Full disclosure: This isn’t the funniest thing I’ve seen online recently, but anyone who actively uses Tumblr will identify with the *facepalm* inducing authenticity. Worth a watch anyway, if only to remind yourself that you’re not the only one who has a love-hate relationship with Tumblr.
Chimamanda Adichie’s wonderful TED Talk, “The Danger of a Single Story” is just perfect. While she laments the one-dimensional image of Africa and its people that is so pervasive in the U.S., she also admits that she herself has been guilty of making assumptions about people and nations — an instinct which can be tamed only by a determined effort to broaden one’s sphere of influence. Her talk feels hopeful and inspiring, and is dotted here and there with snarky anecdotes to take the edge off.
This little moment is absolute gold, and her delivery is superb:
“I recently spoke at a university where a student told me that it was such a shame that Nigerian men were physical abusers like the father character in my novel. I told him that I had just read American Psycho.”
Take the time to give this a watch. It will have you asking yourself some important questions.
This is a great song on its own, but the video is bloody epic.