The Light

FULL EPISODE

Act I: Found

Zhalarina, the protagonist of this autobiographical story, grows stronger and more confident as a writer and performer when a girl at school changes everything. The girl becomes her clandestine muse until Zhalarina’s mother Diji — coping with the pressures of parenthood and determined to do right by her daughter — imposes drastic measures to forbid the relationship.

AIRED: May 19, 2020 | 0:02:32
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[person writing on paper]

♪ [beatboxing]

- ♪ She was 5'3 with the nerve to find me

♪ squirming with the yearnin' to switch up assigned seats

♪ immaculately wrapped in a package of prime beats

♪ with lyrics that describe what the laughter of God means

♪ we were never supposed to take it past, "my friend like you"

♪ but love will embarrass the brevity of a haiku

♪ so we built a list of the people that we should lie to

♪ and sent each other music to fall asleep, kiss, and cry to

- (♪ Oooh, oooh )

- Diji: ♪ I'll be the light before it gets dark

♪ cause I'm the one who memorized the beat of your heart

♪ and you won't have to go far

♪ to find a thorough reminder of who you are

♪ I'll be the light before it gets dark

♪ cause I'm the one who memorized the beat of your heart

♪ and you won't have to go far

♪ to find a thorough reminder of who you are

♪ my secret sky, my sugar sandwich, my honeydrip

♪ they grew suspicious but we rebounded on every slip

♪ the intuition of my mama had a heavy clip

♪ but shooting stars have never shifted the stratosphere

♪ hold up!

♪ now we matchin' when we roll up!

♪ Though my fear of getting caught might make me throw up

♪ and my grades are soaking in novocaine

♪ but she remembers my name and printed it on a chain

- (♪ Oooh, oooh )

- Diji: ♪ I'll be the light before it gets dark

♪ cause I'm the one who memorized the beat of your heart

♪ and you won't have to go far

♪ to find a thorough reminder of who you are

♪ I'll be the light before it gets dark

♪ cause I'm the one who memorized the beat of your heart

♪ and you won't have to go far

♪ to find a thorough reminder of who you are

- [Diji yelling] ZHALARINA HELENE SANDERS!

WHO IS THIS?

WHAT DOES IT MEAN,

"BABY, YOUR TONGUE TASTES SO GOOD IN MY MOUTH"?

LITTLE GIRL, WHO YOU BEEN KISSIN' ON?

WHAT'S HER NAME, ZHALARINA?

I'M NOT PLAYING WIT YOU, LITTLE GIRL!

- ♪ Of course the parent was cooking,

♪ of course she was stressed

♪ of course I jumped in front of a bullet train with a text

♪ of course she read it loud, with throw up in her mouth

♪ of course I couldn't breathe enough to lie or get it out

♪ I telegraphed God and we all heard back

♪ then we went to war until the walls turned black

♪ what's incredible is I thought I we could swing in the fight

♪ til she changed my school and deleted the light

- (♪ Oooh, oooh )


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