I really liked that the con had a bunch of these signs around. It made the weekend a lot more comfortable. I noticed there was less creepiness.
me, spazoutloud = Rogue
Glee, hoglee = Storm
In honor of International Literacy Day, I compiled a list of some of my favourite books written by African authors (with the exception of the book about Fela). There are many books I could’ve added to this post but these were the first that came to mind.
There’s no order to this list and each comes highly recommended as they, in some way, changed me for the better. If I had to pick a favourite it would undoubtedly be Zimbabwean writer Tsitsi Dangarembga’s Nervous Conditions simply because it was the first book I read in which I related so deeply to several of the characters - and still do. From Nyasha’s struggle with depression and being caught between two cultures she feels alienated by, to Tambu’s hunger for a world beyond her circumstances. Ugandan author Okot p’Bitek’s Song of Lawino and Song of Ocol comes in a close second, it’s just about as cheeky and blunt as I am in some parts and, perhaps a little out of narcissism, is why I enjoyed it.
Between these 18 books you’ll find everything from the personal to the political, and everything in-between. There’s love, there’s romance, there’s struggle, there’s strife, there’s beauty and there’s ugly too. No story is as simple as their titles may suggest, just read Camara Laye’s L’enfant Noir (The African Child) that explores the author’s early childhood in Guinea under French colonisation, or South African writer Sol Plaatjie’s historical novel Mhudi written in 1919 that placed a woman at the center of a story that deals with survival, displacement and early European colonisation in South Africa.
For anyone interested in reading these books, I found some of them available online (not all are complete):
- Changes: A Love Story by Ama Ata Aidoo
- Maru by Bessie Head
- Fela: This Bitch of A Life by Carlos Moore
- Houseboy by Ferdinand Oyono
- No Longer At Ease by Chinua Achebe
- I Write What I Like by Steve Biko
- Decolonising the Mind by Ngugi Wa Thiong’o
- So Long A Letter by Mariama Ba
- Mhudi by Sol Plaatjie
- The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born by Ayi Kwei Armah
- The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- Song of Lawino & Song of Ocol by Okot P’Bitek
- Welcome to Our Hillbrow by Phaswane Mpe
- The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives by Lola Shoneyin
- GraceLand by Chris Abani
The Afro-Brazilian Sisterhood of the Good Death is made up of female descendants of slaves, all age 50 and over, and honours both Catholic traditions and Afro-Brazilian Candomble religious rites. The sisterhood is believed to be the oldest organization for women of African descent in the Americas. The state of Bahia received at least 1.2 million slaves from Africa and remains the most African of Brazilian states, where blacks make up around 80 percent of the population.
Photos by Mario Tama/Getty Images — August 14-17, 2014.
… and They Skip It
rushing to put these up. people are really digging these. If you want to put these up yourself. right click save picture an print…somebody asked me if i was going to their state an put these up. no. If you like them print them and post them yourself
I’m doing this!!
it infuriates me when people tell me “lifes too short to not forgive people!” like NO lifes too short for me to continually allow abusive and manipulative behavior in my life and live in a constant state of anxiety bc I want to be “nice” or whatever
|Me:||*minding my own business*|
|Will.i.am:||hit it Fergie!|
|Me:||ALL THE TIME I TURN AROUND BROTHER'S GATHER ROUND ALWAYS LOOKING AT ME UP AND DOWN LOOKING AT MY (UH) I JUST WANNA SAY IT NOW - I AINT TRYING TO ROUND UP DRAMA LITTLE MAMA I DONT WANNA TAKE YOUR MAN AND I KNOW IM COMING OFF JUST A LITTLE BIT CONCEITED AND I KEEP ON REPEATING HOW THE BOYS WANNA EAT IT BUT IM TRYIN TO TELL THAT I CANT BE TREATED LIKE CLIENTELE CUZ THEY SAY SHES DELICIOUS|
Anime Weekend Atlanta - Dave Chappelle cosplay - Prince playing Basketball
This shit was hilarious. The way he got the pose of extending the ball out to you down…..It was amazing.
Do you want some pancakes, charlie murphy?
Shit you wont see at a canadian con…