Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Case Study No. 1321: Tasha "Taystee" Jefferson

"Meet Taystee" [Clip] Orange is the New Black -- Netflix Original Series
Starring Danielle Brooks, Taylor Schilling and Laura Prepon. All 13 episodes of Netflix Original Series 'Orange is the New Black', arrive exclusively on Netflix July 11. From 'Weeds' creator Jenji Kohan, OITNB is based on Piper Kerman's memoir of a year spent in prison.
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[scene opens with several of the female inmates standing in a circle in the prison library, when an overweight African-American woman steps forward and begins rapping]
TAYSTEE: They call my Taystee, 'cause my pussy be delicious! Like an apple, it's nutritious! Like a Clinton, it's ambitious! You wanna mess with all that? Bitch please, you's a gnat! You go splat! Best be runnin' staaaat!
[everyone cheers]


From wikipedia.org:

Orange Is the New Black is an American comedy-drama series created by Jenji Kohan that first released on Netflix on July 11, 2013. The series, produced by Lionsgate Television, is based on Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman, a memoir about her experiences in prison.

The show revolves around Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), a woman from Connecticut living in New York City, who is sentenced to 15 months in a women's federal prison in Litchfield, NY, for transporting a suitcase full of drug money for Alex Vause (Prepon), an international drug smuggler and Chapman's former lover. The offense occurred ten years prior to the start of the series, and in that time Chapman had moved on to a quiet law-abiding life among New York's upper middle class.


From imdb.com:

Season 1, Episode 6
WAC Pack (11 Jul. 2013)

The inmates must campaign amongst their races for a coveted spot as a prisoners' representative. In the election, no one is allowed to vote for anyone outside of their own ethnic group. Piper is understandably confused by the whole thing, but Nicky tells her to "pretend it's the 1950s."

Morello says that the Hispanics have too many kids, have stinky food and are taking all of the jobs. Taystee and Poussey launch into a savaging of white conversation, and the Hispanics disparage the African-Americans for being dirty and lazy. During the campaign, Pennsatucky advocates for a "whites-only bathroom," and the mood of the inmate community is fractious as Taystee and one of Pennsatucky's followers engage in a "rap" battle.


From wikia.com:

Tasha "Taystee" Jefferson
Portrayed by: Danielle Brooks
Status: Alive/Incarcerated
Occupation: Library

An inmate and the black representative on the WAC. She works in the prison library and sports a weave made of blond hair taken from Chapman. With coaching from Washington and a makeover from Burset, Jefferson is paroled from the prison. However as she has been in institutions her whole life and finds it hard to adapt to the rough life she finds outside the prison walls, she re-offends and is subsequently sent back to prison and is assigned to the recently vacated bunk of Ms. Claudette as Piper's roommate. Due to the time spent in the library, she is rather well-read and considers herself to have a large knowledge base when it comes to law.


From nytimes.com:

Growing up in South Carolina, the daughter of a minister and a deacon, Danielle Brooks never planned on a stint in federal prison. In middle school, she visited a juvenile justice complex. "They gave us a tour of the jail," Ms. Brooks recalled. "The handcuffs, the walking in a straight line, the smell. I was like: This is totally not a place for me."

But fresh from Juilliard, she landed the role of the brash, swaggering Tasha Jefferson, known as Taystee, on the new Netflix series "Orange Is the New Black," based on Piper Kerman's memoir about her stint in the pen for money laundering and drug trafficking. While other inmates struggle with life in prison, Taystee struts down the hallways, sings in the shower, and dominates the prison library, where she offers an astute critique of Joyce's rambling "Ulysses": "Ain't nobody got time for that."

Taystee even seems to embrace the beige prison-issue jumpsuit.

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