Black Panther: Open Letter [in praise of] director Ryan Coogler

Comrade Ryan!   What a magnificent triumph and a blessing your latest film is! As an African female filmmaker, born in Oakland and raised in Kenya, I want to take this opportunity to thank and congratulate you for the epic that you have pulled off with the release of your latest film, Black Panther. There […]

Self Care in a Time of Madness…

  So Charlottesville and the KKK. And Barcelona. And any number of non-Western countries going through all sorts of political shit and bigotry right now. And eclipses. And capitalism. Just all of it. It’s beyond exhausting. I’ve never dreaded logging onto social media as much as I do now. I saw a series of tweets […]

First there was Sarafina!, and now The Queen of Katwe

It’s hard to explain what it’s like to have grown up NEVER seeing your own image in a movie or TV show except in crisis on the news. I know people talk about that a lot, especially in this age of pushback on the lack of diversity and representation in film and TV, but seriously. Never. […]

Not-for-Profit African Filmmaking

  I’ve never considered how deeply steeped in Western culture screenwriting is until I had to teach it in Swahili. Seriously yo, by the end of the day my brain is thoroughly fried trying to find ways to explain “the inciting incident” and “character patterns” and goodness knows what else that just doesn’t have an easy […]

Yes We Can! Yes We Can! Yes We Can!

That’s the chant that was in my head this morning when I woke up! I’ve been reaching out far and wide, to friends, relatives and press people to talk about the work that we’re doing here, and as I was jotting down some notes to think of all the reasons why folks should get involved, […]

Tanzania Hoiyeee!!

Hello, hello, hello Comrades! I’m just back from an exciting trip to Tanzania where I was working on my first feature documentary project, taking the first exciting steps of it that is. And what a fabulous time it was to be there, not only reflecting on the legacy of Tanzania’s leadership from our founding father […]

Diet Racism?!

CollegeHumor’s Favorite Funny Videos For those of us who are in denial of racism existing outside of the Confederate South or anywhere else for that matter…I give you Racism Lite! (Disclaimer, racism is racism. There is no such thing as “better” racism or “more acceptable” racism. The Yankee North is just as racist as the […]

The Family that Fights together!!

So I just spent the week with my nephew and his new Wii U game. What an education its been! Seriously, I wonder who I would have become had I not grown up in such a low-tech environment you know? I mean, this kid is eight and he literally RAVISHES technology, like eats it for […]

My Decree: I Refuse to Go Numb.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve started and re-started this entry but I’m obliged to say SOMETHING. The line my brain keeps repeating is: DON’T GO NUMB. DON’T GO NUMB. DON’T GO NUMB. DON’T GO NUMB. DON’T GO NUMB. DON’T GO NUMB. DON’T GO NUMB. DON’T GO NUMB. DON’T GO NUMB…   It […]