Review: When They See Us

When They See Us premiered May 31st on Netflix. The series is based on the true story of how five black teenage boys were falsely accused and convicted of rape. When They See Us breaks down the US criminal justice system during the Central Park Five case in four episodes. The series is written, created and directed by no one other than Ava DuVernay. She did an amazing job! Before we get into When They See Us, definitely check out my last review on Beyoncé’s Homecoming. Let’s go! Note: spoilers!

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Monday Motivation: Speaking up

Speaking up is the first topic I want to talk about on Motivation Monday. I found the quote “If you are not going to speak up, how is the world supposed to know you exist?” in my archives. I remember screenshotting almost every quote I came across on Instagram and Tumblr. Actually, I still do it sometimes. I thought it would be a good idea to start sharing motivational quotes with you. Ever since I’m back in the Netherlands, I have not felt really motivated or inspired. Therefore, I would love to motivate you while I am trying to motivate myself. Does that excite you? Let’s talk about why speaking up is essential to our success!

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Independence Day: Senegal

Every year on April 4th, we celebrate the independence of Senegal. Therefore, I’d like to take this moment to share with you a part of Senegal’s colonial history. Even though I have spent a lot of times in Senegal, I don’t always think of its history. However, I do think it is important to look back on history and think about how we got to where we are today. Let’s refresh on some history!

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Choosing yourself. Why you should!

Last Why You Should, I talked about doing an internship abroad. Today, I want to talk about something more personal: Choosing yourself. My guess is that it is something most people struggle with: choosing yourself, or choosing themselves. Hell, I struggle with it at times. Sometimes, I have to really ask myself why I’m doing something, and if I really want to. I think it is important to ask yourself why you applied for this job, why you are in that relationship or still hanging on to that particular friendship. Below, I will share why we ALL should be choosing for ourselves more instead of putting others before us. Why it is NOT selfish, and why you should probably do it more often.

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2018: recap

Today, marks the last day of 2018 and like last year, I want to share my 2018 recap. I would love to reflect on my “2018: New Year’s Resolutions“. I started 2018 in Senegal and did some pretty cool things in Dakar. I’ve met so many new people that I’ll definitely keep in touch with. I really hope that I will be able to continue to focus on myself and my personal and professional progress. I think that it is important to set some goals at the beginning of the year, and reflect on them at the end of that year. This way, I have a look at my thought process at the beginning and the end of the year. Shall we get into whether I accomplished them or nah?!

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Twisted Talk: braiding myself

It has been a while since I updated you on my hair. The last time, I shared with you about my hair journey after the double side-cut. Today, I want to talk about braiding myself. YES! I braid myself. When I say I can braid my own hair, people always react shocked. As if they cannot believe that I can reach all the way to the back of my head. Let me tell you what people, I can actually reach all the sides of my head and put braids to it. Something else I can do: braid other peoples hair! Let me talk you through it.

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Why black pete is racist

Today, I want to talk about racism in the Netherlands. More specifically: why black pete is racist. I will address a discussion that has been going on for ages in the Netherlands. I have voiced my opinion before, but only on Facebook about this matter, but never really on my blog. Today, however, I want to take my time and dive into this issue. The topic is way more complex and yes, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. However, there is a distinction between being blatantly racist, ignorant and voicing a well-thought opinion. Anyway, let’s get into a healthy discussion!

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