July 23 was lit, lit, lit this year. Not because it was the launch of "Oh, Kayla" or because it was my twenty-first birthday.
Those things were pretty great but, the cherry on top of July 23, 2017 was... the premiere of the second of Issa Rae's insecure on HBO.
I will save you the paragraphs and pages of plot details and character analyzation that I could get inot with this show. You can find a bomb synopsis of the first season of Insecure by Janice Williams of Newsweek here, but get to HBO and watch it now.
Issa Rae has been in my life since I was 15 via "The Misadventures of an Awkward Black Girl" (shoutout to Tumblr for putting me on). It was the first time that I felt "seen" in any form of media. This 24-year-old got me.
Here was a woman who was still figuring it out, was over everyone at work, made "eh" decisions when it came to love-- and rapped to herself in a mirror. Automatically a fan-- for life.
Insecure captured so much of MABG, but it was grown. And last year when it premiered, I felt a lot more "grown" than I had at 15.
Seeing these successful, "carefree," real millennial black women on television, it was like seeing Girlfriends for the first time (which deserves its own post... heck a whole blog dedicated to it.)
A moment of silence for the gone, but not forgotten Girlfriends.
For 30 minutes every Sunday, I feel like I am looking into the not so distant future-- that wasn't overly romanticized. Issa was stuck in a job that she once had a lot more passion for, and a boyfriend who had become one with the couch for the past four years. Molly, a powerhouse lawyer, is struggling with her own wellness and can't quite stop self-sabotaging her love life.
I felt each bit of awkwardness. I was managing my own anxiety (still am), trying to balance leadership and schoolwork and navigate my life after ending a not-so-great relationship.
The music-- I got so hype hearing my favorite tracks and discovering new ones (C'mon Jazmine Sullivan in the credits of the season 2 premiere??!?! WHEW, also here's the amazing Season 1 playlist; the scenery-- those palm trees, my goodness, the homage to black living in L.A; the FASHION -- yes, we all immediately looked up the N*ggas pullover, and then clutched our college bank accounts when we saw the price tag and yes, I did tweet at the costume designer to see where they got Issa's jeans. Everything felt curated for me. In reality, it was. Black writers, black directors, black stylists, black actors--- all black everything. I was seeing what I actually want, and not what people think I want to see.
It's amazing to see how many people love and identify with the same thing I do.
Insecuritea, the official podcast for Insecure, blends the cackles and hilarity of The Read podcast's Crissle and Fran from Hey Fran Hey's own brand of sunshine. Listening to them makes me feel the exact way I feel when I watch in a room of friends.
During the show, the #InsecureHBO hashtag is absolutely everything and super quick with the memes and gifs. #LawrenceHive is... I have no comment.
I'm so excited for the amazing content to keep popping up like the fashion curation on IG @theinsecurialist.
CONGRATULATIONS to Issa Rae and the Insecure team. Thanks for telling a truth that is rarely shown on the screen.
Thank you for helping me shed my insecurities for 30 minutes every Sunday.
Insecure on HBO 9:30CT/10:30ET.
Comment your favorite things about Insecure! Are you #TeamLawrence or #TeamIssa? #TeamMollyDoYouHaveErrands? #TeamThugYoda
Beyoncé said it best, "At 14 they asked me what I want to be, I said 'Baby 21, so I get me a drink.'"
Yes, turning 21 is probably the biggest birthday that you will actually want to celebrate. But there are still do's and don'ts for celebrating your 21st year of life.
*I am in no way endorsing underage drinking... "Teen drinking is very bad..." -J-Kwon*
For my inaugural postings, I figured that some of you might want to know who I am.
Originally, this was going to be a post about my trip to Wilmington, but as I began to write I realized.... I don't really care about writing this down, so I know that you don't want to read something that I didn't care about writing. So here's a piece of me and I can't wait to share more.
I LOVE ALMOND MYLK.
Since November 2016, I've decided to be dairy-free. (Yes, no cheese no ice cream-- how can I live with myself?!) It honestly wasn't too hard to cut out milk because I drank almond milk exclusively. Cheese was awful because who doesn't love pizza (I'm a former pizza fiend) and queso when going out with friends for Mexican. And eh, never really grew up eating ice cream.
Ditching dairy has made my skin POP, helped tone down my allergies and has helped sustain weight loss. You can even make your own mylks to drink and even mylkshakes.
Check out the recipe below to make your own almond mylk (recipe adapted from Minimalist Baker), you can even make your own mylkshake by giving my recipe a try!
Share any dairy-free tips and tricks in the comments below!