{Watch, Read, & Listen} The Flip Side, You Should See Me In a Crown, & 2020 Riots

Jun 8, 2020

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Watch: The Flip Side (2001)

In this satiric comedy-drama, a family of Filipino-Americans find themselves at odds as they simmer at different temperatures in the American melting pot. Mom and Dad Delacruz (Ester Pulido and Abe Pagtama) are a pair of immigrants from the Philippines who settled in Southern California some years ago and have raised three children, now aged from their late teens to early twenties. The Delacruzes are mindful of their cultural heritage but also try to blend in with the mainstream of American culture; their kids, however, each have a different view of where they fit into the world around them.

Starring: Verwin Gatpandan, Jose Saenz, Manong Peping Baclig

Director/Writer: Rod Pulido

Read: You Should See Me In a Crown by Leah Johnson 🌈

Liz Lighty has always believed she's too black, too poor, too awkward to shine in her small, rich, prom-obsessed midwestern town. But it's okay -- Liz has a plan that will get her out of Campbell, Indiana, forever: attend the uber-elite Pennington College, play in their world-famous orchestra, and become a doctor.

But when the financial aid she was counting on unexpectedly falls through, Liz's plans come crashing down . . . until she's reminded of her school's scholarship for prom king and queen. There's nothing Liz wants to do less than endure a gauntlet of social media trolls, catty competitors, and humiliating public events, but despite her devastating fear of the spotlight she's willing to do whatever it takes to get to Pennington.

The only thing that makes it halfway bearable is the new girl in school, Mack. She's smart, funny, and just as much of an outsider as Liz. But Mack is also in the running for queen. Will falling for the competition keep Liz from her dreams . . . or make them come true?

Listen: 2020 Riots: How Many Times -- Trey Songz

This song really hits home and is a must-listen. Please take the time to sign petitions, donate if you can, make calls, vote and protest if you can to support Black Lives Matter. Links to ways you can support here, here, and much more can be found on the sidebar ➔
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