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Why We All Need A Beth In Our Corner

The poetic and unapologetically black breakout character from 'This Is Us.'

I found myself sobbing (not crying, sobbing) with a half empty bottle of wine by my side and mounds of snotty tissue by my feet. “What type of show does ... sniffle ... this to people?” After the first episode, I was hooked.

This Is Us is a heart wrenching drama, that continues to jab at the emotions of all who watch. For those who aren’t familiar with the tear jerker, here’s a quick synopsis.

This is Us is about a blended family of unique triplets (the Pearsons) and the passionate parents that raised them. Through love, joy, triumph and heartbreak, parents Jack and Rebecca relive memories from their past, while triplets Randall, Kate and Kevin discover new ways of navigating through their present-day lives. Successful businessman and father, Randall, searches for his biological parents while fighting with his anxious tendencies. Kate, on the other hand, battles with the idea of self-love and overcoming obesity; while Kevin pursues a more meaningful acting career outside of his sitcom, The Manny. Battles with addiction slowly surface from all triplets as a result of their late Father's alcoholism.

As the season progressed, I gradually started loving one character in particular, and her name is Beth. Beth is played by actress Susan Kelechi Watson. She encompasses the realness America needs in a show by showing off her unapologetically blackness. I saw my mother, my grandmother and, hell, even my great great grandmother in her. She is the quintessential motherly figure who also has a thriving career of her own. Beth is the backbone of her family, continuously keeping it on track and thriving. She never holds back her tongue, but she never uses her words to pierce or inflict harm on those she loves. Her words are critical, but essential to Randall’s (her husband) and their two daughters' growth.

There would be times when Randall would get lost in his own universe and Beth, being the astronomical woman that she is, would gladly go out in space and anchor him back down to Earth to face his problems head on.

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Beth is the friend and partner we need in our corner. She is the woman that not only will assist in your evolution and personal growth, but she will keep you away from mediocrity. Whenever I see Beth on the screen, my face and mood brightens up. She is the breath of fresh air that prime-time television needs. She is certainly a breakout star in her own right.

Beth is the friend that always keeps it real. That one friend who has no problem holding back constructive criticism and getting your life together, one read at a time. She says it how it is without sugar coating the truth — and we all know that the truth can hurt sometimes. But it is the tone in which she tells it that makes the truth sting a little less.

We all need a Beth by our side, and I, for one, live for her interactions with Randall and the rest of the Pearson family. She is poetry in motion and a wonderfully constructed character of our times. I anticipate her greatness every Tuesday night, with my wine in hand and a box of tissue by my side.

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Blavity books reporter and free-lance writer based in Atlanta.