"Jamila Lyiscott is a "tri-tongued orator," and this powerful spoken-word essay celebrates — and challenges — the three distinct flavors of English she speaks with her friends, in the classroom and with her parents. As she explores the complicated history and present-day identity that each language represents, she unpacks what it means to be "articulate."-TED Talks
Check out a segment from this TED Talk featuring Jamila Lysicott. Quite amazing!
Source: Black Voices
Check out "The Womanism Project". The author uses artistry to blog about "the personal experiences of a Black woman in Europe facing everyday racism and sexism." She uses drawings and "visual solutions" as a way of expressing her experiences. Check out some of her work:
As part of her (bell hooks) spring residency at The New School, bell hooks, Lisa Fischer and Kim Sykes converse about celebrating black female power.
WOMANIST: A woman who loves other women, sexually and/or nonsexually. Appreciates and prefers women’s culture, women’s emotional flexibility (values tears as natural counterbalance of laughter), and women’s strength.
The Color Purple (1985)
This hashtag is a throwback from 2013, but the content of the tweets will always have relevance. They really illuminate the black patriarchy and misogyny that can be inherent in how Black Power is often conceptualized.
Thanks to a friend, I came across a great article from Colorlines that focuses on the misogynistic and patriarchal implications of Robin Thicke's attempts to reunite with his estranged wife. He has named his new album Paula, which is his estranged wife's name. The first single off his album, Get Her Back, is also accompanied by a music video that is too revealing, embarrassing, and stalkerish. Check out the video and read the article at Colorlines.
In 2013, Business Insider magazine made a list of the sexiest scientists active in their fields. However, not a single black woman was listed. In an attempt to increase awareness of black women in scientific fields and confront stereotypes about what those women look like, Kyla McMullen (A sexy black scientist in her own right) published a list of over 70 black women who've got it goin' on scientifically and in general! The list is amazing to go through, and you can find it here.
People often wonder about the differences between Black Feminism and Womanism, which is something that I have often thought as someone who does not identify as a womanist (because it is a space that has been articulated for women of color). Below is a simplified understanding of the differences and similarities between Black Feminism and Womanism (keep in mind that they are not mutually exclusive).
"Black Feminism is not White Feminism in Black Face"-Audre Lorde
"Womanist is to feminist as purple is to lavender"-Alice Walker
Majeed, Debra. "Black Feminism and Womanism." Class lecture, The Bible and the Qur'an from Beloit College, Beloit, April 24, 2013.
Lupita Nyong'o landed the cover of Vogue magazine and has become part of the small group of women of Africana ancestry that have landed the cover of American Vogue. What is interesting about this coup is the fact that less than 20 black women have appeared on the cover of the magazine since its inception. To put that into perspective, there have been around 400 (more or less) copies of American Vogue in the past 34 years. It is certainly a victory that she landed it, but it is also a bit bittersweet. Read her interview with Vogue here, and check out some pictures from her shoot after the break.
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