Week in Review: March 17th
A weekly playlist of my favorite songs. I was really feeling Rihanna this week!
Post of the Week
If you missed my recap of my visit to Eldorado General Store and my interview with the store's owner, Erin Gavle, you can find it here!
Style & Beauty Finds (Spring Edition)
Deals Around the Internet
Articles From Around the Internet
As I stated above, I just finished The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and it was incredibly disappointing to see what one of my favorite authors, who usually is a voice of wisdom when it comes to feminist and social justice issues, had to say about gender identity. As someone whose words have had such an impact on people all over the world, and who knows the power of words, I think Ms. Adichie, like all of us still has much to learn.
To dismiss the violence trans women face for eschewing masculinity is not only dismissive. but also dangerous. However, I can understand that developing an understanding of intersectionality takes time, and not everyone has the language to properly talk about these issues until they really study and explore them. This is not an excuse, because we all have to continue to check our privilege and the harm we can cause with our words and actions, but I hope that Ms. Adichie takes this as an opportunity to continue to grow.
With that in mind i've shared a couple of articles which address why her comments were so problematic and also how the straight/cis-gender populatio often misses the mark when it comes to LGBTQI issues.
The Feminist Wire Moonlight, Black Boy and Teachable Moments
Moonlight- I FINALLY watched this film and I seriously don't know why I waited so long. A week later and I still find myself thinking about this movie at least once a day. Moonlight is beautiful in every sense; from the cinematography, to the writing, the story, the acting, and directing. Once it was over I honestly felt a little angry that the cast and crew of La La Land (which I also really enjoyed by the way) had the audacity to stand up during the Best Picture Award. If it were me, the fact that I was even nominated in the same category as this phenomenal film, would have given me pause if my name were accidentally announced. What I love so much about this film is its exploration of the ways in which masculinity is often toxic, specifically within the black community. It touches on how masculinity is presented and expected to operate, and the damage these expectations cause. The story is told in three parts, following the main character Chiron, at different points in his life and how he navigates and explores his sexual identity and relationships with other men. The exploration of how men can be violent, intimate, and vulnerable with one another is both alluring and heartbreaking.
Blogger I'm ❤️️ Loving
I Am Charlie G.- Chioma "Charlie G." is not only a stylish, leading Detroit blogger/creative director/stylist, but she is also a corporate software engineer by day (brains, beauty and style!). This year she launched BGBLU (Brown Girl Bloggers Link Up) a platform that has created a community for minority bloggers in Detroit, and she has received lots of positive feedback on the first cycle of her project. You can follow her blog and also find her on instagram!
It's hard to believe that it's been over a year that my mom and I were in India! It was truly the trip of a lifetime and has made me anxious to keep exploring the world. You can see the rest of my trip in Bangaluru/Mysuru, Kolkata Part I and II, Delhi, Agra Part I and II, and Jaipur.
This weekend I'm planning to see the movie Get Out and I'm continuing with wedding planning!