I think I love movies again!





By nature, I am the sweet , reserved and sometimes shy girl but deep down when I fall in love with anything. I LOVE IT!! I mean LOVEEE IT. At the moment, I find myself falling head over heels with movies again.

My love affair with movies began when I was 14 years old. It was a Sunday and I think sometime in November. My brother and I, were supposed to go to church but we woke up too late. Back in those days because it was 2004, M-Net always had a Sunday brunch film. That day it was Steven Spielberg’s Catch Me If You Can. I had watched it before and it did not hit me like it did that day. I will say that’s when I fell in love with film and Leonardo DiCaprio. Something about Catch Me If You Can excited me and enthralled me. I thought it was so damn refreshing and loved that it was based in the ‘60s. I am a sucker for period pieces.




As I got older, there were many films that I loved but never quite hit me. Last year, I found myself getting so tired of Hollywood and their damn sequels, reboots and horrendous comic films. I wanted to watch something new and refreshing. I think I needed something new and refreshing. I am obviously aware of the politics and business of Hollywood but it was getting in the way of the creative and new stories. What was also upsetting me was Hollywood’s obsession with nostalgia!! They really did not need to make a Ghostbusters. Hey but that’s just my opinion!!!

Then suddenly something changed. At the beginning of the year I watched Moonlight and I was stunned at what a beautiful and gorgeous film it was. I was amazed at how everything came together with the score, editing, acting, directing and writing. I could not stop thinking about it and how refreshing and pure it was. Sometimes the purity of the film does not come out but with Moonlight that was loud and clear. I was even more surprised when it won the Academy Award for Best Picture. I really thought LaLa Land was going to and that would have been a damn shame!

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Met Gala : Good , Bad, Boring & Oh so lazy

Best & Worst of the Met Gala

As some who prides themselves on speaking basic french, I must admit I had to Google this year’s Met Gala theme Comme des Garcons.  Comme des Garcons means like boys and its founder  the Japanese Rei Kawakubo is a visionary within fashion with her beautiful architectural pieces. What I loved that she was a minority and is still alive so she could remember this honor.

Over the years especially 2016, the Met Gala was a what I would describe a “hot ass mess”. There was no creativity and people were dressed as if they were going to a budget Oscars. I hate that people never stick to theme or even try but this year I found that people tried to stick to the theme and there were some new fresh faces on the red carpet which is always exciting.

MVP of the Night: Her name is Rihanna

The MVP of the night was the one and only Robyn freaking Fenty better known as Rihanna. Rihanna is my fashion icon and no one has convinced me otherwise. I love that she wore Fall 2016 Comme des Garcons. I love that she looked like a flower and was wearing way too much blush.  What she wore is not the best she has looked on the red carpet but at least she tried. I don’t think she out did her 2015 Met Gala look but at least she trying too. Rihanna is one of the few people I literally wish was on every red carpet because her style is unpredictable and she is such a free spirit that she can literally shut it down like she did on Monday and in 2015.

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Best Dressed other than Rihanna:

This was a hard one because I actually liked so many looks last night.

1. Zendaya Coleman  in Dolce &Gabbanna : Zendaya like Rihanna always dress for the occasion and I love her wig game and she is super dope and collaborates so well with her stylist Law Roach.

Zendaya Coleman in Dolce & Gabbana

2.  Cara Delevigne in Chanel: Cara the model and actress always looks so impeccable and fresh. She is one of my favorites because her quirky personality always comes through. I love the silver hair thing.

Cara Delevingne

3. Tracee Ellis Ross in Comme des Garcons: Tracee Ellis Ross made her Met Gala debut and absolutely killed it in Comme des Garcons. She is becoming one of my favourite fashionistas and does not mind taking risks. I love it and look forward to seeing her on other red carpets.

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Lost in Translation: Rihanna’s American Oxygen


As a Rihanna fan, I am ashamed to say that I have never written a blog post about her music. I must admit I do not think Rihanna music was worth writing about until now.

The last time we had heard about Rihanna musically was when she dropped her I miss Chris Brown album Unapologetic and I loved it. I have always felt that the two albums about Chris Brown Rated R and Unapologetic were her best albums. I think these albums had substance which is sometimes missing from her work.

I was pleasantly surprised with the singles that she has released from the long awaited R8. They are all very different and you can definitely see that she is going in a new direction with her music which I appreciate. I think as fans we should be open to the artists we support doing something different. In all honesty, an album is a piece of the artist’s life at that point of time. Anyway, Four Five Seconds is a good song and I love the vocals from both Kanye and her. B*tch Have My Money is hilarious. It is similar to “Pour It Up”. It really is a club banger and ratchet as hell. The beat is fantastic and you can definitely hear that Kanye West co-produced this song. The most interesting single so far is American Oxygen

I do think if it was not initially released on Tidal that it could be a bit more successful. The first time I heard American Oxygen, I truly wondered how this song relates to Rihanna because she is not American. I also felt the same way when I saw the music video. After watching it more and more, I realised that American Oxygen is a story of a immigrant which Rihanna technically is. This epiphany made me love the song even more. Furthermore, I think the song is also about this supposed “American Dream”. Truth be told the “American Dream” is not a reality for everyone in America and this seen in the video with the images of immigrants, protests in Ferguson and the assassination of Martin Luther King Jnr. This is emphasised with the lyrics “you can be whoever in America” and the reality is not everyone in the American society has the choice to be anyone.

