#48: Why do I listen to hip hop?

Our 48th prompt comes from Afandi. They ask:

How do you balance enjoying the genre of rap and trap music with all the misogyny and homophobia that features heavily in it? (usually by the male rappers)

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Afandi,

You must have seen me tweeting song lyrics/screenshots of songs I’m listening to on Twitter.  😀 I love this question, especially because it’s one “woke” hip hop fans ask themselves a lot. Continue reading “#48: Why do I listen to hip hop?”

#46: The Power of Now

Our 46th prompt comes from Ms. M.K. She asks:

What is your take on “The Power of Now”? In addition to the above, you can speak on meditation, consciousness, presence and mindfulness. Thanks!

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Ms. M.K,

What a delightful question. I reread the book just to answer your question, and was taken back to how I felt after reading it. Now, though, that I’ve been practicing mindfulness and meditation (when I read it all this was new to me) my insights have matured. The sentiment of the book seems like such a foregone conclusion, and it feels like elementary reading. Continue reading “#46: The Power of Now”

#45: Can we change Kenya’s voting patterns?

Our 45th prompt comes from Mo. They ask:

Is it possible to change the views of this our country with regards to information and voting patterns? Seeing as to how we keep voting in the same dumbasses each time.

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Mo,

Most of us think we decide who to vote for through a fairly rational process. Which is probably why many candidates in the 2017 election cycle are participating in debates and writing manifestos that summarize their who, what, why, when, where and how. So that folks who decide to vote for them can point to these documents as the reason. “She said she’d tarmac all the roads!” or, “He said he’d give all our children laptops!” But is this how we actually make our voting decisions? No. Continue reading “#45: Can we change Kenya’s voting patterns?”

#44: In Case of an Internet Shutdown

Our 44th prompt comes from Liv. She asks:

Just in case the government decides to shut down our internet during the coming elections, what exactly are we in for…what steps are they likely to take and how would they go about it?

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Liv,

This is a great and timely question, given that Francis Wangusi of the Communication Authority recently said that “they are not thinking of shutting down the internet but be warned that it should not be used to release alternative election results.” Whatever that means. The general sentiment from government is that it is unlikely, but this does not mean that it won’t happen. Continue reading “#44: In Case of an Internet Shutdown”

#43: What would an anarchy state look like?

Our 43rd prompt comes from qkat. She asks:

Could we prosper as an intentional anarchy state… because what does good governance even look like?

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qkat,

Everywhere we look, we see that the nation state experiment is failing. The USA, England, North Korea, heck, even Kenya. But whenever we seek alternatives, anarchy is rarely (if ever) considered. Continue reading “#43: What would an anarchy state look like?”

#42: Does FRIENDS make sense as a TV show?

Our 42nd prompt comes from Laureezy. She asks:

Does FRIENDS make any sense as a TV show? Would such people actually be friends in real life?

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Laureezy,

Welcome back! Let me start by saying that I’m one of the 10 people globally who doesn’t give a hoot about FRIENDS. Did I happen to watch a couple of episodes? Yeah, sure. OK, maybe I watched more than a couple of episodes. Back in the 90s/early 2000s entertainment options were so limited. 🙁 When FRIENDS was on TV there was barely anything else to watch, so I stared at the TV for like half an hour wondering why this show was so popular and important. Continue reading “#42: Does FRIENDS make sense as a TV show?”

#41: Parallel vs Alternate Universes

Our 41st prompt comes from Kaggzie. She asks:

Do you think there’s a difference between parallel universes and alternate universes? I’m yet to get a conclusive answer to this 🙂

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Kaggzie,

Fantastic question! For those who are new to the concept of space-time, here’s a primer: #7: Are there other dimensions out there?

To begin with, I think we have to define the Many Worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics by Hugh Everett III. Continue reading “#41: Parallel vs Alternate Universes”

#39: What if slave trade happened in reverse?

Our 39th prompt comes from Sir Pie. He says:

Slave trade was in reverse, Africans trading Caucasians and Arabs, describe the world today.

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Sir Pie,

You are in luck. When we were learning about slave trade during history class in high school, I spent a lot of my time imagining alternative scenarios because our history teacher was boring as hell, and one of those was “What if Africans instigated the slave trade instead?” Here’s how I think the world would look today if that happened. Continue reading “#39: What if slave trade happened in reverse?”