Category: WOMEN

EARTHA, IDA AND I

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A SELF-INVESTIGATION ON INBETWEEN-NESS AND BLACK WOMANHOOD IN TERMS OF EARTHA, IDA AND MYSELF.

When first listening to Eartha Kitt’s I wanna be evil, her self-will and persistence struck me. “I want to see some dissipation in my face, I wanna be evil, I wanna be mad, but more that that I wanna be bad”- We hear her sing and speak with a twang, some kind of overpowering ardor that is penetrating and enchanting all at once. We hear her whisper and roar and when she opens her mouth her lips formed a funny curl.  Eartha was beyond fierce, beyond badass. To me she seemed like a walking oxymoron, tender hearted and full of joy for life, still tough to the core and bad to the bone. Read More

A WOMAN’S WRITING

georgia o’keefe

ON FEMALE WRITING AND THE IMPORTANCE OF PUBLIC DIALOG AMONGST WOMEN


 Aimufua is a Nigerian last name. In fact, it’s my Nigerian last name: seven letters and four syllables, likely to trigger a wave of curious remarks and inquiries. To me, it is not merely an identifier, but a token. Like a social fingerprint, it indicates me as the other. With a foreign name, a different skin color, or another ‘unusual’ feature whatsoever, time and again, introducing yourself, may turn into explaining yourself. Growing up, in little boroughs of reunified Germany, amid Muellers and Schmidts, I had a of explaining to do.

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