Scandal (First Impressions…sort of)

I’m obsessed.

“Grey’s Anatomy” creator Shonda Rhimes is the creative mind behind this ABC drama. Olivia Pope, a former media consultant to the president, is ready to move on with her life and opens her own crisis-management¬†firm, but she can’t seem to shake ties with her past. Olivia’s staff includes Quinn Perkins, who has a complicated history, and hacker extraordinaire Huck. As she moves forward it becomes clear that, while her staffers may specialize in cleaning up the lives of other people, they can’t seem to do the same for themselves.

You see, I’m already halfway through Season 3 on Netflix. Maybe I would have stopped to do a first impressions post, if I had been able to stop at all. Once I started this show, I fell down the deep dark rabbit hole. This show is incredibly addictive, and each episode ends on a cliff hanger. I love the show so much. Olivia Pope is beautiful, fierce, fashionable, and all-around perfect. I love that in each episode you get to see flashbacks of the various back stories of the characters. The show is always taking crazy twists and turns and keeps you on your toes. If you’re looking for a new show on Netflix, I highly recommend this one.


Lee Daniels’ The Butler

This movie was really powerful.

As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man’s life, family, and American society.¬†(

I didn’t think that I would like this movie at all. I thought that it would be too serious and too much of an “adult” movie (aka, boring). Boy, was I wrong.

I liked that the movie truly took you through Cecil’s life, starting early on. It gave you a feel for where he was coming from.

Watching the movie, it really amazes me how horrible human beings can be, especially to one another. The worst part is that some parts were footage from real life. Real footage of police with hoses spraying black people with high-pressured water.

I also think that the movie what the movie shows is pretty miraculous. Within one man’s life, the slaves had been recently freed and a black president was elected.

When I heard about the movie, I thought it would be more about what Cecil saw and heard while working at the White House. I thought that the movie was actually more of a story about what it was like to work at the White House and live as a black person in a white-dominated culture.

A must watch.