So much to say. So lickle time to say it

Two things happen when you’re a self employed single woman in New York City who writes, edits and researches for your cheese.

#1: During jury duty, you tell the plaintiff’s attorney that due to your multiple deadlines, his manipulative, time-eating banter with Juror Number Four is becoming an economic hardship for you.

#2: You lack the energy and concentration to blog for free.

You know, I recently realized that my relationship with this blog is like that of Angela from Boomerang and the young Black youth at her Saturday art class. Only I’m not pausing on small.medium.large after having my heart broken by a Jehri-box wearer named Maaaaaacuss. I’m forsaking it for the rat race. (Cue in “Love Should Have Brought You A Fellowship Last Night…”)

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This is Angela in career gal mode. But she still has so much love in her heart.

Anyway, I want to be the Angela who gets the visit from the kids at her powerful new gig and presumably balances her community work with her for-profit endeavors. I want to be sweet Angie who designs blue people and makes inspired speeches about love.

So today I’m posting, quickly. If you’re still with me here, consider this an IOU, a public meditation of sorts. (And for the commenter who recently took time from her/his action-packed life to post “yawn” on an ancient entry, consider this your lullaby, bitch.)

I, Ak, pledge that I will post after seeing “Precious” on Saturday. Yes, my butt clenches every time I think of Lee “Monster’s Ball” Daniels adapting the pitiful story of a dark-skinned, fat Black teen with two kids by her stepfather and a mother who, at least in the book, forces her to perform oral sex on her. But I should at least see the film before I throw up in my mouth, right?

I’m also posting to tell you, my 16 devoted readers, that the book I co-edited, Naked: Black Women Bare All About Skin, Hair, Hips, Lips and Other Parts, has lapsed from printing. Apparently it sold well for years, then dropped off in the last two quarters. This is what the paperwork says, even though people keep running up on me in the street saying they just discovered and read it. The good people at the publisher’s office are working with us, but it’s still annoying as hell.

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Naked, no more? Bah!

OK, this is starting to feel like something bitter-but-powerful Angela would write between barking orders at her incompetent creative staff so I’m signing off. But Saturday y’all.

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6 responses to “So much to say. So lickle time to say it

  1. Tomika

    You are so funny, Akiba. And a wicked writer. Kudos girl. 🙂 I’m sure I’ll have something to say about Precious too … going to see it on Friday. Interviewed Lee Daniels and some others about it earlier this year.

  2. i can’t wait to read your thoughts about “precious.” yesterday, i glanced over what seemed to be a bad review in new york mag. i haven’t read the book, but the content is heavy. looking forward to having small.medium.large bring some honesty. and keep writing for free! your 16 readers appreciate it. 🙂

  3. Aplus

    I cannot make myself sit through “Precious.” I do look mightily forward to your sum-up. But if you try to make me sit there while you angrily recount the ENTIRE plot like you did with Monster’s Ball, I will retaliate by telling you what’s happening on the most recent “Battlestar Galactica” netflix we have.

  4. I miss hearing your voice Akiba. Please post your review. I saw Precious a few months ago and I’m still freaked out by it. I think I should buy a ticket just to show support–isn’t this something Angela from Boomerang would do?–but in the meantime I’m going to find my happy place. Peace.

  5. I know it’s hard, but I’m so glad that you’re posting again. I’ve been feenin for some good old, meaningful Ak knowledge, and now I have a bunch of posts to read. Gracias!

  6. I assigned Naked for my freshmen comp class one year, and my students LOVED it! I mean, seriously–a lot of them wrote that reading your book was life-changing. I hope your publishers will consider ways to keep it out there.

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