Me: “Why are non-black women wearing braids and dashikis.”
Mom: *flippantly* Because they can.
NO THEY CANNOT WEAR SOMETHING A PART OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN CULTURE (yes, dashikis is based in African American culture that’s influenced by Hausa/Hausa before slavery) WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY BEING THE STANDARD OF BEAUTY AND CLAIMING HOW OUR TRADITIONS AND CULTURE IS UGLY! IF YOU WANT TO DEFEND WHITE AND NON-BLACK BITCHES WEARING OUR SHIT, YOU HAVE TO ADMIT BLACK WOMEN ARE BEAUTIFUL AND EVERYONE WANTS TO BE US! BUT Y’ALL CAN’T BECAUSE WE’RE THE MOST HATED AND IMITATED! THEY CAN CONTINUE WEARING THEIR “REAL” HAIR, THEIR BLONDE DYED HAIRED AND OTHER BASIC FEATURES THEY CLAIM ARE SO GREAT!
Meet Ify Chiejina | I am certain I cashed in some of my karma points to meet Ify. She is an amazing person, no wonder we hit it off as soon as we met. Because I’m also amazing duh! Though born in New York, she was raised in a Nigerian home. We spoke at length about art, her influences and process. Here are some of her reflections from our discussion:
On art and culture
“There shouldn’t be one standard way to view art especially african art. Art is influenced by culture. Some people don’t have a sense of culture to see the beauty behind the art so they regard it as subpar. Their loss.”
“I am in love with South American and African art. It’s much looser and there is a sense of freedom in it. You do see some geometry but its different.”