Le kimono Africain: Serge Mouangue at TEDxConcorde 2012
Wow! well his kinda of AMAZING!
Starting Mondays with a dose of feminist pop culture icon musings.
“I think what you’re trying to ask is why am I so insistent upon… giving out to them that BLACK-ness, that BLACK-power, that BLACK pushing them to identify with black culture; I think that’s what you’re asking. I have no choice over it; in the first place, to me we are the most beautiful creatures in the whole world, black people. And I mean that in every sense, outside and inside. And to me we have a culture that is surpassed by no other civilization but we don’t know anything about it. So again, I think I’ve said this before in this same interview, I think at some time before. My job is to somehow make them curious enough or persuade them, by hook or crook, to get more aware of themselves and where they came from and what they are into and what is already there, and just to bring it out. This is what compels me to compel them and I will do it by whatever means necessary.”
I would imagine that most adults with any level of social awareness have complicated feelings about a lot of what passes as rap music these days. I just find it unfortunate that so many of us have the courage to speak out against Nicki Minaj having the agency to enjoy her body, but go radio silent when it comes to musicians who speak about violating the bodies of others (be it via rape or other forms of physical violence). Jay Z, who has been out of the drug game longer than he was in it, still wants you to know how many keys he flipped and that he’s still got his Blue Yankees fitted and boys who will end your life if you test him. WHERE IS HIS LETTER, BRUH?
Nicki Minaj should be able to show her grown Black a** when and wherever she wants—-for her own pleasure and/or for the entertainment of fellow adults. It isn’t her responsibility to cover up to save the children, though I do think she should also be clear on when she’s performing for kids and when she’s speaking to an older crowd. Ultimately, the onus of raising our kids will fall on us parents and there is virtually nothing we can do to keep them from listing to Nicki, or Wayne or watching porn, or SnapChatting when not in our presence. But what we CAN do is engage them in meaningful conversations about their bodies (and the bodies of pop stars), their behavior and their choices.
I am not of the school of thought that thinks the worst thing a woman can do is show her a**. That Chris Rock bit about the parent’s greatest responsibility being ‘keeping her off the pole’ is funny, but I’d rather raise a happy, self-possessed young lady who shows her body to the masses, than one who kowtows to a set of respectability politics that serves to do little but dictate that her sexuality is to be policed by someone else (and is primarily a tool of male pleasure.) The unchecked patriarchy of the rap world is far more dangerous to Creekmur’s daughter and mine than Nicki Minaj’s behind. I look forward to the open letters that take that on.
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Yup this response closes the whole Nicki Minaj is not a role model for your kids. Last i checked she’s not here to impart her values onto your kids. Thats up to you the parentals!
…Deserve it, then. Study, do your work. Be honest, frank and fearless and get some grasp of the real values of life. You will meet, of course, curious little annoyances. People will wonder at your dear brown and the sweet crinkley hair. But that simply is of no importance and will soon be forgotten. Remember that most folk laugh at anything unusual, whether it is beautiful, fine or not. You, however, must not laugh at yourself. You must know that brown is as pretty as white or prettier…The main thing is the YOU beneath the clothes and skin—the ability to do, the will to conquer, the determination to understand and know this great, wonderful, curious world. Don’t shrink from new experiences and custom. Take the cold bath bravely…Enjoy what is, and not pine for what is not. Read some good, heavy, serious books just for discipline: Take yourself in hand and master yourself. Make yourself do unpleasant things, so as to gain the upper hand of your soul.
Diaspora is simultaneously a state of being and a process of becoming, a kind of voyage that encompasses the possibility of never arriving or returning, a navigation of multiple belongings
ppl always ask me “”what are you going to do with your degree”“ and “"if you wanna get a PHD how do you plan on paying for it"" and ""where are you gonna move after college"" but here is the thing:
i am very powerful and cute and im gonna float through this world one day at a time. please leave me alone.
My name is Jamilla Okubo. I am an Kenyan-American artist from Washington, D.C. Currently residing in New York City attending Parsons the New School for Design. I am currently a rising senior at Parsons studying Integrated Fashion Design (undergraduate), with a background in Fine Arts, and a focus on textiles and fashion design.
I have been attending Parsons for three years now and I am getting ready to graduate this year as well as complete my senior thesis. I am currently $72,000 in debt to Parsons the New School for Design. For the past three years my mother has assisted me by paying the remainder of my tuition with the Parent Plus Loan. My mother has borrowed $43,000 of the Direct Parent Plus loan. I still owe $12,000 for my last (senior) year at Parsons and mother and I can no longer take out Direct Plus Loans.
I hope to be that minority student of color at Parsons, who represents the school, and inspires my younger siblings, and other minority/low-income students globally, to have the ambition and drive that I have, and not let financial issues get in the way of it.
I need $10, 787 to pay for the rest of my tuition for my last year at Parsons.
USAGE OF FUNDS:
-School Supplies (Fabric, muslin, pattern paper, designing tools, paint, canvases, lab fees, books, fieldtrip fees)
ABOUT ME & MY PURPOSE AS AN ARTIST:
As a multidisciplinary artist I am able to combine my skills and knowledge to create and express myself. My artwork mainly focuses on people of the Diaspora (people of color), whom I consider my community. I use my artistic disciplines as tools to challenge myself in ways to give back to my community, educate, and empower them as well as the rest of the world.
It is my duty to remind people of color that we have such a rich culture, and that we should love ourselves and one another. I create artwork for my community, because I believe that my purpose as an artist of color is to empower and educate my community.
