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EPIC moment during the awesome #BlackFemMusic conversation that I was one of the contributors to yesterday. @FeministaJones shoutout Missy’s contribution to Black feminism through music and @MissyElliott herself responds? Goodness; awesome! 

Missy Elliott’s music was CRITICAL to my high school and college years. She definitely is on the “coming of age” Black woman empowerment soundtrack that resides in my heart and ears. Her messages of self-esteem, subverting Eurocentric beauty norms, confidence, creativity, joy, pain, reflection, sexual agency, choice and pleasure and so much more are everything. Her work with Timbaland and the late beautiful and talented Aaliyah is everything. But even off the stage so to speak, Missy has done work. She has a past of being a spokesperson, speaking out against domestic violence, something personal to her childhood experience. Her music has always made me feel not only empowered but really happy. Joy is not antithetical to feminism. I recall some serious dancing to her music in college on the weekends and it was always a blast with my friends who were mostly Black women. 

One thing I really love is that her music seems like it is for any Black woman (and anyone who loves good music) and never made me feel like it hinged on “respectability" no matter how some fans like her only as an "alternative" or "rejection" of Black women that they do not deem "respectable" enough. She regularly diverted that rigidity and sang/rapped whatever she wanted. Her vision, creativity and influence have a ripple effect not just in Black feminist politics but in music itself.

Her long list of accomplishments speak for themselves and I feel incredibly honored that she noticed our conversation on Black feminism and music and had this exchange with @FeministaJones, who is so awesome herself.

This Missy moment here is just everything to me. Oh and the final image in this series? That’s Missy’s Twitter background image. She’s EVERYTHING.

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Please Put That Pink Can of Soup Down and Put Your Bra Back On

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Have you seen any changes in the industry in the issues of race, the issue of being a woman, and now being a woman over fifty?

Oh shit. Miss Alfre went there.  

Which is exactly where she should’ve gone. Where everybody should be, really.

Because a phenomenal debut in a big movie leads to even better roles for white actresses but for black actresses that may be the one and only huge role you get during the course of your career.

the only” African ” woman. Hollywood will give movies to. is Chalize theron…

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I’m sure I speak for many Africans when I say, “Africa doesn’t want you!! Stay there in Australia and we already speak English!!”


One of my followers asked me to post this on their behalf. A white girl in Australia’s “African” themed 21st birthday party, which she titled “This is Africa…. my 21st :)”

Attendees were all asked to wear “African themed” clothing to depict the continent and this is what resulted… blackface, elephant and gorilla costumes, warpaint, native American headdresses (?!) and more…. I’m at a loss for words.

And yes, this is from 2013. 

The girl posted the pictures proudly and flatly refused to take them down when confronted by another individual about how they were racist apparently. Pictures were reported to facebook weeks ago and they still have not been taken down. 


In case you ever wanted to know how white folks saw us black Africans… here you go. 

EDIT: The girl who hosted the party posted a response to this: here

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Always dressed in a mixture of township cool and sartorial chic styles, the trio that make up the Soweto and Sandton-based style and photography collective who operate under the title ‘I SEE A DIFFERENT YOU' have provided us with some of the coolest and most refreshing images of everyday folks documenting their interactions with the environments they live in and the people they meet. 

Comprised of twin brothers Innocent and Justice Mukheli, and their friend Vuyo Mpantsha, I SEE A DIFFERENT YOU’s aim is simply to show the story of their Soweto (and wherever else they travel to). Because what you see, of course, is not the only story of Soweto, but that of three individuals living in Soweto.

Watch them tell their stories at TEDxSoweto.

September: Highlighting African Photographers

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