søndag 22. oktober 2017

100 Days of Positive Thinking: Day 16 (Accra Nights, Black Panther and Kickstarter Love)

Today's little list:
1. A throwback to me having one of the best nights of my life in Accra
2. How I feel about the upcoming Black Panther film
3. Support Blitz the Ambassador's Kickstarter for hsis upcoming film
4. This post by Iman Shumpert and whole thread that follows <3
5. Fall style inspiration from "When Harry Met Sally"

Song of the Day: "Needy Bees" by Nick Hakim

My current music obsession is "Needy Bees" by Nick Hakim. I first heard the song on an episode of the latest episode of HBO's Insecure. This song is a real treat and beautiful track for the dark, slow autumn days. Give it a listen:

lørdag 21. oktober 2017

100 Days of Positive Thinking: Day 15 (Chimamanda + Carrie Mae, #MeToo and the Joan Didion doc)

Today's lil' list:
1. Loving Carrie Mae Weems' recreation of her Kitchen Table series ft. Chimamanda
2. I wrote about the Julie Dash classic, Daughters of the Dust
3. Kudos to Lupita for speaking about her experience #MeToo
4. Read more about Tarana Burke, the woman behind the #MeToo movement
5. So excited for the Joan Didion documentary

Café Kos With Dubie: Wilde Roast Café – A Cozy Spot For Brunch Or Studying

Today I am sharing another piece from my days as a Food and Drink contributor to my college's newspaper, the Macalester Weekly:

Wilde Roast Café – A Cozy Spot For Brunch Or Studying

This week my quest for Twin Cities ‘kos’ took me to the Wilde Roast Café in Minneapolis. My sister’s friend introduced her to the café last year, and it became their steady study spot. She kept telling me “Dubs, we have to go there together!” So on Saturday this past weekend, I hopped on the 63 at Grand and Fairview bus stop. I disembarked on Raymond Avenue, from where the light rail carried me the Warehouse District, where I met up with my sister. Enjoying the sunny weather and the cool autumn breeze, we walked the scenic route across the Hennepin Avenue Bridge to 65 Main Street, where were greeted by a sign: WILDE ROAST CAFÉ: Beverages – Bites – Temptations.
The atmosphere was every bit as sensuous as the signage suggested. As you might glean from its name, the café is named for Irish author, poet and playwright Oscar Wilde. Aesthetically, the Wilde Roast is everything you want in a Wilde-inspired space: tones of burgundy, burnt orange and teal blue recur in the décor on the peacock motif pillars that line the walkways. and the thick velvet drapes that frame the windows. High ceilings and demure lighting cap this off to complete the gorgeous ambience.
We were ravenous when we got there, and ordered respectively a Bar-b-Que Burger and a Breakfast Burro – which were both to die for. We cozied up in a couple of armchairs in front of the faux fireplace to enjoy our meal, Sarah Vaughan’s ‘Black Coffee’ playing softly in the background. As we sat there, a sensation of being in a really good place washed over me. I said to my sister, “I just had a wonderful feeling, like I was at home.” She smiled, “I knew you’d like it here.”
I’m gushing, but honestly the Wilde Roast is incredible. Its effortless blend of individuality and sophistication are, to me, a beautiful way to remember Oscar Wilde. So if you are looking for a new weekend brunch spot or a cozy off-campus study spot, the Wilde Roast is where it’s at. Tell them I sent you.

October 2, 2015

Photos by my lovely sister, Nana and I

søndag 8. oktober 2017

100 Days of Positive Thinking: Day 14 (Lorna Simpson, Fenty Beauty and Flint, Michigan)

Some important/interesting (to me) things:
1. Lorna Simpson's "Five Day Forecast", 1991
2. Patricia Bright's review of Rihanna's Fenty Beauty line
3. This amazing skating party in someone's basement
4. Kelela and Lupita Nyong'o creating a #BlackGirlMagic vortex
5. An important reminder that Flint Michigan has been without water since April 2014:

søndag 1. oktober 2017

A Love Affair With Coffee – Cafés, Coziness And ‘Kos’

