Author: KhaaliqC

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for underdogs who aren’t having any luck / when the GAG is your dream is enuf: how to get into the entertainment industry + LAND THAT dream internship/entry level job/gig or freelance

Many of my friends and peers who are also media/communication students ask me how I get all these hook-ups to meet some of the biggest celebrities and industry players. (first of all, I don’t take it for granted). They also ask how I score all these opportunities for internships, freelance gigs and everything in-between. So I want to share some tips with you. People will always say it’s “who you know, it’s who you know” the gag is that there are a million ways to get to success.

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Lessons I’ve learned so far from Insecure…

Like many other black millennials, I am a big fan of the HBO series Insecure. I would honestly have to say it’s one of the most relatable television shows to come out in Black Hollywood in years. And it’s more game-changing given that Issa plays a black girl who is socially awkward. Many times on television, a black girl (especially those of darker skin tones) are releagted to the role of a sassy chick or the best friend of a white girl. (*whispers* I know a bunch of wypipo who apparently watch the show as well) But I appreciate, Issa & Michaela Coel (of Chewing Gum) to have characters where black people can be weird, awkward or nerdy. Hopefully, in the future, there’s a guy answer to Insecure or Chewing Gum that will be just as cringe-worthy to watch. However, in the meantime, let’s talk about last night’s episode (since it’s 2AM on the east coast right now). Here are some lessons from the things I took away from both the third episode of season 3 and just the whole series period so far…

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let’s talk about….as black people, we need to stop forcing religion down each others throats (or at least me)

If you were to ask me what my religion, I would tell you that I am Christian. What denomination specifically, baptist. However, it’s not because that what I indeed identify as and live my life, it is more so the fact that Christianity is my religious identity default because of the fact that religion — Christianity since we’re on the topic of race — is embedded in the DNA of African-American history, tradition and culture that it’s so hard to get away from as it still carries on to this day. Why? Blame it on the colonialism and American slavery.