Defining Between The Lines

The 10 Shows That Helped Shape The Marvelous Mess That’s Me

Misty Rae

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The Mess, in the Flesh (Photo Courtesy of the Author)

Don’t you just love it when you sit down with your coffee on a Sunday morning and begin reading and the story you read not only entertains, but it also lights that little writing fire under your ass? It’s a writer’s dream to be inspired like that and today, Pierce McIntyre did that for me.

We all know I’m a retro fanatic. I’m stuck somewhere between 1986 and 1989 and it seems I’m staying there (technology aside). So it’s really no surprise that a story about the 10 television shows that helped shape someone’s life, followed by a prompt to respond in kind would get my noggin churning. It might do the same for you, so here’s his piece. I highly recommend it as an entertaining read:

I was born in 1971 and really came of age in the 80s. As many of you know, I was (I guess I still am) a white-looking biracial kid, raised in a Black home. I was also a sorta cute, embarrassingly innocent, nerd to the max (shameless 80s reference alert).

Most of my young life was spent searching out things and people I could relate to. There wasn’t anything that looked like me, that had my kind of family or my mind that I could look to in my daily existence, and more often than not, not on any screen. It was a time of Black or White, smart or hot, old or young. But I was a kid living between the defined, dichotomous lines. It was a tough place to be, but I wouldn’t change it for anything. So, here are the 10 shows that helped make me “Me”; that helped me find my place in the world.

  1. The Jeffersons:

In the 70s and 80s, The Jeffersons was huge, not only in a general sense but in my house. I mean HUGE! A show about Black people who made good! Rich, successful…

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Misty Rae

6X Top Writer. Former legal eagle. Wife, mother, nature lover, chef, writer and all-around free spirit . https://ko-fi.com/mistyrae