"Academic Diaspora" by Nicole Nomsa Moyo.

When Africans began going to Europe, America and other foreign countries to further their tertiary education, many were sent in the hopes that they’d come back and use those skills to contribute to the upliftment of their communities. Whilst some returned, others remained abroad for one reason or another - some because it made practical sense to do so, and others simply because the pull of their new home yielded more than the places they had left had ever offered them. Now, more than ever, as may African countries face critical brain drains, those who form part of the latter are often criticized for this decision. Zimbabwean-born architect Nicole Moyo, who studied abroad in Canada details her experiences as an adventure-hungry globetrotter and someone who is part of the African Academic Diaspora.

What if we never moved? And we all stayed in our own niches, remaining indigenous in the purist form? I wonder how many terms we would go our whole lives never having heard: “inter”, “multi”, “dimensional” – these words, to name a few, rely on an “other” or “outer” relationship to give them a purpose. These simple words describe myself, and yourself in the borderless world we live in today.

I never really understood Africa until I left it. I say ‘Africa’ because as I crossed the boarders towards the Western shores, my immigrant identity was greater in numbers. I, like countless young individuals, had left home and was on the pursuit of seeking my fortunes abroad. Well, my family has always been on the move – by the age of 19 I was fortunate enough to have visited 23 countries. I wanted more, I was curious to know what exactly was on the other side of the pond, what was this first-world business?

Now, I cannot speak for others, but to be honest I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Other than incredible, unpredictable and gratifying – ‘reverse cultural shock’ would be one way to describe my experience.

There are many advantages to academic Diaspora. This of course all depends on how motivated and dedicated you are to your own personal development. I have continuously learnt the limits are boundless. Individuals you meet from around the world I describe to be the most valuable asset to the development of your perspective on life as a whole. With an international degree you open yourself up to more opportunities, which I believe is needed in a world of unpredictable economies. South Africa for example, like many other counties is being built on an international working class. “If things don’t really work out here I can always go back home” – this is the option my parents have awarded me, however every person that leaves home has the responsibility to reward themselves. Freedom is a utopic expression, the liberation to do whatever you want, whenever you want to may seem ideal until you see people around you using it as a weapon against themselves.

The disadvantages are that you really are on your own. The networks of community and support you have back home are something you always long for. You are an immigrant in an environment where you have to integrate yourself into not forgetting that you have to work far harder than the nationals for who the jobs were created. As an international, my university fees were very expensive. Architecture was a degree that I could have also obtained at home for a tenth of the price so why leave? And why do so many people never return and share their abilities and the knowledge that, if leveraged correctly, becomes a priceless commodity and significant to the development of their home countries? Well I cannot answer that because each case is different. As for myself “When are you coming home?” is a question I hear far too often and an answer that becomes further diluted as I wonder how I will re-engage myself, how will I make a great and meaningful impact? The truth is really I don’t know.

At times I feel confused and guilty, but for no good reason. I am a citizen of the world, a woman on a mission. There is no fault in my journey and if anything I get butterflies in my stomach that feel like love because I know I am doing exactly what I am supposed to be doing: Loving myself so that I can purposefully love others. Limitations are not always easy and present themselves as challenges of faith. As women, we are constantly being reminded of what we cannot do, how we should look but not how we should think and do best. It is our responsibility to absorb and then have a voice to teach others about the “inter”, “multi”, and “dimensional” world we all belong to. I am no longer just a woman, or just an African. Through my education, international experience and multiculturalism as an individual, I am continuously advancing my value to become a useful and purpose-driven globalized citizen.

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This outfit was inspired by the Balmain Fall 2014 Ready-To-Wear Collection (x)

wearing: f21 croptop, vince camuto shoes, natasha necklace

makeup: smashbox photo ready illuminating primer, mac studio fluid fix nc42, buxom illuminator, nyx eyeshadow natural palette, nyx matte cream lipstain in copenhagen, anastasia beverly hills eyebrow pomade in dark brown, nyx matte bronzer, nars blush in liberte

photographed by gaby v.

NEW MUSIC: Mélat x Jansport J - “Move Me” EP.

It’s sometime between 1996 and 2006, you’re young, somewhere between being in love and one step away from heartbreak, but still somehow having the most carefree summer of your teenage life. That’s how Ethiopian-American singer Mélat's debut EP Move Me makes me feel.

Produced by Jansport J, Mélat gives us nine dreamy tracks with catchy R&B/neo-soul melodies and a voice that’s as golden as her sun-coloured hair.

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Children of the diaspora:

You are here.
You exist.
You matter.

Even if your family can’t speak your mother tongue, even if the language you grew up with tastes like nails and exile.

Even if you long for a homeland you’ve never set foot on.

Even if others outside of your community attempt to render your experiences, feelings, and struggles invalid.

You are here.

You exist.

