Have you been listening? Can you hear the change? It’s hard to tell how vast a forest you’re in until you climb a the mountain, but hopefully we can put our heads up for a moment to see.
The conversation I’m hearing (reading, seeing) about Africa is changing swiftly. We’re not talking about Africa in terms of strictly AIDS, war and horror. Those notions have been challenged through films, books and raw data. Although the conversation is still in challenge and complication stages, it is coming out of the “Let’s not talk about death and disease only” phase.
Twitter has been my number one source of content for this conversation. It started with @barcampafrica following me last summer, followed by the more recent #thatsafrican, #brandafrica and #lightupnigeria conversations. Now, more African countries are hosting their own barcamps, and BarCamp Diaspora just concluded last weekend.
As I digest all this information, I find it’s increasingly important to listen. While we may want to jump to the solutions right away, it’s more important to listen to the conversations and cultures which have been developing and changing for thousands of years. There are plenty places to plug in.
I used to think Africa (there’s that generalized myth again) wasn’t making enough noise. It turns out I wasn’t listening hard enough. Are you listening?
“The verse inside this pendant is Psalm 46:10: “Be Still and know that I am God! (NLT) Sometimes we just need to stop moving so fast so that we can hear him!”
Agreed. I love the colors in this piece of jewelery. When was the last time you were still?
(via Brown Butter Beauty) From her bio: “Cozbi A. Cabrera loves to discover, create and share pockets of grace and beauty.”
Her collection of dolls (Muñecas), her women’s clothing and her children’s book illustrations all exude this love of creating. Check out the wonderful write up at ymib as well as her website.
Photo essay: Braiding daughter’s hair a labor of love.
View the entire gallery at AJC.com
A few days ago I decided to take a personality test. I’ve done several variations of these tests, from the color genics, to the budget Myers-Briggs, to True Colors and more. However, I always answered the questions or performed the activities based on what I thought I would like to be rather than what I actually already was. Continue reading
I look for women of color in any creative space I consume. It goes without saying that hip hop’s finest gems are the hidden talents of women. Despite the complicated relationships and representations they often face, women in hip hop are here to stay. I found Emperess via @LaBlaxicana on twitter. Check out Piss In The Wind where you can download the mixtape from Emperess.
Yes, I find these earrings and its brothers and sisters to be soooo afrolicious! I have this Etsy shop in my feed just for the eye candy, otherwise, I’d favorite every item these sisters sell! (Pictured above: “Bee“)
“Three 5 Eighty 5 is comprised of college students and twin sisters, Georgette & Georglyn. Currently Three 5 Eighty 5 specializes in copletely handmade, hand-woven thread earrings. All earrings are made with true precision and style(about 30 minutes ea. pair).”
You need these in your life!
I got to satisfy my sweet, sweet tooth with some cotton candy yesterday afternoon. I saw the guy standing with a stack right outside of work and decided I had to have one. One dollar! Small joys.