What does freedom mean to you?
What would it mean to create a world in which Afrika was no longer the periphery but the center? What would a world that loves black people look like? What would it mean for us to create stories of love, liberation, beauty and culture in which there was no monolithic measure of value?
In a world where there is a constant push to place labels and separate, how do we construct new realities? In a world filled with apocalyptic views, how can a Utopian future with Afrika at the center be created?
These are the kind of questions that force me to play the sound of rain to sleep at night 🙂
My tag line is inspired by the revolutionary, Steve Biko, whose courage and genius changed the way Afrikans engaged with blackness while at the same time placing youth at the center of liberation. This blog is an ode to our fore-bearers who paved the way for us by putting blackness at the center of their geographies, and a prayer for our future generations, creating a world that has space for them. It is written in our beliefs- #Sankofa. It is created in our visions- #Afrofuturism. It is dedicated to our struggle- #Africanfeminism(s).
I acknowledge that I do use the term Afrika and Black interchangeably. This comes from my assertions about the two being a matter of politics as opposed to biological determinism. Notwithstanding, I am still questioning the space for Afrika within blackness and the space of blacks within Afrika. Your insights will be greatly appreciated!
black is in the break, it is fantastic, it is an absented presence, it is a ghost, a mirror, it is water, air; black is flying and underground; it is time-traveling, supernatural, inter-planetary, otherworldly; it is in between the lines and it is postcolonial; black is bulletproof and magical and in every dark corner; black is social death, afro-pessimist, afro-optimist, afrocentric, afropunk, afrofuturist, soulful, neosoul, blues; it is negritude, postslave, always enslaved; black is like who/black is like me; black is everywhere and everything; it is make-believe and magic. Black is fantastic!
Kathrine McKittrick, Worn Out
They say, you don’t need a textbook to teach liberation. Hopefully this blog helps!