New look, updated blog.

Good morning. I have finally updated and renewed the blog! And changed the appearance of it.

Please have a look at the new pages (top menu bar). I will have a brand new post up later next week.

Here’s the new look:

 

 

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Harsha Walia Interview – Defining Border Imperialism

Highly recommend watching and absorbing the knowledge Harsha Walia shares in this – it will take just 13 and a half minutes out of your day:


‘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.)


They (try) to block progress; but we will block retrograde regression

Some words from Angela Davis, about the goal for the next few years:

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Get woke, stay woke, and with a heart of love and righteous rage, stay ACTIVE.


When healing is your day job.

I saw this meme the other day and I absolutely love it; it resonates with me as someone who has gone through and had to heal from severe clinical depression, the effects of various types of self harm, extreme anxiety, agoraphobia, PTSD, and bipolar swings (all of which were caused by structural/social marginalisation and unusual, externally induced trauma… but that will be explored in another post). Trust me on this: be completely and utterly compassionate towards yourself, and take the time to heal and re-centre, unapologetically 🙂

Anyone who would judge you for doing so, is a fool.

Take your time… be well.

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RELATED: Just saw two people discussing this on Facebook – HEALING FROM TOXIC WHITENESS free online workshop for white people. I’m obviously not white, but toxic whiteness has been one of various causes of mental distress in my life. Art, Activism, community and my indigenous spirituality is how I’m healing from it 🙂

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Too deadly, Sultana

Tash Sultana wearing an Aboriginal flag t-shirt as she performs ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ (first seen on through Young Black n Deadly fb page)

It’s a beautiful day and I am fully present 🙂 I hope you have a beautiful day too.

Highly recommend following Young Black n Deadly fb page too… it’s a beautiful page and community.


Telling a specific story.

Barry Jenkins, director of Moonlight, on telling a specific and not universal story. I saw this film on Sunday; it is a nuanced telling of the story of a Black boy living in poverty in Miami during the ‘War On Drugs’ era, coming to terms with his sexuality in a hyper-masculine subculture.

 

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Related post from way back in 2010 here.