Blackness, history & love · Books · Colonisation · Education · Gender · Political · Whiteness & racism

in the shade

Layers of Blackness: Colourism in the African Diaspora by Deborah Gabriel My rating: 5 of 5 stars To trace the history of anti-blackness, Gabriel looks at some Biblical roots, the so-called curse of Ham. Chattel slavery in Africa predated the arrival of Europeans, with Arabs keeping African slaves (meanwhile Europeans such as the Greeks had… Continue reading in the shade

Blackness, history & love · Books · Colonisation · Gender · GSRM/LGBTQIA · Performance & Arts · Political · Whiteness & racism

teaching us to swim

This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color by Cherríe L. Moraga My rating: 5 of 5 stars This anthology by radical, feminist and mostly lesbian Women of Colour has the aura of a revolutionary moment. I loved the range of styles, especially the wonderful poems and prose poems, and generally the… Continue reading teaching us to swim

Blackness, history & love · Books · Colonisation · Gender · GSRM/LGBTQIA · Performance & Arts

It feels right to me

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde My rating: 5 of 5 stars There is something spellbinding about reading this book, as though one had stepped into a room where someone was speaking, quietly and clearly, and a crowd of people were listening intently, feeling together in mutual awareness and sympathy. It must be… Continue reading It feels right to me