You matter.

trans/national

repeat after me: 
1. our immigrant families are not just ‘homophobic’ they are also ‘colonized.’
2. our parents have histories, genders, and sexualities, too.
3. they are just as broken as we are (but we have the words — i mean the english — to say it)
4. the diaspora responds to racism with heteronormativity
5. trauma seeps through generations

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tropics give me motherland feels

wearing: jcp pants, missguided neoprene crop top, zara shoes, diy khadda dupatta

makeup: laura mercier radiance primer, bare minerals bareskin #15, nyx matte bronzer, nars blush in liberte, nars multiple in cococabana, maybelline concealer in medium light, anastasia beverly hills eye brow pomade in dark brown, loreal voluminous mascara, sephora collection cream lip stain in forever fuchsia, nars velvet matte lip in dolce vita

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Test Shots by Rog Walker.

Test Shots is an ongoing series of portraits taken in the studio with photography couple Rog and Bee Walker. Each photograph, taken mostly of their close friends and fellow creatives, is as striking as it is simple.

Opting for a sombre and dark background, coupled with poised and pensive subjects, Walker’s shots manage to maximize on the simplicity of the traditional portrait style by making use of a medium format camera that provides an image quality which, despite the powerful stillness of each individual, vividly brings the details of each photograph to life. This brings out both a sense of strength and vulnerability in each picture, alluding to the intimate two-way dialog between subject and photographer.

"This is the most organic method of communication I have. Photography is the way I speak…It doesn’t get more personal than another human, and that’s what I’m looking to capture, that connection between humanity." - Rog Walker

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I would argue that Africans in the Diaspora are taught 24/7, from cradle to grave, to be anti-African. It is done right here on Facebook. We are taught that Africa is primitive, that Europeans named Africa, that we are not African, that Africans sold us, that African features are unattractive, that Africans don’t like us and don’t think of us as Africans, that is it better to be anything other than an African. And many of us believe this. We are programmed to believe this. And all of the while Europeans and Asians gobble up Africa—the very thing that we are taught to reject. Who is being fooled here?
—  Credit to Runoko Rashidi

Black life isn’t devalued by police just here in the US. And the shooting death of Cláudia da Silva Ferreira and subsequent dragging of her body by police back in March is a gruesome example. During a “cleaning operation” by the #militarypolice in #Rio De Janeiro against drug trafficking, #Ferreira was hit by a stray police bullet, she was then placed in the trunk of a police van and while in route to the hospital, her body fell out of the vehicle twice and dragged for meters.(top left pic, sry for graphic image) This event cause a major uproar with protests, riots, and concerns about militarized police and racism…just as we’re seeing now in #Ferguson.
Cláudia was mistaken for a criminal but in reality she was a working mother of four children and 4 nieces and wife of over 20 years that she leaves behind.
Different language, different culture. Same history, same struggle. #diaspora

if you live in london or around there, please try whatever you can so you can donate to help the internally displaced families of kurdistan, assyria, and iraq!

what you can bring to donate:

  • female toiletries - mostly pads/sanitary napkins because muslim women do not like tampons
  • baby/children products: diapers, ointments, wet wipes, bottles, dry (powdered) milk, under garments, clothes
  • sanitary products: toilet paper, moist towelettes, razors/shaving equipment, bandages/band-aids (plasters) and first aid kits
  • pain relievers: over the counter paracetamol, ibuprofen - not tylenol seeing as some may react badly to acetaminophen
  • vitamins/supplements: vitamin c, b-complex (b-6, b-12 are crucial), and folic acid is even MORE crucial because it’s what the body processes on
  • antibacterial/antiseptic ointments
  • dental hygiene: toothbrushes, toothpaste, anti-septic mouthwash (listerine)
  • deodorant and perfumes
  • non-perishable food items: boxed and canned foods

these can be dropped off at

  • 16 Rushey Green
    Lewisham
    SE6 4JF on saturday august 9th from 12 pm to 6 pm
  • Kurdish Cultural Centre
    14 Stannary Street
    Oval
    SE11 4AA on august 11th and 16th from 9 am to 8 pm

please reblog this so any london blogs can participate!

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It’s kind of interesting that these Indian immigrant women in the Caribbean seem to have re-purposed and adapted local materials (they look Western to me given the tasseled shawl, skirts and the white blouse in pic 1) and incorporated it with traditional elements of their clothing including heavy silver jewellery - the fusion seems to work so well.

A full account of the complex realities of this immigration here

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Zitten is one of my FAVORITE artists, and I was so excited about this release, his first in 2 years! His voice, the lyrics, the melodies…..all so great, and all so Zitten. Those who like Zitten will find this release not all too unfamiliar, yet also demonstrating his constant growth as an artist. 

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Diaspora by Oscar Parasiego.

"Diaspora is a project about Identity in relation with its mutability according to the environment. This series investigates this fact in the context of the current situation, in which thousands of individuals emigrate to other countries every day to find a better future for them. At that point, there is a transition between the person we have been so far and the person we are going to be".

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