I had a fairly relaxed week despite the two tests that I wrote (went really well) on Monday and Wednesday. I have also been burning the midnight oil due to projects and assignments that have leering deadlines. In fact my body crashed on Wednesday and I had to have an early night to recover. I am always preaching about how one needs to listen to the body and relax but when it comes to practicing what I preach I guess I learn the hard way.
We also shot a video on campus where we were doing the Harlem Shake. I hope for the life of me that it doesn’t make YouTube. I blame my vow to do spontaneous things on this spur of the moment decision. If you don’t know what the Harlem Shake is, where have you been? Check out the videos on YouTube.
On my playlist:
It has been out for quite a while now, but I am absolutely loving Mariah Carey’s “Almost Home” from the Disney movie “Oz The Great And Powerful”. She reminded me of Brandy at first and my good musical genius friend Zamani told me it’s because of the signature Stargate sound by which the song is produced. Stargate also produces for Brandy. Lovely song! Check it out below.
Justin Timberlake’s Mirrors is also a really good song at the moment. What I particularly love about the song is that it has profound meaning without being overbearingly deep. It’s the second single from his latest offering, The 20/20 Experience, which will be released soon.
What I watched:
I watched a video on CNN about a London-based Nigerian couple that set out to start a collection of African dolls which have our features and are programmed to speak our languages. I think it is absolutely great. Unfortunately I can’t copy the video from CNN, but check it out HERE.
I also saw Kelly Rowland’s music video for her latest single, Kisses Down Low, from her album Talk A Good Game which will be released soon. The video reminded me of Keri Hilson’s Pretty Girl Rock (I hate to admit this for some reason) at most. I wish Kelly would be more daring in terms of her music as well as her videos. She is very talented and could definitely do better. The song is okay, but it’s not ground-breaking.
What I found interesting on twitter:
There were tweets making the rounds that Reeva Steenkamp’s parents could be evicted from their Port Elizabeth home. This was absolutely sad for me to see. Reeva who was shot by her boyfriend, Oscar Pistorius on Valentines Day, was the breadwinner of her family and now that she is gone, they might lose their home. How much more can one family take? Definitely makes me count my blessings.
The announcement of the new Pope was also one of this week’s most tweeted events. What I found interesting in these tweets was the particular focus on the race of the Pope. I don’t understand what difference a black Pope would have made. Someone tried explaining to me that it was the same as having a black president for the first time, but I don’t agree. It isn’t like the Catholic church has been oppressing black people and that a black Pope will now be a sign of how far “liberation” has come.
What I found interesting on the interwebs:
I read THIS article where Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, ex-wife of Nelson Mandela,is being accused for yet another brutal murder during apartheid. It made me think of how much our freedom as a nation cost so many lives. So many families have lost their loved ones. Our freedom really came at a high price. So many are still paying. I am glad that I can live in a country where I can make decisions about my future and get a good education without being imperialised. I thank all those that fought for that.
Plans for next week:
I will be going to Nothende’s listening session for her latest offering, Rebirth, which will be held in Newtown. It costs just R30 from 12 – 6 pm. I love Nothende so I know I am going to enjoy it. I am dragging my friend Lisa along. I am close to converting her into a fan. This will be the final phase of the process.
I will also be going to the official launch of Cooyah Talent Management Agency which will be held in Midrand. Kiki, who owns the agency, has done a great deal of work in a short space of time and I wish her all the best in her business.
Have a lovely weekend!