When Taiye Selasie's Ted heralding the need to ask questions about where one is a local and not necessarily where one is from played over and over on my phone, one thing stuck with me; the fact that certain places scream positive connotations while other places project only negatives. Duh! We all know this, don't … Continue reading Dehumanizing Africa. Why Topography and Animals remain at the Forefront of Conversations
When I read La Chanson de Roland, as usual, I was lost in a whirlwind of unfamiliarity and confusion over why this middle age French poem matters. While the protagonist of the poem needed to blow an ivory tusk (Oliphant) for the French king Charlemagne to come to his army's rescue, simply because the Moors, … Continue reading Black Panther – Hidden Messages and Why You Probably Should Know about the Oliphant
Dr. Negash assigned this book in our 7000 writing class and like any flustered grad student, I decided that I'd read an article or two about it and read the real book later. The one thing that made me come back to this book outside of course my professor's swearing by it, is the confusion … Continue reading Book Review, Bell Hooks – Feminism Is for Everybody (Work in Progress)
Background Ngugi Wa Thiong'o has advocated for writing in African languages because how relevant is African literature if we write not in our native tongues but in the language of the White man? While I have my own opinion on this line of thought, the other subjects of discussion that come up after the former … Continue reading Is Wifey Status an Achievement?
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When I saw Christiane Amanpour outdoor her new show Sex and Lovearound the world, I wondered what grand plan lay behind the production of this show... 9:40 something pm, my phone is buzzing with messages. The girls are upset over Moesha's comments about Ghanaian women and their having to live off transactional relationships often with older … Continue reading Moesha Boduong, the Ghanaian Reality or a Disgrace to the Image of the ‘Honest’ Working Class Ghanaian Woman?
Looking on social media and hearing people speak/write, I've questioned the meaning of trends such as #drippingmelanin, #doitfortheculture, #feminist. Needless to say that somehow #teamlightskin has gradually faded out, with #drippingmelanin gradually taking its place and hitherto weird looking Sudanese models suddenly taking center stage with their lean bodies, sharp jawlines and dark skins; Lupita's unapologetic … Continue reading Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy and Rethinking Feminism