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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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Telling Our Family Stories…

This weekend I'm at a family wedding in Tennessee. If you know anything about me, you'll know that my family ...
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Tanzania Hoiyeee!!

Hello, hello, hello Comrades! I'm just back from an exciting trip to Tanzania where I was working on my first ...
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Diet Racism?!

CollegeHumor's Favorite Funny Videos For those of us who are in denial of racism existing outside of the Confederate South ...
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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! ...
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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 ...
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Welcome to Lagos!

For the following post, I shan’t name any names when it comes to the airline itself (cough, cough, Arik Airlines! ...
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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 ...
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Congo Update:

So just to let you know that I was wrong about everything. Every last thing on my list ala #New ...
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Casablanca/In the Moment

Talk about blowing my mind! What a beautiful and quaint city that was.  I had a 12 hour layover on ...
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/ Africa, Casablanca, Morocco, News & Views

New Year, New You! (well in this case, new me…)

So I’m writing from my corner of the Royal Maroc Airline on my way to Tazama African Women’s Film Festival in Congo ...
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The Closing Ceremony

The word “Spectacle” was made for this reason: in order to describe the closing ceremony. Growing up in Kenya, the ...
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March 1, 2013

It’s hard to explain where all the time has gone or what it’s been like here. It’s such a dusty ...
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Burkina Oui! (Feb. 23rd, 2013)

What an amazing place this is! Its hard to put into words what this experience is like but I’ll try ...
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Oui Ouaga Oui!

Just checked into the Relax Hotel in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso for the 23rd Pan-African Film Festival (FESPACO)! My film Taharuki ...
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The Power of the Image (in a Young, Black Man’s Hands)

People Power! (Click on the photograph to watch the video) ...
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Bullshit Mountain and its Trickle-down…

Okay so I'm actually beginning to get scared now with these people. At first laughing at their ridiculousness was almost ...
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The Cubana Chronicles: Wednesday April 11, 2012

 Dancing for Life I’m on a mission tonight: I’m going dancing no matter what. This whole week really. Until I ...
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The Cubana Chronicles: Monday April 2, 2012

 A Living Religion (The Reluctant Blogger Returns!)          Alright listen, I’m not a dedicated blogger, I just ...
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The Cubana Chronicles: Tuesday, February 21, 2012

 Art, Energy and Loans. Loving Common right now, who knew I was missing out so much? But all in its ...
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The Cubana Chronicles: Friday February 17, 2012

How Can I Be Down? Practicing my photoshop skills today while listening to Common and waiting for my weekly NYU ...
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The Cubana Chronicles: Sunday February 5, 2012

 Oh God of All Creation So its taken me a while to finally “land” here. I feel like I’ve been ...
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The Cubana Chronicles: Sunday January 29, 2012 9:36pm

The Amazing Floats of Bejucal It’s been exactly a week since we arrived. Feeling pretty settled in, but still need ...
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The Cubana Chronicles: Thursday Jan 26th, 2012

 Living as a Cuban Such an ungodly hour to be awake but I wanted to be up early to make ...
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The Cubana Chronicles: Sunday January 22, 2012

Si Cuba! Cuba! What a long day, and yet I can feel the enthusiasm peeping out bit by bit. Fighting ...
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Si Cuba Si!

3 glorious months in Cuba, can't wait to tell you all about it... Click here to see my pictures ...
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Nigeria-O!!

Photo diary from my first trip to Nigeria: UN-FREAKING-BELIEVABLE!! ...
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West Indian Day Parade 2011

Once again, my all time favorite parade in New York! Where everyone is free to be and feel exactly who ...
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Mediocre…as Compared to What?

So the other day I had a heated debate with a chap who thought that a certain African film that ...
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Why “Viva Riva!” Matters…

Okay, so I've been raving about this film for weeks now. Yes, it's super hot, yes it's super sexy, yes ...
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Berlin!

So Iwas in Berlin for 10 days attending the Babylon International 2011 Script Development Workshop and what a trip that ...
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Si Cuba!

For whatever reason I never cease to be amazed by how familiar Cuban folkloric dance is. I'm fairly sure I ...
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Restless in Brooklyn…

April is always such a hectic month in New York with all the big film festivals and networking parties. Who ...
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Viva Riva!

So Friday night was the New York premiere of the highly acclaimed, highly anticipated, and award-winning Congolese film "Viva Riva!" ...
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iNdie Power! Preview Screening of “Taharuki” {Suspense}

Preview Screening in NYC on February 19, 2011 ...
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Brilliant $#!* for the week…

"At the risk of sounding ridiculous, let me say that the true revolutionary is guided by feelings of love." -Che ...
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It Will Come Indeed!

Happy New Year peeps! I know, its already the end of the month, but it usually takes me a while ...
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Heavy Hearted Holidays…

The train at my stop was messed up today 'coz someone committed suicide by jumping onto the tracks. That shit ...
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Behind the Scenes on “Suspense”

Shooting date: November 6 & 7, 2010 Cast: Miriam Chemmoss (Waridi), Gilbert Owuor (Kevin), Chris Kamau (Intruder) Crew: Ekwa Msangi-Omari ...
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Ah! The Power of Media…

So this little gem has been going around the internet and I had the pleasure of checking it out today, ...
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Photo Stills from “Suspense”

The first of the official photo stills from our short film "Suspense" ...
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Why? ‘Coz the Africans Aren’t Generic in this Movie!

Dear Comrades, What a whirlwind the past few weeks have been! Putting together all the intricate details and bringing an ...
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What Do Africans Think About Africa/ns?

Dear Comrades, As you know, I’ve spent the past three weeks preparing and raising money to shoot a short film, ...
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9 DAYS LEFT TO MAKE A MOVIE TOGETHER!

Thank you, thank you, thank you for all the support, word-spreading and contributions  that you’ve sent so far, we’re definitely ...
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16 DAYS TO GO! JOIN US AND MAKE A MOVIE!

Dear Comrades, Thank you for all the contributions, support and encouragements thus far! We’re working hard getting ready for the ...
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African-American films turning Nigerian?

Recently a friend sent me this link to an African-American movie trailer and was lamenting at how god-awful the film ...
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Beware of the Sade!!

The day started off being super-shitty with a pinch of "punch you in the gut" today and I did the ...
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What if: Obama was a Muslim!!!

I'm sorry, I just don't get it. I don't understand what all the hype is about. Seriously, the way people ...
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West Indian Parade

I truly, truly love the West Indian Day Parade. For me, its a celebration of culture, the gift that Africa ...
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Six Heat Waves

Last night on the news they announced that this has been the hottest summer on record ever. They aren't lying ...
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The African Accent

I was in a casting session recently and it seems that it is now official: "African" is an accent. In ...
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Acting Small

So I had a reading from a script that I'm developing, "Sweet Justice," last night at the Bridge Theater with ...
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Steppin’ Out

Alright well, here I am world! No bells, no whistles, just time to step on out and make it known: ...
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