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"Life through the eyes of a misrepresented and misunderstood African Girl Abroad" - This is a weekly podcast hosted by Stella Damasus, an award winning Actress and Entrepreneur. Through this platform, she will share her experiences and challenges, as well as her thoughts on different topics; ranging from Politics to Religion, Sex, Business, Entertainment, Human Rights and everything about life as we know it. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/excusemyafrican/support
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In This Episode: I was watching a documentary a few weeks ago and was surprised when I found out that a lot of children between the ages of 9 & 13 could not tell the time on an analog clock, only on a digital clock. It made me wonder whether the advancement in technology is doing our children more harm than good. Growing up in Africa, we are taught to handle things with and without the assistance of technology. This is what informed the quote ‘Throw an African man anywhere and he will learn to adapt’ to life. Connect: Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com Website: http://www.excusemyafrican.com/ Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com Stella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/excusemyafrican Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/realexcusemyafrican/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Excuse-My-African-1360118967397852/ --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/excusemyafrican/support
EP 62 - Meet Nollywood

EP 62 - Meet Nollywood

2019-08-0906:27

In This Episode:  I will introduce you to the world's third-largest film industry, Nollywood.  I’ll take you a journey, from the beginning of Nollywood to where we are today, and how quickly we have grown and achieved world recognition.  Mentioned In This Episode: 1. Stella Damasus: https://www.stelladamasus.com/ 2.  Nollywood: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nollywood 3. Nigeria: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigeria 4. Hollywood: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinema_of_the_United_States 5. Bollywood: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bollywood 6. Bruce Lee: https://brucelee.com/ 7. Hurbet Ogunde: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hubert_Ogunde 8. 35mm: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/35_mm_format 9. TIFF: https://www.tiff.net/ 10. Cannes: https://www.festival-cannes.com/en/ 11. Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/ 12. Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/   Connect: Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com Website: http://www.excusemyafrican.com/ Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com Stella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/excusemyafrican Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/realexcusemyafrican/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Excuse-My-African-1360118967397852/  --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/excusemyafrican/support
In This Episode:  I’m going to tell you about something very special that is happening TODAY (04/12/19). It’s the London premiere of a feature film that I co-produced and play the lead role in.  I have played the lead role in very many movies over the last 2 decades, but this one is extra special because it was filmed with the intention of changing how African’s are viewed and portrayed in the entertainment industry. Mentioned In This Episode: 1.‘Between’- The Movie: https://www.indextwostudios.com/between 2. Index Two Studios: https://www.indextwostudios.com   3. Ruméh: https://www.instagram.com/rumeh_ejoor/   Connect: Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com Website: http://www.excusemyafrican.com/ Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com Stella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/excusemyafrican Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/realexcusemyafrican/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Excuse-My-African-1360118967397852/  --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/excusemyafrican/support
In This Episode:  I will be taking you on the journey of the Excuse My African podcast so far. I launched this podcast in 2017 and in just 2 years we have so much to celebrate and be thankful for.  This episode is also very special because it’s not just audio but video as well. Check out our Youtube channel or Instagram TV to watch it.  Other voices featured in this episode: 1. Kelela Blake | 2. Michelle Barnes | 3. Ruméh Ejoor | 4. Yoonhee Baik Mentioned In This Episode: EMA Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFDG-Tl34yUYg74nXirQiMQ  EMA Blog Post: https://www.stelladamasusblog.com/2017/04/excuse-my-african.html  Code 55 Store: https://www.code55store.com  Isabel: https://www.instagram.com/izzybelleimages/   Ruméh: https://www.instagram.com/rumeh_ejoor/  Stella Damasus Arts Foundation: https://bit.ly/2ViTmpR  Delta Pikin: https://www.code55store.com/delta-pikin.html#/   Connect: Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com Website: http://www.excusemyafrican.com/  Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com Stella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com  Twitter: https://twitter.com/excusemyafrican  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/realexcusemyafrican/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Excuse-My-African-1360118967397852/  --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/excusemyafrican/support
EP 50 - Africa Rising

EP 50 - Africa Rising

2019-02-0809:08

