Originating from the African Gumboot dance that was performed in the mines of South Africa during apartheid, stepping has served as a form of self-expression and liberation for years. Now seen in National Pan-Hellenic Council fraternities and sororities, stepping is a dynamic artform to display history and tradition through stomping, clapping and spoken word.
The Netflix reboot of “Queer Eye” has quickly become a standout among the bevy of reality TV shows are broadcasted in the U.S. Based on a show by the same name that aired from 2003 to 2007, the Netflix series follows five gay men, each with a different area of expertise, who “make over” a different person each episode. It boasts a 93 percent rating by critics and an average audience score of 86 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. In addition, the show recently scored four Emmy nominations and was renewed for a highly anticipated third season.
This is probably my third article on the lack of representation and positive representation of Black people in the world, but that just shows how much farther we have to go in our society to reach equal Black representation. Last weekend I had the opportunity to see the musical “Waitress”- it was my first time seeing a Broadway show in Chicago as all the ones I’d seen previously were in New York. I love theater and Broadway and was super excited to see my first show in Chicago.
So, I’ve been doing a lot of writing lately… Whenever my life gets really messy or whatever, I turn to writing to kind of just detach from everything that’s happening all around me. It’s like this super cathartic practice I’ve taken up over the years to decompress and flush a bunch of things from my head all at once. I’m never as well-spoken as I’d like to be in person. Like … okay, honestly? I’m literally the furthest possible thing from well-spoken, but it’s for this exact reason that I’ve come to write as much as I do.
Connecting to the Philippines and my identity as a Filipino American is something I think about nearly every single day.
I have not been back to the Philippines lately. Though I wish very much to make another trip, current circumstances of life do not allow me to yet. For now, I let myself live vicariously through my family and friends who have. When my mom or dad lands at the airport or I reunite with my college friends from a long-deserved break, I relish in the time I have with them to listen to their adventures in the Philippines.