From Colorlines: “When Mindy Budgor was 27 years old, she apparently tried to find meaning in her life by temporarily ditching her wealth in Santa Barbara and jetting over to hang with the poor people of Kenya.” Read the full story, and my less than tempered response to yet another instance of western saviorism. (Gawd.)
Last year, I attended a conference about Africa’s development. In a session about African identity, we explored the question of whether one could claim to be African without being fluent in their mother tongue. Some said yes. But many said no. For this, I blame colonialism… and Sesame Street.
On March 13, as part of the Women, Action, and the Media’s annual feminist media festival, I’ll be hosting a live podcast about African women using media to subvert mainstream narratives about Africa: “African Women Storytellers in the Digital Age.” In true kitchen table conversation style, my guests and I will be pontificating on storytelling trends about the African continent, and the role of western media, social media, and the Diaspora in shaping these narratives. Join us live!
Award-winning Namibian indie soul artist, Shishani, has just released the music video for her latest single, “Minority”, a catchy, upbeat, acoustic track that calls for freedom and equality for all people despite perceived differences. She recently sat down with me to chat about her rise to stardom, her thoughts on music in movements, and why she’s putting everything on the line now.
Last week, I had the pleasure of participating in the West African Civil Society Institute (WACSI)‘s Social Media Experts conference in Accra, Ghana. The conference brought together African social media experts, enthusiasts, and activists from across the continent, which got me thinking about ways we can strengthen “digital activism” across the continent.