You guys have heard of the Netflix hit show Orange is the New Black (OITNB), right?
If not, I highly recommend Shannon’s piece here at FDL on the latest brain child of Jenji Kohan, the creator of the TV show Weeds. OITNB takes place in a women’s correctional facility in Connecticut and provides a really dynamic portrayal of the day-to-day lives of its prisoners. There are an abundance of tears and laughs and “WTF DID THAT JUST HAPPEN” moments throughout the series’ first season, currently streaming on Netflix, and if you haven’t binge-watched it yet I join Shannon in recommending it. In addition to being smart and funny and spunky to boot, the series makes a sincere attempt to portray “flawed” characters in a way that doesn’t put their flaws front and center. The show is incredibly well written and I’m a huge fan.
So much so that when I came across this Holiday/Christmas music mash-up magic video featuring the actors who play the show’s characters Crazy Eyes and Taystee, Uzo Aduba and Danielle Brooks respectively, I couldn’t help but indulge in even more Holiday cheer.
All I want for post-Christmas is to spend next Christmas holiday cheering it up with Crazy Eyes and Taystee, preferably around a Christmas tree with instruments and eggnog.
The mash up– dubbed “Jolly Christmas Medley”–was put together by Danielle Brooks herself and created with the help of a Brooklyn-based band called Oh Honey.
In addition to a video that features every kind of holiday wonderful, the ladies also direct viewers to an organization called ASTEP (Artists Striving to End Poverty).
From their about page:
ASTEP was conceived by Broadway Musical Director Mary-Mitchell Campbell and Julliard students to transform the lives of youth using the most powerful tool they had—their art. Today, ASTEP connects performing and visual artists with underserved youth in the U.S. and around the world to awaken their imaginations, foster critical thinking, and help them break the cycle of poverty.
Be sure to check out ASTEP and download the song for free on Soundcloud, because maybe it’s never too late for more Christmas music!