 In This Episode:  I will be celebrating Black History Month with a difference. Instead of concentrating on the history of Africans after slavery, I would take you straight to Africa, it’s people and entertainment.  I want you to experience the rich culture of our people, as well as some great movies and series that educate you about Africa. As I celebrate my 50th episode, I would love to share the greatness of Africa and her children.  We are rising together as a people and the world is paying attention. Mentioned In This Episode: Black History Month: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_History_Month  Netflix: https://www.netflix.com  Black Earth Rising: https://www.netflix.com/title/80145141    Michaela Coel: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3948190/  Chewing Gum: https://www.netflix.com/title/80130911   ICC (International Criminal Court): https://www.icc-cpi.int/about  Rwandan Genocide: https://www.history.com/topics/africa/rwandan-genocide  Hugo Blick: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugo_Blick Miss Bala: https://www.missbala.movie/  Chiwetel Ejiofor: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0252230/  The boy who harnessed the wind: https://www.netflix.com/title/80200047  Genevieve Nnaji: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genevieve_Nnaji  Lionheart: https://www.netflix.com/title/81030789  Connect: Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com Website: http://www.excusemyafrican.com/  Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com Stella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com  Twitter: https://twitter.com/excusemyafrican  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/realexcusemyafrican/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Excuse-My-African-1360118967397852/  --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/excusemyafrican/support
 In This Episode:  Many of us know of Kunta Kinte from all the slavery stories we've been told. However, most of us do not know the truth about where the name originated from. I will be taking you on a journey of the beautiful country, where the name originated. Mentioned In This Episode: Kunta Kinte: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kunta_Kinte  Republic of the Gambia: https://eros.usgs.gov/westafrica/country/republic-gambia  Harmattan: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harmattan   Alex Haley: https://www.history.com/topics/black-history/alex-haley  Roots: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075572/  Transatlantic Slave Trade: https://www.usaid.gov/letgirlslearn  Afro manding Blues: https://allafrica.com/stories/201405020675.html  Connect: Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com Website: http://www.excusemyafrican.com/  Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com Stella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com  Twitter: https://twitter.com/excusemyafrican  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/realexcusemyafrican/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Excuse-My-African-1360118967397852/  --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/excusemyafrican/support
  In This Episode:  I am going to introduce to you, a woman who made a remarkable impact in Nigeria. Many of you may have heard of her in passing, but unfortunately, you may not be aware of all the amazing things she did and how she shaped Nigeria as we know it today. She stood for what she believed in and became a hero of our time.  Her name is Margaret Ekpo, and I am honoring her as our African Amazon of the month. Mentioned In This Episode: Margaret Ekpo: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Ekpo  Dublin Institute of Technology: http://www.dit.ie/  Me Too Movement: https://metoomvmt.org/  Time’s Up Movement: https://www.timesupnow.com/  Child Not Bride: https://www.girlsnotbrides.org/  Let Girls Learn: https://www.usaid.gov/letgirlslearn  African Feminist: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_feminism  Fela Kuti: http://fela.net/   Funmilayo Ransome Kuti: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Funmilayo_Ransome-Kuti  Connect: Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com Website: http://www.excusemyafrican.com/  Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com Stella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com  Twitter: https://twitter.com/excusemyafrican  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/realexcusemyafrican/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Excuse-My-African-1360118967397852/  --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/excusemyafrican/support
  In This Episode:  I was feeling very nostalgic this Christmas, so I decided to take you all on a journey of how I used to spend Christmas as a kid in Africa! It was so much fun back then because we weren’t bothered about putting up a tree filled with lights and ornaments or what gifts we got. We just loved gathering together to spend time with our family, friends, and neighbors. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Mentioned In This Episode: New York City: https://www.nycgo.com/  Rockefeller Center: https://www.rockefellercenter.com/  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com  Connect: Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com Website: http://www.excusemyafrican.com/  Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com Stella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com  Twitter: https://twitter.com/excusemyafrican  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/realexcusemyafrican/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Excuse-My-African-1360118967397852/ --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/excusemyafrican/support
In This Episode: Last week, I had the opportunity of meeting a wonderful Kenyan woman. I call her an ’African Amazon’ because she defies the standards of what is expected of an African woman and risks even her own life to seek what is true and just. Honorable Martha Karua, is our African Amazon of the month. Mentioned In This Episode: 1. Honorable Martha Karua: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martha_Karua 2. High Court of Kenya: https://www.judiciary.go.ke/courts/high-court-2/ Connect: Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com Website: http://www.excusemyafrican.com/ Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com Stella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/excusemyafrican Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/realexcusemyafrican/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Excuse-My-African-1360118967397852/ --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/excusemyafrican/support
