It's common knowledge that I love Buzzfeed. In a perfect & ideal world I would be working for this amazing company. When Buzzfeed Violet, one of the few colorful components of Buzzfeed, announced that they were having a miniseries of sorts, I got on the train pretty quickly. Of all the “colors” Buzzfeed Violet was defintiely the one that I related to the most. It’s a little difficult to properly describe why BF Violet is the part of Buzzfeed what I gravitate to the most, but if there’s one thing that rings true is that they know how to tell everyday stories. Whether it’s small or amazingly profound, I always love videos/creative outlets that reminds me that the arts aren’t just for the mystics but for the layman as well.
Now, on to this video series You Do You. I was one of those people that got the whole season on iTunes and watched it about 10 times still feeling like I’m watching something new. I don’t really want to get into the plot or anything, or do I even want to talk about the actors (since I’m writing about two of them in this series), but I’d like to highlight the amazing camaraderie and diversity of the cast and creators.
It’s so weird to say, but every character in You Do You resonated with me because they hit every different angle of my life right now. I resonated with Sara’s fears because I have similar fears as her. I definitely resonated with Quinta’s storyline (and Quinta in general, but that’s for another post), and Ashly both in the series and in real life is my spirit mother (she just doesn’t know it yet).
As young women we are constantly bogged of how we should act, how we are objectified and how we should essentially function as women. But in a world of the Beyonce’s and the Rihanna’s the world, I found my solace with a little bit of Sara, Quinta, Ella and Ashly. That’s something that I think young women today need to see in the media. I think that we need to feel like we’re not just molded into neat little packages. I think that we should see that we can see a little bit of ourselves within different women. Not only does it empower us, but it makes everyone so much more relatable. Think a modern day Ya Ya Sisterhood for the digital age. (weird analogy, but it makes sense to me lol).
I know I sound really really vague, and I haven’t really done a lot of name dropping, but I feel like this series is one of these series that you just have to watch and have your own opinion about it. You Do You is one of those things that once you watch it, everything that has happened in your life and everyone that has come into your life just makes sense. And if a type of new media gives me the opportunity to have such epiphanies and also empower me as a young woman, then I am all for it.