pariah the movie


I clipped together every american black girl teen movie I could think of and made this.

skams third season has ended

we have to wait until the end of February / begin of March for new episodes so i wanted to make a list of what to watch next

there is simply no show like skam and we all have fallen in love with isak and even this season, their relationship is so important to me

being gay made it really hard to find representation in media so this post focuses on the happy and positive portrayal of lgb teenagers in movies and tv series

Obvious shows like the fosters, shameless, pll, the 100, skin, glee, degrassi, buffy… are excluded from this list, many of them are too well known already, not really happy or good

but im a cheerleader: 

this comedy from 1999 is about megan who gets send to conversation therapy by her concerned friends and parents, sound terrible but is acutally really funny and cute and has a happy ending, natasha lyonne (from oitnb) plays the lead, its definitely more artsy, not as realistic as skam

the way he looks:

a brazilian movie about the blind, gay, 16 year old leonardo who falls in love with gabriel, the movie deals with self acceptance, first love, blindness, friendship and is really relatable, one of my favorite movies

the get down:

a netflix show (by baz luhrmann and nas!!!! even would love that) about the beginnings of hip hip and rap, has the best story line, music, characters, the most amazing girl friendship and a gay/bi character in a interracial relationship, just watch it, will be worth it, literally one of the best shows of 2016 (also the second part of the first season airs soon)


a dutch coming out movie, Sieger meets Marc who becomes a member of his athletics team and they fall in love, really nice and realistic, i recommend this to everyone, i just love this movie so much


also a dutch movie, about an interracial lesbian relationship, seems nice and there was a good review of it but i didnt watch it yet so it may or may not be good or have a happy ending


got really popular on tumblr so you may know it, its a bout two gay teens who witness a triple homicide, its more of a crime but with gay main characters, based on a norwegian series, i also recommend that (its low budget and bad but i liked it)


2011 movie about a 17 year old African american lesbian, not completely happy end (still happy tho), cinematically good


a german road movie about two 14 year old boys, i loved the book and they finally made a movie!! one characters gay, doesnt really focus on that but its one of the only german movies with non-white gay character so yeah…

show me love:

swedish movie about two girls in love, it is the best teenage lesbian movie, omg i love this one

closet monster:

more like a horror movie, a bit confusing, about the gay teenager oscar, kinda happy ending?


2016 movie about an african american gay man, the movies is parted into three parts of his life, one is his teenage life, one of the best movies this year, 99% on rotten tomatoes

hidden kisses: 

about a 16 year old boy who falls in love with a class mate, they face a lot of bulling, may have a sad ending, i can´t find something about the end and i havent watch it

i killed my mother: 

a movie by xavier dolan, hes gay himself and play the main character kits about the main characters relationship with his mother and his boyfriend, i really recommend this 

just watch any movie by xavier dolan


a mexican movie about two men who were in love as kids and meet again as adults, has a 100% on rotten tomatoes

being 17:

french movie about an interracial relationship between two guys


in the second season the teenage daughter gets a girlfriend

in the flesh:

a zombie show, the main character is the pansexual kieren, this is one of the most beautful shows ive seen, i fell in love with it, but it git canceled way too soon

cucumber & banana: 

i watched this but i dont actually remember a lot, i think both center around the same group of lgbt characters, i belive its well made and good 

not so happy movies i wanted to include:

the summer of sanaile:
center of the world

movies that come out soon

simon vs the homosapiens agenda

heaters reboot with a black lesbian and a gender queer lead 

call me by your name

the miseducation of cameron post (movie adaption of the book, about a lesbian teenager)

as you are ( with amandla stenberg)

feel free to add more or to correct this if something is wrong

Watch on

Check out the new trailer for director/screenwriter Dee Rees’ film Bessie, starring Queen Latifah as acclaimed jazz singer Bessie Smith.

Dee Rees and Queen Latifah are both Sundance alum.  Latifah attended the Festival in 2007 with Life Support, while Rees screened her short Pariah in 2008, attended the 2008 Directors Labs to workshop her feature Pariah, and premiered the feature during the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, where she accepted the Excellence in Cinematography Award for her cinematographer Bradford Young (on the phone pictured above).

Bessie premieres May 16 on HBO.

Photos by George Pimentel / WireImage, Fred Hayes, and Jemal Countess / WireImage


Black Female Executives and Filmmakers (L-R):

  • Shonda Rhimes - creator, “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” founder, Shondaland production company
  • Dee Rees - writer, direcor, producer, “Pariah,” “Bessie” (TV Movie)
  • Gina Prince-Bythewood - writer, director, producer, “Love and Basketball,” “Beyond the Lights”
  • Victoria Mahoney - writer, director, “Yelling to the Sky”

navigatethestream’s Pariah movie review

{as promised, and after several failed attempts to do this using my own software, i have finally uploaded my thoughts on Pariah the movie. Idk why the listening track is a little off with the video, but if nothing else, you can hear me talking about it. Enjoy!} 

Pariah: The Movie and my journey to see it

I first heard about this movie on Autostraddle, my #1 go-to for all things queer related. Autostraddle has been my saving grace since I stumbled upon it when searching the interwebs for everything I could find about The L Word.

