Tag Archives: pop culture

January 19

30-Day Writing Challenge Day One: Five Problems with Social Media

A note about today’s post and subsequent ones. Back in November a writers’ page I follow online posted a photo containing a 30-Day Writing Challenge. I liked the idea of comitting to such a challenge and saved the photo to inspire future posts. Lately I’ve been in a state of reflection about Diminutive Diva, trying to […]

September 25

Act Like A Queen?

In today’s short vlog I share an observation inspired by both the season premiere of Scandal and my dealings with a particular sector of my community:  

September 15

Just Like Music: “I’ll Do for You”, 1991

As a child growing up in the 1980s I looked forward to watching ‘Soul Train’ every week. Simultaneously watching the moves of the dancers on the screen and the joy on my mama’s face as she sang along was my special treat. When she married my stepfather, a fellow sailor five years her junior, in […]

September 11

Just Like Music: “No Letting Go”, 2003

In the summer of 2002 the popularity of dancehall reggae in the US charts reached a new level. I welcomed the debut of songs like Sean Paul’s ‘Gimme The Light’ on BET, but as far as I was concerned my fellow Yankees were late to the party. Jamaica’s dancehall and roots reggae and the soca of […]

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 […]

June 04

No Comment: Stepping Off The Soapbox

Since Monday June 1st the revelation of Caitlyn Jenner has dominated social media. A flurry of memes have been created and timelines are inundated with heated discussions and posts from various camps. As is often the case for me. the online world found its’ way into my personal one. Multiple friends asking if I planned […]

May 14

Nah: On Pop Culture and Parenting

On most days I am a bit of a musical snob. I’m content to listen to music via Pandora or playlists composed of songs purchased on iTunes from the smaller circle of artists I deem worthy enough of my money. On my commute to work I often listed to lovers rock. While cooking I put […]

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 […]