S1 Episode 8 – Is There More to Sitting in a Classroom?

On this episode, the Ladies of NYAC and special guest Lebo from Lesotho discuss our educational backgrounds and examine the good (boarding school adventures), the bad (crowded classrooms and impatient teachers) and the ugly (corporal punishment).


What we are reading/watching/listening to:

• Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things
• Courtney Milan’s Brother Sinister Series
• Generations (South African Soap)
• Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mocking Bird

OkayAfrica shoutout written by Ifeanyi Awachie: www.okayafrica.com/news/african-po…e-listening-to/

Show was mixed by Ifeoluwa Olokode, and theme music is “Ayo” by the über talented Femi Leye


S1 Episode 7 – Africa(ns) in the Media/Hollywood

Hey listeners! In this episode, we talk about our favorite African actors, our collective weariness of the portrayal of African characters in the media and the benefits of the increasing presence of African actors in Hollywood.

Our Favorites:
Danai Gurira, Eclipsed and The Walking Dead www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/when-da…he-wrote-her-own-2/
David Oyelowo, Selma, Middle of Nowhere and The Butler
Chiwetelu Ejiofor, Half of a Yellow Sun and The Martian
Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Belle, Beyond The Lights, Concussion and Undercovers

The Book of Negroes, Djimon Hounsou, NYAC S1 Episode 1, Family Guy (www.lindaikejisblog.com/2016/01/accor…ceros-is.html), Blackish (www.imdb.com/title/tt4831834/?ref_=ttep_ep12), Modern Family (www.hulu.com/watch/700524), Sense 8, Concussion, Beasts of No Nation, Luther, Ayanda, 12 Years A Slave, Shuga (vimeo.com/7775923), 24, Waiting to Exhale, Love Jones, Brown Sugar, The Best Man, Love & Basketball.

What we are currently watching/reading/listening to:
Banky W ft Chidinma, All I Want Is You
The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma

Show was mixed by Ifeyinwa Arinze, and theme music is “Ayo” by Femi Leye.

S1 Episode 6 – Black History Month

Happy Black History Month (Black Fist Emoji)! In this episode we explore how Black History is celebrated in different parts of the world; discuss differences between BHM celebrations in the US vs UK; share the things we learnt thanks to BHM; shoutout some of our black heroes: Lewis Howard Latimer, Madam C.J. Walker, Maya Angelou, James Baldwin and Toussaint Louverture; and demand our fucking reparations from white people.

• Excerpt from Edward Baptist’s The Half Has Never Been Told – hereandnow.wbur.org/2014/11/19/slav…economy-baptist
• BBC’s Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners – www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b063db18
• PBS’s Black in Latin America – www.pbs.org/wnet/black-in-latin-america/about/

What we are currently watching/reading/listening to:
• Rihanna’s ANTI Album
• Mat Johnson’s Loving Day
• HBO’s Game of Thrones
• Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You

Show was mixed by Ifeoluwa Olokode, and theme music is “Ayo” by the über talented Femi Leye

S1 Episode 4 – “Afropolitanism”

Happy New Year! Inspired by Chimamanda Adichie’s Danger of a Single Story TED Talk, we examine Afropolitanism and discuss whether or not it’s the new Single Story about Africa. We discuss the relatively new concept as it relates to Afro-Pessimism and Pan-Africanism. Is Afropolitanism a social movement? A political one? Does it matter?
Related articles:

What we are currently watching/reading/listening to:
– Minority Report (The Movie)
– Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See
– Aziz Ansari’s Modern Romance
– Abraham Verghese’s Cutting for Stone
– Kristin Kimball’s The Dirty Life
– The web series An African City, Gidi Up and Shuga
– Falz’s Stories That Touch album

Show was mixed by Ifeoluwa Olokode, and theme music is “Ayo” by the über talented Femi Leye

S1 Episode 2 – Our Identities

On this episode we:
• Talk about the origins of our names, what they mean and why it is important you make an effort to pronounce names properly. Let Warsan Shire’s poem awaken you www.goodreads.com/quotes/685235-gi…hters-names-that
• Discuss black solidarity and evolution of our identities
• Dissect (probably well intentioned) questions like ‘where are you from?’ and ‘when are you going back?’ and Taiye Selasi’s TED Talk: www.ted.com/talks/taiye_selasi_…a_local?language=en
• Touch on some international student struggles (where our F1/OPT/H1B people at?)

What we are reading/watching/listening to:
o Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
o Justin Beiber’s Purpose (especially the single Sorry)
o Jon Ronsen’s So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed
o Binyavanga Wainaina’s How to Write about Africa
o Cecile Emeke’s Strolling Series

Theme music, Ayo, by the ever gracious and über talented Femi Leye, cover art by Yeka O, episode mixed by Ifeoluwa O