Good day ladies and gents! I hope you guys are feelin’ fine, like wine, in this cold ass winter time! We were hit with a snow storm a few days ago over here in NY. The snow was brutal the roads were horrible for a couple of days. If you asked me, it wouldn’t hurt if they got plowed again. Then again, I don’t plow snow so I’m sure there is a method to this madness. It just makes me wish I was living in Southern California. Then again, I’m sure my ass would complain that it’s too damn hot, so basically, there’s no win win for me.
Any who, I decided something y’all. I’ve officially decided to become my own critic. I love TV, I love movies, and I love food. So, I will do all three. Once a month, I will write a review about a show I am currently watching. Sometimes I need to get a lot off of my chest when it comes to a TV series, especially if I have no one to discuss it with. Another week, I will write about a new movie I decided to check out, I will do my best to make sure it is always a new movie that has been released the same month. Lastly, I will do a review about restaurants’, mostly on Long Island. The reason I say mostly, is because I also work in the city. So there will be times my review will be in reference to that and there will be times I am traveling outside of NY. For anyone who has the traveling bug like I currently do, then I will be sure to share my thoughts and opinions on where to get a delicious meal, and some delicious beer.
With that, let’s get started shall we? OK! First up, is my review on Showtime’s new Series that aired last night, January 7th, 2018, it’s titled, The Chi. This is a series created and produced by Chicago native, Lena Waithe, which some of you may know for her role as Denise, in the Netflix Original Series, Master of None. Waithe was not only invested in one thing, she branched out and explored her art by creating the magnificent series known as The Chi. Yes, I called it magnificent and here is why. As some of you may have read in my previous post titled, “Yeah, I’m Black”, I mentioned I was raised in a predominately white neighborhood. My parents moved out of Canarsie, Brooklyn, due to safety. While living in Brooklyn, they experienced being robbed, both in their home while they slept, and again while my mother was pregnant and on her way home she was mugged at the front steps while I stood crying upstairs. This was something they did not wish to raise their children in, so they got up and left. They were lucky to do so, however, some families are not as lucky, thus forcing them to remain in areas such as the projects, where the number of youth that die to gun violence is sky high. What Lena Waithe does with this show, is give the viewers a true look of what actually goes down in Southside Chicago. Although these are actors portraying these roles, it is not so far off from what the people that reside their often go through. These actors capture the audience by making sure you get emotionally attached to their role, just by the first episode.
*WARNING! THERE ARE SPOILERS AHEAD!! Read at your own risk!
On the pilot, we follow around a young man, with a quick mouth, but a good head on his shoulders. Sadly, he finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time on two separate occasions thus sealing his fate. Who we meet after, all trickle down back to this young man. One is a family member, one is his killer, one is a witness, and the other was an acquaintance. I will discuss these characters, but I will not share who is who because that is up to you to find out. Be sure to tune in Sunday’s on Showtime at 10pm. If you download the Showtime app, they allow a 7-day free trial, but after that they get you and you have to pay $10.95 a month. However, if you download the app, you will be able to watch both episode one and two.
Alright, let’s get down to the nitty gritty! Let’s start with Ronnie Davis, played by actor Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine. Automatically, I love the old guy because I pictured him as a load of trouble but a caring father figure. Sadly, Ronnie finds himself in a predicament upon learning his “son” was shot to death. So what would a show be if he didn’t go out and seek revenge, right? Obviously not like Liam Neeson, because let’s face it, no one can get a job done like Liam Neeson. Ronnie decides to take matters into his own hands but instead makes it that much worse. Which do you think Ronnie is? The brother, killer, witness, or acquaintance?
Next up we have Brandon, played by Jason Mitchell. Brandon is a character who ended up on the lucky side, in regards to maintaining a positive future. He has a good head on his shoulders, doesn’t get involved with dealing or doing drugs, and is pursuing his dream as a chef in hopes of opening his own business. However, Brandon comes at a cross road upon hearing about his brother’s death. While in pursuit of following his dream as a chef, he is stuck on how to go about handling his brother’s death upon learning who the killer is. While struggling to focus on both, it is clear he is slowly slipping away and beginning to lose himself upon all this madness. So clearly, Brandon is the family member, but the family member to who? I said his brother died. What I forgot to tell you was that there was more than one death. Interested yet? Let’s keep going.
Then there is Emmett, played by Jacob Latimore, who seems incapable of keeping his dick in his pants. Emmett has three children, probably will have a fourth one by the end of season one, because he seems to only care about himself and not give a shit about condoms. Honestly, Emmett already pisses me off, he needs to man up and get his shit together. I hope for his character to develop into the man he needs to become, because I cannot handle his ass if he continues to go downhill from here.
Lastly, we have Kevin Williams, played by Alex R. Hibbert, otherwise known for his role in Moonlight back in 2016. While going to school, Kevin seems to be struggling with the dating world. If I had to guess, his character seems to only be in 6th/ 7th grade at most. Meanwhile, his young ass keeps running around with his friends, talking about tapping ass, seeing titties, and blah blah, you know how it goes. HE IS A CHILD! I was nervous to even talk about kissing a boy in 6th grade! Somehow, he gets wrapped into trying out for the school play in hopes to get a girl to like him. Quite honestly, this is a good start, it is a good build up to show how extracurricular activities can captivate the youth by getting them involved and keeping them off of the streets. Will this be the plan for Kevin or will he start doing the wrong thing at a young age? We will have to wait and see.
All I know, this is thus far a good plot development. It shows you what it is actually like on the streets of Chicago, it opens your eyes and tells you the story of loss, love, pain, and growth. It is time for us to watch, it is time for us to diversify ourselves. Watch the show and learn something.
–We are not so different you and I. My skin is brown and yours may not be. But we feel, we love, we hurt, we grow. It is up to you and whether or not you choose to grow with love or to grow with hate. And I beg that you choose wisely. – Christie H.
Until next week, friends (and family because my mom and sisters read every post)!