In This Episode: There has been a lot of talk about Cultural Appropriation these days, and even though I understand where a lot of people are coming from, I still think there is a bit of a double standard regarding the issue. I know this is a very controversial episode, but it's my opinion, and I would love to hear yours too. [ DISCLAIMER (7:15) - I do not support or condone ‘Black Face’ or any costume that is intended to make a mockery of any race. ] Mentioned In This Episode: 1. Braids: https://bit.ly/2P4QxKk 2. Cornrows: https://bit.ly/1QHl7Ab 3. Kardashians: https://eonli.ne/2ItF549 4. LGBTQ: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT 5. 4c Natural Hair: https://bit.ly/2yaurIV 6. Human Hair: https://bit.ly/2RvEm5J 7. Dashiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dashiki Connect: Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com Website: http://www.excusemyafrican.com/ Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com Stella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/excusemyafrican Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/realexcusemyafrican/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Excuse-My-African-1360118967397852/ --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/excusemyafrican/support
In This Episode: Over the years, I have watched the media portray Africa and Africans in usually the most horrible light. But, the truth is that there is so much more Africa has to offer. We are much more than they want you to believe. Mentioned In This Episode: 1. Vaseline: https://www.vaseline.com/us/en/ 2. Forbes: https://www.forbes.com/#49eb72fc2254 3. Otedola: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Femi_Otedola 4. Rose of Sharon: http://theroseofsharonfoundation.org/ 5. Davido: https://www.iamdavido.com/ 6. Tiwa Savage: https://www.facebook.com/tiwasavage/ 7. Wizkid: https://www.facebook.com/wizkidmusic/ 8. Banky W: https://www.instagram.com/bankywellington/?hl=en 9. Hard Rock Cafe: https://www.hardrock.com/cafes/lagos/ 10. Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/ Connect: Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com Website: http://www.excusemyafrican.com/ Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com Stella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/excusemyafrican Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/realexcusemyafrican/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Excuse-My-African-1360118967397852/ --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/excusemyafrican/support
In This Episode: I was watching a documentary with my husband a while ago, and we were shocked to see an Indian and an African getting married. I have always wondered why it’s so rare to find such a union. Is there some underlying issue between Indians and Africans? We have so much in common, so why is there such a great divide? Mentioned In This Episode: 1. Excuse My African Blog: https://www.stelladamasusblog.com/2017/04/excuse-my-african.html 2. Code 55 Store: https://www.code55store.com/ 3. Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/ 4. Hollywood: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hollywood 5. Bollywood: https://www.bollywood.com/ 6. Nollywood: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nollywood 7. Shah Rukh Khan: https://www.facebook.com/IamSRK/ 8. Amitabh Bachchan: https://www.facebook.com/AmitabhBachchan/ 9. Girl Child Education: https://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/girlseducation 11. Child Marriage: https://www.girlsnotbrides.org/about-child-marriage/ Connect: Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/excusemyafrican/support
In This Episode: I was absolutely shocked by an article I read on Flipboard, and I just had to share it with you all. NOT ALL AFRICAN IMMIGRANTS ARE ILLEGAL !!! It is wrong to assume that any African you speak to, is an illegal immigrant. Not all Africans aim to make you fall in love with them so that they can marry you for a green card. There are very many legal, educated and hardworking Africans, living in the USA. Mentioned In This Episode: 1. CODE 55 Store: https://www.code55store.com 2. Flipboard: https://flipboard.com/ 3. Kenya: http://www.magicalkenya.com/ 4. Immigration Lawyer: http://www.alllaw.com/articles/nolo/us-immigration/what-do-immigration-lawyers-do.html 5. Green Card: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Permanent_residence_(United_States) Connect: Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com Website: http://www.excusemyafrican.com/ Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com Stella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/excusemyafrican/support
In This Episode: These days it seems as if the world is getting a little too ‘in their feelings’. I was watching the news a few weeks ago, and they were talking about a lady who was pissed that even though her kids didn’t make it to the top 3 in a competition, they didn’t get trophies. So she decided to buy trophies for them by herself. It got me thinking, are we (especially the people outside Africa) raising our kids to be too emotional? Are we raising them to be able to handle the real world? I don’t know about you, but I will raise my kids in the African way. To be confident in themselves whether they win or not, and to learn to work harder to achieve their goals; instead of rewarding them when they really do not deserve it. Mentioned In This Episode: 1. Grade School: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/grade_school Connect: Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com Website: http://www.excusemyafrican.com/ --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/excusemyafrican/support
