Watched The Help (2011) from Netflix
Directed by Tate Taylor. With Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard. An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.
I can’t help but think that it would be interesting to have a white person’s commentary (in the vein of a traditional director’s commentary, but highlighting different cultural points) to underline some of the unspoken privilege hiding in many of the scenes here. Some of the small and really painful injustices are thrown away in small pieces and then the big emotional moments in the film are left to the end for the white people instead of where they belong.


Watched "I Love Lucy" The Business Manager from CBS
Directed by William Asher. With Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, William Frawley. After Lucy gets several months behind in all the bills, Ricky hires a no-nonsense business manager who puts her on a strict budget. Lucy comes up with a scheme to get some extra money that soon has her rolling in cash.
Episode included a reference to Diamond Jim Brady who I’d never heard of. Interesting that he had died in the late teens and was well enough to earn a mention in this episode.
Watched PBS NewsHour June 1, 2020 from PBS
Monday on the NewsHour, unrest spreads across the U.S. in response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody. Plus: What reporters are seeing on the ground, the role of law enforcement during protests, systemic issues of race and privilege in the U.S. and the long roots of racial tension in Minneapolis.
Watched 4 Black Lives Matter Myths Debunked from Decoded | MTV News
Black Lives Matter is a powerful and influential movement for justice and empathy. Because the movement is challenging systems of racial oppression in the United States, there are a lot of negative reactions and social media misinformation about it. This past week, with the deaths of #AltonSterling, #PhilandoCastile and the subsequent Dallas tragedy, people are feeling even more polarized and confused. Franchesca debunks some of these toxic myths and sheds light on the true goals of Black Lives Matter.
Watched "Shrill" Date from IMDb
Directed by Carrie Brownstein. With Aidy Bryant, Lolly Adefope, Luka Jones, John Cameron Mitchell. Annie's writing her first article, going on her first date with Ryan and, finally, asking more from the people in her life than she has before. Things are looking up, until an internet troll appears..
I’m not sure what to call it, but there’s a new emerging genre in this and several similar shows over the past couple of years. Has anyone named it yet?
Watched "I Love Lucy" Tennessee Ernie Visits from CBS
Directed by William Asher. Cousin Ernie (Tennessee Ernie Ford) visits the Ricardos and won't leave. Lucy gets creative trying to find a way to get him to go home.
Noticing that they’ve got separate beds now when they didn’t in early episodes.

Great guest star in Tennessee Ernie Ford here.