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Twenties: Take That L And Keep It Pushing

Once again, Waithe Wednesdays returned last night and it was time for a new episode of Twenties. In the seventh episode, the struggle is real for our trio and while Hattie and Marie sink trying to get through it, Nia rises to and above the occasion. It’s a nice change of pace for the show and gives Gabrielle Graham, who plays Nia, a chance to take center stage. The episode also seemed to slow down a bit, giving more drama than comedy for once. It’s not a surprising change, things can’t always be roses and rainbows plus it adds an element to the show I wasn’t sure it would strive for in its first season.

As she struggles to find the perfect voice for what she wants to say about love in her writing, Hattie laments to her favorite barista Idina what she envisions her message to be once it’s written. It’s obvious her idea of love feeds more into Hattie’s ego than anything else. But that doesn’t matter because before she knows it, Lorraine is standing in front of her with. And even though she’s there with a man, Hattie chooses to pretend she’s not entertaining Idina the way she knows she has been. It’s a double lose situation for Hattie because not only does Lorraine continue her date with her man, Idina gives her a rightly deserved cold shoulder and leaves her to watch Lorraine enjoy someone else’s company.

Meanwhile, Marie is completely blindsided when Ben is given the promotion over her. After being given a weird pep talk by Chuck, she corners Zach to call him on his bullshit. And he agrees with her that Ben getting the job over her is indeed bullshit, he’s on her side because he respects how hard of a worker she is. He also seems to hint that he’d like to be closer to Marie in more ways than one when she asks if he wants her to quit. Something I really hope is looked at more later. Marie deserves to have the attention of multiple men, especially with the way her relationship with Chuck just seems to get weirder and weirder.

As mentioned earlier, Hattie and Marie took L’s and just rolled with them. Nia, on the other hand, took her L by its neck and wrestled with it until it bent to her will. In her acting class, after giving a surprisingly good performance during improv, Nia’s given the stereotypical black women role to work with. And while it angers her, she’s able to use that anger to give a performance worth more than the part. It boosts her confidence and earns her respect with the other students in her class, not to mention the acting coach that teaches the class (played by the always funny Seth Green). She even manages to gain the attention of a few agents, which is what she really wants. For the first time in a long time, she feels like she’s taking the steps to start walking in her purpose.

By choosing to slow down a bit in this episode, Twenties makes sure to give its audience the little pat of comfort it might be needing. Especially those of us who watch that are trying our best to find what our purpose is. Twenties is a show about following your dreams, which is most of the time like living in a sometimes nightmare. There is no glorification of what it’s like to work in the Hollywood industry, nothing is just magically happening for our three friends. They are working hard and often falling short. But that doesn’t mean it that they can’t have small good moments that make a big impact on them. Finding an agent may blow up in Nia’s face, but the confidence she found in class will always be with her and shine when she needs it too. Which is all that matters.

Twenties airs on Wednesday nights on BET

-Danyi

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