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Walt Shakes(@Walt_Shakes) is an award-winning Nigerian writer, poet and veteran blogger. He is a lover of the written word. the faint whiff of nature, the flashing vista of movies, the warmth of companionship and the happy sound of laughter.

Questioning Ryan Murphy’s Bid To Tell The Story About Harvey Weinstein’s Victims

It has been reported that prolific showrunner Ryan Murphy is mulling over the idea of a new show about Hollywood predators, tentatively called Consent—but is this really Murphy’s story to tell? The out gay showrunner is known for his loud, lurid ideas. He’s a hit-maker, and for the last decade, ...

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The #MetGala Story We Want Hollywood To Tell

So you remember that time when Twitter generated the possible motion picture storyline starring Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o? Well, Twitter is sure starting to take this movie pitching career seriously. While most of the Catholic world is spouting butthurt indignation about cultural appropriation over the Met Gala’s 2018 theme, Heavenly ...

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How Taylor Swift’s Ridiculous Claim Of Kim Kardashian ‘Bullying’ Her Is Exploitative

Taylor Swift wants you to know that she’s the victim here, guys. Just hours after ending her nothingburger of a feud with fellow pop star Katy Perry, the one-time country singer addressed her ongoing strife with the Kardashian West clan. In the most recent volume of what feels like a ...

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Does Beyoncé Have To Do Everything Herself Around Here?

The U.S. unemployment rate rose slightly this weekend, as whoever was supposed to be operating a fan at Beyoncé’s second Coachella performance got themselves good and fired. Here’s video of the incident, provided by a very lucky human fan: Person who was supposed to man that fan is fired. #Beychella ...

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A JUSTIFICATION FOR BITTERNESS AND REVENGE

I have jokingly called myself Pacifist-in-chief of the Federal Republic of pacifists. I want peace, I mean, why shouldn’t I? But I’m afraid that perhaps I want it too much. I am even willing to accept that my desire for peace is idealistic and I’m beginning to think unrealistic, especially ...

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THERE WAS A BOY

And we raise psychopaths. These are the parents who blame the government for their woes and yet can’t raise their own children to be sane, civil, courteous, law-abiding and functional individuals. My friend came to see me with her son this morning. He was a seven-year-old. At the door, I ...

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BEHOLD, THE POST OFFICE

I get a call in the morning. The connection is very bad – hissing static and a caller’s voice that keeps crackling in and out of focus. “Hello… Are you Walter Ude… Have a package… Come to our office…” “Hello, hello, I can’t hear you well, sir,” I keep saying ...

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A Book About Queer People Is Coming From Cassava Republic, And It’s Called “SHE CALLED ME WOMAN: NIGERIA’S QUEER WOMEN SPEAK”

‘These true stories are beautifully told, the pain and honesty and hope and joy in these accounts is strong like a song.’ – Stella Duffy Cassava Republic Press is proud to reveal the cover for She Called Me Woman: Nigeria’s Queer Women Speak, a ground-breaking collection of 25 first-hand narratives ...

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KINDRED SPIRITS

You know how sometimes you lock yourself up, turn off the lights and shut the blinds because you’re trying to hide the cracks? You know how some days you wake up with a loud hiss because you keep wondering what the hell you’re doing with your life? You know how ...

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THE HUSTLE OF A RAINBOW (Episode 9)

The last time you heard from me, I was in a relationship with Cici, happily in love and all. That was in faraway February. It was just another February past and I’m in a different relationship. I should fill you in on what happened shey? Oya grab your popcorn and ...

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