BMHS Pridetime Reporter
It was February 28th when I received the good news. A Wednesday, and it was exactly two weeks before my eighteenth birthday. I was refreshing my emails on my phone and noticed an email from NBC. When I clicked on it, it confirmed that I, after four months of effort, had received tickets to see Jimmy Fallon live on The Tonight Show.
For years, Jimmy Fallon has been one of my favorite celebrities so I decided to try and get tickets. Tickets are free, however the trick is you need to get your name on a waiting list and then its up to the people at NBC to decide if they want to give them to you or not. For four months, I had been consistently disappointed.
Fast forward to March 14th at 3 in the afternoon. I am waiting in line with my two best friends. I am jumping in my place as we wait to go through security and get our wristbands. Keep in mind, the tickets are completely free and I get to see Jimmy live in person.
Everything was a blur until I sat down in my seat which to my luck was not far from the stage at all. Three rows up and in the center; it doesn’t get much better than that.
We continue to wait in anticipation for the show to start. First, comes out a man whose sole purpose is to hype up the crowd. Then, the band proceeded to their instruments and microphones. The only person left to come out was Fallon himself. The music played, the ‘applause’ sign came on and all of a sudden it was him, right in front of me.
Immediately he starts the show, making jokes and doing impressions. The show was just as I had imagined, filled with comedy and games and stories. Alicia Vikander and Jim Sturgess were the two guests who Jimmy made do archery and juggle, respectively. It was all a big laugh and it felt like I was living inside the show.
Then something surprising happened. A commercial break came on and Jimmy walked into the audience. Mind you, my seats were close to the isle and he was incredibly close. I was utterly starstruck. He begins to speak to the whole audience and the audience starts talking back. As he starts to glance over towards my direction, my friends start to point and scream at me, a way to get Jimmy’s attention and tell him it was my birthday.
And this is something I will never forget: Jimmy looks at me and in front of the entire audience wishes me a happy birthday.
For the rest of the night I couldn’t stop smiling. Not only had I gone to The Tonight Show on my birthday with my best friends, I actually talked to Jimmy Fallon himself. And the best part is, I didn’t have to spend a dime.
Zariah Petway & Kiwana Alveranga
BMHS PrideTime Reporters
On February 18th, 2018, the highly anticipated movie, Black Panther, hit the theaters with a star-studded cast and a new superhero film to add to the Marvel Universe. Black Panther, which was directed by notable director, Ryan Coogler, who had previously directed Creed (2015) and Fruitvale Station (2013). However, despite receiving positive reviews from his last movies, Black Panther stormed the box offices and made over $900 million dollars worldwide, and the numbers are still rising.
Movie-goers were most excited about being introduced to a new array of Marvel characters, with A-list Hollywood stars playing the leading roles. The cast goes from Chadwick Boseman, who played the Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan, who played the antagonist Erik Killmonger, and Letitia Wright, who played Boseman’s tech-savvy younger sister.
People had some positive things to say about this movie. Here are some of their responses after watching the movie:
Amari Weise (‘19): “I went Sunday at 1 or 2 and it was an amazing flick”.
Trinity Hurd (‘18): “I loved the movie because it really brought out a lot of the African culture that I wanted to see on the big screen and I also liked the action”.
Dylan Dorce (‘21): “It was amazing to see people like me in main roles and it really captured how beautiful the African culture. Is it also has hidden messages in it such as when Erik Killmonger says, ‘Bury me in the oceans with my ancestors who jumped from ships because they knew death was better than bondage’. I admire the time spent researching African culture and tribes to create this film”.
Kiwana Alveranga (‘19): “The movie was very enjoyable. It was great to see a representation of the African culture with a black superhero. It was cool to hear the Xhosa language in the movie and the women with otjize in their hair, which is a butter paste that can be used in the hair”.