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A United Kingdom Film Review

A United Kingdom is a fantastic film.  It highlights not only the power of love but more importantly the politics of apartheid.  Great Britain was a lead player in Botswana’s apartheid history. The film focuses on the relationship between the main characters: King of Bechuanaland (modern day Botswana) and London office worker, Ruth Williams and their…

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The Mothers – Sage Sanguine Spectacular

The Mothers, a ‘dazzling debut novel’ from Brit Bennett is a sage, sanguine, and spectacular story. It is spectacular because Bennett’s portrayal of how hurt reverberates through communities is so tangible and so very relatable. Also because sadly, so few books are about middle-class black people. The Mothers is a 288 page-turner that poses the…

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Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom set in 1927 is an impressive play with an interesting history.  It centres on power dynamics: racism, self-determination, economics and change.  I enjoyed the London performance.  This play remains relevant on gender inequality and cultural appropriation.  I also went away with a better understanding of recent gang violence.  The play illustrates…

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Book Review – Lightning Strikes

Lightning Strikes by Theresa Parker My rating: 1 of 5 stars I had come to the end of the latest Mattie Winston Mystery by Annelise Ryan. I needed a cosy friend. So I was excited when I found the book Lighting Strikes. Andromeda Spencer, the protagonist, sounded like a fun character in this new mystery…

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Book Review: Agatha Christie’s Dead Harlequin

The Dead Harlequin: A Short Story by Agatha Christie My rating: 3 of 5 stars The Dead Harlequin is classic Agatha Christie. It is a short story taken from The Mysterious Mr. Quin. It is not a Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple mystery but no less enjoyable for this. The Harley Quin stories have a…

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Lucky Stiff; A Mattie Winston Mystery Review

Lucky Stiff by Annelise Ryan My rating: 3 of 5 stars It took me a little while to finish Lucky Stiff. I read a few books in between; this is not a reflection of the author’s work. Once I got into it, I did not stop until the end. The author gave Mattie a coping…

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Laying Down The Paw – Review

Laying Down the Paw by Diane Kelly My rating: 4 of 5 stars When I came across Laying Down The Paw, the third book in the Brigit and Megan series, all other books were put aside. Not only because of International Women’s Day on March 8th and this book is about two females. It is…

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Wererat – My Last Minute

Thursday 3rd March was World Book Day.   Wererat by Jonathan P. Brazee My rating: 3 of 5 stars Wererat deserves 3.5 stars I was attracted to the idea of this book. Instead of being a huge imposing werewolf or another big were-beast, the protagonist is a wererat! I imaged this book would be hilarious….

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West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song Review ***

  Africa is the second largest continent on earth stretching from the southern shores of the Mediterranean to the Cape of Good Hope.  Today it comprises of 54 separate nations.  The cultures and the languages are the most diverse in the world.  Yet, it is often referred to as just Africa.  This reference to the…

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