A Few Thoughts on Writing About Your Whiteness

Yet the question stayed with me, and my teacher-mind invariably teased out suggestions for unraveling this thing called whiteness with reflective writing prompts. These suggestions are informed by the practice of empathy and compassion, what I emphasize to my undergraduates students as absolute necessities in creative writing.

The Hot-Sour-Bittersweet Taste of Memories

(Published originally on Spoonwiz.com — a food blog that has shuttered.)   Aug 2, 2013 Editor: Elizabeth McKenzie My sister gingerly sprinkled tiny globs on her plate of rice, ground chicken and vegetables. She was careful not to look too close. I dropped a larger spoonful of hăng hơdŏm sao onto mine, and inspected until I was satisfied: the…

An Open Letter To Buhari On The Eve Of Inauguration (editorial work)

By Gbénga Sèsan. (Edited by H’Rina DeTroy.) Information and communications guru, ‘Gbénga Sèsan was appointed Nigeria’s first Information Technology Youth Ambassador in 2001. Currently he is the Executive Director of Paradigm Initiative Nigeria and uses his expertise for socio-economic transformation in Nigeria and Africa. Dear President-Elect, In April, despite your imminent victory, I found my eyes…

The African King of Pinterest (editing work)

By William Chitangala. (Edited by H’Rina DeTroy.) When Okayafrica came across the stunning Pinterest boards of German-Zambian luxury brander William Chitangala we quickly dubbed him “The African King of Pinterest.” When he’s not applying his marketing know-how to the Frankfurt-based company Saint-Germain, he’s creating collaborative pinning boards inspired by Afrocentric design, fashion and culture. In…

Red Spade Readings presents: An Intuitive Writing Workshop – NYC

Through an experimental writing workshop, we will allow questions and mysteries of our past — whether personal, familial or ancestral — guide our creative process. Instead of being passive bystanders to histories and legacies we have inherited — or worse, denying their existence of connection to them — we are going to use them as…

The Pop Stars That Swayed Nigeria’s Political Change

By H’Rina DeTroy Reporting contributed by Eromo Egbejule Nigerian history was made this month when power changed hands peacefully with the defeat of incumbent president Goodluck Jonathan and the fifteen-year rule of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). Here’s a roundup of how the glitterati of Nigeria were involved in this year’s elections and how some…