Posts tagged History
22 July: After the Action

Directed by Paul Greengrass (“Captain Phillips”, “United 93”), “22 July” recounts the 2011 terror attacks in Norway which left 77 dead, hundreds injured, and an entire nation devastated.

I have watched it half a dozen times.

Let’s get this straight: this film is by no means easy to watch. It is heartbreaking, to say the least, and will undoubtedly anger a number of viewers given the true story subject matter and the current political climate of the world. But that’s exactly why you should watch it.

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Biba Guahan: Prologue & Chapter One

About a week ago, I asked in a poll on my Instagram whether or not my followers would like to read sample chapters of a work in progress in the same way George R.R. Martin teases all of us with spinets from his latest volume of A Song of Ice and Fire. (Still waiting on Winds of Winter, George. Still waiting.) Everyone who voted said, "Yes." So, here we are. 

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What I'm Watching: Black Panther

Whenever I heard someone say how excited they were for “Black Panther” because it looked cool, I was quick to reply with “I’m excited about this movie because of how important it is,” which usually got a perplexed look in response. Now, I will not claim to have read the comic books but basic knowledge of the character, his world, and the time he was introduced in the Marvel Universe meant I knew without having picked up a single issue that the Black Panther was revolutionary. A black African warrior royal from the most technologically advanced country in the world came into being in the 1960s – hence his moniker – presenting a much different picture of the continent than was known at that time and arguably still imagined by even those who sit in the highest seats of government today.

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The Greatest Love Story I Know

This week is Valentine’s Day week and your social media feed will undoubtedly be filled with pictures of gifts, gestures, and #RelationshipGoals but I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you the greatest love story I know which became the basis for everything I have done in my writing and which still influences my life in ways I am only beginning to understand. I do want to say that if you decide to read on – and I hope you do – this blog post does contain spoilers to some of my works. But I hope that in reading it, you can understand why I am so moved to write about it.

I want to tell you about my grandparents.

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What I'm Watching: Dunkirk

One of my gifts this Christmas was a blu-ray of Christopher Nolan’s most recent feature, Dunkirk, which was released in theaters on July 21, 2017, and I had been excited to see for months beforehand. I could not count how many times I watched the trailers of my own accord or in the attempts to get other people as psyched about this film as I was. It seems an odd thing to be “excited” for a war movie but the main reason I was aside from it being made by Nolan is its representation on the silver screen of a chapter in World War II history not widely discussed. I will say this now for those who have not seen in the film or heard this event referred to in school, mild spoilers ahead.

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