When I first watched Netflix’s original film “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”, my mom was there, and we hesitantly clicked on the trending movie. Obviously no longer in our teenage years, we were sure our enthusiasm wasn’t going to match the hype. However, minutes into the movie, our living room rang with boasting laughter and dramatic gasps, an easygoing warmth emerging as we relaxed more and more into the lighthearted story of Lara Jean Covey and Peter Kavinsky.
Hands down, the “Bring It On” movie franchise is one of the best series of all time. If you don’t agree with this then you probably just need to sit down and watch them all again to reeducate yourself on cinematic greatness. Time and again, the “Bring It On” movies have been ranked, but never have they been ranked by their representation of people of color, only the quality of the film.
Dearborn is my safe haven, a city with the highest concentration of Arabs in all of America, a place for people who are just like me. Growing up, I had the best of both worlds. I was able to connect with my Middle Eastern roots and culture in a city that has the best Mediterranean food around. I could speak Arabic and not feel out of place. My days would be filled with visiting “khaltos” (Arabic word for aunts) and potlucks where we would eat our days away while playing tag outside with the neighborhood kids who were more like family than friends.
Black-Asian Coalition is an intermediary space that aims to foster meaningful connections between the Black community and the Asian-American community. It purposefully creates a space to build shared history together, organizes a context to connect and opens dialogue to acknowledge differences and appreciate similarities between these communities.