bassey-ikpi
Bassey Ikpi
bassey-ikpi
American-Nigerian, ex-poet, current writer, constant mental health advocate (The Siwe Project and No Shame Day), underachieving overachiever and memoir procrastinator (Harper Perennial 2019).
Aug 12
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I never know how invested I am until I find myself holding my breath hoping they’re okay.

Jan 26 2018
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I have had people upset with me the last few months because they posted something on Facebook and became upset that I never acknowledged it or checked in on them. People have also sent frantic, “ARE YOU MAD AT ME??” emails because I haven’t liked or commented and then they assumed I blocked them.
It was very Read more

Jan 15 2018
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I hear you. I couldn’t get into House of Cards for that exact reason. I’m not into “anti-heroes”. Give it a try.
But of course, after I write a review asking everyone to watch, the latest episode was a little lackluster. So start from this season.

Jan 15 2018
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I honestly felt the same way you. I remember tweeting about how she was the most hateful and selfish character on TV and about by how much I hated her. I didn’t understand why it was being nominated for awards. I thought it was like “Girls” which was so critically acclaimed but bored and annoyed me at the s same time. Read more

Jan 15 2018
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I would kind of love to do a podcast! I get tired of writing sometimes because it’s such a solitary thing. I want to have full conversations about the episodes and exchange ideas. Read more

Jan 15 2018
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I worded that wrong (damn word limits!) but it is funny, I just get stuck on how real it is so I often do “forget” to laugh. I didn’t have time to get into the musical numbers and how funny/sad/shocking/real they are too. Read more

Jan 15 2018
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When I watch it’s so perfect, because I do identify with some of Rebecca’s issues, and the message I get from the show is, “Hey, you’re not broken or unlovable, but you also are not absolved from having to keep working on yourself.” Which I think is a message anyone needs to hear. You are wonderful, but you also need Read more

Jan 15 2018
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I mentioned in another comment that I had to cut out hundreds and hundreds of words because it was just getting too long. I love the “zany” characters for exactly what you stated. I wanted to go into each character and talk about their “thing”— I mean, Paula alone is an entire research paper on enabling behaviour— But Read more

Jan 15 2018
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Agreed!
I had so much more to say but I had to cut hundreds and hundreds of words. It really is just that good.

Jan 14 2018
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Janelle! Girl, this was fucking amazing! Thank you so much for writing this. I’m sharing the link with so many women who need to read this as much as I did. Thank you.

Dec 19 2017
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This just might be my favorite comment ever. I just got off a long Amtrak ride and I couldn’t stop giggling after reading. Thank you.

Sep 28 2017
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These were my exact thoughts!!!
I actually edited it out because it was too long. No way was The Root going to let me post a 5000 word dissertation because I am completely fascinated and I have opinions!


Aug 24 2017
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I really do appreciate your constant support. I was feeling “uneasy” about this one and it was good to see you in here. Thank you.

Aug 24 2017
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I was raised in Oklahoma so “gym shoes” was the term I grew up with. I miss saying that and tap, parlor, cupboard and breezeway.