Monday, May 18, 2009

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

by today’s Urban Chameleon contributor

A couple of weeks ago I decided to buy the book, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency because quite frankly it’s cheaper than having HBO. I was about half way through and enjoying the simplicity in the writing that convey these self reflecting metaphors about life when I happened to go away this past weekend to visit my mom and decided to mooch off of her HBO On Demand and catch up on the series while I was there. I had heard a variety of mixed reviews about the show including that the crimes being solved are too “Scooby Doo esq” or “Why didn’t they get someone who is from Botswana to play the lead? Her accent aint right” To the first point this show is not CSI Botswana.

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It’s not this show. This is a show about a woman’s unique journey in finding and restoring love within herself and the country she loves, Botswana while unveiling lessons and contradictions about life. I am personally moved by Jill Scott’s performance and find her ability to emotionally and physically connect to the character and language remarkable. I know as people of the African Diaspora we tend to be overly critical when someone who hasn’t consulted us personally tries to portray our Caribbean, Latin and or African swagger but can we give a sistah a break? I know my Haitian home girl who is a stand up comedian gets so much slack from OTHER Haitians when posting her Haitian mother impression routine on Youtube. Comments are written such as “Fake ass Haitian.” Mind you the girl IS Haitian. Not helping people. Haitians are not the only ones to be accused of doing this- we all are. We can’t be begging to be represented AND then be hatin’. Now yes there are times when the marker is so off, like Taye Diggs in How Stella Got Her Groove back, what a Jafakin’….HAHAHAH! No but seriously we all (including myself) need to be conscious of the line. If we’re going to complain about the Tyler Perry Madea movies than we have to try to attempt to support media that attempts to be progressive.

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