMjk2MF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNDQyMTAxMw@@._V1_SX640_SY720_This film takes you inside the 18-month stay of Susanna Kaysen in an 1960’s psychiatric hospital following a suicide attempt. Showing a raw and uncut look at the struggles of women from various walks of life with mental illness. Funny thing about this film is that it there are no African-American patients on the ward, one of the only black faces in the movie is that of Whoopi Goldberg who plays nurse Valerie Owens. It wasn’t until recently that I noticed the lack of black faces “on the ward” on this film, but then it occurred to me that this was not because the hospital [in the film] was segregated but because even then mental illness in the African-American community is and still is considered taboo. Why? In 2016, when there are so many treatment options is the stigma of mental illness in African-American women still a “thing?” Continue reading

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Sally Hemings of the 21st Century

Shonda Rhimes is probably the most hated black woman in America right now, since this time last year she has kept us all on the edge of our seats, flying by the seat of our pants waiting and watching to see what happens next with Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) and Fitzgerald Grant (Fitz) (Tony Goldwyn) on the hit show “Scandal”.

For the past two seasons loyal viewers or “Gladiators” have been on an emotional rollercoaster as we watch to see which way the torrid affair between Liv and Fitz will go. I will be the first to admit I am “Team Fitz”, despite the nature and the scandal of their relationship I want him to get the girl he is so in love with. timthumbWomen are quick to express their disdain for infidelity but glue themselves to the television every Thursday. I was scrolling my Instagram newsfeed during the season finale last week and came across and interesting comparison. Olivia Pope is the modern-day Sally Hemings.

Sarah “Sally” Hemings is rumored to have been the slave mistress of President Thomas Jefferson and that he fathered at least four of her six children. Do I dare say that the comparison between the two affairs is valid? After analyzing both (although one is completely fictional and scripted) I would have to agree there is a valid argument.
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