WAPPITY WAP WAP WAP: WOMEN AND SEXUALITY IN MUSIC

“She said put it in her mouth I said my m*therf*ckin mouth I mean her m*therf*ckin moooouuuuth….” – Akinyele (1996) Based on what I’ve seen online and on television since August 7 when Cardi B and  Megan Thee Stallion released their song WAP, Americans seem to approach the subject of women expressing their sexuality through…

The Power of Taking a Step Back

I am 85 to 90% highly strung and prone to wanting to get the thing done right away and 10 to 15% a procrastinator.  For most of my working life, these traits have served to be a combination of my greatest assets but also my downfall.  In relation to getting things done, one of my…

What New Shows Did I Watch/Am I Watching this Quarantine?

I’m listing what I’ve watched during the last 5 weeks (and a few from early March when I was on sick leave with the flu).  This list also doesn’t count any of the YouTube channels I subscribe to (like “This is Jodi”, “Patricia Bright”, “Tami Chin Mitchell”, “Lovelyti”, “Funky Dineva”) or any movies or tv…

An April for the Books

Today is the final day of April and I’ve been working remotely since March 30.  It’s been, well, interesting.  When Barbados moved to Stage 3 of the National Response Plan I was honestly, terrified.  Deeply concerned about the unknown future and unfortunately consuming a steady diet of Coronavirus news from all over the world.  Since…

‘Fight or Flight’ vs. What is ‘Right’

For those who are unaware, the title photo was taken yesterday outside of a supermarket in Barbados, hours before a government-mandated 24-hour shutdown due to the spread of covid-19 in the country.  As of April 3, our cases had risen to 51, the first two having been announced on March 17.  Following the acting Prime…

The New Normal

It’s currently 7:32am in Barbados and it’s eerily quiet for a Saturday morning.  As of now, the only sound is the rustling of the leaves of the coconut tree outside of my apartment.  It’s strange because Saturday mornings in my part of Barbados are rife with activity, cars zooming past on the road which passes…

Ten Thoughts About Tyler Perry’s “A Fall From Grace”

If you haven’t watched Tyler Perry’s movie “A Fall From Grace” on Netflix and plan to, stop reading this now, because we’re moving into peak spoilerdom from here on in.  If you have watched it, you either heard of or saw the horrible wigs, the extras giving the main characters the side eye or staring…