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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

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if destroyed still true

for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf by Ntozake Shange My rating: 5 of 5 stars ‘coloured’ (minoritised, othered in their skin, colonised OR vibrant, various, multifaceted) ‘girls’ (infantilised, sexually exploited and pathologised, excluded from woman/lady OR youthful, spirited, free, pure-hearted) , five Black women… speaking in the safe space of… Continue reading if destroyed still true

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Refusing the master’s tools

Decolonising the Mind: The Politics of Language in African Literature by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o My rating: 5 of 5 stars In this work Ngugi wa Thiong’o bids farewell to his practice of writing in English, adding that he hopes translation will enable him to continue to communicate with all. He then explains the passionate reasoning… Continue reading Refusing the master’s tools