Between the Lines: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie with Zadie Smith

Yesterday,  The Schomburg Center live streamed a fun conversation between authors Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Zadie Smith. Both of these women are fabulous writers, so it was wonderful to see them together.  I still haven’t read Smith’s White Teeth or Adichie’s Americanah (that book thick azz hell!!), but those books are definitely on  my summer reading list!!

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The Skinny

I love watching independent films on Netflix. I especially like when I find quirky black films that have fallen under the radar. This weekend I watched a cute film called  “The Skinny.” 

Feature film from award-winning writer/director Patrik-Ian Polk, tells the story of five black Brown University classmate s- four gay men and one lesbian – reuniting in the Big Apple for a weekend of sin, fun, secrets, lies and drama.”

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Patrik-Ian Polk is the writer/creator of the first popular all black gay show “Noah’s Arc.”  Polk is currently promoting his latest film ‘Blackbird.’ The film stars Mo’Nique and Isaiah Washington.

Polk is someone folks need to keep an eye on. Plus, we need to support our indie black directors/writers/etc.

Lupita Nyong’o- Shuga

Before the magazine covers and the OSCAR, Lupta Nyong’o made a name for herself on a popular Kenyan show called “Shuga.”  The show “exposes the reckless sex lives of young Kenyans thinking and behavior as it relates to sex and HIV/AIDS.”  

It looks like Nyong’o has always been fly…go girl!  😉

DIY Black Women-1

I am a proud DIY (Do It Yourself) writer/blogger. I also have much love/respect for other Black women who are DIY artists/writers/entrepreneurs etc.  I think this is a great time for Black women. Technology is allowing us to express ourselves, like never before. On a grand scale. We can reach hundreds, thousands, and even millions (!) of folks via blogging, twitter, tumblr, etc. We can use these mediums to tell our stories in our own way.

In honor of Black History Month, this week is all about DIY Black women!  🙂

I came across the YouTube “The State of Black Women in Contemporary Media”  on the DIY blog “What About Our Daughters.” The owner is also the founder of “Blogging While Brown,”  a social media event.

The roundtable features five fabulous DIY Black women:  Issa Rae (creator of “Awkward Black Girl”), Lena Waithe (producer of “Dear White People”), Ashley Blaine (actress/producer), Numa Perrier (writer/director), and Andrea Lewis (actress/singer).

Randomness: Chocolate Fest/Mentoring

This past weekend, I took my mentee to a chocolate festival. Yes, a chocolate festival 😉 The event was an opportunity to sample varies chocolates/buy chocolate to your heart’s content. You know I was in heaven, as I loveeeee sweets. I grubbed, then grubbed some more 🙂

I really like being a mentor.  I decided to apply as a mentor as a way to give back.  It’s a great way to provide hands on advice/experiences to a young person in need. I wanted to let a young black woman know that there are so many opportunities out there.  The world is their playground…don’t be scurred!

Mini Cupcakes
Mini Cupcakes
Sample cakes
Chocolate dipped strawberrys
Chocolate dipped strawberries

Happy 2014!!

 I hope folks had a safe and happy holidays 🙂  I got the opportunity to read a novel (Terry McMillan’s “Who Asked You?”), caught a couple of movies  (“Hunger Games” and “12 Years a Slave.” I will write my thoughts about these films another day), and socialized with friends.  I had a fun time, but now it’s time to get back into the swing of thangs.  I wish everyone a fabulous new year 🙂

My boo and I hit up Joe’s Crab Shack for a New Years Eve meal. I grubbed 🙂
A friend and I embarked on whiskey sour taste tasting adventure.
Yummy treat…I need to do more socializing with friends!


Vanessa Bell Calloway: “In the Company of Friends”

Speaking of Tina Turner, Vanessa Bell Calloway gave a great performance as Tina Turner’s friend (played by Angela Bassett), in the film “What’s Love Got To Do With It.”  I’ve wondered what she’s been up to, as Hollywood is not kind to black actresses (and all actresses as they grow older). It’s nice to see she’s doing her own thang, with her new web series “In the Company of Friends.”   I want to do this with my friends now, just grub and have good conversation 🙂

Randomness: minimalist lifestyle

My guy friend has been bugging me to get a bed. He thinks it’s horrible I sleep on the floor.  I used to buy air mattresses, but even the expensive ones popped after a while. So, I gave up. I have made a comfortable pallet on the floor. And that’s that. Or so I thought. My guy friend made it his mission to get me a bed (because men just have to solve the problem 😉  He called my good friend and told her of my plight. She was shocked and cried and texted my other friends.  It made sense to me later, when I started getting messages from my friends asking me if I was okay and sending me prayers. When I found out what he did, I was annoyed. Mind ya business!  My friends were  insistent on getting me a bed, so next week I will be going with folks to get a bed. *sigh* 

I know my guy friend meant well, but now when I move I will have to drag a bed with me. I told my roommate what happened and why I didn’t want the bed. She laughed.  “Yeah, people don’t understand folks that live minimalist lifestyles,” She said. I thought about what she said later and realized that’s what I was, a minimalist. I have always joked that I live like a single guy. But I think minimalist suits me better. I don’t like a lot of stuff. I hate clutter. I am constantly throwing things away. Since I move a lot, I don’t like  having big furniture. I just don’t care for a bunch of stuff.  As long as I have my books, Netflix, and the occasional whiskey sour–I’m straight. I think because we live in such a materialistic/consumerism society, folks don’t understand this type of lifestyle. Don’t get me wrong, I like to buy stuff. I just don’t need a lot of it.

I was really angry that my guy friend caused so much drama. But then I thought it was silly to be mad. My friends just want the best for me. There are people who would love to be given a bed. There is privilege around minimalist lifestyles (I don’t have kids so it’s easier for me to live this way). I’m just going to take the bed and enjoy it and move the damn thing when I need to. There are worse things in the world. Do you live a minimalist lifestyle?

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