Earlier this year, Autostraddle mentioned a Kickstarter campaign. It was this short film called Pariah by Dee Rees, an NYU film school grad. At the time (like now), I wanted to immerse myself in all of the queer things. I wanted to read all of the queer books and see all of the queer movies. Because of this (and Autostraddle), I had already discovered that it is extremely difficult to find a decent movie about queer women. Most of them sucked. But here was this short film that Autostraddle was praising, so I was obviously interested.

The premise:

At the club, the music thumps, go-go dancers twirl, shorties gyrate on the dance floor while studs play it cool, and adorably naive 17-year-old Alike takes in the scene with her jaw dropped in amazement. Meanwhile, her buddy Laura, in between macking the ladies and flexing her butch bravado, is trying to help Alike get her cherry popped. This is Alike’s first world. Her second world is calling on her cell to remind her of her curfew. On the bus ride home to Brooklyn, Alike sheds her baseball cap and polo shirt, puts her earrings back in, and tries to look like the feminine, obedient girl her conservative family expects. With a spectacular sense of atmosphere and authenticity, Pariah takes us deep and strong into the world of an intelligent butch teenager trying to find her way into her own. Debut director Dee Rees leads a splendid cast and crafts a pitch-perfect portrait that stands unparalleled in American cinema.

This caught my interest right away. Alike seemed to be caught in between the new and excited world of queerness with beautiful shorties and confident studs, and the expected femininity she hates but must conform to at home. This is my life.

Several of the queer blogs I follow kept me updated on the progress of Pariah. And a few days ago, one of my favorite blogs, Brooklyn Boihood, mentioned that Pariah was going to premier in select cities on Dec. 28th. So I checked which cities it was premiering in, and just my luck, San Francisco was one of them. Now all I had to do was get myself out of Stockton and to San Francisco without my mother figuring out. Since I have no friends in Stockton and all my friends in Norcal live on the Peninsula, I told her I wanted to see my friends (which was also true). But because my mom is such a sweet woman, she refused to let me borrow her car to make the 69 mile trek from Stockton to The Bay. The only option I had was public transportation in the form of some trains, a bus, and a bike.

I packed a bag for two nights and a backpack (because I try to avoid carrying purses at all costs). The journey began at 4:30 Wednesday morning. My dad had agreed to drop me and my bike off at the train station in the next city. At 5:50 AM the train arrives and I, along with the other early morning commuters, start the journey to The Bay. A little after 7, the train stops in Fremont. Next step in this journey is taking a bus across the Dumbarton Bridge to Stanford University, where I’m staying. But because most people are still at home after the Christmas holiday, the bus ride was shorter than usual. So instead of going straight to where I was staying, I chilled at a park for awhile and read. The people watching proved to be less than engaging. 3 hours later, I’m at the train station, bike and backpack in tow, headed to San Francisco to see this movie. An hour train ride. A 2.5 mile bike ride to the theater. I make it with 10 minutes to spare. I got lost on the way back and ended up biking around San Francisco for about 2 hours, but I digress.

The film starts and immediately I feel a sense of connection to Alike. On the bus ride home, as she sheds her polo shirt and du-rag and slips earrings back into her ears, I thought the process of packing clothes for this break. I had to strategically pick clothes that were feminine enough that my mom wouldn’t question me.  As someone who only came out recently, I identify with Alike’s abounding curiosity about navigating not just same-sex crushes, but first-time crushes. Her relationship with Bina looks just like a very recent relationship I had with a girl who wasn’t “gay-gay”. Her parents’ relationship looks quite a bit like my own parents’ relationship (sans the infidelity). Her mother is so much like mine that its difficult to look at Kim Wayans while she’s on screen.

This is the first movie I’ve ever seen that looks at young, masculine queer women of color and the process of coming out. What does that look like to be a young women of color trying to navigate between your religiously-minded, prayer-warrior mother and your own queer identity? What does it look like when you want to be Daddy’s little girl but don’t want to be a goddamn princess?  How the hell do you talk to girls? This movie is my story in many ways. I am Alike. Her story is my story. It was a rare and breathtakingly comforting experience to actually see myself who looks and feels like I do reflected on screen. Do you know the definition of Pariah? I

[puh-rahy-uh] noun 1. A person without status 2. A rejected member of society 3. An outcast

Thanks to this movie, now I don’t feel like one.

Pariah: The Movie. A. Must. See.

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