6 Reasons Why I Need To Live By Myself*

I have always wanted to live alone. Forget wedding dresses and flower arrangements; aged nine, I designed and drew plans for my dream house. Charitably, I included several rooms to accommodate visiting relatives. Briefly. I live with two smokers. I don’t smoke. At this point, I must make clear that they do not smoke in my room. They do […]

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Where Are The Black Romcom Queens?

Listlessly browsing my Twitter timeline, I came across a link which led me to this post about romcom’s new leading contenders. Click the link and you will see a list of young Hollywood actresses – Katherine Heigl, Amy Adams, Isla Fisher, Kate Hudson, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, and Kristen Bell among others. While certainly distinct in their […]

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A Fine Mess

No doubt, if I dug hard enough, I would find that I have something in common with several historical figures. Last Tuesday, I discovered a kinship with George Washington. Do not adjust your internet browser, you read that correctly. George Washington: first president of the US, face of the one-dollar bill, nation builder, Freemason and as […]

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In Which YorubaGirl Attends A Trendy Book Party

I’m afflicted by an astonishingly vivid imagination. For example, even though I suffer from the most crippling stage fright, I have given countless Oscar speeches to my bathroom mirror, all the while practising my victorious but oh so gracious winner’s smile. I’ve gone through the gallery of  ‘shocked but modest’ smiles for when I’m discovered singing […]

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40 Licks

I don’t know about you, but I get all the information I need to live from music videos. For instance, I’ve learned that unless my abs are scarily hard, I must not expose them to the public [Fergie, in any post-2003 Black Eyed Peas video]. I also learned that the best way to get revenge on […]

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Toni Braxton: Grown and Sexy

A few months ago at Stoke Newington’s Rose and Crown pub quiz, a question came up that only three people in the entire pub knew the answer to. The question was, “Who released the album Secrets in 1996?” I didn’t even hesitate. It was, of course, Toni Braxton. I have loved Toni since the early 1990s, when […]

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Why I Love… Internet Comment Boards

Like truculent toddlers going through the ‘terrible twos’, internet commenters’ emotions are felt deeply. They are filled with either rage - deep, dark, vitriolic – or the most euphoric nirvana, and they want you, YES YOU, to know it. They want you to know it with the aid of ALL CAPS, EX!!1!CLA!!1M!ATI!!!!!!ON marks, emoticons (:-( :-/ :-S […]

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Welcome To Lagos

It got a little neglected by the audience, what with the first of the televised Leaders’ Debates on ITV1 (Boo! Hiss! Whisper it, a little bit boring!), but at 9pm last Thursday night, BBC2 aired the first in a three-part series called Welcome To Lagos. I was alerted to the programmes by blogger Vex In The City, […]

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Tea, Cake, And a Bit Of Sauce…

Last night, I attended my monthly Mills & Boon book club at Yumchaa in Camden. I’ve made no secret of my love for M&Bs – they saw me throught the dark days of adolescence in boarding school and even now, I have to fight the urge to read them by torchlight, after lights out. But I […]

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Have You Met Ms Monáe?

Janelle Monáe is impossibly cute and impossibly talented. I first heard of her a few years ago when she appeared in Idlewild, the OutKast film. Next I heard of her was when she released Many Moons, an old school stomper of a track, with a Fifth Element-type manic video, and Andre 3000-esque dancing. It’s not […]

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Be Your Own Hero

I’m floating on a cloud at the time of writing this, and that is down to the directorial debut of Drew Barrymore, Whip It. It’s so good. We went en masse, a gaggle(?) of feminists (what is the collective noun for feminists?), and I temporarily lost the ability to articulate my thoughts upon emerging from the screening […]

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Dealbreakers

You know how you really, really like someone? And they seem to be into you too? And things progress; you’re happy, they’re happy. You ignore the niggly little things that sometimes always annoy you, cos, well, you like this person, flaws and all. And besides, you have your little neuroses/tics/habits too. Then one day, they’re […]

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