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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Assorted Meat - the Web Series

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So I know everyone has been talking about the latest web series that can only be seen on youtube, Assorted Meat.  Now, I won't lie to you all.  Afterall, I am biased more than a little bit because I am lucky to be attached to one of the actors involved, but if you've met me in real life you know that I am an opinionated woman and am a tell it like it is kinda woman.

This series is definitely worth the watch.  Now I know that Oluseyi won't be happy with what I am about to say, because no one really wants to be criticized but, this show is really really good, although I'd change some things around, but overall it's very funny, interesting, love the topics, the characters and I get excited each week to watch. 

Have you seen Assorted Meat, yet?  What are your thoughts?  Who are your favorite characters?  What would you like to see done differently?  Does it seem realistic to you?  Yes or no?
I can't wait to hear all of your thoughts.  In case you haven't had the chance to check it out, click here:  http://youtu.be/Gmh_lxkV7Lo

Good night and happy binge watching!

You can find out more info on www.laolusenbanjo.com and click acting.  

Upcoming African Musical Festival: AfroDreamFest comes to NYC




I am pleased to announce to you that AfroDreamFest is bringing itself to New York City this year.  I am thrilled to be assisting with this event.  It's going to be A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! 

Let me not be too wordy (as I usually am) and let me get right to the nitty gritty.

What:  AfroDreamFest 2015 in NYC
When/Where:
May 22nd @ Meridian 23 (161 W 23rd St, New York, NY) 7:30 pm - wee hours of the morning
May 23rd @ Silvana (300 W 116th St, New York, NY) 8 - 10 pm.

Who (this list is not complete, it is ongoing):
Eli Fola (AfroJazz)
Tosinger (Folk/R&B)
Ayanbinrin (Talking Drum)
OgaSilachi (AfroR&B)
Laolu & the Afromysterics (Afrobeat, Soul, Reggae)

AfroDreamFest is a celebration of African music and features African musicians from both the continent and the diaspora.  Check back soon and I'll be posting more about all the artists involved!

To get your early bird ticket from me!!! email me at katehallet@gmail.com or go to eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/afrodreamfest-2015-nyc-tickets-16918173713

More info is at www.afrodreamfest.com or www.laolusenbanjo.com

Come check out some amazing African music in New York!

Don't forget to come say hi if you come by!

Follow us at @afrodreamfest on twitter and instagram. 

Upcoming African Event in Brooklyn: Jojo Abot

http://meridian23.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/11174808_10152829782277960_304922309292049283_n-250x250.jpgI first heard about Jojo a few months back.  When I first listened to her music, I described her music to a friend as the African Bjork.  I have yet to tell her that to her face, but I see that as a compliment.  Go check out her show!  You won't regret it.  

Come Check out Jojo Abot Ghanaian Singer-Songwriter this Wednesday May 13th at Meridian 23 (161 W 23rd St, New York, NY) featuring Nigerian MoRuf (opening).  Tickets are $15.

More info at http://meridian23.com/event/jojo-abot-presented-by-afripop/?instance_id=2709

Go check out this cool venue, this amazing music, and tell them that Kate aka Moremi sent you!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Why do so many people think Nigerians cannot speak English?

This post should be directed at Americans, but when I reflect on this topic, many non-Americans also have issues with understanding that Nigerians speak English as well (such as Germans, Koreans, Indians, and Brits).

Ok, so here's why I bring this up.  A friend of mine who's Indian (India Indian) American (born in the states and grew up in NY) and works with lots of Nigerians asked me about a friend who's Nigerian and asked if he can speak English.  I was like, "yes, of course.  English is the national language of Nigeria." She was like, 'yeah, but where he grew up, do they speak English?"  I was like, "yes, I have never even heard him speak in Yoruba come to think of it, I'm not even sure he can."

I was absolutely flabbergasted, like for real.  I mean, ok, I'm from a very small town in Minnesota, so I get that someone from my hometown or somewhere similar might think something so ridiculous, or even a White person from a city, okay, I'll let it slide, there are many ignorant people out there.  But she is Indian, who's boss is a Yoruba Nigerian man, whom she's friends with, so like, wtf, like, really?  I was appalled and embarrassed for her.

