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[Review] The Perfect Find - Tia Williams

In The Perfect Find, Tia Williams gives us the story of Jenna, a former top fashion editor who finds herself out of work, out of love and out of place in a world where gifs are hot currency (even if, to her, they are “like bad acid trip hallucinations”) and magazines are losing ground to the internet. As she slowly makes her way back from the brink and takes steps to rebuild her career, Jenna finds an unlikely ally in Eric. Eric: young, cool, confident, with a promising career in filmmaking, a sharp wit and dimples that are very nearly 40-year-old Jenna’s undoing.
And that’s where the problem comes in for me. Reading this book meant meeting with some of the most common romance novel clich├ęs and tropes, and finding ways of getting around them to the true story. All the talk of weak knees, killer smiles and undoing can be distracting, but thankfully Williams manages to flesh out the scenes with more than just “naked desire” – a phrase which makes me cringe so hard my body just about fold…

[Review]: Why Not Me? - Mindy Kaling

I am a fan of Mindy Kaling. I started watching The Office after getting hooked on season one of The Mindy Project – and I still believe that the premiere episode of the show was one of the best TV episodes I have ever seen. As Mindy Lahiri, she says all the crazy stuff I sometimes wish I could, and I spend a lot of time thinking “wow, I’m so glad she wrote this” and “she has her own entire show – that’s so cool!” And, because when I go into fangirl mode I really commit, I bought, read and loved her first book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns). I had all the same concerns, and I loved Mindy even more. I even forgave The Mindy Project for slipping up during that awkward season three “is this thing really going to last, or are we in way over our heads?” phase.
I introduced people I knew to the show and followed Mindy on Twitter. (And I hate following celebrities on Twitter because you can never be sure that the tweets are real, but Mindy’s are the genuine article.) …

[Recap]: Films I Liked at the Joburg Film Festival 2016

The Wedding Party

In The Wedding Party, Kemi Adetiba has produced a film which captures the joy and chaos of a big Nigerian wedding beautifully. Amid the drama of snobbish in-laws, stubborn exes, bumbling groomsmen, a tightly wound wedding planner and a selection of uninvited guests, Dunni (Adesua Etomi) and Dozie (Olubankole “Banky W” Wellington) manage to tie the knot.
The delightful cameos by Ayo “AY” Makun and comedian Emmanuel Edunjobi complete the scenes at the wedding, while Iretiola Doyle and Sola Sobowale gave sterling performances as the rival mothers-in-law. 
The makeup, hair and wardrobe were the perfect complement to the characters: Nigerian fashion’s attention to details and signature bright colours and big shapes were on show, adding to the excitement of the big day. The film does a great job of showing the stress and frustration of pulling off a family wedding while keeping each of the characters in the drama real and nuanced.
The Wedding Party is on circuit now in Nige…

[Review] - A United Kingdom

When I first read about Seretse and Ruth Khama earlier this year, I was taken by the way that their story really proved two popular sayings: “love is blind” and “love conquers all”. Not only was their love one that disregarded racial differences, it was also one that withstood the pressures of international political machinations and the deep-seated prejudice of family members and society at large. Because they loved each other deeply, earnestly and determinedly, they were able to change people’s minds in a way no one had previously imagined.
I went to see David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike bring the story to life onscreen in A United Kingdom. Though the book I read is different to that from which the film draws its screenplay, I was still watching in the hope of recognising some of the details from my favourite chapters played out onscreen. It occurs to me that biographers may choose different perspectives on the story, different entry points, but the important details remain the same.