African love stories an anthology, edited by Ama Ata Aidoo. Ayebia Publishing, 2006.
This book offers a collection of contemporary African love stories all written by amazing African women. The authors rage from Doreen Baingana whose story Tropical fish explores the life of a young woman in a confusing relationship with a British tourist to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie whose short story depicts what it is like for the “other woman” and what keeps her holding on to a married man. I love this collection of stories because they subvert the idea that Africans do not know romance and women are nothing but helpless victims who must remain submissive to their husbands. This collection depicts our reality, it tells our stories and most importantly the African love stories an anthology gives African women a voice.
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Published by Fourth Estate, 2006.
Adichie made me fall in love with African literature. Set in the 1960’s Half of a yellow sun offers a history of the Biafran war. Adichie shows the effects of war through the relationships of each of the characters in the novel. Half of a yellow sun is a story of nationality, fear and loss. But most importantly it illustrates the power of love and how love triumphs all, even gunshots and bombs. Just in case your too lazy or busy to read the novel, there’s a film version starring famous actresses Thandie Newton and Anika Noni Rose. I would personally rather read the novel.
Thandie and Kay.com (at http://thandiekay.com/our-archives/)
I came across this blog last year via Instagram and was immediately blown away. Initially and I am embarrassed to admit I discovered the blog while trying to stalk British actress Thandie Newton. She did not have a personal account however she did have a joint account with make-up artist Kay Montano. All the pictures posted were from their blog and I became intrigued to see what it was about. Thandie and Kay.com is a wonderful community for women and men of colour. It is a celebration of the diversity, strength and uniqueness. The blog features women and men with empowering stories, from artists, to musicians and actresses. It uplifts the natural hair movement by providing stories and tips of how to rock the natural hair game. My dark skin is glowing as I write this thanks to the skin care tips shared from this blog. Thandie and Kay is a platform were difference is celebrated.
Shuga (Tv Series) at (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMkoWkAlIV8)
If you’re from East Africa and do not know the Mtv series Shuga, please get your life (Tamar Braxton voice). Where do you think the amazing Lupita Nyong’o started her film career? She was even a producer on the show. Funny enough I only found this out when she won the Oscar for 12 years a Slave. The successful Tv show was first aired in Kenya on Mtv Base. It was then moved to Nigeria and dubbed Shuga Naija. Shuga explores the lives of youths in the vibrant Nairobi city who are slowly coming to terms with their sexuality and at the same time trying to balance their social and school life. I appreciate Shuga because it focuses on social issues that society is afraid to talk about. The show was a part of a multimedia campaign trying to promote a message about safe sex. It also highlights the social stigmas around HIV and teen pregnancy. I will be discussing a lot more about Shuga in a separate blog post this week so keep on the look for that but in the mean click the link above and watch the first episode of Mtv’s Shuga to get an idea of what I am talking about.
Baby Boy, Beyoncé featuring Sean Paul (at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ucz_pm3LX8 )
You didn’t think I would share some of my favorite things and not pay homage to the Beehive. Beyonce, Beyonce, Beyonce. Yoh! She is the ultimate Queen. Please enjoy my all-time favorite video, which gives me so much life every morning by the one and only Queen B.