Showing posts from February, 2015

Once Upon a Time: An interview with children's storyteller Dr Tamara Pizzoli

A chance interview with the writer of story book 'The Ghanaian Goldilocks' got me thinking about my childhood and how a good narrative can be the catalyst for firing the imagination, encouraging a love of reading and celebrating free thinking. Even though the book is primarily aimed at children, I was drawn to how US-born Ghanaphile Dr Tamara Pizzoli (who lives in Italy) turned our idea of Goldilocks on its head by depicting the classic character as a Black boy from Ghana with a golden-tipped afro. 

And did I mention the book is inspired by her first-born son Noah?
....Fresh, novel and inspiring - I thought - which is why I wanted to share her thoughts with you.
In the first of three instalments, I ask the mother-of-two about the importance of storytelling, her love of Ghana and what future creative projects she has up her sleeve.
MisBeee: I love the way you've turned this classic on its head. You've really helped to open up the discourse on storytelling and the role of t…

Insane in the membrane: Sticking two fingers up to the virginity test

There has been a slew of media stories since the start of the year fixated on the supposed potency of the female form and the responsibility women have with making their bodies less desirable to the opposite sex.

The idea that a 16-year old girl groomed her married 47-year-old religious education teacher into having an affair, according to UK judge Joanna Greenberg QC, was one that stuck in my mind.
It got me recalling the experience of a friend of mine whose mother directed her to wearing a dressing gown over her night dress whenever she ventured out of her room. The extra layer was supposed to act as deterrent against the licentious attacks she suffered most nights at the hands of her stepfather. It didn’t.
More recently, fresh efforts by an MP in the Indonesian district of Jember to introduce the controversial 'two-finger' or virginity test to schoolgirls before they can graduate have been denounced by women and human rights activists alike as sexist and degrading in equal …