Monthly Archives: July 2010

The Friday Pretty: You’re Welcome.

“Had the price of looking been blindness, I would have looked.”   ~Ralph Ellison On Jezebel the other day, I spotted this photograph:

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Why I Love… Glasses

To correct my shortsightedness, I got my first pair of glasses – a comically large aviator style – when I was 11 years old. They were hideous: tinted, too big for my face and wholly inappropriate for a child. I remember YorubaDad laughing when he first saw me in them. But credit to him, he did […]

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Sloane Crosley: Love At First Reading

One of the joys of living in London is that I get to indulge my inner media wanker on a pretty regular basis. She enjoys going to the theatre before loudly and (probably) obnoxiously recounting how good/bad/avant-garde* the staging/lighting/re-interpretation of the text* was. Sometimes, she attends concerts in cramped/poorly ventilated/extremely grand* venues and then pontificates […]

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In Which YorubaGirl Goes To An Army Ball

I have a sort-of ‘Bucket List’. You know, things I’d like to do before I kick the metaphorical bucket. It’s not heavily defined, in as much as it isn’t written down anywhere. I guess you could call it more of a Bucket List mentality. It means that if there’s something I have never thought of […]

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Black Fridays: Oh, Vaseline. Et Tu?

Due to popular demand (ok, three; three people asked for a new BF), Black Fridays is back! So join me as we delve into a news story that manages to affect people, but more than that, people with a touch more melanin than others. It’s niche Jim, but not as we know it… This week, […]

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YGD Public Service Announcement: A Call For A Moratorium On The Term ‘Real Women

The first thing I saw on Twitter on Tuesday morning was a link to a post by Janet Street Porter. The pullquote read: “The fashion world refuses to make clothes to fit real women. Enough is enough.” OK, I thought, I can get behind this. Or I would’ve thought that, if not for the inclusion […]

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The Black Weblog Awards 2010

Hello, readers. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin. In 2005, an awards committee was set up to honour the best of the web, as filtered through the eyes of brown people. Over the last five years, those awards have grown in influence and stature and are now regarded as important arbiters of taste in […]

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Black People Don’t Camp, And White People Don’t Drink Supermalt*

It’s true. I read it in the paper. Of course, the kneejerk reaction is to say huffily, “Well, that’s just a stupid generalisation!” Which it is, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t true. I say this as someone who actively enjoys camping, loves to go hiking, and will traipse quite merrily around an old property for hours.

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The Naija Connection

On Friday, when I met up with lovely Jeremy Weate of Naijablog, London was ‘enjoying’ a dry Nigerianesque heat of 30°C. We went to dinner at Manna [4 Erskine Road, Primrose Hill, NW3 3AJ], a vegan restaurant (Europe’s oldest: not killing things to eat since 1967). After dinner we walked up Primrose Hill – a […]

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I am very excited to be seeing Inception in less than two weeks. It’s by Christopher Nolan, and stars Leonardo DiCaprio (my 14-year-old self was RIGHT to crush on him!), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (wheee!) and Ellen Page (girl-crush!). Plus, like, a million other awesome people. I have knowingly shied away from reading/watching/listening to anything that might […]

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Perfect Passages

In my last post, I wrote about one of my favourite movies, The Truth About Cats and Dogs. In the post before that, I wrote about feminist TV icon Miranda Hobbes from Sex And The City. Both times, the comments showed a surprising unity in the way we consume media. For …Cats and Dogs, we […]

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The Truth About Cats And Dogs – A Life Lesson

Bored at the weekend, and with a little cash burning a hole in my pocket, I revisited my wishlist. I tend to put things on in fits of activity – lots of childhood favourites like Enid Blyton and all sorts of 90s RnB – and then remove them at leisure when common sense prevails. […]

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