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Posts Tagged ‘Musings’

23Mar

Fela said music is a weapon and Angelique Kidjo said it is a window to the soul. Two very powerful statements about the power of music that I agree with.  Watching these two very different documentaries exploring the arts and its ability to influence people got me thinking because they opened my eyes to other […]






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4Mar

As the world gets ready to celebrate the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, it is a ‘grave concern’ of mine that one day, when news about war in places like the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Afghanistan, the Central African Republic, which by the way is the least reported nation in the world, among […]






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10Feb

My journey to the Southbank for EC Osondu’s reading is one of the most eventful train journeys I have taken for a very long time. Got on the train as usual, nothing sinister or lurking about to make me think twice about the carriage I was in. As I make my way to take a […]






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8Feb

I have been feasting on African Voices for a few days now and really enjoyed this interview with the cast of Shuga. I remember reading about the TV show in an article a while back but seeing and hearing the cast members talk about the impact it had in Kenya, Zambia and other places where […]






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7Jan

The internet is filled with the story of the man with the golden voice;, hat an amazing story. I am in awe of his humility and really wish him well and that he takes his second chance with both hands and makes the most of it. Art the same time, i hope he can handle […]






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4Jan

Cornelius Dupree Jr, is a better man and human being that I am because if my life was turned upside down this way due to mistakes in the justice system or the fact that someone lied against me or wrongly picked me out in a police line-p or that race played a role in this […]






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3Jan

I have never read a book by Michell McKinney Hammond, which ended on the note of disappointment. She is always on point as far as I’m concerned. From her novels to her books on relationships, finance and being the lady you envision and have always wanted to be. Anyone remember the Diva Principles? Hammond knows […]






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1Jan

Belinda, did you just say you want to become one with your G-spot? Yes, I did! Like that? I knew you  would. Come on now, don’t tell me you didn’t get a twinkle in your eyes when you saw and read the word G-spot! A ha! Now, come back to earth, get your mind and […]






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22Dec

Reading is a window to the soul. Writing is the room where the bird hidden away in your spirit and soul comes out to fly and flap its wings. I saw the story of Still Waters In A Storm a few days ago on the BBC News Channel and I was moved because I understand […]






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16Dec

I first read Lovetta Conto’s story on CNN a few months ago. This young lady understands the value of paying it forward. We sure could learn something about turning your pain into a message from her. She has gone from being a refugee to being a ray of light for others. That in my opinion […]






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15Dec

We all have issues! What?? What does she mean we all have issues?? I don’t have any issues. You tell a lie…liar, liar, pants on fire. My name is Belinda Otas and I have issues. Now before you run for your life, I’m dealing with them and the ones I’m yet to get a hold […]






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14Dec

Some interesting news stories from Africa. Enjoy!! I love Tye & Dye. It is one of my favourite fabrics and I have a thing for Tye & Dye made in the Gambia because they are one of a kind and some of the best in the world as far as I am concerned. Northern Nigeria […]






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5Dec

The first time I heard about Black Girls Rock! I have to admit, I was like, okay what’s that about? However, listening to Beverly Bond talk about her dream and vision for your black girls, this is a great and innovative idea. There is more to being a black woman than the booty shaking ‘hottie’ […]






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3Dec

The term my brother’s keeper has metamorphosed over the years, I’m not sure if I still know the meaning. I would be most grateful if somebody helped me out. Thanks!! The west in my opinion is predominantly an individualistic society but I am always amazed at the level of compassion shown to Africa and other […]






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29Nov

In the last few days, I have been consumed by my reading and research into the plight of Congolese women while writing my articles. At some point, I have pondered and wondered, what do I write about which has not been written? What have I got to say that has not been said. In fact, […]






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25Nov

When Michael Vick, the NFL (American Football) player was arrested and tried in the court of law for his role in an illegal dog fighting ‘shenanigans,’ he was also tried by the media and public before he was  sent to jail for his actions. Vick lost everything, I mean, everything that made Michael Vick, Michael […]






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24Nov

When you talk about the DRC, the first thing that comes to mind for me is the plight of the thousands of women caught up in a protracted war, with no end in sight. Don’t get this twisted, that’s not all there is to the Democratic Republic of Congo.  Without The DRC, you would have […]






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22Nov

No one likes to be rejected but it is an inevitable life experience we all have to face at one point or another. From our career to our relationships to family and friends, it can come from the place we least expected it to the very source where we had a faint idea it was […]






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