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Why I relate to Starr In The Hate U Give!

Published June 18, 2019 by Shay Taree

So this past weekend I finally watched the movie The Hate U Give and it was definitely a really good movie. It also made me as upset and sad as I thought it would especially since I had read the book. But this isn’t a post about the movie or book. This is about one particular character and that is Starr Carter

In the movie and book Starr talks about having to be 2 different people. She has how she is with her family and close friends whom are black and also how she acts at school which is predominantly white. I could completely relate to this. Since as a person of color I did this when I was in school and I even do now since being in the workforce.

This is mostly due to the stereotypes that are surrounding people of color and especially black women. I try my best to mind my attitude (not that I really have one), I make sure to use a tone of voice which I like to call my white people voice, and I try and make sure that I don’t show my blackness too much. Now what I mean by that is I try not to be what’s considered ghetto or ratchet.

This is something that I’ve had to do and deal with my entire life. I mean I remember even going with my mom to her job and making sure to dress appropriately, say my please and thank you’s, and be super polite even if the other kids weren’t.

From a very young age I was very much aware of my race and as I’ve gotten older I’m even more aware. I know how black woman are portrayed in the media so having to have what seems to be 2 different personalities is nothing new to me. As well as being viewed as not the typical black person since I don’t portray the stereotypes that so many people see on tv.

Now I know that several others may disagree with what I’m saying and that’s okay. I respect others opinions. But this is definitely my reality and this is why I related to Starr so much.

But comment down below and let me know what you think about this. Also let me know if I should make a video discussing this topic even further. I’m interested to know.

~Shay Taree

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Beyoncé’s Homecoming!

Published April 18, 2019 by Shay Taree

So yesterday I got a chance to check out Beyoncé’s Homecoming special on Netflix and all I have to say is that it is amazing. The Netflix special pretty much gives you a behind the scenes look of Beyoncé’s performance at Cochella. It also goes a little more in depth to her pregnancy and birth of the twin Rumi and Sir.

You see how she picks the band, her dancers, her steppers and the reason why she decided to make the artistic decisions that she did. One of the things she says is that she wanted to bring our culture the black culture to Cochella for all to experience. She also chose the people that she chose so that all the people that felt that they didn’t fit in or were different were represented on stage.

It was definitely an amazing thing to see and it made me very proud to be not only black but also a black women. It made me feel powerful and proud to be who I am.

I definitely recommend other people to check it out if you can because it was definitely eye opening and also inspiring. I can also say that I think it will be inspiring to those that may not love her music because she has a way of touching everyone in some way.

So watch it on Netflix and check out her new album that also released on the same day under the same title as the Netflix special. Plus comment down below on what you thought of the special of you watched it or if you will watch it?

~Shay Taree