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Last Saturday was SUCH a Drag

Actually, it was anything but; I just like the play on words, hence the title. Caroline celebrated her birthday this Saturday, and I was invited to her shindig by her friend Napoleon (yes, that’s his real name – and yes, he’s Black). I thought it…

Does Prince Tire of the Adulation?

I wonder what it must feel like, to have people scream and throw under things at you as you’re sorting through the produce at the farmer’s market. After 40 years, does it ever get tiresome? I imagine it would take its toll on you –…

The Magic of the 14th Row

I can’t even wrap my mind around what words to write. Where do I even begin? Well, let’s begin the middle! The Fabulous Dogooder, Bessie (my Prince compatriot) bought our tickets and guess where we’re sitting? The FORTEENTH ROW! Floor level baby! I’m going to…

Unemployable: Your Accent Makes You Unwelcome Here

A few weeks ago I blogged about a girl who came in to interview with my company who didn’t get the job because she didn’t have the right “personality”, when what my manager really meant was she sounded too “Black”. It’s an unfortunate event that…

My Purple Pilgrimage

Next week, something will happen that I’ve been hoping and wishing for for over two decades. I’m going to see Prince live in concert! A series of events have kept me from seeing The Purple One my whole life. Either I was too young, too…

We Have an Author In the Family!

And it isn’t me. My baby brother has managed to do what I have been dreaming of since I was a ‘tween: Write AND publish a book. Yup, Sami Gyekye, my once potbellied, slobbering baby brother is now a published author. His journey began more…

Ammazingly Jealous

I don’t know if “jealous” is the right word to describe how I feel about my friend Amma Bonsu’s most recent undertaking. Perhaps “dreadfully sick with envy” is a more apt depiction.  Amma is my ‘junior sister’ from secondary school. In 1991 she was a…

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I have nothing to write about today. The people on my job have sucked the life, creativity and sanity out of me. When I leave these walls, the only thing I'll be grateful for is that I have not been raped by my co-workers. But…

I Thought ‘Song of the South’ was Hilarious

One of the reasons I like my new (temporary) job is because my work environment is a hotbed for daily HR violations. No one has a filter, including the director for our division. However, as free as Mr. Englishman is with sharing his often inappropriate…

L’Oreal Flop

Background: Beyonce has posed in “blackface” for L’Officiel Paris magazine. The African-themed photo shoot pays tribute to the legendary Fela Kuti and is featured in the mag’s March 2011 issue, which also celebrates their 90th anniversary. While “blackface” has always been controversial, the magazine stands…