Who Cares: When No One Does?

Brazilian Author of the Alchemist Paul Coelho shared a post on his blog about a list of things he’s learnt which have been attributed to him even though he did not write them called I have learned. The post lists 24 life lessons which gave me pause after I read them. I have since decided…

Change: Angazi, But I’m sure

I was still mulling over a conversation with Frantz Fanon which began a few years ago – about Black Skin, White Masks (1952) when the story of  H&Ms’ Coolest Monkey in the jungle hoodie, made social media headlines.  Fanon wrote a number of interesting things in Black Skin, White Masks, but two ideas stayed with me. The first one read…

Coconut: Soothing oil for growing Afros

I do not know how to make it pretty. I do not know how to mask it. It is not a piece of literary genius. It is the story of our lives. It is our story, told in our own words as we feel it every day. It is boring. It is plain. It is…

RACISM: A GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING

The profound intellectual, social and moral changes that were shaking society challenged people’s faith and they sought to vindicate their traditional beliefs in the old divine order” – Historian Walter Stevens. I didn’t want to write about racism, again. But I noticed that some of us have been reeling. We have been overwhelmed in recent…

BLACK AND WHITE: TELL ME SOMETHING NEW

My last attempt at a relationship was a complete disaster. He was perfect. For me it was love at first sound. He was not a typical Hollywood stud. But he had me at Hello, Hello. I was skeptical. He was sure. We drank the truth serum. The first night was sweet. The second night he…

BREAKING NEWS: YOUR RACE MATTERS

Recently my Facebook homepage has been populated with a litany of race commentary from all walks of life. It doesn’t matter what the topic was about. I found that the issue of race keeps coming up over and over again in politics, sports, fashion, education, you name it. First it was a white girl who…

A Personal Assignment: Nothing is Black or White in Africa

Sweetheart I am so sorry to have kept you waiting for so long. See I had some unfinished new business to take care of. Matters of the heart run deep and often pull you unawares back to a place you thought you’d moved away from, made peace with,let go and closed  the door. You see,…

CAN YOU SEE ME NOW?

“ So many people who consider themselves progressive  have their own weird notions about the native, but they all have one thing in common. They want to decide who the native is and they want to do good things for him. You know what I mean. They want to lead him. To tell him what…