Guest Post

The case of the unemployed African

This article was sent to me via email and although its not usually the type of thing I post here I found it very interesting. It is from an organisation called Universum and they claim to be the global leader in employer branding. Essentially they are in the business of branding employers so that they… Continue reading The case of the unemployed African

Guest Post · Poetry

My Mother’s hair (For Pink October)

I have my Mother’s hair. Kinky, coarse, resilient to straighteners. My mother’s hair cannot be held down by pins, headbands, or snap-backs. No chemical solutions can separate her tightly woven coils. I have my Mother’s hair and it is a beauty to behold. Like me, it is stubborn, defiant, demanding of care and respect. My… Continue reading My Mother’s hair (For Pink October)

Guest Post · Prose · Women

The power of the “carefree black girl” narrative

I love those moments when you read something written by someone else that you have been thinking about for a long time. When another writer seems to reach into your thoughts and create something amazing. This is one of those posts, written by one kickass black woman that I respect so much. Read it and enjoy 🙂

The roar of women's silence.

“Technology is nothing without the capacity to make people dream. That is where the power of technology resides…It is embraced insofar as people believe in the promise of inheriting it, of improving their own lives, making it better and freeing themselves of structural constraints.  The internet intensifies that capacity to dream and that narrative of liberation” – Achille Mbembe, The Chronic, Chimurenga magazine

Carefree adj. : untroubled, buoyant, radiant, light-hearted, happy.

“What a time to be alive.” (Future & Drake, 2015) Indeed, what a time it is to be alive. I’m writing this as I sit on my single university-accommodation bed in Edinburgh, Scotland. I got a scholarship for my Masters, and my mother practically shoved me onto the plane. I miss her terribly. I don’t know how else to repay her, but to continue my journey as a carefree black girl, unconquerable. (If you’re Zimbabwean, please pronounce that last word the…

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Guest Post

“FYI, I Cannot “Demand” Respect From Men so Stop Telling Me That!”

"Most girls are relentlessly told that we will be treated how we demand to be treated. If we want respect, we must respect ourselves.  This does three things. Firstly, it gets men off the hook for being held accountable for how they treat women. And secondly, it makes women feel that the mistreatment and sometimes… Continue reading “FYI, I Cannot “Demand” Respect From Men so Stop Telling Me That!”

Guest Post

5 Ways We Can Teach Men Not To Rape

"I think that the entire conversation is wrong. I don’t want anybody to be telling women anything. I don’t want men to be telling me what to wear and how to act, not to drink. And I don’t, honestly, want you to tell me that I needed a gun in order to prevent my rape.… Continue reading 5 Ways We Can Teach Men Not To Rape

Beauty · Guest Post · Women

Americanah

An excerpt from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah (2013) "So three Black women in maybe two thousand pages of women’s magazines and all of them biracial or racially ambiguous, so they could be Indian or Puerto Rican or something. Not one of them is dark. Not one of them looks like me, so I can’t get clues… Continue reading Americanah

Beauty · Guest Post · Poetry · Women

10 THINGS I WANT SAY TO A BLACK WOMAN Joshua Bennett

I’d first like to say all women are beautiful from every nationality. This is nothing against any other nationality. I wish I could put your voice in jar, wait for those lonely winter nights when I forget what God sounds like, run to the nearest maximum security prison and open it. Watch the notes that bounce off the… Continue reading 10 THINGS I WANT SAY TO A BLACK WOMAN Joshua Bennett