I applaud her confidence to tell this story but I think what is truly missing in American Oxygen is Rihanna’s voice. What is her story when it comes to this American Oxygen and this American Dream. Additionally, what is this “new america” and who are we in “the new america” that she repeats at the end of the song.I think why her voice was lost in this song is maybe because she was trying to be political correct and I do not think it is the time to be that. If you want to make political and conscious songs do not half – ass it.

American Oxygen is a good idea and is interesting insight of America but I think it would be great if we heard Robyn Fenty’s story about her experience in America. I can understand Rihanna wanting to be more than a pop star but she needs to give more depth. This really was a missed opportunity but I love Rihanna for the effort. I am still very excited about R8 and I do think I will see Robyn Fenty and all her complexities.

China through the Looking Glass: 2015 Met Gala Review

China through the Looking Glass was an awesome theme that gave people a lot of room to do something inventive and fun. In typical Met Gala fashion not many celebrities and fashion designers even bothered to dress to theme and I think this was a missed opportunity.

I applaud Rihanna, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Kardashian West (to a point), Justin Bieber, Zendaya Coleman, Anna Hathaway and Michael B Jordan for pitching up. What is the point of having a theme if no one is going to dress to the theme.

Rihanna was the best dressed because she thought about her look, wore a Chinese designer and looked great. I know the dress got a lot attention and memes which were pretty funny but you have respect her confidence, fearlessness and innovation for dressing that way. I thought she looked fantastic and I am very biased. It is no secret that I LOVE  Rihanna.

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Kim Kardashian West is an anomaly to me she  is so hard to read. One minute I thoroughly dislike her then next minute I totally love and respect her. I do think she is a good wife and mother but something is off about her. However, one thing I know about Kim that in my opinion she cannot not dress especially since she started dating Kanye. I feel like her fashion sense lacks a great deal of personality and she is not as edgy as she tries to be. I can admit there are times when she has looked fantastic. This Monday Kim looked flawless. The Roberto Cavalli dress, the make up and hair were amazing. This is the best she has ever looked. Kim looked elegant, demure and effortless which is rare. The Kardashians that do effortless well is Kourtney and Kendall the others try too hard.


I had heard that Beyonce was coming and I was surprised when she had not done the red carpet. Little did I know that she came late and gave us a performance of note. I think she looked fantastic it was fun, flirty and confident. I know some felt that she looked trashy and reeked of desperation ( I do agree there).  Her hair looked fantastic. I want to do that one day. I absolutely loved it. The hair and shoes were the best part of the outfit.

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Dakota Johnson looked AMAZING. I loved her Chanel dress and it really had nothing to do with theme but I would wear it. It was just sexy and fun. I love her confidence. Kendall Jenner looked great. I liked her dress and hair. Anne Hathaway looked fabulous and I liked how different it was. I am on the fence about Selena Gomez Vera Wang but I really do like her. Kate Hudson looked fantastic in that gold dress but I was more interested inK her date, Michael Kors. Zendaya Coleman looked amazing as usual and stuck to the theme.

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The guys were all in tuxedos but Justin Bieber in Balmain and Michael B Jordan in Dolce & Gabbana  looked elegant, fun and suave. I appreciated that Justin stuck to the theme with his Balmain tuxedo. I salute Olivier Rousteing for such an amazing and innovative design.

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My worst dressed was Kris Jenner, Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry. Kris Jenner was just overdressed and those earring really needed to go.I don’t know what is going with Katy Perry this year because her fashion sense has been a lot to be desired.

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This year Met Gala a lot people were safe in their choices but Rihanna and Beyonce really gave us something to think about. I appreciate the risks they took. I love Rihanna and SJP for sticking to the theme and being true fashion icons.

Wale’s Bad


I am a big Wale fan. Something about his music speaks to me and I am so excited by his new album which is coming out this summer but my winter. I truly love his new song of his previous mixtape Forlain. There is something honest about this song plus it is incredibly catchy. I hear it all over the place.

I love the way that Wale is perceptive epecially when he speaks about women. Yu get an impression that he has been hurt before or he knows women like this.

The video is simple and epic. Completely off topic but I love this women’s weave. I really  love the colour. The way this sweet girl is such a player is so cool in particular these lyrics “She hurt feelings, she break hearts
She stay quiet, she play smart/She take pride in going out/Getting hollered at, and saying nah.” When I listen to songs like “Bad” I feel like I know girls like. Goodness, I have met girls like this. That is what makes the songs so brilliant.

23 on 23

ImageIt is no secret to my friends and family that 23 is my number. It is a lucky charm for and symbolises so much about my life and me. So I am hectically excited to be turning 23 on the 23rd of May. I just feel so happy and can’t wait to start my 23rd year on this earth. 

The reason I am literally rejoicing about this is because 23 is my luck number. It represents birth which is obviously my birthday and rebirth which is for the day I had heart surgery which is 23 November 2010. I feel spiritually linked to the number 23 and yes I am being dramatic.

So on 23 May I will be officially 23.I am so happy to have lived this long and had these experiences and can’t wait for the new ones to come. This number is a huge symbol of my life journey. 

Well these are my deep 2 cents

Have a lovely week.

Hugs & Kisses

Phumu23 (@rebelleface23)