In This Episode: A while ago I was watching TV, and the news came on about a very popular female musician in America. She had just gotten a divorce from her husband, and was asked to pay him $50,000 every month in ‘Spousal Support’! I was shocked beyond words because I could not imagine this happening in Africa. African men are raised to be very independent, and they tend to be slightly egotistical. I was so sure this could not happen in Africa, so I decided to do some research and was surprised by what I found out. Mentioned In This Episode: 1. Prenups (Prenuptial Agreement): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prenuptial_agreement 2. Spousal Support: https://family.findlaw.com/divorce/spousal-support-alimony-basics.html 3. South Africa: http://country.southafrica.net/country/us/en/ Connect: Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com Website: http://www.excusemyafrican.com/ Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com Stella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/excusemyafrican/support
In This Episode: In Africa, saying sorry to people is a normal thing. We say sorry when we do something wrong but we also say sorry to show compassion and sympathy. It's a part of who we are. However, after some years of living in America, I was shocked to realize that 'sorry' to people here means a whole other thing! Connect: Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com Website: http://www.excusemyafrican.com/ Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com Stella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/excusemyafrican Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/realexcusemyafrican/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Excuse-My-African-1360118967397852/ --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/excusemyafrican/support
In This Episode: When you speak of refugees, you often think of people fleeing their countries to seek refuge in America or Europe. But did you know that according to the UNHCR, “Sub-Saharan Africa hosts more than 26 percent of the world’s refugee population” !!! Yet, we are made to believe that Africa is so horrible and so much of a sh**hole continent that no one would ever want go to there. Mentioned In This Episode: 1. Filipo Grandi: http://www.unhcr.org/en-us/the-high-commissioner.html 2. UN: http://www.un.org/en/index.html 3. 2015-2016 Refugee Crisis: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_migrant_crisis 4. South Sudanese & Congolese Conflicts: https://reliefweb.int/report/democratic-republic-congo/underlying-tensions-south-sudanese-refugees-and-pathways-conflict 5. UNHCR: http://www.unhcr.org/en-us/ Connect: Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com Website: http://www.excusemyafrican.com/ --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/excusemyafrican/support
In This Episode: About a week ago, my daughters went to an ‘anti-prom party’ in the city and they had a blast! However, of all the memories they made that night, the one that would probably never leave her mind was when she had to use the bathroom only to realize that the bathrooms at the venue were gender neutral. I believe that everyone should be allowed to live their truth and be themselves freely, but do you think maybe allowing young boys and girls, who are in the stage of discovery and curiosity; use the same bathroom at the same time might just be taking it too far? Mentioned In This Episode: 1. Anti-Prom Party: https://www.nypl.org/education/teens/anti-prom 2. NYC Public Library: https://www.nypl.org/ 3. Gender Neutral Bathrooms: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unisex_public_toilet Connect: Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com Website: http://www.excusemyafrican.com/ Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com Stella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/excusemyafrican/support
In This Episode: The world is currently going through the Coronavirus Pandemic. Infected people all around the globe are being quarantined, while others are asked to self-isolate and practice social distancing. While these measures are significant to curb the spread of the virus, I fear for my brothers and sisters in Africa who live in countries where the government doesn’t necessarily provide benefits for them that would help them get through this period. Mentioned In This Episode: 1. Coronavirus: https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus#tab=tab_1 2. Wuhan: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wuhan 3. Social Distancing: http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/sites/default/files/public/php/185/185_factsheet_social_distancing.pdf Connect: Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com Website: http://www.excusemyafrican.com/ Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com Stella Damasus Website: https://www.stelladamasus.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/excusemyafrican Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/realexcusemyafrican/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Excuse-My-African-1360118967397852/ --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/excusemyafrican/support
In This Episode: I used to be one of those people who would complain about foreigners coming to Africa to steal our resources and rip us off, but I watched a documentary recently that really shocked me and got me thinking. Are they stealing our resources, or are some greedy leaders selling our continent to them and embezzling the money, while the masses continue to suffer. Mentioned In This Episode: 1. BBC: https://www.bbc.com/ 2. Mozambique: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mozambique 3. China: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China Connect: Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com Website: http://www.excusemyafrican.com/ Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com Stella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/excusemyafrican Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/realexcusemyafrican/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Excuse-My-African-1360118967397852/ --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/excusemyafrican/support
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