- The white car (you remember my old car Betsy right)
- The studio apartment in a room in an old house in the center of town (English Basement dwellers of D.C. stand-up!)
- The deluxe apartment in the sky(I know, wrong show, but that’s what my dad always called my old Greensboro apartment).
- The hats and scarves (wearing a hat as I type this post and in both of the pictures that lead and end this post).
- The going away party (I had a bar crawl when I left Greensboro and a Taco Tuesday surprise when I left Kansas City)
- Striking out at age 30 after being in a long-term serious relationship. (Yes folks, I’m single. Don’t all line up now).
- The accidental journalism career (Just a few of my clippings to date, oh and the podcast and this site. Remember this all started to help me make sense of the world, but I do like writing)
- Maybe I’ll make it? (Bank account…)
- You’re gonna make it. (Thanks, friends)
- Changing the world with a smile. (Always ;), even waiting for Metro. )
The CityLab article about Moore’s death and the legacy of the show did mention how the show created the trend of showing urban yuppies and strivers getting ahead on TV. However, it was my friend Evette Dionne over at Revelist that really honed in on what the character meant for women and feminism along with a whole slew of articles on the New York Times website and in print. Plus, Oprah’s many tributes.
And yes, some of the episode’s writing, especially in the early years, could be corny and cliché, but the images and the lifestyle still resonate today. Also, outside of a couple major exceptions, it’s a white world, but I’m not surprised at the lack of representation in the 1970s, despite just coming out of the first waves of the civil rights movement. And outside of Living Single, The Best Man, Martin, and Being Mary Jane, film and TV have not shown us an equivalent black woman character. Glad we got Oprah and a handful of other folks in real life.
And now, to make it (on Metro) after all…
…and keep surviving and resisting.
I’m Kristen. I started blogging here to make sense of the built environment around me. You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can find out more about me at my main website, www.kristenejeffers.com. Keep with me via email. Support my work on Patreon.