East Side Middle School Alumni

Mischa Barton: Not only the O.G of The O.C, but the O.G of ESMS success. Heads up, our middle school was probably wilder than your college. When we went it was a floor and a half of an elementary school, the top half, on York between 77th and 78th. I can only imagine the affect it had on those kids. Anyways, I didn’t attend with Misha, but her sister Hania was a grade above me. Now this was when Disney Movies were it (Luck Of The Irish, Halloweentown, Johnny Tsunami type shit), we were hyped when we found out she was the star of A Ring Of Endless Light. Hyped. She was even cooler in high school, playing Marissa Cooper. I snorted coke with an $100 bill, because Mischa snorted coke with an $100 bill (allegedly).

Julia Fox: Known her since elementary school, she was in second grade I was in third. If you wanna know what our first interaction was ask her. She knew who she was from the jump, cartwheeling over in our cafeteria/gym, announcing herself, in a nobody…Julia Fox manner. As an artist she’s lived many lives and is now a burgeoning A-list actress, her breakout role being Uncut Gems. It wasn’t my speeding heart, or the clouds spinning, spinning, in the sky, but her commentary, “Jaquana you’re talking a mile a minute. I don’t know what you’re saying,” that made me realize I was about to overdose at fifteen. In the crevice of an inside outside park on 79th street.
We spent one summer hanging out with gang members and destroying Carl Schurz Park, where had I come five minutes earlier, I’d be witness to her throwing a dead pigeon on some girl badmouthing her. Legendary, she used a plastic bag to pick up the carcass of course. That chick had more bark than bite and left sobbing.

Emily Meade: Same grade, same classes. In seventh grade had plans to marry Heath Ledger (RIP). Her performance in The Deuce was superb, harrowing and underrated. What a complex character and an amazing show, one my mom and I loved.

Erin Yogasundram: started a popping fashion blog, a successful online boutique (ShopJeen) and has been humble the whole way through. Even after making it on Forbes 30 under 30, she still made time to answer questions regarding entrepreneurial pursuits. Now the wife/manager to influencer Kerwin Frost. When I think of Erin, square black framed glasses and junk in the trunk comes to mind.

Aliza Kelly: Cosmopolitan astrologer, always had a winged eye and goth vibe. BFF’s with Emily Meade then, BFF’s with her now. She was on the Spanish speaking side of school, so I never had classes with her. What comes to mind isn’t appropriate, high energy, chatty and wears tons of black is the best I can do.

EJ Dickinson: Friends for one year in the sixth grade before she transferred to Riverdale Prep. Cracked me up. Now she’s a senior writer for Rolling Stone.

Colby Minifie: Same grade as her sister Hayden. She was younger, so I have no memories. She is a star of Fear The Walking Dead and friend to former coworker Melody, who raves about her.

I’m the only black person to add to this group. Invalidating my experience with lies, when I don’t know you, is weirdo vibes and disrespectful.

Via: Mischa Barton Fan Page, Julia Fox FC, Emily Meade, Erin Jeen, Aliza Kelly, EJ Dickison & Colby Minifie

The OOG’s Of The O.C

Wait a minute, wait a minute, we need to run it back to the OOG’s of The O.C. This show is the reason we have The Real Housewives franchise to begin with (Andy Cohen I can’t quit you), let me school you hoes. Everybody and they mama, literally my mom and sister, watched this show. It was pure magic and probably one of the last times episodes were real time events. Missing it meant spending the next day jamming your fingers into your ears, chanting a discouraging motto -I don’t wanna hear it, lalalalalalala- or making unintelligible sounds to avoid spoilers at all cost.

When Julie Cooper (Melinda Clarke) and Kristen Cohen (Kelly Rowan) appeared on screen, the world went DAYUM I didn’t know they make mama’s like that, which is revolutionary. For once the older women were the sexy ones in ageist, sexist Hollywood. The viewers were so enthralled with these cougars Andy Cohen created the Real Housewives, sating the American audience and changing pop culture forever. Not to say Marissa “Coop” Cooper (Mischa Barton) and Summer Roberts (Rachel Bilson) weren’t serving it, these two were literally everywhere, especially ESMS alum Mischa who became a fixture on the Hollywood party scene. The show jumped the shark when she left, breaking millions of hearts including mine, but let’s reminisce on some of the other things it gave us:

  • Reintroducing Chrismukkah: the combination of Christmas and Hanukkah, Google the term and Seth Cohen (Adam Brody) is the poster boy.
  • Seth Cohen: the hottest nerd EVER, you can’t understand the true love of Adam Brody and Leighton Meester’s marriage until you watch this show. Two iconic, beloved characters being soulmates irl, thank you universe.
  • Olivia Wilde: easily her breakout role, so stunning you couldn’t take your eyes off her, even as a side character. Barton and Wilde were major for bringing some LGBTQIA representation in this piece.
  • Music: so epic were the soundtrack’s to each episode, songs featured were listed, downloaded and immediately topping charts. I sang along to Phantom Planet’s “California” with glee and Jeff Buckley’s “Hallelujah” still kills me to this day, damn you Ryan (Ben McKenzie) and Marissa, ugh I can’t.
    Rooney, you know the vibe.

Needless to say Josh Schwartz is a genius who also gave us Gossip Girl and sparked another genius. If you don’t understand the level of stress Oliver gave us, did Julie just bone her daughter’s ex boyfriend drama, who Seth Cohen was gonna end up with, will Ryan save Marissa in time blues, then you need to stream The O.C on HBO MAX. You never know who you’re going to spark with your work. You gonna watch or nah? Via: ThX OC