Defining Between The Lines
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:
10 TV Shows That Define Me — So Blame Them!
These television series helped make me who I am
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.
- 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…