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The Best of 2023

In just fifteen days, we will be saying goodbye to 2023, a year that held so many things—strikes, wars, infamous deadly nature events. Instead of harboring on the bad, I want to share what I consider the best of 2023—my favorite things in various categories, starting with movies.

Movies

*It was way too hard to pick just three. Avatar: The Way of Water would definitely be number four.

  1. Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 3 – I think about this movie and still get emotionally ripped apart. This is truly the best thing from Marvel since Thanos snapped. I have no words. Literally none. I cried about it in a video I put on Jamilah on Film.
  2. Barbie – Not because of the hype and record breaking. America Ferrera’s monologue was honestly enough for me to put it on here. Also, all the men pissed off about the femininity of it was pretty nice.
  3. Love & Other Drugs – I don’t know why I can’t get this movie out of my head. Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal really did THAT. It’s going up there with 10 Things I Hate About You for being a fave comfort movie.

Albums

*I don’t think this was a good year for music. I listened to the same songs on repeat because there weren’t many new albums, and the albums that were new weren’t so good.

  1. Conditions of a Punk by half•alive
  2. The Maybe Man by AJR
  3. My 21st Century Blues by RAYE

Television Shows

  1. Only Murders in the Building – I finished it for the first time this year and fell in love with this show. It both plays with my mind and brings me to tears with laughter (I will never forget that slow mo moment from season two). I need season four immediately.
  2. Abbott Elementary – Another show I finished for the first time this year, and I understand why it continuously sweeps award shows. There is truly no other show like it.
  3. Lopez vs. Lopez – This show is probably going to get cancelled, but I loved it. I literally binged it in a day, and I’m still shocked about this fact. This is one of the few genuine comedies I’ve watched in recent years; there were several moments that had me in tears.

Limited Series

*According to Netflix… I think… Last time I checked.

  1. Ladies First: A Story of Women in Hip Hop
  2. Harry & Meghan – Watching this while watching Suits is kind of trippy. More than anything, I appreciated the inclusion of the history behind the racism happening overseas; it’s never a fun subject, but it opened my eyes to what Black people in another country are experiencing.
  3. Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story – India is an icon.

Comedy Specials

  1. Wanda Sykes: I’m an Entertainer – She said some very real things and had me dying with laughter. Not many Netflix specials have the power to make me laugh (because they’re not funny), but Wanda’s definitely did.
  2. Matt Rife: Natural Selection – This man is very controversial (I get it), like any comedian, but I still enjoyed what he did. There were a few moments that got a laugh out of me, but more than anything, I like that he proved he is capable of more than crowd work.

Memories

  1. Skydiving with my close friend – I fell in love with the freedom of falling in the sky, and I need to do it again. There were many things about this day that were memorable, but I think the lack of fear during the whole ordeal still shocks me.
  2. Meeting Jemele Hill – It was very awkward, and I cringe thinking about the memory. However, it was simply great being in the same room as someone I admire and almost shared a name with.
  3. Seeing RAYE live – A spiritual rollercoaster emotional journey. Honestly still processing.

Content Creators

  1. Bria Jones – As the year has progressed, she has become more transparent with her content, and I appreciate it.
  2. Shawnaci Shroeder
  3. Monet McMichael – This woman gets a lot of hate for literally no reason. People consistently yearn for authenticity on the internet, and when they get it, they start to hate, such as the case with Monet. I find her authenticity refreshing and how open and comfortable she is with embracing every part of who she is, even the parts that are difficult, like battling with anxiety.

SJ Writings

  1. Personal Signs of Depression – This was a big turning point in my mental health journey. I was acknowledging the signs so I can start improving (hopefully). The first step is acceptance.
  2. The United States of Who?
  3. “goofy-gorgeous-genius thing” – A definite self-love, confidence writing for me.

SJ Podcast Episodes

  1. simply… loving the uterus
  2. simply… a girl & her red flags – Love calling myself out. Again, self-awareness.

Other Podcast Episodes

  1. to post bae… or to not post bae (from The Flop Era with Bria Jones, once called Delusional Diaries)
  2. The Audacity of the Activist with Jameela Jamil & Shohreh Aghdashloo (from Archetypes, Meghan Markle’s podcast)

Books

*It was really hard to pick the top three. Like, my brain was starting to hurt thinking of the list. If I chose to do a number four, it would be Love Theoretically by Ali Hazelwood.

  1. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides – A brilliant debut. I’ve read a few books since this one, and the tale of Alicia and Theo is still in the forefront of my brain.
  2. Uphill by Jemele Hill – I flew through this memoir; it’s definitely the best one I’ve read this year.
  3. Book Lovers by Emily Henry – Out of the four Emily Henry books I read this year, this one is superior. Sorry Happy Place.

2 Responses

  1. Hi Jamilah 👋 such a cool list. Abbott Elementary is at the top of my list as well. I can’t wait for the new season. ✨😀

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