In Mousmée, the Diary of an Orchid Woman, an exploratory artistic piece that soulfully combines poetry, music, dance and language, Stéphanie Melyon-Reinette in tandem with Martinican musician Gérald Toto, talks about love, intimacy, sexuality in ways that reminded me of Edouard Glissant’s decolonial rendering of the process of creolisation as innately universal and intrinsically connected…Read more »
Bougainvillea, Banana Trees & Joy: Finding Meaning in Setting up Home in Senegal
I am not one to dwell when making important decisions. From as early as I can remember, I’ve always been known to be a fast decision maker. Whether it had to do with the clothes I would want to wear to the boys/men I would (and did) date or to the countries I had set…Read more »
On Silencing Our Voices: The Woes of Being Unapologetically Free & Woman
It takes quite a lot to infuriate me. Really. One, I have become quite jaded, I must reluctantly admit. People (me included) will disappoint and irritate you on a daily basis (sometimes hourly… exaggeration is underrated anyway!). Nothing new under the stars. It is the way our social fabric is manufactured. Luckily, age will don…Read more »
Neg Doubout: Resisting the Capitalization of Creativity
Meet Guadeloupean singer, songwriter & musician, Erik Pédurand I remember when I first set foot in Jamaica in 2008. Amidst raging sound systems, ardent tropical moisture, languid clamor and familiarity, I felt strangely at home and foreign all at once. But the feeling of being lost in translation did not come from the newness or…Read more »
He Installs Confidence and Picks Her Brain Like a Salad*
I wanted to start the new year writing about something that compels me, something that moves me deeply but also something that gives me hope because honestly, Barack made a hit urging us to believe and to hope but I do wonder how much hope we can honestly spruce up in this day and age. …Read more »
Portrait of a Different Kind: Meet Makhúkhú Molepo, South African Architect and Photographer
There is something raw, but also fragile in the eyes of Makhúkhú Molepo. Khú, as he also likes to be called, first told me that he understands photography through architecture and that his fascination with the latter comes from his intent studying of light when captured in the brevity of the moment. It is the…Read more »
Revelations (Part 1)
Earlier this year, I had my first Ifá yearly reading from a well-respected and kind (the soothing kind, the appeasing kind, the warm kind) Babalawo (who also happens to be one of my closest sister friend’s cousin… the world is but a small place). For those who may not be familiar with Ifá, Wikipedia lays…Read more »
Is our creative offering enough?
I think I can earnestly say that I have somewhat been at odds with my (professional) self so far this year. Yes, the statement is blunt. True yet probably a tad exaggerated but hopefully not definitive. At least… I think. There is something healthy about wanting to do something that will attract and if possible…Read more »
Can We Talk About The Brothers?
Over the past few months (although I would have to admit that my informal research study began a number of years ago!), I have come to realise or rather accept that my professional relationship to and with men has significantly stalled. As one of my constant source of bemoaning and a (uniquely) bottomless pit of…Read more »
As much as “black girl magic” and “sisterhood” have (also) become recurrent hashtags and trendy crutch words, they have both expanded and delineated the realm of our strength. The use of these terms has significantly shifted the common belief that we need to be guided by one but rather are geared at praising, celebrating, elevating each other and in more ways than one.