On My Radar

Last week was a whirlwind. Have you ever had one of those weeks that fly by where you can’t keep up and simultaneously feel like they’re taking forever to get to the weekend? That was my week. Work was crazy, I was prepping to have my childhood best friend visit for the weekend and I had so much on my mind I couldn’t think straight. Sometimes you just need an escape from reality. Jumping into someone else’s life, even momentarily, is a good break from the craziness of your own life sometimes. Thank god for addicting TV shows, pop culture and good books, am I right? Lately, these ones have been on my radar.

The People vs. OJ

My latest TV series binge. In the past few weeks I caught up on all of the episodes online, just in time for last week’s finale and boy – I get the hype. If you haven’t tuned in yet, I highly recommend a little binge watching yourself. Having been only two during the trial, I knew next to nothing about the case. Admittedly my original interest in the show may have had a little to do with the Kardashians inclusion, BUT after watching a few episodes it’s clear Robert Kardashian’s role is relatively minor in comparison to the rest of Simpson’s all star team of attorneys. It’s actually incredibly enlightening to see not only the details of this case but the injustice to the victims families, OJ’s deceptive personality and the blatant sexism faced by Marcia Clark, the prosecutor on the case-which I found to be one of the most enthralling aspects of the trial… [spoiler alert]

The scene where Marcia Clark is seen buying tampons at a convenience store and the cashier ringing her up responds, “The defense better watch out.” I audibly gasped. The audacity of the media and even strangers on the street to judge Clark in every way possible during the case was frustrating to watch-from judging her hairstyle and appearance to her need to be present for her children and therefore not able to sit in the courtroom all night long. The scrutiny she faced was almost equal to that of O.J. in my opinion, and worse because she was being judged for no reason aside from the fact that she was a women prosecuting a high profile case. 

After reading a few articles about the TV portrayal of the case (Vanity Fair did a great online series fact checking each episode), it seems like the show was pretty true to the actual events of the notorious trial. Now that the show’s over though, I want more. Maybe it’s just the hype surrounding the tv series, but it seems that there are countless other TV shows and books written surrounding the case, and I want to jump into those next. Suddenly I’m understanding how it seemed the world stopped when the trial was going on.

Kerry Washington’s ADWEEK Cover

If you follow Kerry Washington or advertising (both of which I do), you may have seen the latest AdWeek cover featuring the Scandal star. You also may have seen her Instagram post regarding the cover and her thoughts towards it-calling out both her admiration for the publication and her critique for the use of Photoshop on her image, and the omission of part of her interview in the article. I’ve always admired Washington for her role on Scandal, though I’ve found a newfound admiration for her integrity. Clearly the image on the cover isn’t all-natural (her face doesn’t even look like herself!), and though she admits to being a part of “the society of picture-adjusters” herself, she calls out the unrealistic nature of the image, and some of her thoughts that were left out of the article, “the importance of strong professional support,” etc. I think she does so as she says “in a way that felt both celebratory and honest.” Just an example of Washington’s class, and a reinforcement of some of the reasons why I’m a fan. 

So…You know me. I’m not one to be quiet about a magazine cover. I always celebrate it when a respected publication invites me to grace their pages. It’s an honor. And a privilege. And ADWEEK is no exception. I love ADWEEK. It’s a publication I appreciate. And learn from. I’ve long followed them on Twitter. And when they invited me to do a cover, I was excited and thrilled. And the truth is, I’m still excited. I’m proud of the article. And I like some of the inside images a great deal. But, I have to be honest…I was taken aback by the cover. Look, I’m no stranger to Photoshopping. It happens a lot. In a way, we have become a society of picture adjusters – who doesn’t love a filter?!? And I don’t always take these adjustments to task but I have had the opportunity to address the impact of my altered image in the past and I think it’s a valuable conversation. Yesterday, however, I just felt weary. It felt strange to look at a picture of myself that is so different from what I look like when I look in the mirror. It’s an unfortunate feeling. That being said. You all have been very kind and supportive. Also, as I’ve said, I’m very proud of the article. There are a few things we discussed in the interview that were left out. Things that are important to me (like: the importance of strong professional support and my awesome professional team) and I’ve been thinking about how to discuss those things with anyone who is interested, in an alternate forum. But until then…Grab this week’s ADWEEK. Read it. I hope you enjoy it. And thank you for being patient with me while I figured out how to post this in a way that felt both celebratory and honest. XOXOXOX

A photo posted by Kerry Washington (@kerrywashington) on Apr 5, 2016 at 2:46pm PDT

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

Shonda Rhimes, producer behind ABC’s #TGIT lineup including Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder and most recently The Catch seems unstoppable. She practically owns an entire night of primetime TV. But after reading her book, Year of Yes Rhimes reveals a part of herself that wasn’t always this superstar writer and producer we know today. We, as readers meet a vulnerable, shy, insecure woman who decides to say “Yes” to everything that scares her for a year, and ultimately much longer than that, proving to change the way she views her life, everything and everyone around her. Year of Yes is a combination of self-help and autobiography, providing fans and admirers alike a peak into how she became the successful, confident woman today, and how to “dance it out, stand in the sun, and be your own person.” This book makes me want to get up and be the best version of myself. Truly inspiring.

What’s been on your radar this week?

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