At a time where culture as we know it has been put on the back burner, we can take this moment to assess how the arts has truly impacted our quality of life. Most of the world is under government-enforced lockdowns with bars, restaurants, cinemas and gyms closed for at least another three weeks, many practitioners of the arts are being forced to use their creative skills to source an alternative income and reach an audience through virtual means. Artists like John Legend, Swae Lee, Charlie Puth and P!nk have all hosted free online concerts during the pandemic for fans. Even though production has stopped for many shows and events, an online community for creatives and artists are forming faster than ever before.
This has given the spoken word community a stronger platform to collaborate. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the arts have given many people a distraction and a source of hope. Since everyone has probably watched everything on Netflix by now due to the lockdown, poetry has allowed voices to be heard. Poet James Smith wrote a community-based poem called ‘You Clap For Me Now’ focusing on key workers of BAME backgrounds helping the nation during the global pandemic. Spoken Word artist Amalia The Alchemist, reminded us that we are still all socially connected whilst in quarantine and we should focus on the global planet and not the global panic. All of these poems allow us to focus on what really matters which is staying connected, focusing on the things we have and can control.
Today is World Autism Awareness Day and TVBohemian is celebrating in televisual style. People who have Autism experience the world more uniquely than the average person, this affects how they interact in society. Autism is very common and affects an average of 1 in 100 people, symptoms may vary from person to person but social interaction and communication are at the heart of the developmental difference.
It is their brilliant minds that make them strong characters for the screen. They are able to go beneath the surface and highlight what most people fear to say. Here are my top shows that have put Autism in the spotlight:
- Shaun Murphy (The Good Doctor)
The creators of ‘House’ have made a remake of the Korean medical drama ‘The Good Doctor’. Shaun Murphy has been diagnosed from childhood with Savant Syndrome – a form of Autism. Murphy is able to make medical breakthroughs whilst struggling to meet the social requirements and levels of empathy that are expected of a doctor. This show greatly examines the mind-field that is taken when working as a Surgeon with a developmental difference.
2. Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory)
There has much debate on whether Sheldon Lee Cooper is Autistic and\or has Asperger’s Syndrome, many of his traits have exemplified developmental learning differences but this could also be chalked down to his stereotypical geeky nature. Sheldon’s need to always sit in a specific seat and obsessively control the order of his life to the point of making others close to him sign a contract to maintain his status quo.
3. Julia (Sesame Street)
Julia is the newest character to join the Sesame Street ensemble. Symptoms of Autism are discussed in an educational manner rather than in a bias one, so that people of all ages can understand the realities of Autism.
Living with Autism is a battlefield but it can rewarding one with the right resources and support system anyone can conquer anything.
TV Bohemian does AfroPunk London 2017!
I had the pleasure of attending the second annual AfroPunk festival in London. This year, there were a variety of acts flying the AfroPunk flag. Corinne Bailey Rae, Danny Brown and Nao certainly left a mark in my memory, like with every treasure chest there is always one unforgettable gem. Willow Smith professionally known as Willow, shared the stage with fellow artist Tyler Cole. Cole commanded the stage with his latest single ‘Blow up your TV’. Normally, I would never tell anyone to blow up their TVs because then I would out of a job! but the meaning behind the lyrics is definitely something I resinate with. Stomping out propaganda in society and the media has been a movement firmly engrained in all rock anthems since the beginning. Cole puts an exciting spin on a dominant agenda in youth rock culture. This track will have you fist pumping, head banging and singing your lungs outs for summers to come.