On teeth, nails, and hair

I finally got my tooth implant after a too-long period of wearing a denture (one day, I will write about this feeling). Before the crown was put in, I had a bone graft in my upper jaw, and a titanium dental root was drilled in. The pain is indescribable. I cried all through the surgery, […]

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On desire, expressed

Most Fridays for the last nine-ish months, I have been putting together a list of things I like, and posting them on Twitter. With trademark wit, the list is called “#Bims10Things” and I am delighted by the number of people who are genuinely into the things I share. The formula is not set, but includes […]

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Why I Love… Awkward Black Girl

Do you harbour fantasies of being the greatest dancer at the party even though all evidence suggests otherwise? Do you stare at your co-workers, incredulous, because you have no idea how to connet with such cretins? Do you hate your boss, but channel your work-based rage into offensive gangsta rap lyrics? Do you often find […]

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The Big Chop

In January this year, I cut off most of my hair. I’d been relaxing it pretty constantly since I was 14 [I had a mild punk phase and shaved it off. Let's just say that particular haircut caused my mother to say scornfully, "You look like a boy. An ugly boy" and leave it at […]

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Virgin Territory

After a lifetime of taking my life lessons from the big screen, I’ve learned that losing your virginity is fun. On the metaphorical journey of losing one’s innocence, you get to bond with your friends, perhaps even go on a road trip. A lot of the time ‘crazy’ misunderstandings happen, leaving you in embarrassing situations, […]

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I’m A Finalist Again, Baby!

You guys. 2010 keeps on giving! I have been selected as a finalist in the Blogger of the Year category at the Precious Awards! In answer to Drake’s question: Yeah. I’m fancy. Like I said, fancy. The Precious Awards celebrate the achievements of women of colour, and I honoured that they have found me and […]

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Just Wright

Carrying on with the Week Of Brown People Entertainment™… d’you remember when I wrote (all the way back in April) about black romcom queens? Remember, it got into The Guardian? Well, on Tuesday evening, I went to see Just Wright, the movie I wrote about in that post. It made it across the atlantic only five months late! We’re […]

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Total Mirandas

Last weekend, I attended a bachelorette party for my friend, L. No, I haven’t lost my head up my own arse, I say ‘bachelorette’ because she’s American and besides, have you ever heard an American say ‘hen party’? Anyway, we went the classy route – retro bowling in Bloomsbury [All Star Lanes - Victoria House, Bloomsbury Place, […]

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How Does Your Bookshelf Stack Up/Break Down?

I recently finished Stranger In A Strange Land, a collection of Gary Younge’s journalism in his role as the Guardian‘s New York correspondent; I can’t recommend it highly enough. Each piece is perfectly pitched – he’s a very fluent writer, and his convictions bleed through everything he writes. I love the way he writes; his […]

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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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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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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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