Understanding the Proverbial ‘Bad Bitch’ Through The Black Lady Sketch Show

Out of a plethora of shows available on creative platforms, I choose Black shows because I seek to clearly understand the many complex issues plaguing the Black community and especially the Black woman. I came upon this show on Instagram. It was advertised as a coming soon on HBO and looked like it held soContinue reading “Understanding the Proverbial ‘Bad Bitch’ Through The Black Lady Sketch Show”

How the New ‘Aladdin’ stacks up against a century of Hollywood stereotyping.

This article is authored by Naomi Schalit and first appeared on the Conversation Blog. I reposted here because thematically, misrepresentation touches the African ( my area of interest ) as much as other minorities in their treatment under the Western lens as is portrayed by the author in this article. To read click here.

The Burial of Kojo Movie as a Window into some of Ghana’s Pertinent Issues

The Burial of Kojo debuted on Netflix in April and combines magical realism and realistic depictions of Ghanaian society to tell the story of a girl that journeys between two spaces to save her father from giving up the ghost. The narrative voice in the movie which narrates from opening to end of the movieContinue reading “The Burial of Kojo Movie as a Window into some of Ghana’s Pertinent Issues”

Why Jordan Peele’s US Movie has Inequality Written all Over It

Any literary fanatic knows that the technique of recurrent motifs in a work of art be it literary or visual is a way of sending home an idea. Motif – In a literary work, a motif can be seen as an image, sound, action, or other figure that has a symbolic significance, and contributes toward the development of aContinue reading “Why Jordan Peele’s US Movie has Inequality Written all Over It”

How Similar are the Aquaman and Black Panther Movies?

Khal Drogo is such a baddie! Khal Drogo remains my personal go-to name for Jason Momoa just because I really can not shake off the impression he made on me in the Game of Thrones. His first shirtless entrance onto the set in Aquaman where he gives his back to the camera and then turnsContinue reading “How Similar are the Aquaman and Black Panther Movies?”

Dehumanizing Africa. Why Topography and Animals remain at the Forefront of Conversations

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’tContinue reading “Dehumanizing Africa. Why Topography and Animals remain at the Forefront of Conversations”

Black Panther – Hidden Messages and Why You Probably Should Know about the Oliphant

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”

Book Review, Bell Hooks – Feminism Is for Everybody (Work in Progress)

 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 confusionContinue reading “Book Review, Bell Hooks – Feminism Is for Everybody (Work in Progress)”

Is Wifey Status an Achievement?

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 formerContinue reading “Is Wifey Status an Achievement?”