Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Getting Married - and the nuances of culture, religion and society

Getting married – and the nuances of culture, religion and society

So…I recently turned 25 and life on this side of my twenties is definitely not as I expected it to be! It’s awesome; don’t get me wrong, being 25 has to be the prime of my young life thus far. But I never thought the societal pressure around marriage in my African and Christian context would ever affect me! The bug has bitten, and the concept of the ticking biological clock has kicked in, people my age (and younger!) are getting married, having babies, throwing hen parties, bridal showers, baby welcomes – you name it! The wedding invitations are starting to flow, and parents and aunts are starting to look at me and ask…ok, so who is your special person – you almost have your Masters, have graduated twice already, are independent and live away from home and have started your new job…when are you getting married? <insert awkward silence>

Monday, June 25, 2012

Self-Hate and Gangsta Rap Names

By William Richardson

John Gotti aka the "Teflon Don" and the boss of the Gambino Family

Not too long ago, I was in the car listening to some random song on my local hip-hop station when the DJ mentioned Big Sean and Ludacris for some reason. I then had the random thought, "wtf is big about Sean? And, indeed, some of the stuff Ludacris says is indeed ludicrous"

Saturday, June 23, 2012

E3 Eccentricity and the Rise of the Gaming Machine

"It seems astounding to me now that the video games are perhaps as important as the movies themselves. And people will spend 2 or 3 years obsessing about the video game in exactly the same way that they'd be obsessing about the movie if they were working on that."
       -John Cleese

Photo courtesy of the Internet.

Friday, June 22, 2012

The Fall (?) of the Egyptian Revolution

The Fall (?) of the Egyptian Revolution

The night of February 11th 2011, the world celebrated the triumph of the Egyptian people over the dictator Hosni Mubarak. Tahrir Square was filled with Egyptians singing and chanting, overwhelmed by the knowledge that the man who had ruled Egypt for 30 years was finally gone because they demanded it. However, any keen observer would notice that the military was an always present force and that their “new” reign did not seem to differ much from the past 3 presidents, all of whom came from military backgrounds.  More than a year after the revolution, Egyptian activists are still protesting; but this time they are turning against the

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

5 Reasons Why You Should NOT Be Hype for Euro 2012 (An American Perspective)

By Guest Contributor Trevor Ammons 

Kenny Powers thinks soccer is un-American. 

Disclaimer: I am a fan of soccer/football.  My dreams are filled with a United States soccer league that rivals those in Europe.  Yet after reading Blessing’s post about “5 Reasons Why We Should Be Hype About Euro 2012,”

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Why are American Students Failing?

The supposed failure of the American student is not the fault of the politicians or the education system. And it is certainly not the fault of the teachers. The problem is that we need to stop thinking of the education system as failing. When we categorize the system as a failure, we are saying that our children are a failures.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Living the DREAM: What Does President Obama's Announcement On Immigration Mean For DREAMers?

While on my trip to the nation's capital, something incredible happened. I was looking through my Facebook and Twitter feeds to see what was going on in the world (the quickest way to get my news fix) and I read a headline that said something like "President Obama announces a stop to deportations of illegal youth." I was a little bit shocked; it couldn't mean

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Human Capital Theory and International Education for Development

The second Millenium Development Goal (MDG), achieving universal primary education, has garnered a lot of attention since the goals were officially established in 2000 following the Millenium Summit. It has brought to the forefront of the international development world the role that education can play in a country’s economic development.  The general belief is that education leads to

Friday, June 8, 2012

Five Reasons We Should (All) Be Getting Excited for Euro 2012!

The presidential election slowly gathering momentum, the London Olympics promising to be bigger than ever, and a growingly convincing case for a pending Zombie Apocalypse - if we continue to be this lucky, this summer might turn out to be one for the history books!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Honoring Our Veterans

By Sally Mouakkad

A tribute to the U.S. Armed Forces at Santa Monica Beach, CA.
Photo Credit: Sally Mouakkad
"For their service and sacrifice, warm words of thanks from a grateful nation are more than warranted, but they aren't nearly enough. We also owe our veterans the care they were promised and the benefits that they have earned. We have a sacred trust with those who wear the uniform of the United States of America. It's a commitment that begins at enlistment, and

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Everybody Hates Chris

By Ernesto Alvarado

Man I hated that show in the United States. Yet, it's a small slice of home that I enjoy on the local TV stations here in Brasilia. I never thought it would become such an enlightening point of conversation between myself and my Brazilian counterparts.

Friday, June 1, 2012

America: Land of the Free, Home of the Scared? (Part 1)

Part 1: The War on Women

By Nancy Campos

Courtesy of

“All men are created equal. No matter how hard they try, they can never erase those words. That is what America is about.”—Harvey Milk
The United States tends to be synonymous with freedom and equality for all. That’s what the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem all say, in one way or another. We stand out as a country that was founded by those seeking refuge