To Buckingham Palace to Visit The Queen

My Royalist mother would have been smiling down at me from her seat on the right-hand side of God, as the taxi arrived to pick me up to meet the Queen at Buckingham Palace. Today would have been her seventy-third birthday, so I hope she’s still smiling down at me as I write this little missive.

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Was I Having a Nervous Breakdown?

A Nervous Breakdown?

I thought moving to Ghana was a dream come true. But after only a week in the bright and stifling glow, the heat had not been kind. Was I having a nervous breakdown?

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On Being a Big Man in Ghana

On Being a “Big Man” in Ghana

On being a “Big Man” in Ghana the trick is to marry early. Give your wife at least two children; a house, and a “home used” 4×4 – and you’re free to roam.

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Emergency Care

State of Emergency

An old man walked into the 37th Military Hospital in Accra early one morning. He…

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Children from Village of the Damned

Black woman, white children

The young American white couple a few doors away from me are leaving Ghana today….

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wigs

What is it with black women and wigs?

My mother wore a wig for all 47 years of her life in England. I still for the life of me can’t understand why. Why at twenty-one years old she would suddenly decide to hide her own natural hair and start wearing any one of a dozen Winnie Mandela-style curly afro wigs in public?

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black power sporting salute

Tommie Smith and John Carlos on Higher Ground

Black-gloved fists raised aloft, on a sweltering hot night in Mexico City, U.S. athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos propelled themselves into history.

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Stephanie Benson: Fairytale Princess

Never did the Brothers Grimm or The Arabian Nights tell tales of beautiful princesses who gave it all up for love and a bungalow in Kent. Then again, these stories were written long before Stephanie Benson was born.

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