mrs. orange

today, i’ve been crying all day. my mother, who is an arab, muslim immigrant and citizen of the united states for 27 years, and one of the strongest women i know, saw me when i was trying to study, but instead of words, there were tear drops on my paper. she sits down next to me and she asks me whats wrong. i tell her that im scared. she takes my hand and she says,
“i know. i know you’re scared. it sucks. it’s going to be hard and it’s up to God now. we’ve done our part. but now, prepare to fight. prepare to fight. your father and i raised three other kids for 12 years during the Bush presidency, okay? trump may be a modern day hitler, but he isn’t the first. it’s happening with the zionists to the palestinians. it’s happening in egypt. in yemen. in syria. but you fight. you know how? you study, you learn, you get good grades, and go to college. that’s how you fight. you beat them with your intelligence. if you die, you die. and it’s because God said it was your time. but you study and you prepare to fight.”

“I gotta memorize all this? There’s over four fucking pages of this shit!”

Reservoir Dogs (1992) Dir. Quentin Tarantino

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Favorite Television, 2016

  1. Mr. Robot (USA, Season 2)
  2. The Girlfriend Experience (Starz, Season 1)
  3. Atlanta (FX, Season 1)
  4. Stranger Things (Netflix, Season 1)
  5. Transparent (Amazon, Season 3)
  6. Looking: The Movie (HBO, Television Movie)
  7. Orange Is the New Black (Netflix, Season 4)
  8. The Night Of (HBO, Limited Series)
  9. Bojack Horseman (Netflix, Season 3)
  10. High Maintenance (HBO, Season 1)

Honorable Mentions: American Horror Story: Roanoke (FX, Anthology Series) / Black Mirror (Netflix, Season 3) / Broad City (Comedy Central, Season 3) / The Get Down (Netflix, Season 1) / Gaycation (Viceland, Seasons 1 and 2) / Girls (HBO, Season 5) / Hairspray Live! (NBC, Variety Special) / Lady Dynamite (Netflix, Season 1) / Luke Cage (Netflix, Season 1) / The Path (Hulu, Season 1)  

Favorite Episodes:

  1. Mr. Robot / “eps2.4_m4ster-s1ave.aes” / dir. Sam Esmail
  2. Transparent / “The Open Road” / dir. Jill Soloway
  3. Bojack Horseman / “Fish Out of Water” / dir. Mike Hollingsworth
  4. Atlanta / “B.A.N.” / dir. Donald Glover
  5. Black Mirror / “San Junipero” / dir. Owen Harris
  6. Gaycation / “Orlando” / executive producers Ellen Page and Ian Daniel
  7. Girls / “The Panic in Central Park” / dir. Richard Shepard
  8. High Maintenance / “Meth(od)” / dir. Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair
  9. The Get Down / “Where There Is Ruin, There Is Hope for a Treasure” / dir. Baz Luhrmann 
  10. The Night Of / “The Beach” / dir. Steven Zaillian