Posted 5 days ago / 1,021 notes / Via: simplynatural86

iluvsouthernafrica:

Namibia:

Himba women

Click on link for more info on hair/jewelry/beauty routines.

Photos by: Matilde Simas

*Please note: I am always very cautious of objectifying our people, especially the Himba, and not perpetuating human zoos.  However, I hope these pics can at least teach us (me at least) the specifics of the detail of Himba beauty routines, styles, adornment  and some of the functions I had not known before.  For eg, that thick, metal ankle bracelets also work to protect against animal bites.  If anything, I admire their styles greatly as they are in line with all diasporic African traditions, from hair to jewelry.

Posted 2 weeks ago / 432 notes / Via: my-africa-is-beautiful

my-africa-is-beautiful:

My Africa is beautiful

Posted 2 weeks ago / 2,139 notes / Via: kosmonaunt

mamitachvla:

YO FELLOW NONBLACK POC
STOP SAYING THE N WORD
UR NOT BLACK
ITS NOT UR WORD TO RECLAIM
AND USING IS PERPETUATES ANTIBLACKNESS AND RACISM AND MAKES U UGLY

Finallyyyyyyyyyyy

Posted 2 weeks ago / 2,779 notes / Via: flowingwithmilkandhoney

dynamicafrica:

Women of Toubou ethnicity.

Toubou people live mostly in Chad, Niger and southern Libya where they are a minority and, under Gaddafi’s rule, suffered high rates of discrimination where those living in Libya where stripped of their citizenship by Gaddafi who claimed they were not Libyans, but Chadians. They were also denied access to resources such as healthcare and education by local authorities in Libya.

During the Libyan revolution of 2011, the Toubou sided with anti-Gaddafi forces, and in 2012, they clashed and fought against Arab fighters in the southern city of Sabha, Libya. Toubou leaders and activists have spoken out about these tensions saying that the persecution Toubou people face is a form of ‘ethnic cleansing’.

Posted 2 weeks ago / 5 notes
Anonymous asked “Here is why labeling everything African is wrong. Because the world thinks it's a country. You must give people due credit because you're representing their culture. If you don't like that you can stop posting anything to do with our culture.”

First of all, I am not going to stop.

If you don’t like what I do, you don’t get to tell me to stop. Since you feel the need to tell me what to do, here’s what you can do, make a post that you like. Label it SPECIFICALLY in alphabetical order by tribe and country of origin. Also, include official languages. Once you’re done, tag me in it. K? If you need further instructions, don’t hesitate to ask :)

Posted 2 weeks ago / 5 notes
Anonymous asked “Honestly, i think if you had made a 'Brides of Sudan' post, people would have been like 'North or South?? which tribes?? dont generalize all Sudanese!!" Some people are just looking for a fight. I loved the post. i think Its possible to celebrate diversity amongst countries and solidarity within a continent at the same time. ^^”

Glad someone understands. Thank you so much :)

Posted 2 weeks ago / 1,520 notes / Via: livemaialove

colleenrants:

Timbuktu, once the seat of the wealthy Mali Empire, is now impoverished and coping with a bitter civil war. Despite this, the utterly unique architecture remains and many of the citizens fiercely guard the cultural and intellectual remains of their once thriving city.

Posted 2 weeks ago / 1,520 notes / Via: livemaialove

colleenrants:

Timbuktu, once the seat of the wealthy Mali Empire, is now impoverished and coping with a bitter civil war. Despite this, the utterly unique architecture remains and many of the citizens fiercely guard the cultural and intellectual remains of their once thriving city.

Posted 2 weeks ago / 13 notes
Anonymous asked “You need to specify. AFRICA IS NOT A COUNTRY.”

It isn’t??????NOOOO!!!!!!!
No one ever told me :(

Now I know, thanks.

