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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.

The African Homophobe Is Not Special. He Is Simply Behind Schedule

There’s a faux attempt by some members of the African public to paint their homophobia as something new and special, to see it as a vestige of our burgeoning religious and moral fiber resisting Western ills. Nothing could be further from the truth. First, as a people, we’re not some ...

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Beyoncé is Music’s Highest Paid Woman According to Forbes

Beyoncé has been named Forbes’ highest-paid woman in music for this year after she raked in $105 million from June 2016 until June 2017. The 36-year-old pop star dropped to second place on Forbes’ annual rankings last year, but regained the top spot this time around with estimated earnings of ...

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THE HOUSEWIVES’ TALE (Episode 69)

Upon entering the house, after antenatal classes, I peel away all item of clothing from my body, and head straight for the bed. Lethargy has been quite the bitch for the past few days. I have two hours before Gabby’s school lets out for the day, and I am happy ...

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Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty Named a Best Invention of 2017

It’s hard to remember a time before Fenty Beauty, the POC-inclusive makeup line from pop star, Robyn Rihanna Fenty. And Time has taken notice. Along with things like visors that help blind people see and mugs that heat the coffee inside, Fenty Beauty was listed as one of the best ...

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Two Times I Had the Eureka Moment

1. It is 1983. Susan Sontag and John Berger are alone in the studio, sitting face-to-face at a small round table. The spotlight is on them, and reflects a few ways behind them so that we can see the dull red-and-black-patterned walls. John’s hair is richly grey. He’s wearing a ...

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THE JOURNAL: A Visit To The House of God

Dear Diary, The other Sunday, I worshipped in a church. Yes, I know you have questions, so let me answer them now before I get to my gist. Yes, it was an actual church, not a WhatsApp group chat where they say “Pass this message along to 20 people and ...

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Australia Says Yes To Same-Sex Marriage

“Today love has had a landslide victory.” Australia has taken a decisive step towards legislating marriage equality by Christmas after 61.6% of voters in an unprecedented national postal survey approved a change to the law to allow couples of the same sex to marry. The result, announced by the Australian ...

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THE HOUSEWIVES’ TALE (Episode 68)

A knock on the front door rouses me from the novel I had been trying unsuccessfully to focus on due to the fact that I keep drifting in and out of sleep. I’d totally forgotten how lethargic I felt during the third trimester of my pregnancy with Gabby; the lethargy ...

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“I Will Fight For You But…” The Shame Of The LGBT Activist

“I will fight for you. But in return, you must never be free enough to express yourself, lest you offend me. “I am not like you. And while I believe freedom of speech is your prerogative, you must not be able to talk about your lifestyle with the ease and ...

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All The Pettiness Going On Between Kim Kardashian, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift

Greetings, loved ones. Let’s take a journey… As you probably know, Taylor Swift’s got two major celebrity beefs going on right now. The first, with Katy Perry. Their feud started over some (allegedly) stolen backup dancers. A few years and a couple diss tracks later, the two no longer speak. ...

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