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 He is rather withdrawn and is pulled out of his shell by some friends who encourage to stop watching life from the sidelines and actually participate.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

torsdag 20. juli 2017

100 Days of Positive Thinking: Day 5 (Bey's Twins Are Here!)

The twins are here, y'all. 

Welcome Sir and Rumi Carter. 
Image c/o Beyonce's Instagram

Styleinspo a la Zeba Blay

Zeba Blay is one of the most inspiring and prolific women in the world of writing today. As Senior Culture Writer for Huffington Post's Black Voices, she delivers smart and timely writing on some of the most important and interesting cultural conversation of the present. In addition to her writing, she is a talking head frequently featured on Janet Mock's So Popular and co-host of the podcast, Two Brown Girls. In addition to all this, Zeba is one stylish mama jama and a great source of sartorial inspiration. Her style is gorgeous blend of billowy fits, thrifted pieces, exciting texture and colours, and perfect all-black ensembles. All topped with the most lush hairstyles.  And her boot collection is godly. #BlackGirlMagic

For more of Zeba's style, check out her Instagram. To read her work, you can pop over to HuffPo.

søndag 16. juli 2017

100 Days of Positive Thinking: Day 4

Today it' been very rainy, so I have been laying low. The day has mainly consisted of watching the new Netflix series, Glow. Sometimes a good, solid day of rest is needed to recharge the batteries. 

Song of the Day: "Boys of Summer" by Don Henley

I live for Don Henley's "Boys of Summer". Maybe the title gives this away, but it is one of my very favourite summer tracks. I love the overly intense story line of stolen summer love and the gooeyness of the singer's reminiscence, all against the backdrop of a synthy 80s beat. Some people want love that is like 90s R'nB. I am down with that. I'd also take love that feels like a mid-80s pop-rock song.

Pop this song while you are driving on summer day, preferably with the windows down and wind running through your hairs. Thank me later. 

torsdag 13. juli 2017

100 Days of Positive Thinking: Day 3 (Downtown Abbey, Norwegian Summer, and Hot Chocolate)

Today's list of simple pleasures:

1. Marathoning Downtown Abbey with my sister
2. The crisp air of a unseasonably cold Norwegian summer
3. This interview with Chloe and Halle is inspiring me to return to songwriting.
4. Yaminah Mayo is my latest style inspiration
5. Sipping a steaming hot mugs of chocolate while cuddled up on the sofa