A Space for People of Color, By People of Color. Be Cool.
A Space for People of Color, By People of Color. Be Cool.

TnT got a fresh crochet install and some last season discount prada shoes at DSW and they came to SLAY. TnT was like, oh so you thought we were that channel with a bunch of white men in suits saying things. huh? You thought we were that channel that you grandma watches in the community room at the nursing home huh. NAH!

Claws has all your favorite heavy hitters.

Nicey Nash, Carrie Preston, Judy Reyes, Dean Norris, Harold Perrineau, and Jason Antoon. And Bonus Karrueche Tran! Karruche and Nicey SERVE LOOKS throughout this pilot which I will be documenting thoroughly in this review.

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Claws takes place in a South Flordia nail salon owned and led by Desna (Nicey Nash).

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And this moment is when this show had me. Cause, I thought Nicey Nash looks really good, and then they let this chick do a catwalk to model the outfit, and they did it SLOW MOTION. The director was like, you gon look and appreciate this work.

Desna and the crew open the nail salon. Before the customers filter in, they welcome back their comrade, polly, who is fresh out of prison. And sporting this look, along with her ankle bracelet.

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Desna, not only held polly’s job, but arranged for someone to look after her in prison, and made sure to send care packages and put a little something in her commissary. Cause Desna is a real ass bitch. Then in walks Karrueche.

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She’s feelin some type of way, cause she wasn’t invited to the welcome home party. She continues to stick her nose in places where she doesn’t belong. Desna tells her she is brand new and she’ll get there, but she needs to fall back. Karrueche does not take this well. Next we meet Roller. Desna’s boyfriend. Who from this moment forward shall be referred to has G.A.M. Greasy Ass Motherfucker. Through a mildly uncomfortable sex scene that involves erotic asphyxiation and a montage. We learn that Desna’s been cleaning money through the nail salon and keeping the books for GAM. GAM’s second in command for a mob boss, Uncle Daddy. No I am not making that up. Uncle Daddy, bought off a doctor to write oxy scripts for addicts who come into a clinic they own. Desna’s cleans the money keeps the books, and looks out to make sure they aren’t about to be made. The agreement was that she would do it for a year and at the end she would get 20,000 dollars and be out. Desna gets the 20,000 dollars and wants to use it to open a nail salon in the richer, part of town, in order to make more money. Legit this time. The year is up. The deposit for the salon, is of course 20,000 dollars.

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Desna runs home to check in on her older brother, who is on the spectrum. She takes care of him full time. He’s in that way that, he would be fine if he had had regular therapy starting from childhood. But when you’re black and poor it don’t work that way. Anyway he draws pictures of their dream home. A big ocean front mansion with a infinity pool, that has all the bells and whistles but most importantly doesn’t have black mold and a roof that doesn’t leak when it rains. And it’s a sweet scene, that really captures who Desna is. She working hard to better her life for her, her brother, and she’s gonna take her girls with her if it’s the last thing she does. And you want to root for her, even if she does bad things along the way.

So everyone is DRESSED for New Years.

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They roll to the strip club and everyone is there. GAM very timidly, and weakly asks about Desna’s money. Uncle Daddy assures him not to worry about it. Instead he just gasses GAM up for all the work he didn’t do, and pays him handsomely for it. Desna gets called to the back to get her check. She checks the envelope and sees it’s only 3,000. Later Desna want to know where her money at? GAM informs her that she has to keep cleaning and that there will be more work, and she’s not out. Desna ain’t feelin that shit at all. She tells him she has to check on her brother, and bounces.

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Next day she finds out that GAM has a new place, and not just a new place but her dream place. That Uncle daddy bought for him for all of her hard work. So she’s really starting to boil. She goes over there and says one more time. Where is my money? GAM says he don’t owe her shit.

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Also let’s take a moment to appreciate the day look.

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Oh word? While she’s there she knows something smells like fish. And it’s not the ocean. She goes back there, later that night and is treated to sight of Karrueche having sex with her man.

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That’s that, you don’t know but you are about to learn face. Next day GAM and Desna are on the phone. He tells Desna that she needs to fire Polly, cause polly went to jail and is still wearing a monitor bracelet. She asks how he knew, and like every GAM he says, a little birdie told him. As Karrueche sucks on his fingers. So now karrueche has come after one of her one of her girls, so you know her ass about to be fucked up.

I really appreciate this next look, because it’s important to look good on the way to your funeral. You know what happens next.

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Upset that she just got her ass and her conscience  handed to her, karrueche storms away.

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That night it starts to rain and desna starts to cry. The next morning she gets up, looks at the 3000 on her drawer. And like every black girl I have ever known, she puts on her best outfit,

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takes what she has, in this case the 3000, divides it up and gives it to her girls at the salon as a year end bonus. Because dammit if we don’t love ourselves, who is going to? 

Desna drives over to GAM’s place. She sees her money in a duffle bag and helps herself. But she hears a noise. She goes out onto the deck and interrupts GAM raping Karrueche. He has the nerve to try to kiss her and demand his eyebrows be done as Karrueche runs out of the room.

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And then Desna channels her inner Rihanna

CAUSE THAT BITCH SHOULD HAVE HAD HER MONEY!!!!

But because he is a GAM, he rose from the pool, to land some punches, but then.

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POP POP

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I pray that we all look this amazing should we have the opportunity to our rapist. Amen.

Then Karrueche asks to finally be part of the crew. Which is like awww, all she wanted was some friends. She did it the absolute wrong way. But it’s ok. it’s all good. You rallied in the end Karrueche.

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