So Here’s What Happened in April

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So Heres What Happened in April

Thank you for tuning in for another episode of So Here’s What Happened!

On this episode, LaNeysha and Carolyn discuss their first top picks for April, which includes Beyoncé’s Netflix documentary Homecoming, and the coming of age series On My Block.

While Marvel’s mega-blockbuster was released in April, the ladies decided to cover that in a special recap here. Avengers: Endgame didn’t only mark the end of an era in the MUC, it also aligns with the one year anniversary of the podcast, which is technically in May…but you get what I mean. So Here’s What Happened began with Avengers: Infinity War, and so much has happened in the past year, and we thank our listeners for taking this journey and supporting us.

Top Reads

Ronin Island

Written by Greg Pak, Ronin Island is a new comic series is about two young people, Hana, the daughter of Korean peasants and Kenichi, the son of a famed Samurai leader, who find themselves fighting an unfamiliar and extremely deadly force, while coming to terms with their new positions as warriors for their island home. With illustrations by Giannis Milonogiannis, and colored by Irma Kniivila, Ronin Island is a beautiful comic that would be a great introduction to new comic readers – like me – looking for a series they can get into from the start, without having to worry about having to catch up with previous storylines.

Let’s Play

Let’s play is a featured romance webtoon created by Mongie. The webtoon tells the story of Sam Young, a young woman with a dream of being an indie game developer. Just when she completes her first game and her favorite video game streamer, Marshall Law reviews the game it seems like everything is falling into place. Except it doesn’t. Marshall plays the game wrong and gives it a severe review, which leads to a lot of online hate for Sam and her game. Things take an interesting turn when Sam, learns her new neighbor is the none other than Marshall, the man responsible for her crushing her game developing dreams. This is a great story not just about romance, but also about friendship, mental health and finding one’s confidence.

Top TV Show

On My Block

Growing up in the inner cities of South Central L.A., a group of young teens experiences the many challenges teens face as they try to figure out what they want in life and each other.

After a heartbreaking and stomach dropping season one finale, On My Block began its second season with its young characters trying to cope with the emotional and mental trauma of what happened to Ruby (Jason Genao), and Olivia (Ronni Hawk). Cesar (Diego Tinico) and his brother Spooky (Julio Macias) come up with a daring plan to save Cesar’s life and get the rival gang off their backs for good, and Jamal (Brett Gray)deals with the unexpected consequences of finding stolen loot.

Bonding

Tiff is a New York City grad student moonlights as a dominatrix and is in need of an assistant. She reconnects with her former best friend Pete, a struggling-up comedian, a struggling st, and recruits him to be her assistant/bodyguard to help with clients. This is a dark comedy follows Tiff and Pete’s new professional relationship, how it plays a role in mending their broken friendship, and also helps them discover themselves. While the show has funny moments throughout its brief season and I enjoyed that it gives some insight into this specific type of sex work. There moments when the main characters seem one dimensional and I hope with another season the characters can be developed more. 

Top Movie

Snowpiercer

Directed by Bong Joon Ho, Snowpiercer is a 2011 sci-fi classic, starring Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, Asung Ko, Octavia Spencer, and Tilda Swinton. When the world is plunged into a deep-freeze due to a failed attempt at reversing climate change, Curtis (Evans) and the lucky few board a gigantic train that circles the globe, where instead of becoming better as a society, the last of humanity slips back into the destructive cycle of a class system, where those at the back are treated as disposable, and those at the front benefit from the luxuries the *poor provide.

With the film taking place in one location on board the train, the tension created from the sense of claustrophobia the close quarters provide, help the audience to elate to the characters and feel the same sense of urgency they do. When Curtis leads a rebellion against Mason (Tilda Swinton) , and Wilford (Ed Harris) the creator of the train, the truth of what the train really is comes to light, and he and his fellow rebels Yona (Asung) and Minsoo (Song) are faced with the most difficult choice in their lives, when the cost of fighting for equality is revealed.

Each actor gives an amazing performance, but Evans gives, one of the best, and probably most underrated of his career to date. There are no stereotypical portrayals to be found. Each character has their own person with their own motivation for why they fight. Bong, keeps the pace of the film flowing as steadily as the train moves along the tracks, nothing shown or said is wasted, for every prop and line of dialogue serves a purpose.

Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé 

Homecoming is an intimate, in-depth look at Beyoncé’s celebrated 2018 Coachella performance that tells the story of the emotional road from a creative vision to what would be an iconic moment in pop culture. The film allows the audience to not only relive her Beychella performances again, but it also pays respect to HBCU’s (Historically Black Colleges & Universities) and shares the challenges that Queen Bey herself faced after giving birth to her twins and preparing for Coachella.

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