While reading “How to be a woman”

June 11th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Blog, Personal Essays

While reading "How to be a woman"

Finally focused and made a dent in Caitlin Moran’s book, How to be a woman. Moran’s memoir / feminist manifesto has been assigned reading for me, for over a month, as Wednesday is the 2nd annual “Meeting of Women Thinkers” a.k.a. an unofficial book club that started in April. During our first meeting, about 25 women […]

5 Reasons to see “Better Mus’ Come”

February 20th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Blog, My Two Cents

5 Reasons to see "Better Mus’ Come"

Last Thursday, ImageNation Cinema and the Film Society of Lincoln Center gave NYC the first East Coast look at award-winning film, Better Mus’ Come. Having played at Los Angeles’ Pan-African Film Festival just a few days before, it was only the second American screening of the movie, becoming known as the best film out of Jamaica […]

Movie Review: 5 Reasons To See COLOMBIANA

September 1st, 2011  |  by  |  published in Blog, My Two Cents

Movie Review: 5 Reasons To See COLOMBIANA

I finally went to see Colombiana, a movie about a young woman (Cataleya, played by Zoe Saldana) who grows up to become an assassin, after witnessing her parents’ murder… and I must say- I loved it! Sure there were a few “Oh Really? I’m supposed to believe that’s how it would go down in real life?” moments… but once you […]

Reaction: Waiting For Superman

March 2nd, 2011  |  by  |  published in Blog, My Two Cents

Reaction: Waiting For Superman

Boy this has been an emotional week for me! I just watched Waiting for Superman a documentary about our failing public school system, and I am writing this through blurry eyes… It was so painful to watch the futures of the students being featured, determined by a random lottery into a charter school– with a 1 […]

Like Romance & Comedy? Go see – The Town

September 22nd, 2010  |  by  |  published in Blog, My Two Cents

Like Romance & Comedy? Go see - The Town

So as Netflix has helped me realize- When it comes to movies I am more the Romantic-Comedy / Drama kind-of girl… And I usually like anything based on a True Story or a Documentary… But every once in a while one of my friends will drag me to see something I don’t want to see- […]

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    My new essay explores how Beyonce’s feminist stance in pop culture helped frame my own feminist awakening:

    “I am in my 30s and was emboldened by Beyonce’s feminist stance on that stage, and can’t help but believe that that image will be equally as powerful to young people who witness that moment, whose first engagement with feminism will be that moment. Maybe, just maybe, Beyonce will serve as the bridgebetween pop culture and feminists like bell and Barbara and Audre, maybe some young woman bobbing her head to ‘Blow’ or ‘Partition’ or ‘Flawless’ will do so while reading Ain’t I A Woman? or Homegirls or Sister Outsider.”

    —FROM my new essay: My Feminist Awakening & the Influence of Beyonce’s Pop Culture Declaration