Nigeria is not francophone Africa.  I am pretty sure she knows this.  Nigeria had the brain drain in the 70's and 80's and therefore many of my professors at my university were Nigerians.  Nigerians are smart.  They are spread throughout the world in many different occupations and they all speak English, most not even with a strong accent, not nearly as strong as the average Indian, if I might add.  I am not Nigerian, not by birth anyway, and not technically anyway, but I do love Nigeria for all it's shortcomings, I do love this country and consider it my second home and I am offended when people do not think that Nigerians can speak English.

When I lived in Yola, yes, most people do not speak English, they speak Hausa, Fulfulde and other languages, but some did speak English.  I know that probably got even better as the University became larger, but that is the North and most Americans are unlikely to encounter a Northern Nigerian person in their lifetime, let alone one that doesn't speak English, unless they happen to find themselves in Nigeria, and at that point, they will know that Nigerians do speak English.

I mean, hello.  All those Princes that email you everyday claiming to have millions of dollars that they want to send to you write to you in English, abi???  lol.

Anyways, that's my rant for tonight.  I am always shocked by the ignorance of this world.  But then again, I had to google the meaning of chivalry a few days ago because I honestly did not know the actual definition.  But at least I admitted I didn't know it!

I digress. 

AfroDreamFest NYC 2015

AfroDreamFest 2015 will be hosted this year in New York City with an amazing lineup.  More info to be had here at:  http://tobbie7.wix.com/afrodreamfest and your tickets can be had here:  http://www.eventbrite.com/e/afrodreamfest-live-band-music-concert-nyc-may-22-and-23-2015-tickets-16069724980
or email me at afromysterics@gmail.com for tickets as well. 

AfroDreamFest is an annual touring concert that celebrates and promotes neo Afro-fusion genres of music from the African continent and in the diaspora to celebrate African Liberation Day (May 25) ! Previous ones were held in Atlanta and Houston and they were an awesome experience for both the artists and the afromusic loving audience!!! We are coming to NYC this year.
Afrodreamfest NYC 2015
TWO Venues/ TWO Dates - Make your choice or come to both for good measure :) 
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7.30 pm Friday, May 22 Meridian 23
161 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011
www.meridian23.com 
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7.30pm Saturday, May 23 Silvana
300 W 116th St, New York, NY 10026
www.silvana-nyc.com
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Featuring Afrobeat band Laolu and The Afromysterics, Afrosoul/folk artist Tosinger, AfroRnB artist Ogasilachi , Afro Jazz Artist Eli Fola and Ayanbinrin- Africa's foremost female Talking Drummer
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE EARLY BIRD PRICING NOW. TICKETS WILL BE $15 AT THE DOOR!!!

Getting back on track...


So life in New York is always crazy.  Like always.  This is good and bad.  You have to surrender to this city sometimes and just accept that you will always be busy and that you need to pick and choose what you want to do and how to live your life or you will go CRAZY!  I mean, there's crazy and then there's CRAZY!

With that said, although you have to surrender to New York, which I have surrendered to her majesty, you also need to learn how to not allow her to consume you, she can be like the ocean and swallow you up whole.  Currently, I am not a hundred percent happy with my situation in life.  This is for many many reasons.  One, I am not completely happy with my eating habits and my weight/body image.  Having a baby does things to your body, things that no woman talks about, things I cannot explain and I currently don't know how to deal with.  Two, I am not cooking enough and this makes me unhappy.  Cooking brings me joy.  So I am going to start cooking again soon and begin another round of the whole 30 or gluten free month or something like it.  Three, I have started to yoga again and need to keep this up. 

Routine used to be so important to me.  I have some routines currently but most of them are forced upon me, not by choice.  But I must begin to have some routine in my life again, but the routine will be of things I love and choose. 

I am also reading currently two different books for my book clubs. 

Book One:  The Folded Clock, A Diary by Heidi Julavits (for my Summer 2013 Cortelyou Moms book club).  This is a closed group.  The reading of this book is going very slow but I hope it picks up. 

Book Two:  The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma (for my African Art and Culture in Brooklyn and beyond meetup group.  This is open to the public.  join us!)  http://www.meetup.com/African-Art-Music-and-Culture-in-Brooklyn-and-Beyond/  This is actually my meetup group that I started.  This is one of the many things that keeps me busy here in Brooklyn. 

What are you reading?  Please comment!

If you are in NY, how do you avoid being swallowed whole by her majesty?