fredag 28. juli 2017

Styleinspo a la Stephanie Afrifa

 In many countries, we are still developing the language needed to articulate to complexities of life as a person of African descent in this cultural context. A cultural producer and talk show host, Stephanie Afrifa is introducing topics of importance to global and local black identity into the Dutch cultural conversation. In addition to this important cultural work, Afrifa has a style to die for. Her aesthetic makes you want to embrace colour and exciting silhouttes, and show off your curves.

Images c/o Stephanie Afrifa's Instagram

100 Days of Positive Thinking: Day 8 (Andre 3000, Black Girl Museums and 2018 Trailers)

Today's List:
1. Andre 3000 slaying this photo shoot
3. Dude is having the time of his life at a thrift store
4. The trailer for Proud Mary, starring the delectable Taraji P. Henson
5. Also the trailer for A Wrinkle in Time, starring Oprah Winfrey and Chris Pine among others
*2018 is about the lit in terms of the cinema. I cannot wait!

Image c/o: The Face Magazine

Song of the Day: "C'est Si Bon" by Earta Kitt

Eartha Kitt was a truly a rare gem of a woman and human being. Her voice has always been one that I have deeply admired as a listener and singer. Kitt's ability to also perfectly master the intonation, pitch and personality of just about any song she performed is truly magnificent. In her rendition of "C'est Si Bon", this is particularly. Kitt shines both vocally and with regard to her stage presence. 
Go awf, Miss Eartha!

100 Days of Positive Thinking: Day 7 (Chester Bennington)

Thinking of Linkin Park's Chester Bennington and his family. Depression is an ugly, deadly beast. Many suffer in silence, so often those whose art provides solace and relief to others. I hope that he has found some piece on the other side. I pray for strength for his family in this time. This is truly heartbreaking.

Rest easy, Chester. Thank you for the music. 

Swoon: Mr. Darcy Is (Always) Back

It's been 200 hundred years since the great Jane Austen passed away. Her characters have given me so much joy as a reader. I am incredibly grateful for and inspired by her craft. I am also grateful for Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy in 1995 BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. I mean ....

Good Lord ...

Images c/o Google

fredag 21. juli 2017

100 Days of Positive Thinking: Day 6 (Agbogbloshie, Another Round and Affirmations)

Some cool and happy things:
1. I wrote about how Agbogbloshie, an Accra neighbourhood, became the world's biggest e-waste site
2. This episode of Another Round With Heben and Tracy ft. Roxane Gay (I need to read "Hunger")
3. Michaela Coel is such a don. I appreciate her so much.
4. Everything Marjon Carlos ever says. She is such #writergoals
5. Affirmations. Doing a seven-day affirmation practice via Alex Elle.

Image c/o Alex Elle

Dubie's Book List: "Perks Of Being A Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky

I just finished reading the Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. I abosulely loved this book. It's the kind YA that would have made feel so understood if I had read it between the ages 14 and 16. The protagonist, Charlie, drips with this unapologetic sensitivity. He feels everything very intensely and he allows himself to. He is rather withdrawn and is pulled out of his shell by some friends who encourage to stop watching life from the sidelines and actually participate. And when he does, things start to change. This includes recalling some painful experiences that Charlie has suppressed. By acknowledging these memories, he starts to come to terms with and to imagine his existence beyond them.

One of my favourite parts of Perks was the books recommended to Charlie by his teacher, Bill, who notices and decides to nurture his literary potential. 

  • On The Road by Jack Kerouac
  • Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
  • The Stranger by Albert Camus
  • This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
  • A Separate Peace by John Knowles
  • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  • Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  • The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

Now, this is definitely a deeply Eurocentric and largely male list. A far cry from my heavily Afro-diasporic and female-authored book list. Still several of these books are among my favourites. Some I have to yet to read. Part of the beauty of literature is reading writing by people whose experiences and opinions differ vastly from my own. Looking forward to reading and rereading some of these. 

Another part I loved from this book was the music. Probably because the music featured can so often be found on my playlists. From the Billie Holiday to The Smiths to Moody Blues. I have not seen the movie for this show yet, but I can only imagine that the soundtrack is beyond dope.

"Asleep" by The Smiths 

So if you are looking for a new summer read, this would a nice, light but sensitive read.

Image c/o Google