Posted 2 weeks ago / 10,146 notes / Via: kittycatmeowhiss

kittycatmeowhiss:

walkingthenarrowway:

lagos2bahia:

zuriya:

my-africa-is-beautiful:

kiraela:

wanaagsan:

my-africa-is-beautiful:

Brides of Africa

How hard is it to specify that these brides are Nigerian, Tigrinya, sudani, Ghanian, from the Ivory coast, harari, Masai and afar

This is important. You can tell, not knowing anything about the cultures and/or countries, that they’re vastly different just based on these beautiful ladies’ clothing. Hard to find out more about a particular culture if it’s all lumped under one overly generalized word.

It’s not hard at all, but I make these post through my phone, I just do as quick as possible. I didn’t specify because they are all Africans regardless of their tribe or country of origin. I can tell you where each woman is from, but I did not…OH WELL. You want specifics? Go and research it.

then don’t fucking make posts like this if you can’t take two seconds to specify where they’re from. problem solved! if you’re on your phone and can upload pics, you can at least write a country. you are helping perpetuate the idea that its acceptable to homogenize an entire continent, which is a colonialistic and racist conception and exploiting our particular cultures to do so. keep my people’s zurias off your fucking page if you can’t do us the respect of giving our culture’s due, you goddamn parasite.

Yes exactly! I hate posts like these it wouldn’t take 30 seconds to write where these brides are from, if you can’t be bothered don’t make posts at all.

AFRICA IS A BIG GOT DAMN CONTINENT. OP DO BETTER. BE SPECIFIC.

Can we just appreciate how beautiful they look?

As you can see my blog’s name, I don’t think I would participate in the exploitation of my people. I said brides “of Africa” to illustrate its diversity. I think I am the one who has taken the time to represent MY people in a positive light. I didn’t know a caption can cause so much anger when my intent wasn’t to reinforce the stereotype. Anyone who thinks Africa is one big country today is a fucking idiot and I’ll continue to label everything related to Africa as being simply AFRICAN. I think i’ve represented my people beautifully not just in this post but with my entire page :)

You can all hop off my shit now.

Posted 2 weeks ago / 2 notes
Anonymous asked “Awesome. Loved the Brides of Africa post. The people calling you racist and white were nuts.”

It’s funny sometimes. 

Thank you :)

Posted 3 weeks ago / 78,349 notes / Via: thatshybutrudegirl

reverseracism:

myintrovertedmind:

« The Real Africa : Fight The Stereotype » by Thiri Mariah Boucher

P.R.E.A.C.H.

I personally love this.

Posted 3 weeks ago / 6 notes
Anonymous asked “I truly love your blog! A vast majority of the world's population has this distorted view of the Motherland. When the genuine beauty of Africa is revealed, people are taken aback, and feel as if we are hiding certain issue about Africa. The truth is, the media has always been hiding the beauty that lies within Africa. Africa is beautiful, regardless of what people try to say/how its portrayed.”

Bless you and thank you. I agree 100%.

Posted 1 month ago / 1 note
Anonymous asked “Your blog is lovely :) its so happy!”

Thank you ☺️

Posted 1 month ago / 10,146 notes / Via: kiraela

kiraela:

wanaagsan:

my-africa-is-beautiful:

Brides of Africa

How hard is it to specify that these brides are Nigerian, Tigrinya, sudani, Ghanian, from the Ivory coast, harari, Masai and afar

This is important. You can tell, not knowing anything about the cultures and/or countries, that they’re vastly different just based on these beautiful ladies’ clothing. Hard to find out more about a particular culture if it’s all lumped under one overly generalized word.

It’s not hard at all, but I make these post through my phone, I just do as quick as possible. I didn’t specify because they are all Africans regardless of their tribe or country of origin. I can tell you where each woman is from, but I did not…OH WELL. You want specifics? Go and research it.


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my-africa-is-beautifulThis one is for Africa!!! Initially, this was just a personal blog, but after seeing the negative images and stereotypes of Africa, I decided to dedicate it to my beloved motherland in hopes of changing the misconceptions held by many.As for me, just a college student.AN AFRICAN OF COURSE, PROUDLY ETHIOPIAN.A stubborn, strong-willed and opinionated young lady :) I take no credit for much of the material on my blog.I post anything and everything that has to do with AFRICA, and things I find interesting/entertaining i.e fashion, music, comedy etc.