A Moment in Time

*From the Stolen Moments monologue by Olivia Pope*

“You have nothing. You have a pile of secrets and lies, and you’re calling it love. And in the meantime you’re letting your whole life pass you by while they raise children and celebrate anniversaries and grow old together. You’re frozen in time. You’re holding your breath. You’re a statue waiting for something that’s never going to happen. Living for stolen moments in hotel hallways and coat closets and you keep telling yourself they all add up to something real because in your mind they have to but they don’t. They won’t. They never will. Because stolen moments aren’t a life. So you have nothing. You have no one. End it now.” ~Olivia Pope

Just a quote on this Tuesday. Hopefully it reaches someone who needs it.

~B

What a Great Story Line..part deaux

“What is it about Olivia Pope that makes her a role model to today’s [black] woman?” from What a Great Story Line part one

It was the above quoted question that began a hail storm of commentary and debate recently. Upon reading part one of this two-part series several people weighed in on the topic, which gave me much insight for the follow-up to my previous post.

Tyler-Perry-s-The-Family-that-Preys-cole-hauser-12134499-1529-1024There was a time not too long ago when “Girl Melanie” was one of our favorite characters to love to hate. The hit show “The Game”  derived as a spin-off from “Girlfriends”(which was created by Mara Brock Akil and executively produced by Kelsey Grammar which was one of the highest rated African-American women ages 18-24 during its eight year run) initially debuted as a show about a medical school student and her rookie football player boyfriend. Throughout the first few seasons we watched Melanie (and the other women of The Game, Tasha Mack and Kelly Pitts ) evolve into characters we all at some point could relate to.  We watched them make sacrifices for the men they loved, all while still taking care of themselves and each other. derwin melanie 
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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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