Posts Tagged: chimamanda ngozi adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Zadie Smith in Conversation

Via Colorlines, this meeting of two geniuses, this blessing unto all of our lives. Here's a sample:

CNA: People say, “Your female characters are so strong, how do you do that??” and I think… [makes face]

CNA & ZS: [laughs at all the basic people on Earth]

ZS: I think someone once very unwisely gave my mom a copy of Bridget Jones's Diary in the mid-'90s, a book I found very funny and sweet but for my mom it might as well have been written in Swahili for as much as she comprehended the situation. “What is wrong with this woman? What is her issue? I don’t understand, what’s [...]


On Lupita Nyong'o: "Blackness, in a context of white American oppression, is a role. It is not intrinsic to her identity"

Stacia L. Brown writes wonderfully about what it means when a "(comparatively) carefree black girl wins an Oscar."

Our ingenues rarely win Oscars. It is our seasoned comediennes, sassing their way through lines like, “Molly, you in danger, girl!” or throwing frying pans at their pregnant daughters, who take home the gold. It is the reality star who belts a gut-wrenching beggarly torch song to a man already walking away or the naked grieving mother sexing the guard who executed her husband, the round, battered, quick-witted maid who bakes her own excrement into pies. They are the ones who win. And we are proud of their achievements. We take everything we [...]


"We Must Do Better": In Praise of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

When I first discovered the existence of Beyoncé’s surprise self-titled album this past December, I dissolved into a fit of grateful, relief-filled screams usually reserved for for grad school admissions letters. That is to say, I reacted like most people did. And when I saw the words, "Feat. Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche,” I screamed again. (Never mind that her name is actually spelled "Adichie.”) By now, you’re likely familiar with the snippet of Adichie's Ted Talk, "We Should all be Feminists,” that 'Yonce sampled:

We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls: 'You can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim [...]