A 20-year-old girl from South Africa known as Sarah “Saartjie” Baartman was recruited to work in a Paris zoo because of a genetic characteristic known as steatopygia – protuberant buttocks and elongated labia. Whites went to the zoo to look at her buttocks and at other naked Black women with the same shape.
Gawking with desire: since forever and today.
This is the shit that I was talking about. Black women have a history of being treated like animals and if we dare say some shit about it we get shut down and told we’re either over reacting or lying for attention.
I have been in Lagos for over five months now and it has not been without its challenges. Lagos is bursting at the seams with activity and life and I wanted to contribute to the bee hive. Ever since my YouTube and blogging days, I have eagerly awaited the opportunity to create a space for young African women to gather and freely talk. With this step, I hope to work towards creating a safe space for young women to discuss several issues revolving around mental health, sexuality, eating disorders and other personal and social issues.
Personal stories flew back and forth across the tables and I was a bit taken aback by the willingness to share. Success. Here in Nigeria, it is so common to hear the youth openly discuss politics, academics, pop culture, etc, but when the time comes to talk about personal issues such as mental health, sexuality, abuse, we hush up. We go behind close doors to talk softly while the majority of us choose not to talk at all. But these are issues that affect us as individuals. (Keep reading)
So I disappeared for a few days because I went back home to Aba to attend my father’s wedding. At 70 years old, I guess it is never too late to find some sort of happiness. Having been single for goodness knows how long and over a decade of coming home to a dark (we literally have no electricity at home) and empty house, I’m so happy that things will be a bit different. Everyone danced in the rain, both the young and old and everything smelt of sweat, palm-wine and firewood. My father wanted a small affair and was a bit grumpy that it turned into a full out celebration, but who could help that??!
Stories of abused and battered children in Africa are legion but few cut as close to the bone as this collection by Uwem Akpan His five tales two of which are novella length are told with the uninhibited, truth-filled voices of the children involved Each one takes place in a different country but the theme is universal the biggest challenge faced by children in Africa is staying alive so Uwem Akpan is incredibly skilled with conveying exactly what he wishes to convey to exactly the extent to which he intends to convey it and His descriptions are beautiful his characterization is vivid and his use of language and dialect makes it so uniquely and indelibly African It is Africa’s stories, Africa’s children, and Africa’s words Mr. Akpan has my greatest respect for both execution and subject matter
MEXICANS OF AFRICAN DESCENT ESTABLISHED LOS ANGELES ON THIS DAY IN 1781
The Los Angeles Pobladores, or “townspeople,” were a group of 44 settlers and four soldiers from Mexico who established the famed city on this day in 1781 in what is now California. The settlers came from various Spanish castes, with over half of the group being of African descent.
Black people, kickstarting everything since, you know, people
Hey everyone, I’ve been incredibly stressed out lately. Sorry for not updating as much or answering emails. I promise once I have everything I need together, I will get back to everyone. Sorry once again.