Feminism, Postcolonialism

Reaching higher: Women liberators and gender

I have recently written an academic article titled “Reaching Higher: Women Liberators and Gender” which was published in the Horn of Africa Bulletin of the Life & Peace Institute in Uppsala (November-December 2016 Vol. 28, Issue 6). National Action Plans (NAPs) and Regional Action Plans (RAPs) on Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) are useful guides… Continue reading Reaching higher: Women liberators and gender

Battling Stereotypes, News, Opinion & Analysis, Postcolonialism, Uncategorized

Sweden’s Santa Lucia celebrations marked by epistemic violence against children of African decent

Ask the average Swede what the Santa Lucia celebration is about in terms of its historical/religious significance; chances are they won't be able to give you straight forward answer because the details escape their memory. Like the below video mentions, when it comes to this Swedish tradition, "the why is less important than the how".… Continue reading Sweden’s Santa Lucia celebrations marked by epistemic violence against children of African decent

News, Opinion & Analysis, Opinion & Analysis

Act on 2250 by implementing campaigns, programs and projects for gender-just peace

Today marks the 1 year anniversary of the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2250. I remember the day that it was announced (9 December 2015), and how quickly myself and the many of my friends, young peacebuilders from all over the world, were circulating the news on social media. We were euphoric about this… Continue reading Act on 2250 by implementing campaigns, programs and projects for gender-just peace

Literature, Postcolonialism

Frantz Fanon still lives

  December 6, 1961, marks the 55th year since the death of Frantz Fanon. Although this great thinker and writer is no longer with us, his legacy lives on. Below are some of his books... absolute MUST READS! #DecolonizeYourMind Video from teleSur English (https://www.facebook.com/telesurenglish/) MUST READS! Black Skin, White Masks (1952) The Wretched of the… Continue reading Frantz Fanon still lives

Art & Culture, Opinion & Analysis, Quotes, Uncategorized

The time for artists to go to work is NOW: Writing against Trump, writing for our children

I am absolutely devastated by the notion that Donald Trump will soon be the president of the United States of America, but I'm going to channel this devastation into a re-commitment to the values that I believe in, values that can summarized to mean LOVE, and I will do it through speaking and writing. Over… Continue reading The time for artists to go to work is NOW: Writing against Trump, writing for our children

Art & Culture, Literature, Postcolonialism

Decolonizing the Mind through Books

In 1997, rappers of conscious Talib Kweli and Yasiin Bey (AKA Mos Def) poured their rap money into Nkiru Books, Brooklyn's first Black bookstore, where Kweli was also an employee when their album, Black Star, was released. On the 28th of December 2015, Kweli had posted a picture on Facebook talking about how despite the… Continue reading Decolonizing the Mind through Books

Art & Culture, Interviews, Postcolonialism

Akon: ‘America was never built for black people’

Talk to Al Jazeera, a program on Al Jazeera English, interviewed Akon, the Senegalese-American recording artist in January 2015. I am reposting the interview and the content of the article written about the interview by Al Jazeera here because I found it to not only be intriguing, but very telling of the ambivalence in relationships and… Continue reading Akon: ‘America was never built for black people’

Literature, Postcolonialism

Don’t “confuse freedom with the maintenance of status quo” Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed

"The term conscientização refers to the learning to perceive social, political and economic contradictions, and to take action against the oppressive elements of reality" Pedagogy Of The Oppressed, Paulo Freire     This book is available for free online. Read it today!

Art & Culture, Battling Stereotypes, Digital Art

The Average Black Girl: Sick and tired of the stereotyping

I was once asked by a reader of my blog about what my stance is in regards to making negative stereotypes positive; this was my answer: To be perfectly honest with you, I have a hard time thinking of a stereotype that can be made positive. There might be some that are not as harmful… Continue reading The Average Black Girl: Sick and tired of the stereotyping