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Lazy days are not laundry days, I’ve recently learnt. Living in a dorm and having to do most things, I relied on my mother to do, has taught me that. Cooking and cleaning is not as easy as 50s housewives and home makers (as my English Language students like to call their mothers) make it seem, definitely got a new found respect for them.During my first month here I became a regular at the local konbini (convenient store) and Kura Sushi (100yen per plate, sushi restaurant/dinner-placey). I soon learnt that being lazy is expensive when my bank account had just enough money to stay open, but not enough for me to draw any. The number on the screen taunted me as my mother’s words ran through my head, “remember to budget, don’t spend it all on snacks and clothing.” Well, I’ve learnt my lesson and am proud to say it’s just over my second month here and I have not starved to death yet and my bank statements are at a healthy number. I’ve learnt how to NOT burn onions while frying them and that you have to let an egg that has been in the fridge get to about room temperature before frying it. It is now safe-ish to be around me in the kitchen. Wowuuuu! for a post that has the word “laundry” in it’s title, I haven’t talked much about my laundry skills…which are Ace if i do say so myself, I haven’t changed the colours of any of my clothes or shrunk anything yet. So I’m pretty sure I can get my adult badge around about now.
With love, M

So, someone made this and tried to say that Michelle Obama is “class-less” as a First Lady compared to the others……

So ONE photo of her going somewhere that obviously didn’t require her to get dolled up deems her CLASS-LESS?

Let’s take a look shall we….

She Slays

SLAYS

SLAYS!

SLAYSSS!!

So what was that about her not having class?

*Slow Claps* YOU TRIED cause she ALWAYS SLAAAYSS

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Tuareg. 

Doing something a little different today :) This will be more thought provoking than usual- but I would love it if anyone gave me their opinion! My question is: Do African America people appropriate African cultures? Since I got my braids I have had coworkers say the strangest things to me. For example: “they look so authentic” and “I always wanted those… people always think I look ethnic anyway”. Now, if you are a coworker and you are reading this… this is not a post bashing your inability to understand my culture. But instead I want to focus on the fact that non-black people and even some Africans feel that African Americans mimic African cultures. Is this mimicry ok? Are we as former slaves merely trying to regain the lost traditions of our pasts? Or should we embrace our new culture and stop trying to combine someone else’s culture into our own? To add to this spiel, the definition of cultural appropriation:

‘Cultural appropriation is the adoption or use of elements of one culture by members of a different culture. Often, the original meaning of these cultural elements is lost or distorted, which means that these uses may be viewed as disrespectful by members of the originating culture. Cultural elements which may have deep meaning to the original culture can be reduced to “exotic” fashion by those from the dominant culture’

In the United States, African people are considered a minority (when compared to African Americans. Although we all normally look the same, Africans are sometimes marginalized from African Americans based on their accents). So the definition of cultural appropriation above can still be applied. When I first got the idea to do an African inspired makeup look, I was so excited to share the pride that I have regarding my ethnic background ( I did genetic testing so I relatively know where my ancestors are from). But as I started to do the research necessary to give this look my best effort, I realized… I didn’t understand the cultural meanings behind most of the markings found in traditional African makeup looks. I was never taught… I’m not from Africa. Although I did research before doing this look… I still changed it to fit today’s fashion trends. Is that ok? I can’t decide. 


Let me know your opinion please :) 

Can African Americans appropriate African cultures?

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