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Black Is Beautiful

While venturing out earlier today in the middle on old Macau, China I came across this little cinema with their featured showcase “Black Is Beautiful”. This showcase is highlighting popular but impactful movies starring and directed by black people from the 1970s-present day.
Movies: Do The Right Thing, Blackkklansman, Losing Ground, If Beale Street Could Talk, Killer of Sheep, Daughters of the Dust, Fruitvale Station, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, Chameleon Street and Sorry to Bother You.
This made my day. Since being here I’ve been getting awkward stares from locals that probably never encountered a black person in person before wanting to touch my hair or think I just got off the plane from Africa. Knowing there is a group of people here trying to get our beautiful message across.

Sincerely, Courtney Renee

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Being alone doesn’t make you lonely

Happy Valentines Day Aspirers,

Today some of you might be celebrating with your special loved ones either today or maybe later on in the week because it’s hard to stay up past 10:00 pm on a weekday. For myself, I will be spinning time with the one person that means the most to me which is MYSELF. I have no problem with that but for others like myself, some of your friends and family might wonder why are you spending the 6th, 7th, 8th year (who’s really counting anyway) alone on Valentine’s Day. A lot of questions might be asked and the big question on people’s minds  is “Are you lonely?”

Guess what that’s a great question. Anyone can be lonely. You could be in a committed relationship, married, or have kids and still feel lonely. The presence of someone else might not define the well-being of your mental state. You can be around someone every day but something feels like something is missing. There are people out in the world that never experienced being alone and still have unanswered questions about themselves because they’ve constantly been around people for so long they haven’t found confidence in their own skin.

For the longest, I was terrified to eat alone because I thought I would be judged of not having anyone to eat or laugh with at the table. I was so uncomfortable being seen by myself. It sounds weird saying that out loud but it was true. I just went to the movies alone for the first time last year and guess what it was AWESOME! I love being alone at home but enjoy my own company in public is on a whole other level. I even walk away from my girls when we are out to use the restroom by myself. Ladies don’t act like you all don’t go to the bathroom in groups especially the college ladies that are reading this right now.

It’s okay to have anxiety but the only way to get over something is to try it. If there’s a new movie out, a new restaurant to try, a new store in the mall that just opened up I can’t wait for other people to make room in their schedule sometimes. I have to enjoy it first and tell them about it later. Being able to find joy in your own company makes it easier to find joy while with others. We have to be honest with ourselves sometimes it’s not the other person that is causing the problem because we might be the problem. Don’t expect others to bring joy into your life if you can’t enjoy yourself.

Ask yourself this question, are you lonely?

Sincerely, Courtney Renee

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Halloween Movies Part 3

Here it is Aspirers the final list of movies for Halloween! If you’re planning on staying home for Halloween a Halloween marathon is a great option for a spooky night.

21. Erremetari (Netflix)

22. Pyewacket (Netflix)

23. Dig Two Graves (Netflix)

24. Bedeviled (Netflix)

25. Demonic (Netflix)

26. The Girl in the Photographs (Netflix)

27. The ABCs of Death (Hulu)

28. Terrifier (Netflix)

29. Viral (Netflix)

30. Anguish (Netflix)

31. The Hatred (Netflix)

Have a happy Halloween!

Sincerely, Courtney Renee

Halloween Movies Part 2

Hey Aspirers,

I hope you started watching some of the movies I’ve listed in my previous post. Here is part two of my list for Halloween movies.

11. Lodgers (Netflix)

12. Apostle (Netflix)

13. Darkness Rising (Netflix)

14. HALLOWEEN 2018

15. Quiet Ones (Netflix)

16. Misery (Fearfest)

17. Thinner (Fearfest)

18. Silver Bullet (Fearfest)

19. Family Blood (Netflix)

20. Emelie (Netflix)

I hope you like these movies. All of these weren’t my favorite but they could be yours. If you don’t want to wait for part 3 check out my Instagram (@_cocorenee) highlighted Halloween story and you’ll be the first to know when I finish a watching a Halloween movie.

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Sincerely, Courtney Renee

Halloween Movies

Hey Aspirers!

I’ve been slacking with my blogs lately. I’ve uploaded videos but I haven’t uploaded a post for you all in awhile. For those that are following me on Instagram (@_cocorenee) you’ve probably noticed I’ve started an October challenge which is to watch 31 Halloween movies this month. The catch is I can only watch movies I haven’t seen already. I have to make time to watch these which is difficult. So far I’ve only watched 23. Yes I know I’m a little behind but I trying to catch up. But, this month isn’t over yet and maybe you might be interested on finding something to watch. I wanted to share with you all a list of movies before Halloween is over.

Here are 10 of the movies I’ve watched so far:

1. Jigsaw (Hulu)

2. Truth or Dare (2017) (Netflix)

3. Friend Request (Netflix)

4. Ghost House (Netflix)

5. Delirium (Netflix)

6. Malevolent (Netflix)

7. The 3rd Eye (foreign film, Asian horror film, Netflix)

8. The Tall Man (Netflix)

9. Bleed (Netflix)

10. Seven In Heaven (Netflix)

I hope you enjoyed reading my post. Keep an eye out for the next 10 movies but if you can’t wait go to my Instagram (@_cocorenee) and check out my Halloween story highlighted on my profile. If you watched any of these movies let me know what your thoughts and we can have a discussion about it.

Sincerely,

Courtney Renee