Anyway, now I juggle two titles: Sensei, and Mom. And like all mothers before me, I am going to offer unsolicited wisdom, as revenge for all the unwanted advice I got from family, friends and complete strangers in the queue at Checkers (because nothing inspires condescending advice from randoms like a baby bump. The same f*ckers won’t offer you a chair to sit on, but they will ask about whether you plan to have natural birth or not. Rude.)
I love seeing my name in lights, and digital lights are pretty great, but being on paper is still infinitely… Read more My Afropolitan Articles
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Not long ago in West Africa, there was a warrior clan so fierce, so hardened and so unbelievably tough that it took the might of an industrialised nation just to slow them down.
I may be a lone voice in this, but I really want to bring this rallying cry into the martial arts, and especially in karate. I hate hearing ‘you punch like a girl’ being leveled at boys, that anything feminine is inherently weaker. It is one of the reasons why we see such an attrition of young female budo-ka.
The Gulabi Gang India, despite its respectable number of female goddesses, is not a country known for treating women well.… Read more Women Warriors: The Gulabi Gang
Usually a book can be allocated its genre within a moment of reading the blurb and glancing at the jacket. But then there’s The Shining Girls, which gleefully refuses to pick a genre box to sit in, and decides that it will timeshare in several.
Today, people will be wearing black in some kind of attempt to soothe their consciences about the appalling treatment of… Read more Feminism Isn’t a Hobby
The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis arrived with a great deal of literary street cred: it had been recommended… Read more Review of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
I refuse to accept that there are better things for me to do with my time than round up all the best criticism of Fifty Shades of Fail. I could be saving kittens from trees, probably. However, if I could I would use this post to raise money for all the women that end up in abusive relationships like the one described in Shades of Black and Blue.