GAL APPROVED! Lose Yourself With Juanita! Hear Better With HIFIMAN. Sleep Soundly With Super 8!By The DivaGals | March 8, 2019 | Gal Approved
WATCH. Ever feel that life is getting too stressful? Wish you could get away from it all? In the new Netflix film Juanita, the self-titled character doesn’t just dream it — she buys a ticket out of Ohio and heads West. Based on the 2002 novel Dancing on the Edge of the Roof by Sheila Williams, Alfre Woodard plays Juanita, a single mom with grown children who are still depending on her. Juanita fears she’ll lose all she cares for (because she just doesn’t have the capacity to care anymore) if she doesn’t get to somewhere else. So she buys a bus ticket which lands her in a small Montana town with a thriving Native American population. There she meets Jess (Adam Beach) a Native-American French cuisine trained chef who needed a spunky black woman to come into his business and life to cook up something new. We love how Juanita unabashedly says what’s on her mind, literally, as the character breaks the fourth wall in the film. She teaches us how we all need to get some “me time” every now and then. There are touching moments at a powwow delivered by real Native Americans. There’s a love story proving that yes, women of a certain age can still hang (from the bed frame or bathroom door, etc. etc.)! And Blair Underwood does a hilarious cameo as… himself! As brown gals, we know how much — and how it’s expected — for us to put everyone’s needs above our own. So it’s refreshing to see a woman of color leave it all behind so she can reclaim a piece of herself. Fun fact: the screenplay is written by Roderick M. Spencer, Alfre’s husband of more than 30 years, and the admiration for her acting prowess and physical beauty comes through every word. Juanita, now playing on Netflix.
HEAR. Think you know headphone and speakers? Think again. There’s a brand out there you’ve probably never heard of unless you’re a music virtuoso or ultimate gamer. But it’s time to shake up the rules! HIFIMAN is the brainchild of company founder and CEO Dr. Fang Bian, a.k.a. engineering genius. From a young age, he was fascinated by walkmans and CD players and became obsessed with delivering unequivocal sound. His new line of Bluetooth headphones and speakers do just that. Call up your techie friends if you want the 411 on how these audio goodies, which includes the Ananda BT over-ear headphone, the HM150 Bluetooth In-ear receiver and HIFIMAN’s first stand-alone Hi-Fi wireless streaming speaker, are built to deliver superior sound quality. All we can say is that when we listened to The Phantom of the Opera through them, we heard musical notes that we barely noticed when we saw it live on stage. Try HIFIMAN and never listen to music “just as” again.
SLEEP. It’s that weekend where we “spring forward” and if you are like most Americans this time change will negatively affect your sleep pattern, which will leave you feeling drowsy and maybe a little loopy. Did you know that driving while sleep deprived is just as dangerous as driving while you’re impaired? If you have a road trip coming up, Super 8 by Wyndham and Grey’s Anatomy‘s Giacomo Gianniotti want to make sure you get to your destination safely. If you feel the urge to take a nap, just check into one of the country’s 1700 Super 8 hotels so you can “Journey Safe.” Super 8 by Wyndham’s the “Journey Safe” campaign’s PSA-style video is on their website, Super8.com. This light-heartedly PSA debunks some of the most common misconceptions of driving drowsy. The brand is encouraging those who see the video to help raise awareness by sharing via their social channels #JourneySafe and pledging not to drive drowsy.
photo credit: Netflix, HIFIMAN, Super 8 on YouTube