Monday, September 24, 2018

Film Review | Nappily Ever After

Last Friday saw the release of Nappily Ever After on Netflix, and trust me, Twitter has been talking! Based on the novel by Trisha R. Thomas, Nappily Ever After tells the story of a black woman's path to independence - independence from the pressure of conforming to a standard of beauty perpetuated by the very industry she works in.

Film Review | Crazy Rich Asians

It's not very often I go out on a school night. I'm that girl who's most likely to offer a well-curated excuse for missing out on after-work drinks or any other link up in the middle of the week but last week I broke away from tradition and went to see Crazy Rich Asians.


Sunday, September 23, 2018

***GIVEAWAY ALERT*** Win a Book and a Mug from Me!

True story: books are expensive. Especially if like me you prefer traditional books to ebooks. So, I was ecstatic when the opportunity to host this competition, courtesy of 4th Estate books came up. I decided to throw in one more from Penguin, plus my branded mugs, and there you have it! Three of you have the opportunity to win one of these amazing books and a mug from me!


Friday, September 21, 2018

What BlacKkKlansman Taught Me About The Irony of History
Every so often, I may switch things up on the blog a little, and I'd like to begin with this film review.

An Important Film
BlacKkKlansman, directed by Spike Lee and Jordan Peele, made its debut in cinemas across the UK, last month with much noise and media attention. If there ever is a time for everyone to be awakened to the effects of structural racism (in case you've been sleeping) now would be it, which is why this film is timely. So I went off to see what it was all about.


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Book Review | Stay with Me

Stay With Me is a heartbreaking tale depicting what happens when desperation collides with misfortune.

Barrenness, a woman's problem?
Set between 1985 and 2008 in Ilesa, Nigeria the novel tells the story of Yejide and Akin, who despite being married for years, are plagued with barrenness. Typical as it is in Nigerian culture, fertility issues are always placed squarely on the woman's shoulders. She's often blamed for having a hostile womb, or at worst being a witch. Stay With Me thus opens with the Yejide' s and Akin's family members invading the couple's home with a 'second wife' in tow, much to the couple's horror. "It is one child that calls another one to this world...once she gets pregnant and has a child, we are sure you will have one too", Akin's relative attempts to explain to (or taunt!)  Yejide. 


Saturday, September 15, 2018

What Has Madeline Been Reading?

Courtesy of Google
Don't you just wish that life would just afford us a few extra hours so we can get some of the important things done, like, oh I don't know...reading a good book? Well going on a blogging hiatus did relinquish some much needed time to get myself lost in between the pages of a few.


Wednesday, September 12, 2018

7 Ways to Rekindle Your Love for Reading

This blog post is in response to one of my lovely readers who left a comment under one of my posts. It read, "I really hate reading...truth be told. Would love if you write a post on how to enhance our reading skills."

Wish granted.

Finding the time to pick up a book in this busy life can elude the best of us - even for myself the book blogger! With the rise of more convenient ways to take in information such as videos and podcasts, it's easy to see why the world is foregoing reading. The gag is, there is so much material being published. All day, every day! There's no end to the number of books out there.

Most of us know we should read more, but we don't. So how can you encourage yourself to do something when you don't really want to do it? If you are in a bit of a reading rut, you may want to follow some of these tips:


Sunday, September 9, 2018

Book Review | Slay In Your Lane

When I first got my hands on Yomi Adegoke's and Elizabeth Uviebinen√©'s Slay In Your Lane, little did I know the fuschia pink and gold number, with its title emblazoned in white on the front  was going to be a game changer for many UK black women, who for a long time have largely gone ignored, silenced, and uncatered for.


Saturday, September 8, 2018

Three Storytelling Lessons from The Bobby Brown Story

Courtesy of BET and
The much-awaited Bobby Brown Story, a biopic documenting the life of the "Don't Be Cruel" singer premiered on BET on Thursday, closely followed by a plethora of social media commentary. Depending on who your friends are on Twitter and Instagram, you might have found it difficult to escape from, as I did!

The height of my curiosity came on Friday night, which led me to plug into part one of the two-part series. The film closely followed the genesis of Bobby Brown's fame, his relationship with Whitney Houston, and concluded just as we were beginning to see drug abuse disassemble a successful music career. And trust me in between the hypersexualised scenes and questionable portrayals of some of my favourite artists, I did pick up a thing or two!


Thursday, September 6, 2018

Is Your Elevator Pitch Ready?

I have a small task for you. In twenty seconds tell me about yourself. GO!

How did you do? 

Last month at the BBB Mixer (read more about it here), one question I encountered the most was, "so tell me what you do?". It's funny how although I know in my head what I do, knowing how to package it in a twenty-second presentation, in a coherent and interesting way, takes some practice. 

If you've ever been close to crumbling at the “tell me about yourself” part of a job interview or would like to learn how to put your best foot forward at a networking event, then stick with me. 
An elevator pitch is a business term used by professionals, and is a way to sell a company’s products or services in a nutshell. Entrepreneurs use it to summarise the premise of their businesses, and people in general, use it as small talk at social events. It's normally around twenty to sixty seconds long - basically the amount of time it would take for you to move from one floor to another in a lift! 
We're going to learn how to take this concept and use it to form an attention-grabbing pitch. 

Disclaimer: If you are reading this and are a pro at the elevator pitch please note that these principles are for beginners.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Back Like I Never Left | Updates

I'm baaaaaaack!

In my last post, when I mentioned I would be on hiatus, I didn't expect the time to breeze by. Honestly, three months have felt like three weeks, but true to my word, I am here. 'So why hiatus?' You might ask.

I'd like to be candid. Back in June, life was hectic to say the least (when is it not, eh?) but a lot was going on. I was settling into full-time work after going part-time for a while, and boy did those two extra days per week makes a difference! Secondly, I wasn't doing too good healthwise, but thankfully your girl is on the up. Also, for those of you who have been following me on Instagram, you'll know that I am working on a major project at the moment. Keep reading to find out what exactly what it is!  But for now here are some updates.

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