My artistic discipline connects me to my community by allowing me to create artwork that my community is able to enjoy, embrace, and share with others. I not only create my artwork for myself, but what I express through the medium that I use, is a story that many in my community can relate to. When it comes to creating, I strongly believe in the fact that,
“Black art controls the “Negro’s” reality, negates negative influences, and creates positive images,”
A quote by Sonia Sanchez. As an artist of color coming from a low-income, single-mother household background, I am able to speak for many in my community from both my experiences growing up as well as express the beauty and hardships of my community’s culture and history. Being able to paint allows me to create for myself but also allows my work to connect to so many from my community. That is the beauty of being an artist, being able to express shared feelings and experiences with your community, where they can also can all take something from what you create.
There is so much to learn, and from that form of inspiration and influence, I create.
Portfolio Website: www.jamillaokubo.com
Shop my art prints here: http://aadatart.com/product-category/art-prints/jamilla-okubo/
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To add to that I grew up in South Africa. Went to school there a little after Apthartheid ended in 1996. I remember facing aggression and bullying at school not just from the Afrikaans kids at school as we were one of the first cohort of black children to go to what had recently been an all white school. It was expected that they would be tension from the white kids (I remember not being invited to their birthday Parties and such) But I really never expected the other zulu girls to be rude to me and my sister cause we didn’t speak the language. I wasn’t all too phased by the white kids bullying tactics this was 96, it wasn’t all the white kids but I remember not being Phased by it cause it was to be expected back then. However I remember being upset at the hostility of the black zulu girls. Thats when I learnt what xenophobia was. Whilst the doc above surfaces the issue, I appreciate it highlights peoples ignorance. How South African’s need to be aware of other peoples culture beyond their borders. In 2014 based on a lot of cross border collaborations that take place among South African artists and other African artists in various mediums I would like to think it has disintegrated xenophobic attitudes that may have been at their peak during the 90’s as the country itself was going through a great transition. Therefore I’d like to think the generation of young non South African African’s have it a little easier than I did back in ‘96.
Frankly Pan Afrikan - A Brief Discussion on Being a Black non-South African African in South Africa.
Xenophobia is one of those hugely concerning issues in South Africa that too often gets swept under the rug. Whilst the media does report the appalling violent crimes that are committed against African foreigners in the country in the name of prejudice and discrimination, however, an ongoing conversation about these issues is largely nonexistent. Negative stereotypes propagated by politicians, the media and ordinary citizens often go unchallenged due to the blissful state of ignorance surrounding xenophobia. As Ben from Tanzania confirms, “I don’t think South Africans care much about what happens up and beyond their borders”.
That is why this conversation is both necessary and important.
Here, five African professionals hailing from various parts of the continent gather for a ‘Frankly Pan Afrikan’ discussion, detailing their experiences as non-South African Africans in the country.
Whilst I wish it were a little longer and more in-depth, many statements made by the participants stood out to me as they largely echoed my experience of living in South Africa both as an African foreigner, and more particularly a Nigeria. As my fellow Nigerian points out, being someone who’s grown up in multiple countries, as much as I’ve enjoyed and loved living in South Africa, one thing rings true - “I’ve never faced as much hostility as I have faced here in South Africa”.
Style Icon: Mafikizolo’s Nhlanhla Nciza.
I just can’t let the month of August - Women’s Month in South Africa - go by without dedicating a few posts to my favourite women of Mzansi.
After a year of some serious hit-making with fellow artist Theo Kgosinkwe under the moniker ‘Mafikizolo’, in what I believe to me one of the best musical comebacks of all time, singer, songwriter, wife, mother and one half of one of the continent’s most popular groups, Nhlanlha Nciza is also a certified style icon. To call her any less would, at the very least, be an understatement.
Much like the genre of music Mafikizolo makes, Nciza’s style is a unique blend of various traditional African influences mixed with bits of contemporary African and Western fashions.
Although the band have always had an air of glamour and sophistication about them dating as far back as their Kwela, Van Toeka Af and Sibongiledays, where they channeled Sophiatown and took inspiration from other 20th century fashions, Nciza’s style has never been so bold, with her adoption of beautifully loud colours, and so distinctly representative of parts of the African continent - whether she’s wearing a gele, ankara styles common in West and Central African countries, jewelry inspired by East or Southern African cultures, silhouettes, prints, patterns and textiles from all over Africa. Not to mention how consistent her looks have been in all of their recent music videos, live performances and red carpet appearances.
But the best thing about Nhlanhla Nciza’s style has to be that, aside from looking flawless all the time, no one else can pull off what she does in the way that she does it.
"14-year-old Parkview High School Freshman, Caleb Christian was concerned about the number of incidents of police abuse in the news. Still, he knew there were many good police officers in various communities, but had no way of figuring out which communities were highly rated and which were not.
So, together with his two older sisters: Parkview High School senior Ima Christian, and Gwinnett School of Math, Science, and Technology sophomore, Asha Christian, they founded a mobile app development company– Pinetart Inc., under which they created a mobile app called Five-O.
Five-O, allows citizens to enter the details of every interaction with a police officer. It also allows them to rate that officer in terms of courtesy and professionalism and provides the ability to enter a short description of what transpired. These details are captured for every county in the United States. Citizen race and age information data is also captured.
Additionally, Five-O allows citizens to store the details of each encounter with law enforcement; this provides convenient access to critical information needed for legal action or commendation.”
This shi cray! man imagine opening your cupboard for a box of cereal and you greeted by that skull errday! Sick!
Maskull Lasserre - Anatomical Sculptures