Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Why Study Africa?

Today I celebrated the Department of African Studies 60th Anniversary 1953-2013 of the establishment of the graduate programs in African Studies at Howard University. It was amazing to hear stories of those that went before me. I was so inspired that it makes me want to enroll in a Ph.D program. However, there comes a time when you have to put what you already know into action.  I know you're wondering what made me choose African Studies. My initial choice was African American studies, but Howard University did not offer a graduate program in African American studies. Therefore, I chose African Studies. I chose African Studies, because as an African American I barely knew a thing about Africa. As I have said before, my history did not begin with slavery. My ancestors were brought involuntarily from Africa to America, therefore I identify with my African heritage.

I'm very grateful because there was a time when a black person, not to mention a woman could not obtain an education. So yes,  I'm very fortunate to possess a master's degree in African Studies as black woman. Who wouldn't want to know the history of the people that paved the way for you. People who allowed you to be where you are today. I have so much respect for my professors. I look forward to the day, when other scholars and students can say how they were influenced by me.

My concentration was Language, Literature, and Arts. I decided to study the film industry in Nigeria. My thesis was "Representations of Nigerian Women in Nollywood Films." I analyzed the role of women in relation to sexual objectification, social constructions of gender, modernity, religion/morality, beauty and love. I found many similarities between Nollywood film and Hollywood film. Presently, my desire to pursue film has increased. When you're born to do something (write, create films) you really can't run from that gift.

 Rather than embracing a history that leaves you out, you should a embrace a history that includes you in it.
What I learned in my studies is that Africa is not what you see on TV. Africa is a unique continent with unique people. Now that I am equipped with knowledge it is my responsibility to share the real Africa with the rest of the world. Especially those that have a genuine interest in the people and the culture of Africa.

*My love of African studies and my love for film may not guarantee me a big paycheck but I'm fine with that.*

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013


What a powerful and touching movie. It shows us how your world can be turned upside down in a moment. After seeing this movie, I don't see how anyone (especially a black person) could ever utter a slave joke.  Yes, this story may have taken place many years ago but it is very relevant to the person that I am today.  I will never forget my past, because it has allowed me to be where I am today.

It is important that individuals of the African Diaspora know who they are and the history of their ancestors. Otherwise, you will never be able to put your current life into perspective. Sadly, movies like this are the only black history (other than Black History Month and what's taught in school) that some of our black youth will be exposed to. It is very important that we carry on our legacy.  I believe that if our black youth really understood what their ancestors went through to get  them to where they are today, there wouldn't be so much black on black violence.

We also have to remember that black history did not begin with slavery. I think that it is necessary for us to explore our history before we were enslaved. Unfortunately, we may not know what specific country we originated from but a general study of Africa and other Caribbean nations  is a good start. I didn't know much about Africa until I initiated my studies in African Studies at Howard University in August 2007. I learned so much, that I feel like every black person should seek to know their history.

There were so many things that I took away from this movie. It really bothered me how Christianity was used to enforce such cruel injustice. Even today, Christianity (The Christian Church) is still divided by race. That's another subject for another post. One of the main reasons that I want to pursue film is that there are not enough positive images of black people portrayed in television and film. This was a great film. However, I also want to see different portrayals of black people. Actually, this movie did show us what life was like for a free black person and I can appreciate that. If we can get a good mixture of films and television shows that accurately portray black people that would be a huge accomplishment. No, you don't have to make the film, but you have to let your voice be heard. You have to support what you believe in.  So, it's up to you and I, we have a lot of work to do.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013


When I put my life into perspective, I know that I can't have it all. I will never be good at anything if I try to do it all. Just today I was thinking, well it looks like I will have to start rearranging my schedule. I refuse to become so busy that I discontinue working out. So, that means early morning workouts. This will be hard because I love getting my rest. It is also important to me that I am able to balance my natural and spiritual life. So my early morning schedule will also include morning mediation and scripture reading. I love working out and taking care of my body, writing, networking, fellow-shipping with other believers, hanging out with friends, and visiting my family. Even with no other commitments at the moment, I know that I must learn to prioritize.

 "My life ain't mine, it's his time."                                                                               -LECRAE

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
King James Version (KJV)

3 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: 
2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; 
3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 
4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 
5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; 
7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 
8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

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Monday, November 11, 2013


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Thursday, November 7, 2013


It's amazing what we put into our bodies everyday. My health and diet never mattered much to me until I began to gain a few more pounds than I welcomed. I mean when you have been slim all of your life, you tend to take advantage of not having to watch what you eat. Presently, I am trying to be conscious of what I am putting into my body and to stay in shape.

I want to challenge you all to compile a list of all the foods and drinks that you consume daily. I then want you to write down the health benefits and the health risks for each particular item. Additionally, I want you to walk into your kitchen and check the labels of everything in the refrigerator and cabinets to see what items contain trans fat. Unfortunately, even if the label says zero trans fat, it is possible that it may still contain trans fat. However, I want to focus on removing items that clearly state that there is trans fat in the product. I just checked my refrigerator and cabinets not too long ago and the only item that I consume occasionally that contained trans fat was of course the popcorn. There may be some other items that contain trans fat somewhere but I barely consume those products.

Okay, so now that we have completed that task. I have another challenge :-). Let's try cutting out fried foods, bread, pasta, rice, and desserts out of our diets for a week. So, I'm curious to see what everyone else is putting into their bodies as well. First, I want you all to comment on this post with what you find in your kitchen that contains trans fat. Secondly, if you want you can share the list of foods that you consume daily. Last, but not least I want to know what you ate during the week that you cut out fried foods, pasta, rice, bread, and desserts. I'm sure you will feel better and you will probably lose a few pounds. So, my challenge will start on Sunday November 10, 2013. I have did this before but I'm excited for everyone who will be doing this for the first time :-). We have to take better care of our temples my friends.


  1. SALAD
  11. CHEESE
  14. SALSA

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013


I'm back at it. I have been dealing with several things the last few weeks, but I can finally say that I feel like myself again. We all have our moments when we just wish that we could escape from our troubles. I tend to isolate myself from people when I'm dealing with things. However, that's when I really need people the most. I hate discussing what I am going through sometimes, it makes me feel like I'm complaining. I want to thank my loving family and friends for checking on me and encouraging me. God sent the right people to reach out to me to encourage me the more. One thing that I have realized is that even when I am weak I still have to be strong. I have so many people counting on me. My job isn't done until I leave this earth.  Even if I feel like I can't do something right now, I know that I will eventually be able to overcome that obstacle. So, I am going to make the most of the rest of the year. When I don't know what to do, I am just going to leave it in God's hands. I am so grateful for the life that God has blessed me with. I wouldn't want it any other way. I'll also try to work on my stubbornness, I'm getting better with time (right Dad???). I think I get it from him. I also pray that God helps me to deal with difficult people and difficult circumstances. Even in everything that has happened recently, I know that God will get the glory.

Phillipians 1;6

"Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ."

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