In honour of International Coffee Day, here is an article I wrote for my college's newspaper a couple of year's ago on my love for coffee. My lust for java and coffee became a mode of exploring St. Paul and Minneapolis over the course of the 5 years I lived there. I wrote a column on this journey of sensory and geographic exploration. This was the inaugural piece in the series:

Café Kos With Dubie: A Love Affair With Coffee – Cafés, Coziness And ‘Kos’

I love coffee. What’s not to love? From the depth and darkness of its colour, to the earthy fullness of its flavour. Even the sharp bitter aftertaste that lingers on your tongue.
I distinctly remember the first time I tasted coffee. I was seven years old. My dad’s fresh cup of Colombian brew sat on the coffee table, steaming billowing from it, like every morning. Usually, he guarded it carefully against my attempts to steal a sip.
But on that blessed day, the phone rang: my aunt calling from England. As my dad stepped away to answer the phone, I seized the moment and wrapped my little hands around the cup, first taking in the aroma, and then allowing myself to take a sip. I was caught red-handed, too distracted by caffeinated delirium to notice that father’s presence.
I can only imagine the horror he felt at seeing his little daughter gulping black coffee. He sat me down and explained that if I wanted to grow tall and strong, I should wait until I was a little older to drink coffee.
But the “damage” was done. That was the beginning of my love affair with coffee, and of cafés being a point of connection for me and my father.
Over the next few years, our father-daughter dates took us to cafés where we would sample different teas, coffees and hot chocolate variants (tea or hot chocolate for me, coffee or tea for my pops).
When I reached my mid-teens, I rekindled my love affair with coffee. I grew up in rural, Western Norway, and my municipality had two cafés. One was an extension of the local grocery store in my village Flekke. I’d sit there in the afternoons and do homework, before going to teach a dance class at my old primary school. The second cafe was part of the local bakery in the neighbouring village, Dale, where I went to junior high and high school. It sadly closed about four years ago, but so many of my happiest moments were spent there with family and friends, laughing, eating marzipan cake, and simply enjoying the ambience and each other’s company.
Since I moved to the States three years ago, this has been a way for me to stay connected to this culture of ‘kos’ (which can be loosely translated as ‘cosiness’, though this translation still doesn’t quite do it justice) that I grew up with.
I’ve been on a mission to visit more cafes in St. Paul and Minneapolis, and use this as a way to become better acquainted with the Cities, all while maintaining a sense of home. I look forward to sharing my coffee shop and ‘kos’ adventures with you all in this column.
September 25, 2015

100 Days of Positive Thinking: Day 13 (Paul Robeson, Sister's Blog and Black Intimacy)

1. In love with painting by Makeda Bizuneh called "The Roofs in the Moonlight"
2. Paul Robeson on his sense of pride in being of African descent
3. My sister, Nana's amazing blog on digital marketing
4. MoMA's upcoming exhibit on Black Intimacy

What's bringing you joy today?

søndag 17. september 2017

Styleinspo a la Flex Mami

I am currently obsessed with the style of Australian DJ and writer Flex Mami. It is rare to come across a young person whose aesthetic sensibility is so finely-tuned. I love the way she brings together a variety of textures, patterns, and silhouettes, all while maintaining that very unique je ne sais quoi that keeps one returning to her Instagram page in search of inspiration. The Victorian collared shirts made from gorgeous lace fabrics paired with wide-legged trousers. Midi-skirts of every wonderful fit you can imagine. Novelty-esque accessories that are both chic and playful. Not to mention that this lady really knows how art direct a photo, from the poses to the props.

For more on Flex Mami, you can visit her website. Images c/o her Instagram.

100 Days of Positive Thinking: Day 12

Things I am loving right now:
1. What's Going On, Barkley Hendricks (1974)
2.  Quavo channeling MJ is life.
3. Peached Munroe has created a hair line. Can you say, fleeky?
4. This Instagram page is giving me life. So much style inspiration.
5. Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah most recent Longform interview is amazing.

