Blog entries from: MsAfropolitan

Feminism. Africa. Pop Culture. Identity. Race

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April 19 2014

From MsAfropolitan Sat Apr 19 2014, 08:52:17

                    "You're a woman." These three words are quite possibly my least favorite words strung together in the English language. When people repeat them to me it's usually to judge how I can or cannot behave, or how I should or shouldn't behave. But aside from [...]

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April 16 2014

From MsAfropolitan Wed Apr 16 2014, 11:29:06

Last month, a group of circa 40 women gathered in Banjul, Gambia for a transformational feminist leadership workshop organised by Women Living Under Muslim Law (WLUML). I was one of the trainers at the weeklong workshop; my sessions were about using communication for feminist advocacy. During the week we discussed, among other things, culturally justified [...]

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April 3 2014

From MsAfropolitan Thu Apr 3 2014, 14:16:29

"You can't not be religious!" is a reaction I often receive when someone asks me first whether I am Muslim, as my name implies, and then (when I say no) whether I am a Christian, which I am not either. Having found out that I'm neither Christian nor Muslim, the inquirer then often proceeds to [...]

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March 20 2014

From MsAfropolitan Thu Mar 20 2014, 13:51:06

"In the stories we tell ourselves, we tell ourselves," said Michael Martone rightly. We also read ourselves in the books we read, or at least in those books that we cherish. For this reason, one of my 2014 resolutions was to return to a favourite pastime, namely reading fiction. For some years my reading life [...]

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March 7 2014

From MsAfropolitan Fri Mar 7 2014, 20:58:19

This is a follow up to a previous post "Why African women should blog" Happy women's day! Sticking to my tradition of posting a "Seven" series blog every 8 March, this year I'm dedicating the slot to something that is at the heart of this blog, which is to encourage more women in the continent and diaspora [...]

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February 20 2014

From MsAfropolitan Thu Feb 20 2014, 12:48:10

It starts with cunnilingus. Not the "Beyoncé " album (which starts with "Pretty Hurts") but this review. After all, when a megastar like Beyoncé dedicates a song to oral stimulation of the clitoris in a world where the opposite is more common, an emphasis is only appropriate. OK, "Lick my skittles, it's the sweetest in [...]

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February 10 2014

From MsAfropolitan Mon Feb 10 2014, 13:19:53

Are you familiar with semiotext(e), the avant-garde, "punk-rock" publisher that introduced french theory to America? No? Don't worry, most people probably are not. But they should be. Semiotext(e) publishes books that are at times bursting with self-indulgent introspection but that often push and provoke new ways of understanding the world we live in. I ask this [...]

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February 6 2014

From MsAfropolitan Thu Feb 6 2014, 17:36:20

In July 1992, an international conference on Women in Africa and in the African Diaspora (WAAD) was held in Nigeria. WAAD was a rare incident: an interdisciplinary and international conference about African women in Africa. The conference, which took place in the Eastern town of Nsukka during an unusually dry week in July (precipitation for this month [...]

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January 13 2014

From MsAfropolitan Mon Jan 13 2014, 17:32:00

The latest Nelson Mandela biopic, "Long Walk to Freedom" is not a disappointment. It's a moving, informative treatment of Nelson Mandela's eponymous autobiography. And Winnie Mandela as played by Naomie Harris is compelling. Harris conveys well the impassioned spirit of the most powerful woman in the history of African anti-colonial struggle. The movie's blurb states, [...]

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January 2 2014

From MsAfropolitan Thu Jan 2 2014, 11:45:52

  Welcome to 2014. It's going to be a special one coming up to the 4th anniversary of this blog, and especially as we are going to have the fearless African femme fatale energy present. But before settling in to the new year: if you could sum up 2013 in one word only, what would it [...]

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