Spent a cold Sunday in January driving up to Madison, Wisconsin to see the talented Miss Issa Rae. Its the weekend before Black History Month (aka February aka my birthday month) and I wouldn't want to spend it any other way. Cliche, I know, but it is true. Seeing and listening to Issa Rae was truly great. Someone I knew in high school showed me her web-series The Misadventures of an Awkward Black Girl. She said, "thats you." They weren't wrong. There were a lot of things Issa's character and I had in common. I'll state the most uncertain similarities - we were both black and awkward. I know, who would have guessed.
Issa Rae is an author, actor, screenwriter etc. She went to an Ivy League school and majored in African studies (don't quote me on that). She comes from an African family and has four other siblings. If I remember correctly she said she got her start by making videos for her brother's band. One thing lead to another and she evenly started The Misadventures of an Awkward Black Girl on Youtube. This is the first project she actually spent money on. After a few years and projects Insecure was born. The HBO series takes some things from The Misadventures of an Awkward Black Girl but still remains distinctively different.
Starting this post the usual way, but it will end on a tangent. This past Monday was Memorial Day. Usually I am one to just chill at home, but my cousin was holding a party. It wasn't necessarily Memorial Day themed, it was actually meant to be a birthday/business promotion shindig. Naturally, I showed up looking both hella comfortable and presentable. I just got this sweatshirt dress a few days prior so I have been dying to wear it out. It is even more comfortable than I expected. Too bad it was short sleeve because it was sorta chilly that day (despite the fact the sun was out). I truly can not wait to wear this dress again.
I don't know when I came to this conclusion, but I want to become a polyglot. Sometime in 2016 I had this unavoidable longing to learn another language... or three. Out of nowhere I got irritated with myself that I only spoke English. I took Spanish in high school for three years and my proficiency is elementary level (at best). Something about knowing another language just makes me feel like a more open-minded and culturally aware person. I've started self-studying different languages in the past, including: Norwegian, Italian, German etc. but none of them really stuck. It wasn't until I started studying Japanese that things started to turn around. I blame my great interest in anime and Japanese Rock music for this.
I started teaching myself Japanese early April 2016 with the help of a website I found. I still have not clue how I came across it but it really changed everything for me. I kept a notebook of everything I learned and within a few months I had all of hiragana and katakana down (two out of the three writing systems in Japan). Reaching that milestone was really exciting.
Its already month two of the new year. I wonder how many people stuck with their new years resolutions. It is said that people usually drop their resolution within the first four weeks. I am not one of those people. In fact, I did not make a resolution at all. I think the whole concept of "new year, new me" is a bunch of bologna. If someone really wanted to change, time shouldn't and wouldn't be a deciding factor on whether or not they'll act on it.
Life isn’t easy for plus-size girls, but Naomi Watanabe is pushing Japan in the right direction. You have probably never heard of Naomi Watanabe which is fair enough since she is a Japanese actress, comedian and Beyonce-impersonator. But you should really keep an eye on her because she is making waves. Just like in the US, plus-size girls are finally getting the recognition they deserve in Japan. Beauty standards only praise girls with slim bodies, but thanks to Naomi Watanabe and the pocchari trend, that is slowly changing. Naomi first gained popularity after hilariously lip-syncing "Dream Girls" and "Crazy in Love" (video below) but after that the only way was up for the comedian. Since her Beyonce stint she has graced the cover of La Farfa, Japan’s first plus-size fashion magazine, launched Punyus, her clothing line and much more. Just take a look at the slayage: