‘How can people of colour best discover themselves?’ Manal Younus Talk

I love and relate to this! Here’s to activating Black spaces in a white colony!

I was just having a conversation with a friend (a fellow Black person) yesterday about the importance of Black spaces and (self) representation: of ourselves. of our stories, of our images, of our art. And then I came across performance poet Manal Younus’ TEDxAdelaide Talk on Facebook.

I had the good fortune of meeting this trail blazing woman last year. Manal Younus is a writer, performance artist and creative producer in Adelaide. As a Muslim with Eritrean origins living in Australia, Manal has used her work to spark discussion amongst audiences and communities.

Manal has performed around Australia including at the Sydney Opera House, featured on ABC television’s Q&A program and was a finalist for Young South Australian of the year in 2016. Manal released ‘Reap’, her self-published book of poetry in 2015. You can purchase it HERE.

In thisTEDxAdelaide Talk, Manal Younus explores the importance of ownership, representation and creating spaces where people of colour can discover themselves away from the white gaze. Basically, she breaks down for white folk why we need our own spaces, by us and for us, in order to be whole, healthy people in the world.

(The African-run space Manal talks about in the talk – the one that nourished her soul and inspired her – inspired me in the same way. How I wish I had had a space like that when I was an isolated and damaged teenager.)

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