Song of the Day: "Deathless" by Ibeyi ft. Kamasi Washington

In their new track which features saxophonist, Kamasi Washington, Ibeyi turns a racist encounter into musical magic. I love the visuals, which are minimalistic per the duo's standard style. The twin sisters are clad in red against a dark backdrop. In an almost kaleidoscopic effect crawl out of each other's bellies repeatedly. Against the feisty, bold lyrics and punchy melody, it is a powerful and exciting song that departs from the eerie, soft sounds of their debut album. I cannot wait to hear the rest of this album. Bravo, Diaz sisters!

søndag 10. september 2017

100 Days of Positive Thinking: Day 11 (Sloane Stephens, Betty Davis, and Teyana Taylor)

Today's favourites hold a lot of #BlackGirlMagic:
1. Congrats to Sloane Stephens on winning the US Open!
2. Reading everything I can find on the internet about nasty gal, Betty Davis.
3. Can't wait to get my hands on some Fenty Beauty products.
4. Teyana Taylor is slaying at Fashion Week.
5. Reading everything I can find by Durga Chew-Bose.

Image c/o Google

onsdag 30. august 2017

100 Days of Positive Thinking: Day 10 (Underwater Photo, Kofi Siriboe and Straw Bags)

1. Love this photo of the first underwater photo ever taken by Louis Boutan in 1899.
2. I could listen to Kofi Siriboe gush about Africa all day.
3. Ashley Banks was so foresighted, tho.
4. Living for this video of Lupita dancing to "Cranes in the Sky" at Comic Con
5. Really want a straw handbag. Preferably a round one. Etsy's got a beautiful spread.

A Woman Like Me

There images that just makes you feel understood. Make you feel seen. The moments in which I come across these images always linger in my mind. Something about them feels significant, as though something within me has shifted and that one day I will want to return to the memory of this shift.

 Perhaps this is why I have never forgotten the first time I watched Annie Hall. I remember being drawn quite superficially first to Diane Keaton’s wardrobe. This woman loved vests, billowy trousers, and wide brim hats just as much as I did. I was too self-conscious to wear most of these items in my small town and lived vicariously through her sartorial boldness, counting down the moments until I too would be a big city girl who wore whatever the hell she wanted. As I obsessively re-watched, I became more and more enthralled with Annie’s personality. She was goofy. She had a lot of opinions and she expressed them. She was straight-forward. She was insecure. She was imperfect. She was self-assured.

Before Annie there was Synclaire James. For as long I can remember, I have been nice. And beyond the safe confines of my family home, my kindness had always been a problem. I seemed to empathise with others to my own detriment, putting their experiences and emotions before my own. While it felt good to be good, I worried about how I would fare in world that chews nice up, spits it out, and stomps all over it. Then I met Synclaire while watching 90s classic, Living Single. She was a small-town girl. She was sweet. She was silly. She viewed the world as an eclectic, bubble gum-coloured tapestry. She cared deeply for her friends. And while the world often gave her hard time for it, she never lost her softness.

Between Synclaire and Annie, there was Eunice Waymon, also known as Ms. Nina Simone. Ta-Nehisi Coates once wrote: “I have always known that Nina Simone means something much more to a specific kind of black woman than she ever can for me.” I am the kind of black women (and was the kind of teenager and little black girl) that Coates’ describes. It was my mother who first introduced me to Nina’s story, her music and image during the awkward period of my early teens. It seems that almost overnight the face I saw in the mirror, the beautiful likeness my father had bestowed on me, had begun to jar me. I remember looking at Nina and thinking, “what a beauty”. Then I began realized that in many ways, I resembled her. How could I see and soak in her beauty, and not acknowledge my own? So I listened to “Feeling Good”, “Don’t Let Be Misunderstood”, and “Ain’t Got No …. I’ve Got Life” over and over, until I believed that the beauty Nina emanated could be found within my own spirit and being.

I often think about the women who have helped build and bolster girls and women all over the world. I think about Annie Hall, who reminded me to be myself. About Synclaire James, who taught me that my kindness did not have to be a weakness; that it was strength presenting itself in a unique form. About Nina Simone, who inspired me to see beauty in myself and own it, the world be damned. Pieced together, collage-style, these women have provided a picture of the kind of woman I could be. 

100 Days of Positive Thinking: Day 9 (Flashback to Yellowstone)

Came across this photo of my sister and I in Montana 2 years ago. Our family was on roadtrip from Minnesota to California and had stopped to see Yellowstone National Park on the way. We decided to take some old school style portraits outside the cabin we were staying in. 
I really love these goofy ass pictures.

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

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.