It has been difficult to find time to sit down and write on here. The past few weeks have been charged with tasks, appointments, classes, and projects which I am completely dedicated to and thankful for. Yet, I have neglected a few of the things which truly keep me ticking on the inside! It’s time to refocus, gather my energy and start re-funnelling it into the more personal and intimate areas of my life. Hence, my first post in a while!
Late last year, I followed my good friend to a hidden bookshop at our university, in which we got talking about books and authors we enjoy. He told me about an author who he admires immensely – Elif Shafak. After watching her TED talk on ‘The Politics of Fiction’, I couldn’t keep it to myself. If you have a few minutes, please watch, and enjoy.
Heyall, how’s it going?
This week I’ve been spending a lot of time at home (despite the beautiful weather in and around London), however, my days have not been wasted! During my hibernation, I have been discovering lots of different products/ books/ films/ videos and more, and so I have been inspired to start a ‘this week’s favourite’ post. As you may have guessed, i’ll be posting a weekly…well…post of a book, film,article, person, product, artist etc which has either inspired me, made me laugh, lifted my mood, or all of those things. I hope you will enjoy my little discoveries as well! Without further ado….
This week’s favourite is ‘Evelyn From The Internets‘ YouTube channel. I have been subscribed to her channel for some time, but her Vlog Everyday In April (VEDA) series is too funny not to share. Honestly, she will brighten your day. In addition to her hilarious stories and videos, she talks natural hair, and also makes vlogs. Once you have your first hit….it might be a challenge to get on with the rest of your day.
I first encountered Taiye a couple of years ago on BBCs ‘Newsnight’ (I think), which prompted me to order her then new book, ‘Ghana Must Go’. Unfortunately, I never got a chance to read it, thanks to my sister who intercepted it from me, before I could even unwrap it from the Amazon packaging. However, it seems my chance has been recovered! Having being reminded of it by this video, I will start reading tonight.
Anywho, in the same way that I was inspired by her term ‘Afropolitan’ the first time I saw her (a term to which I relate), I have been inspired once again. Here, she discusses the difficulties she faced during her writing process, her take on the characters in the book, and how she defines herself as a ‘multi-local’ person. I love the way she expresses herself so elegantly and humanly at the same time. A recommended watch :).
A teacher – one of the very few black faculty members within my university – directed me to this video. This film, by Nathan E. Richards, is crucial in highlighting the absence of the black voice within academia, structural forces that keep the status quo intact, and asking what can be done to tackle this lack of representation. HIghly recommended.
Congratulations, Lupita! Extremely well deserved and important win.
I will forever be in love with this film! It covers everything from our interest in pop culture, to the importance of family, the rise of social media platforms and new ways of communicating with each other. Not to mention, a little bit of style. The visuals are so appealing; it is a beautifully edited piece of work! It has been a long-time source of inspiration: anytime I lose focus, I turn my eyes to this and it never fails to remind me of my dreams and ambitions (maybe that sounds a bit weird). Nonetheless, I hope it can do the same for you :).
I am never able to finish watching a StyleLikeU video without feeling inspired by the end of it. This one is no exception.
‘Motivated by human connection….’