Nikyatu Jusu is a writer/director/filmmaker born in the US to Sierra Leonean-immigrant parents.

While completing undergrad at Duke University, she became enamored with the craft of film making, leading her to complete an MFA in film at New York University.

Her short films, African Booty ScratcherBlack Swan Theory and Say Grace Before Drowning have won her numerous awards, including a Director’s Guild Honorable Mention and an HBO Short Film Award. Say Grace Before Drowning also earned her a Spike Lee Scholarship, as well as a Princess Grace Foundation Scholarship. HBO has acquired her films.

Currently, she’s working on her first feature, Free The Town, to be shot on location in Freetown, Sierra Leone. We caught up with Nikyatu to discuss her first feature film, feminism on the continent, and what it takes to be an Afro-feminist in the film industry.

Connect with Nikyatu | Website: | Twitter: @Nikyatu | LinkedIn

By using science fiction we can examine big social and societal issues and ask difficult questions about subjects that concern all of us, and we can do it without pointing directly at any individual or group, any particular religion or country, any specific corporation or government.

Science fiction allows us to shine a spotlight on something, bring it to the attention of the world, and say “Look at this! Look what is happening! Look what they’ve done!”

— Robert Grant - Writing the Science Fiction Film.



once upon a time, in Japan…. *white characters*

this takes place in Africa… *white characters*

our story starts in the Middle East… *white characters*

Long ago in Europe… *white characters* “for historical accuracy”

I've researched unreliable narrator, but every website I find tells me what an unreliable narrator is, not how your write an unreliable narrator. Do you just outright lie in the story? I'm so confused.



It’s not an outright lie.

  • First Person: To write an unreliable narrator, use first person. You can use a third person POV if the narrator has a unique voice and if it’s clear that the narrator is a person whether they’re a character or not (like in A Series of Unfortunate Events). Either way, the narrator believes that what they are narrating is the truth. If third person is used, the “you can’t always trust/believe what you see” trick is used.
  • Exaggerate, Withhold: Unreliable narrators exaggerate events and withhold information. Holden Caulfield’s mental state affects the way he sees the world in The Catcher in the Rye, and thus his descriptions of the events in the book come off as a bit odd. When an unreliable narrator withholds information, it’s not like when a character refuses to give up important information until the right moment to create suspense. It’s when the narrator leaves out bits and pieces because they don’t fit the exaggerated view.
  • Vilify: Unreliable narrators vilify anyone who challenges their point of view. If a character comes along and their behavior or dialogue is about to make the narrator seem like a liar or if this character will create plot holes, the narrator will make them seem like an antagonist by exaggerating and withholding information. It’s like when you hate a person for no reason, but you try to find any reason you can to justify that hate.
  • Other Characters: Use other characters to show that your narrator is unreliable. Your narrator might exaggerate about a certain character, only to have the presence of this character and their actions prove what the narrator said to be wrong. Create trustworthy characters to show how your character is unreliable.
  • Dialogue: What your character says to other characters can reveal that they are unreliable. If they constantly lie to other characters, the reader might relate this to their narration. Other times, your character can say something they believe is true only to have other characters look at them funny or correct them.
  • Bias: All narrators are biased and unreliable to an extent, but unreliable narrators take this further and often refuse to see the world from another character’s viewpoint. They use their morals and values to judge and explain the actions of others. This creates an unreliable narration of other characters.

TV Tropes: Unreliable Narrator (includes examples)

Why is the "independent Black woman" considered a racist trope?



because it a part of a stereotype as old as the trans Atlantic slave trade. it’s a part of a popular construction of the black woman that portrays her as so strong that she is incapable of weakness, so independent that she doesn’t need help or support,and so thick-skinned that she is incapable of pain. it was used to justify the horrifying treatment of black women during slavery which went against the they way white womanhood was constructed in society (See Sojourner Truth’s “Ain’t I a Woman?”) .therefore these stereotypes were used to dehumanize  black women during slavery, and they continue to do so today.

why do you think people have so little sympathy for black single mothers or black women on welfare (who are perpetually seen as “gold-digging baby mamas and welfare queens)??? why do the tear of white women move American while the cries of black women go unheard?

the “mad and independent black woman who don’t need no man” trope may seem harmless and funny but its roots are quite insidious and have consequences in the ways we perceive black women

black women are as strong and vulnerable and lovable as any other woman on earth. she needs support and love and caring just like every other person on earth.






I’m going to share this for my screenwriter friends who want to know. However, we film our own scripts, and if you do that, many of these don’t apply to you. What we write is as much a shooting script as a story script. That’s part of the advantage of producing our own material — we get to control every aspect of the process.

My blog in list form. Read and enjoy.

Is it really that big a deal to write with celtx or word?

If it is a good story, you can write it in the dust on your car if you want to. It’s true that screenwriting software is ridiculously expensive, but the functionality is worth it with a student discount or on sale.

#6 is conditional - I think the main problem is not capitalising them the first time. Many professional writers still capitalise character’s names throughout the entire script.
#10 is easily fixed - word docs are easily exported as PDFs and no one is the wiser.
#39 is particularly important and something that I find really makes a scene stand out.
And #41 is what makes many films unwatchable for me.

Great list!

(Source: lifeascaty)



Ohio artist, Dennis Wojtkiewicz [voyt-KEV-itch] explores the sensitive nature of time in his oversized oil paintings of fruit and flowers. The transitory nature of his subject matter is encapsulated, transfixed and glorified with hightened photorealism. Light and translucence make these paintings glow. Nature’s perfect patterning allows each painting to take on a meditative quality.

Get fucked



stop fetishizing straight relationships…………….not every show needs to have straight people…………

I’m tired of all this politically correct “Straight people have to be in every show and every movie” crap. Like damn. Your heterosexuality is not the focus of EVERYTHING. They are just PEOPLE. They don’t need to be everywhere. It’s so unrealistic to have all these straight people around.

(Source: danacardinal)