Jackson Irungu, a gay Kenyan stylist and aspiring singer, was beaten up at a club earlier this week in Nairobi. The reason for his assault is said to be his choice of attire and possibly his sexual orientation. He is notable for coming forward as an out gay man in a CNN program documenting the struggles of gay men in Kenya.
Since Pope Benedict XVI gave three weeks’ notice, there has been a lot of speculation about who the next pope will be. One of the major front-runners is Cardinal Peter Turkson, a 64 year old Ghanaian clergyman who was made a cardinal in 2003 by Pope John Paul II and currently serves as the President of the Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace. Being ecstatic about having a West African become the next pope and oversee its one billion-strong members, I decided to find out more about this cardinal. Continue reading
I came across Wordle via The Dad Poet (thank you!) and it's a web-based application reminiscent of the Tag Cloud that creates an image of the words from a webpage or feed with the most common words appearing in a larger font. It's very simple and straightforward to use. You can then pick a format that best fits your personality or mood or…
I must confess, though I find some TEDx programs and talks enlightening, a lot of them I don't identify with. I do have the app and will occasionally check it out to see what's new. This video I got to see via a friend's recommendation and is one of the more interesting ones. It involves actor/writer/photographer iO Tillett Wright…
Roger Jean-Claude Mbede just spent a year in prison and may spend two more for the apparently "heinous" crime of sending a text message to a man saying "I am very much in love w/u". When I start thinking things are getting better, I get reminded that things are really still the same and people can be put in jail for something as harmless as such a text message.
I wake up feeling like my hand is dead (sometimes it seems swollen or somehow diseased). Then I start screaming "MY HAND!!!" While screaming I become fully awake and realise that there's nothing wrong with me. I quickly shut up and shamefully go back to bed.
I got a copy of Paris is Burning 3 years ago, started watching it but stopped after the first five minutes. I finally resumed it a few days ago and completed it. Why did it take me so long to watch an hour long movie? I guess it was the initial depressing start, seeing those young kids, their stories of being kicked out of their homes, some living in poverty, having to survive on the streets literally and going to those balls to experience another life, be somebody even if only for a few minutes.