The Sit-In

What’s this have to do with first and second-gen Americans? I imagine that would be your first thought. Unexpectedly, plenty. The Sit-In is a documentary about the one week that entertainer/activist Harry Belafonte hosted Johnny Carson’s The Tonight Show. The documentary suggests that during the peak of the Civil Rights Movement and civil unrest, CarsonContinue reading “The Sit-In”

Just Moved to Yankee!

And what comes to mind when you hear this phrase? Me? I see a packed suitcase and an airplane landing at JFK. Honestly, I see Akeem with his animal skinned turban screaming from a balcony “Yes! Yes! F@#! you too!” (Classic!) Whereas the term “yankee” may more famously be known to refer to northerners inContinue reading “Just Moved to Yankee!”

My American Flag

On July 2, MoveOn.Org launched a voting campaign called My American Flag in which they feature writers, actors, activists and other creatives against their immigrant back stories, and a newly created flag–one that tells their story. Of course, your girl was ecstatic as the message resonated with my message and my mission for this blogContinue reading “My American Flag”

The Lovebirds

No I’m not late to knowing about the film. Just late to writing about it. The Lovebirds, starring Issa Rae (Insecure; The Photograph) and Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick; Stuber) was released May 2020. As a stalker fan of Issa (we on a first name basis), I had heard about it through one of herContinue reading “The Lovebirds”

The Successful Africans

To hear the term successful Africans might sound redundant if you have grown up in an African home with African parents who made success a requirement for their love (just kidding…kinda). Although Sub-Saharan Africans comprise of less than 5% of the immigrant population in the United States, research shows that their rate has increased overContinue reading “The Successful Africans”

Make Stallone a Verb?

Last night, I had a movie night with my husband. Admittedly, I normally dread when he asks me to pick a movie. I know he is being kind, but honestly the movies I really want to watch are the ones that make me think or feel. I like words. Contemplation. Connection. I think my husbandContinue reading “Make Stallone a Verb?”

Yvonne Orji’s “Momma I Made It”

She did it! The premier of Yvonne Orji’s first stand-up special which aired on HBO on Saturday was not just a celebration for the Black community, but definitely felt like a personal achievement for me—a whole me. (You will get it once you watch it or if you are familliar with Orji’s podcast with LuvvieContinue reading “Yvonne Orji’s “Momma I Made It””

Why So Unapologetic?

It’s been a rough week for the world. In the midst of a pandemic people are rising from isolation to gather in protest of the unjust treatment of Black bodies. While the maltreatment of Black bodies in the United States is not new, it seems the world’s response to the brutal murder of George FloydContinue reading “Why So Unapologetic?”

Back to Africa

“If you’re not happy here, then go back to Africa!” a coward yelled at a group of us as we marched toward the Football stadium to protest the university’s handling of threats to Black football players. But seriously, how many times has this been said. It certainly wasn’t a new idea. Several times throughout AmericanContinue reading “Back to Africa”

We are Not the Problem

As inescapable as it is to be in our own skin, so is the frustration of racism in this country, and around the world I might add. It’s curious and disheartening to me the way Black bodies are handled. I think my spirit finally broke when I watched the video of Tamir Rice, a 12-yearContinue reading “We are Not the Problem”