Ask the average Swede what the Santa Lucia celebration is about in terms of its historical/religious significance; chances are they won't be able to give you straight forward answer because the details escape their memory. Like the below video mentions, when it comes to this Swedish tradition, "the why is less important than the how".… Continue reading Sweden’s Santa Lucia celebrations marked by epistemic violence against children of African decent
I am absolutely devastated by the notion that Donald Trump will soon be the president of the United States of America, but I'm going to channel this devastation into a re-commitment to the values that I believe in, values that can summarized to mean LOVE, and I will do it through speaking and writing. Over… Continue reading The time for artists to go to work is NOW: Writing against Trump, writing for our children
Below is a video of an animated essay, the essay written and narrated by Maria Popova with animator Drew Christie. I’m posting it here on my blog because I believe it is a powerful explanation and demonstration of how people may cultivate true wisdom in the age of information through storytelling. I am also in… Continue reading Wisdom in the Age of Information and the Importance of Storytelling in Making Sense of the World: An Animated Essay
So what can we do in the face of all of this madness and chaos? What is the solution?… We can love. Not the love you hear in your favorite song on the radio. I mean real love, true love, boundless love. You can love, love each other from the moment we wake up to… Continue reading Reality Check: Why I think the World should End
If Black people said the stuff White people say http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1zLzWtULig This is hilarious and yet it pisses me off just the same. The use of humor to shed light on racism, particularly through reverse stereotyping, is genius. But this, and other prominent world events taking place today, continue to make me wonder why it seems… Continue reading Spreading awareness about racism and stereotyping through humor
Those of us who have been privileged to receive education, skills, experiences and even power, must be role models for the next generation of leadership. Wangari Maathai (1940-2011) was the founder of the Green Belt Movement and the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.
He had not been back in Nigeria in years and perhaps he needed the consolation of those online groups, where small observations flared and blazed into attacks, personal insults flung back and forth. Ifemelu imagined the writers, Nigerians in bleak houses in America, their lives deadened by work, nursing their careful savings throughout the years… Continue reading Literature reflecting similarities of African migrants despite country of origin