Let's start with movies:
I love indie films, both local and international,
documentaries and docu-dramas.
Recent faves include: ****12 Years a Slave; Mother of George"
Beasts of the Southern Wild ****;
Intouchables; The Rabbi's Cat (animated, French)
Some long-standing (indie) faves: Daughters of the Dust, Follow Me
Home, Dirty Pretty Things, After Life, Everlasting Moments,
Sugarcane Alley, Unmistaken Child, Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Some favorite Popular & Animated Movies: The Sessions,
Biutiful, Children of Men, The Kite Runner, The Hours, The Jane
Austen Book Club; The King's Speech, Fantasia, Up,
TV-wise: Enjoying the new British series " Last Tango in
I am a long-standing fan of British and European mystery series --
some examples: Waking the Dead; Inspector Lewis; Inspector Lynley;
Inspector Morse; Prime Suspect; Sherlock (the new Sherlock Holmes
series); Wallander; Silk; Antigone 34; Arne Dahl
Theater: I enjoy live theater...a favorite from the past few years:
Anna D. Smith's "Let Me Down Easy"
Dance: I also enjoy a wide variety of dance genres...some of my
long standing favs: Urban Bush Women; Garth Fagan's Bucket Company;
Bill T. Jones; Alvin Ailey
Music: Jazz, R & B, World Beat, classic rock, contemporary,
Salsa and more...
Among my faves: Coltrane, Wynton Marsalis, Marvin Gaye, BeBe and
CeCe Winans, Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Carlos Santana, Fela, King
Sunny Ade, Cesaria Evora, Angelique Kidjo, Gil Scott Heron, Joni
Mitchell, Sade, Ofra Haza...
*** I LOVE music and am interested in exploring other musical
genres/expanding my musical horizons***
Too numerous and diverse to list. To give you a sense, here's a
small sample off the top of my head: Sylvia Brenton Periera's
Descent to the Goddess; Edward Whitmont's The Alchemy of Healing;
Paulo Friere 's Pedagogy of the Oppressed; Nasr's Knowledge and the
Sacred; Renato Rosaldo's Culture & Truth; Pema Chodron's The
Places That Scare You, Gibron's The Prophet, Levinas, Thomas
Merton, Rilke, Rumi, Ben Okri's The Famished Road; Naylor's Mama
Day; Marlon James' The Book of Night Women ; Barabara Kingsolver,
Dorris Lessing, Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel Garcia Marquez... and
for more light-hearted fare: The Number One Ladies' Detective
Agency series ...
some of my favorite cultural cuisines include
West African (especially Yoruba/Nigerian cuisine)
I enjoy a variety of food --ranging from simple fare to exotic
and/or sophisticated -- and generally lean toward vegetarian
(lacto, and fish/seafood)