#MediaQuickies 5


Some people watch the Super Bowl for the game, I watch the Super Bowl for the ads. While some Super Bowl commercials were hilarious (minus Nationwide’s depressing depiction of childhood deaths), others were inspirational like this Always ad:

Kudos to Always for taking advantage of  the 100+ million viewers at its finger tips and choosing to promote gender equality. By asking the audience when did doing something “like a girl” become an insult, this commercial begins to deconstruct gender stereotypes that have been mediated to us. And to my #LikeABoy hashtag users? Take several seats- Beyoncé already told ya’ll who runs the world.


I’ve been following this talented natural beauty, comedian, actress and writer since her YouTube series “Awkward Black Girl.” According to this Indiewire.com article, HBO is moving ahead with a pilot order for “Insecure,” a comedy project that focuses on “the awkward experiences and racy tribulations of a modern day African-American woman.”

I am interested to see how Rae will transition from an internet sensation, to the realm of television. Hopefully, she will maintain the awkward, black voice that I first identified so closely with four years ago.

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THIS. SHOW. IS. HILARIOUS! On Wednesday night, ABC aired a two-episode premier of its new show “Fresh Off the Boat,” which is loosely based off of celebrity chef and food personality Eddie Huang and his book Fresh Off The Boat: A Memoir. According to NBC News, This is the first network primetime show to feature an Asian-American family in 20 years!

To my delight, the first episode effortlessly addressed the racism that Asian-Americans encounter from both black and white people in a classic lunch room scene. The plot also touched on the pressure of cultural assimilation.

Needless to say, I will definitely be watching this show religiously!


  1. I watched the first two episodes of “Fresh Off The Boat” yesterday and I agree that it is a great television series that exposes many stereotypes and social issues! I have one question, do you think assimilation is still necessary in 2015 to have a sit at “the table”? This is in reference to lunchroom scene where Eddie brought Chinese Food for lunch and was banished from table. Then came back to school with “white people” lunch (Lunchable) as he called it; in order to fit in and be accepted.

    • I think there is still a pressure to assimilate and there always will be. People who are not comfortable with themselves and their identity will always try to make themselves more like who they aspire to be.

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