Eko Memoirs (Memories)


The First Time You Find Love

Stuck In Perpetual Soliloquy

So you’re 16, 17 or 18 when you finally have THE epiphany that will probably change your life forever. You realize that you need a companion. No, not your niggars or your “boys-boys” (sometimes it feels like they’ve been with you since before you were born) but a special person. Someone who laughs at your jokes and makes you feel like Kevin Hart; that person who makes you have this really weird but wonderful feeling of happiness and whose joie de vivre is infectious; someone who makes you want to use that most possessive of pronouns, “mine”.

You don’t know what triggered this epiphany. Was it seeing that nerd holding hands with Joyce, the class beauty queen, or being smiled at by that pretty girl who’s just moved into the neighborhood or being completely fascinated by someone you may never have even noticed before. The how doesn’t matter tho because…

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Why I Dropped Everything And Started Teaching Kendrick Lamar’s New Album

Brian Mooney

When Kendrick Lamar released his sophomore album, To Pimp A Butterfly (2015), I was in the middle of teaching a unit on Toni Morrison’s novel, The Bluest Eye (1970). My freshmen students were grappling with some big ideas and some really complex language. Framing the unit as an “Anti-Oppression” study, we took special efforts to define and explore the kinds of institutional and internalized racism that manifest in the lives of Morrison’s African-American characters, particularly the 11-year-old Pecola Breedlove and her mother, Pauline. We posed questions about oppression and the media – and after looking at the Dick & Jane primers that serve as precursors to each chapter, considered the influence of a “master narrative” that always privileges whiteness.

Set in the 1940s, the Breedlove family lives in poverty. Their only escape is the silver screen, a place where they idolize the glamorous stars of the film industry. Given the historical context…

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CrazySexyCool: Keke Palmer

My new style crush is no other than Keke Palmer!!!  Singer, songwriter, actress, fashion designer, entrepreneur. From Barbershop 2: Back in Business to Akeelah and the Bee to Joyful Noise to True Jackson, VP to CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, Keke has come a long way from performing at a stage show at a Chicago Tourist destination to being the youngest television talk show host. Also her style has also evolved over the years. Her style says edgy, fun and comfortable .From bold colours to print on denim to her shoe game to keeping it minimal with her accessories, even to little details such as her nails ..she is someone I love to stalk 😀  . These are just few pictures but I hope you enjoy them has much as I did





She certainly doesn’t shy away from colours






Whether shorts, blazer, tube or gown she sure knows how to rock print




Cropped.. shorts.. shoes, her urban style is LIT





…ever classy





Even when keeping it casual she’s #JustKeke



























Confessions of an Obsessed Non Die Hard Movie Person : Devious Maids

Devious Maids

There’s nothing more annoying than a slow browser. You know those ones that don’t understand how bad you really really really want to download a movie or a series. Now I’m not a die hard movie person or something but once something’s got my attention.. let’s say things can get pretty serious.

My story began pretty much this week. So its hols yeah.. a short one I must say and I was bored like serious. Going through my laptop I find out I have two movies I haven’t seen ( 2 movies out of the 5 movies I have) so I decided movie it is. After watching ” The Heat” and “Stand Up Guys” let’s say it began. I was so excited that I had to tell somebody! What added to the excitement was that I had just seen an Al Pacino movie ( yes that was my 1st.. haven’t seen “The Godfather” or “Scarface” GO AHEAD AND JUDGE ME)..because just the day before I had looked him up on Google and decided I had to see one of his movies. I had to tell someone.. I was that excited and I opened my big mouth to tell Gbemi ( yes you I said.. its partially your fault). So there I was sharing with him my “experience” ( and I can TYPE when I have that urge) I think I wrote him a book or something. And instead of being happy for me (smh..  what a friend) he decided to be envious. Now this is a movie person type of guy.. action, drama, black and white movies.. he’s into it. Later that day he decided to tell me about some new series that his sister just got. Saying something about latino maids in Beverly Hills, one has a daughter who has feelings for her mother’s boss’s son, one maid gets killed, someone framed for the murder, someone going under cover, one sleeping with her boss.. things that just got me really interested. Then he was like you have to download it, watch it, its nice. Now I Google everything from meaning of words, to lyrics( yes I check out the lyrics before I download the song) , to movies, to people, to places, to nail polish, to tumblr usernames, to fashion trends.. to whatever just name it

Hi I’m Olivia and I’m a Google/ Wikipedia addict.

So after Google had given me the assurance that I needed, I set out to download this Devious Maids. I tried different websites.. any website. I sent messages to people I haven’t spoken to in months just to get a website.. I even ask my bestie ( Chuchu I love you and I’m sorry I used you like that) to ask the guy who was on her case what website I could use. Most  of them either took forever ( when I say forever I really mean FOREVER.. imagine one whole hour just to download episode 1.. 1 o and season 1 has 13 episodes!) or re-directed me to another website or to some page on how to get quick money from the comfort of your couch.. like wt… And it went deeper .. deeper and deeper and I couldn’t stop ( I still cannot stop!) I’m obsessed! I must download the entire season! I used to live a happy boring life! (Okay that was too far.. the boring life isn’t all that rainbow and unicorns filled so .. err..mm moving on). Of course I had to ( and have to) blame someone. So I blamed Gbemi and I’m still blaming him for doing this to me.. it should be some type of abuse and being the annoying unbearable friend that he can be ( he’s also my shrink when the need arises) he says I sound like he made me steal an artefact from a museum and I got caught and have to go to jail. Not only has he finished season 1 of Devious Maids.. he asks ” Have you heard of Witches of East End? Oh sorry talking about movies reminds you of your download predicament” .. imagine the guts

Now I have to face the fact that its either my stupid browser’s slow or the web hates me. And truthfully I vote for the latter. So I’m sitting down here  thinking.. maybe not today , maybe not tomorrow but Devious Maids shall be mine to see.