It's hard finding time to both read more and get to know DC. If I
have to pick an overall favorite work of fiction, it might be
Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner. My favorite play is Ntozake
Shange's For Colored Girls who've Considered Suicide/when the
Rainbow is enuf, and if you know what that is, message me--we
probably have a lot in common. I'm into a lot of non-fiction,
actually. Recently I loved Toure's Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness?
What It Means to be Black Now (enough to write a paper about it and
Awkward Black Girl), and I'm currently reading The New Jim Crow:
Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle
Alexander. On my list for the near future are: The Ethical Slut by
Dossie Easton and Catherine Liszt, all about love by bell hooks,
Iconic: Decoding Images of the Revolutionary Black Woman by Lakesia
Johnson, Jane Sexes It Up: True Confessions of Feminist Desire
edited by Merri Lisa Johnson, At the Dark End of the Street by
Danielle McGuire, PoMoSexuals: Challenging Assumptions about Gender
and Sexuality edited by Carol Queen and Lawrence Schimel, How to be
Black by Baratunde Thurston (halfway through this), Sister Citizen
by Melissa Harris-Perry (also about halfway through this)... There
are more but I'm sure you've skipped to movies by now, haha.
I am a child at heart and still sing along to Disney movies. I love
romance movies like Titanic, The Notebook, and Brown Sugar; sports
movies like Remember the Titans and Coach Carter; action movies
like Transformers and Pirates of the Caribbean; superhero movies;
and movies that make you think like Eternal Sunshine of the
Spotless Mind or Big Fish. Also a huge fan of indie movies and
foreign films, a la Pariah or Skin. I suppose dramas are my
favorite genre. I don't like scary movies, though I can usually
deal with psychological thrillers if there's someone to cuddle with
when I'm scared.
TV shows: I haven't had cable for the past four years and don't
think I'll get it at my new places, so I watch all of my tv online.
I like Suits, Once Upon a Time, and The Mindy Project right now.
Other shows that do or have existed that I like(d): House, Bones,
Community, Criminal Minds, Cold Case, Covert Affairs, Suits, Law
and Order: SVU. I miss 90s/early 2000s Black television a la Sister
Sister, The Cosby Show, Girlfriends, The Fresh Prince, etc. I hate
Music: RnB/Neo-Soul is my favorite. Concerts I've been to since
moving to DC: Musiq Soulchild, Morris Day and The Time, Angie Stone
and Rahsaan Patterson, Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks, Elle Varner,
Chrisette Michele, Goapele, Raheem DeVaughn, Mary J. Blige and
D'Angelo, Gregory Porter, Les Nubians, MeShell N'Degeocello doing a
tribute to Nina Simone, Of Montreal, Amel Larrieux, Emeli Sande,
Eric Benet, Erykah Badu, Mos Def, Esperanza Spalding, and Solange.
Lately I've been getting into what I call Indie/World Black music,
including Black artist from all over Europe and Africa as well as
independent US artists (Ayo, Asa, or Jennah Bell, anyone?).
Rock/Alternative is what I have the most of in my library, most of
which dates back to middle/high school but is still very much
appreciated. I like rap when I'm in the mood--I went through an
Eminem phase in middle school and never really stopped appreciating
him. I'm also into a lot of underground conscious/instrumental
hip-hop: the likes of Mos Def, Talib Kewli, Phonte, etc. Generally
dislike heavy metal and country, though occasionally a superb song
or two gets downloaded.
Food: So once upon a time I wasn't very food adventurous. Then all
of a sudden, I moved to DC where the ethnic food is actually good,
and everything changed. But soul food will always have a special
place in my heart.
I spend the majority of my free time on the computer, so I'm adding
categories for webseries and blogs that I follow faithfully..
Webseries: Awkward Black Girl, It Gets Betterish, The Number, The
Couple, 12 Steps to Recovery, Black Folk Don't, milk + honey, Afro
City, The Peculiar Kind, oluwaba, The Unwritten Rules, Hang Up!,
Brothers with no Game
Blogs: I follow nearly 300 blogs, so I'm just going to give random
examples that I think cover the spectrum. Afrobella, The Oreo
Experience, The Black Snob, Very Smart Brothas, Met Another Frog,
Feministing, Sex Love Liberation, xkcd, Sex is NOT the Enemy,
Confessions of a Hip Hop Feminist, Sociological Images, Girl with
Curves, Historical Slut, Sister Outsider, Lavender Labia, Jack and
Jill Politics, Racialicious...