National Novel Writing Month

I’ve been out of commission this past week, enjoying the outlying edges of Uganda. Sipi Falls. I highly recommend it.

I’m back and looking forward to honing my writing skills by participating in National Novel Writing Month. Fifty thousand words in thirty days, mostly composed by candlelight during my long, lonely nights in the bush. I’m still not sure what I’ll write about, but I have a hunch it will involve Aga Khan. Jay-Z should also feature heavily.

Want to join me? Go to and sign up. Then go to my page and be my buddy so we can poke and prod each other to the finish line.

the United Nations of this rap shit, at it again

While on his combination concert/water crisis awareness tour in Tanzania, Jay-Z found time to play a little dress-up with his girlfriend Beyoncé:

picture via My Africa

The rags-to-riches rapper claims, “I wanted to go to these [new places] to just tour and play music. Of course, I can’t go to any place without touching the culture and seeing what’s going on…I’m not a politician — I’m just a regular person with a heart.”

A heart that compels you to dress up like the Maasai.