George Rodger, The victor of a Korongo Nuba wrestling match is carried shoulder high by his opponent, Kordofan, Sudan, 1949.
Image of an Ashanti home before British colonization
My chances of living longer didn’t improve because I moved to Europe.
When I’m asked what is your origin? I say I am Racially, Ethnically, Religiously, Politically, Socially, totally 100% unapologetically black African, and black because the world don’t know who we are. The black race has been called all types of names because you can’t define the indefinable. We are God first people no one name is adequate to describe me because I am indefinable.
Born in Africa (Rwanda), and then moved to DR Congo, then Congo, Then Cameroon, then Senegal, Then Thad, Then Kenya etc… I have lived in many countries in Africa. At the age of 15 the day before travelling to Europe I was so excited, first to see my mother in Belgium second to visit Europeans. I will always remember Belgium as the country were I first looked at myself in the mirror and realized I was black, I was shocked by the way black people were treated, and the negative images of African people shown on TV to Europeans people, I felt humiliated. I lived in Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Spain (not for long), England UK, and currently in Scotland UK.
At first I couldn’t understand why the media only showed negative images of Africa, when there are many Europeans living the good life in Africa and have no plans to go back to Europe because they feel at home. They are treated decently like human beings with feelings (heard things are changing).
I studied fashion & design for 4 years, and the last day of my exams. One hour before presenting my work to the judges. My main teacher told me in front of more than 24 students “you are black, and you’ll never succeed in fashion, if I was you I’ll be doing something like plumbing, construction or electricity”, my works were always selected for shows and I couldn’t believe what she said. So I left everything, school, my mother and Belgium for Canada.
Now I know for a fact that those negatives images of Africa are everywhere in the world, so I understood that many Europeans are not intentionally racist they’re just ignorant, and programmed by the media to hate, however it’s not an excuse though we all have a working brain.
There are poor places everywhere in the world. Every minute a child dies in Africa (Africa = 54 countries, so it’s an easy guess) just like everywhere. People die from starvation in Europe too. You have 50% 50% percent of chances of being killed in Brussels, Johannesburg, Mexico city, Paris, London, Edinburg, Mogadishu, Roma etc… Don’t believe the hype.
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A monument I visited last month in Stone Town, Zanzibar commemorating the selling and shipping of slaves from Tanzania to the West Indies in Zanzibar’s infamous slave market.
The faces of the sculptures were so powerful, I got an eery feeling that took a while to shake.
Tank coming soon. only $24.99 will post with purchasing info ASAP.
ya’ll been saying put my art back on shirts so I’ma see whos really about that life!
My love affair with books - Kopano Matlwa
The EU Literary Award-winning Kopano Matlwa is one of South Africa’s most vibrant young writers. A medical graduate, Kopano is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Coconut. She is a founding member and chairperson of Waiting Room Education by Medical Students, a non-profit organisation run by students and is a 2010 Rhodes Scholar.
STYLE ICON: The Lijadu Sisters
Identical Nigerian twin sisters of Afrobeat, Taiwo and Kehinde Lijadu.
Ethiopian King Ezana II of the Aksumite Empire in the 4th century AD, he was converted to christianity by his greek slave-teacher Frumentius in 324. The Aksumite Empire became one of the first major empires to convert to Christianity.
Along with Constantine I of Rome and Tiridates of Armenia, King Ezana of Axumite Ethiopia was one of the first monarchs in history to convert to Christianity, to establish a Christian state, and to erect many Christian churches of worship. The significance of Christian alliance and King Ezana’s kingdom was given great thought by the Roman Emperor Constantius II (r. 337 - 361 AD), who attempted by persuasive letter to King Ezana and his brother Saizanas to have their favored Frumentius replaced by an Arian bishop known as Theophilus. However, his attempts were in vain, as Frumentius remained in charge of the Coptic Church while Ezana, a new Christian, cemented the religion into Ethiopian culture.
illustration by Angus Mcbride
“War is My Food” and poppin my collar is my snacks
MINORITY PRIVILEGE: UNPACKING THE NEW INVISIBLE KNAPSACK
(…blah blah bullshit bullshit bullshit)
YOU CAN NOT ACHIEVE EQUALITY THROUGH PRIVILEGE, REPARATIONS AND BENEFIT FOR ANY RACE OR GENDER. IF YOU WANT EQUALITY, THEN ACT AS AN EQUAL, ANY USAGE OR SEEKING OF THE FORMER ENFORCE RACIAL SUPERIORITY OR ACCEPTANCE OF INFERIORITY.
I and I rise