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”

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”

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?”

Moesha Boduong, the Ghanaian Reality or a Disgrace to the Image of the ‘Honest’ Working Class Ghanaian Woman?

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 olderContinue reading “Moesha Boduong, the Ghanaian Reality or a Disgrace to the Image of the ‘Honest’ Working Class Ghanaian Woman?”

My Love and Hate Relationship with Portuguese

Placing this in context  My professor looked me squarely in the face and said, you speak French, yet that isn’t enough, really,  I think it’s time for a new language and I believe Portuguese would be a good fit for you. Among many emotions to choose from, I felt nothing. I agreed totally with him;Continue reading “My Love and Hate Relationship with Portuguese”

Invictus, William Ernest Henley

Out of the night that covers me,       Black as the pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be       For my unconquerable soul. In the fell clutch of circumstance       I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeonings of chance       My head is bloody, but unbowed. Beyond this place of wrath andContinue reading “Invictus, William Ernest Henley”

Factory Girls

4am. I am beyond late. The idealistic part of me hated the job but the realistic part urged me and told me to go gather life experience and sauce for my writings. I’d read Emile Zola and how the repetitive imagery of darkness fills Germinal. A white horse trapped in the bowels of the mineContinue reading “Factory Girls”