Words I Wish I Wrote #2

Only in it's second (official) iteration, I've realised just how many things I read on the Internet. I spend all my spare time reading; on the bus, while my plantain is cooking and in between serving my Grandma's frequent visitors. Most of my bookmarks can be attributed to this folder and it's getting endlessly long, so here are more reads. There's life, death, hard work and easy jokes.

'My Father's House' by Reggie Ugwu - Buzzfeed

Stories of with immigrant parents never fail to intrigue. The dichotomy between here and there, gratefulness and guilt, and yearning for a home that was never yours but finding your levels of comfort there are lower than expected. Reggie Ugwu charts his return to Enugu State, Nigeria after the death of his younger brother to see the house his father dreamed up and put into construction before a debilitating stroke. Ugwu's account depicts his family's recent (and painful) history, Enugu life and dancing until 4am in clubs barely discernible from those in the West.

'The Long March From China To The Ivies' by Brook Larmer - 1843

Fairly wealthy Chinese students make up the majority of international students in our universities, but few of us know the extremes that candidates often go through to study abroad - particularly to reach the halls of America's Ivy League universities. Brook Larmer follows Ren Futong and others as they compete for places. Larmer reveals that even from 9 years old, kids are trained for the best chance at obtaining a space, which are sometimes limited to only 7 or 8 Chinese students. Inconceivable to those who didn't attend the U.K.'s own breeding grounds for Oxford and Cambridge, it's a fascinating read.

'We Need To Talk About Police Brutality In The UK' by Siana Bangura - The Fader

The issue of police brutality in America looms large over the race relations between police and suspects everywhere else. In truth, race relations everywhere are eclipsed by America's narrative. While Britain's own participation in the slave trade and colonial history have had deep-seated affects on society, the brutality of our own police force is an ongoing matter that gets very little attention. Bangura writes,' In the U.K., a black person is less likely to be shot dead on the streets than their counterpart in America. But we are more likely to be detained with brute force and left to die at the hands of neglectful officers. The racism in Britain's justice system is insidious, but deadly nonetheless.'

'I Know Why Michelle Obama Gave Barack That Look At The Baseball Game In Cuba' by Rembert Browne - NY Mag

The time for the Obamas to leave the White House is drawing near and because there's never been such a bossy (in a good way; think Kelis) family in that building, I'm hoovering up all the pop culture references before they flee to continue their existence in excellence and outright blackness. Rembert Browne is excellent. As always.


Grace Shutti