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 […]

Welcome to Lagos!

For the following post, I shan’t name any names when it comes to the airline itself (cough, cough, Arik Airlines! Cough) but lets just say, the adventure didn’t end after check in at the airport. It wasn’t a full flight, which is always great. I set myself off, dozed off during take off, and was […]

The Reluctant Blogger Returns! Again!

I know, I know, I say the same thing every time I disappear. I think I need to stop apologizing and just get to it: its been that kind of a year. So there was Congo, then 4 months in Cuba (which, by the way, the US State Department doesn’t allow me to blog about […]