Brown Girl Begins — Telling Stories of Colour Sans Stereotypes

This is more than just a movie review.

Brown Girl Begins — Telling Stories of Colour Sans Stereotypes — Shakura S'Aida as MamiCaribbeanTales couldn’t have known I was in the middle of deeply searching for a great connection to my roots when they reached out to collaborate. It’s a dope time for content creators who look like us with Jordan Peele’s 2017 horror smash Get Out taking home an Oscar and 2018’s Black Panther smashing every record the world can toss at it, but we can still do more.

Black culture has long challenged anyone who dares try to keep it in a box. Most of what the world calls “Black culture” is culture reshaped and repackaged for public consumption. Hip-hop. Television. Fashion. It all reached a tipping point where Black culture met bold couture, and suddenly we found ourselves without identifiers accurately representing us anymore.

Or at least—that’s the narrative some would have us believe.

The 2017 100 — It’s Not WHAT You Do, It’s How You DO It.

Unless my life sees some major changes this year, 2017 may mark the last list of 100!

It’s January 13th—I’ve spent nearly two weeks of my new year agonising over 100 items that matter enough to hit a list of goals and aspirations for the year ahead. And that’s a key difference from the lists that came before it.

Before it was a task list—I’d look around at everything that needed doing and jot it down, because my life would obviously be better with them out of the way.

But task lists aren’t inspiring. They’re not motivational. As a creative, that’s like dropping a pile of 100 things I dread on my lap and nagging myself to get ’em done by the year’s end.

Once I realised what I was doing to myself, so much so that I just went through my least successful year yet for my list, I knew I needed to make a change for 2017.

The 2017 100 — It's Not WHAT You Do, It's How You DO It. — New Year, New Perspective

I’m particularly proud of the list I’ve put together for The 2017 100. I didn’t take any shortcuts—I wrote out 100 things that’d help me live the life I’d like to lead and prove instrumental along the path there. Rather than hurriedly scrawl out a list I’d likely ignore ’til December, I wrote one that I’d happily check off, knowing that each accomplishment would take me a step closer to a far better 2018. I feel like I’m finally getting it right this time, and I hope that shines through as you give it a look for yourself!

But that’s enough of my chatter—I’ve already made you wait long enough. Here for your consideration is The 2017 100—because it’s not what you do… it’s how you do it!

Little by Little, Day by Day

The poster for "Safe House", a movie released February 10, 2012.
Denzel’s still playing a bad-ass. I’m completely okay with this.

The end of another week is upon us, and the world continues to revolve upon its axis. Fridays are generally a day with a slow start, since playing late games of Ultimate Frisbee on Thursday nights will tend to keep your adrenaline levels up for a few hours, so if you don’t nap before the game, you’ll be dragging your heels to end the week.

This Friday’s a little busier than usual, so not much to report in the world of the site — slowly tweaking the design, plugins and structure so I can keep it organized as a reflection of whatever’s actually important in my daily journey.

So what’s keeping me so busy? This evening’s events include:

And that’s on top of my current obsessions:

  • Plants vs. Zombies — this game is dangerously addictive and makes my commute in and out of work seem a lot shorter
  • Trying to figure out a new logo — I’ll show you my current logo tomorrow and explain why it feels a little “eh” to me
  • BuckyBalls — metal balls that I can turn into all sorts of 2- and 3-dimensional shapes? Yes please. They work very well as stress balls through some of the more challenging meetings at work, too!

I hope you’re all looking forward to a great weekend!

–case p.