Category Archives: Culture

September 02

‘Just Like Music’:Intro

“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain…”-Bob Marley Earlier this week I decided to take advantage of Apple Music’s free three-month trial. Within twenty-four hours of signing up I knew that I was going to become a permanent subscriber to the service. I love music and can’t fathom an […]

Uncovered:The Shame and Blame Around Young Girls and Modesty

In this video I discuss my experiences with the issue of modesty, the underlying message in it and my struggle to not pass that same message to my daughter.  

July 26

Aware But Not Immersed:Coping With Repetitive Negativity In the Media

Another week, another hashtag. There was a time when I eagerly latched on to any narrative that dominated my timelines, particularly those which related to race relations in my country. But when news of the latest outrage erupts online I now caution myself to stop, breathe and take some time to think. I don’t see […]

June 12

Can’t Knock Their Hustle: How I Became a Fan of Nollywood & Why I Support It

The subject of diversity in entertainment media continues to be a topic of discussion in the United States. This was a source of frustration for me in my youth, as my desire to see myself positively represented in media in American media was often unfulfilled. Even in media created by African-Americans, racial stereotypes and Colorism […]

My Girl: On The Hopes and Fears of Raising A Young Woman

A comment made by my daughter about college sparked this vlog on the anxiety involved in parenting a daughter:

April 22

Against The Grain: Edward Ball

The fallout from the hacking of Sony Entertainment Group’s emails continues to make news. The most recent story revealed that actor  Ben Affleck requested to have a remote slaveowning ancestor removed from the PBS documentary “Finding Your Roots”.  Affleck and PBS have both faced criticism for the decision. Personally I do not feel that Affleck […]

Mirror, Mirror

In the summer of 2001 I read a thought-provoking interview that singer Kelis gave to VIBE magazine. The cultural landscape in America was different. The Twin Towers were still standing. Britney Spears was still the reigning pop princess. YouTube, Twitter and Google were not part of our lives yet, and the mainstream media had no […]

Time To Rise: Dark-Skinned Women, Self-Esteem and Media Images

Yesterday the eclectic and controversial MC Azealia Banks took to Twitter and vented her frustrations on Colorism, stating that she feels men hate dark-skinned Black women. Unlike others I will not dismiss her anger and pain outright. For too long the experiences of dark-skinned African-American women have been erased. When we speak of how we […]