Basically the era where being thicker than a midget was a crime just because Africans happen to be thick. Sarah (Saartije) Baartman was a Khoisan (South African) woman who performed under the name “Hottentot Venus” in 19th century England and France. She is the original video vixen: discovered at home in South Africa during her late teens, she was offered money and fame in Europe as a singer and dancer. Little did she know that she would be exploited and put on display for everyone to gaze at her large butt, long clitoris/labia, small waist, big breast and kinky hair– all traits that are very common amongst Khoisan women. As her shows attracted more fans, she was forced against her will to have sex with men AND WOMEN who gave enough money to her exploiters. Sarah got none of the money, as she was once promised. After her act got old, she was forced into prostitution, where she died of std’s and alcoholism. The obsession with Saartije lasted after her death as well. For more than 100 years, visitors and “scientist” were able to examine her dissected body parts in Paris museums. The 19th century shapewear, the “bustle” was inspired by her in order to give european women her unique physique. Yes, an old school booty pop. On behalf of Nelson Mandela’s request, Paris returned Saartije’s remains to South Africa in 2002. Black men, it’s time that you start respecting the black woman’s body, because this act of objectifying it was taught to you. #sarahbaartman
I'm writing a story where my lead character is a 12 yr old African-American girl with curly hair. I know writing the individual is the most important part of creating a character (& I've got that part figured out) but I also don't want to mishandle any cultural aspects that may connect with so many kids who aren't represented in media so much. As the writer of Riri Williams (&, if I'm not mistaken, the father of an African-American girl with curly hair) is there anything you think I should know?
Excellent question.. I lucked out in that I’ve spent the last nine years learning and perfecting my knowledge of African-American female hair. I have two daughters. we have the products, we have the silk pillow cases, we are on it…
when we first adopted Sabrina, and didn’t know anything, even though we took a class in it, African American women would so nice and politely come up to us with all kinds of recommendations. it was embarrassing but everyone was so nice.
Years ago, A friend of ours told me to watch Chris rock’s good hair which was a documentary I was going to watch but never got around to.
On top of it being a very excellent Chris rock project it’s an outstanding primer into this world in the broadest sense. It perfectly illustrates how complicated the culture around African-American hair can be and how different it is from other hair culture. here’s a clip…
then go to hair salons who clearly specializes on African american hair and ask questions. i have never been turned away from asking someone who knows something. people want their expertise represented on page and screen and are happy to help. this goes for everything and every subject.
“A few years ago I read a book by Merlin Stone called When God Was a Woman, in which she wrote that ‘in the beginning, people prayed to the Creatress of Life, the Mistress of Heaven. At the very dawn of religion, God was a woman…the female deity in the Near and Middle East was revered as Goddess—much as people today think of God…the original status of the Goddess was as supreme deity…the Great Goddess was regarded as immortal, changeless, omnipotent; and the concept of fatherhood had not yet been introduced into religious thought.’
As a critical thinker, I know that sometimes a lie is told when the truth is declared halfway or haphazardly. Stone, who happens to be a White female artist and college professor, never mentioned the racial make-up of the female divinities of the world’s earliest civilizations she wrote about. I don’t know understand how Stone could write a book about When God Was a Woman and then later write a book on Three Thousand Years of Racism, which focuses on uncovering evidence of racism imposed by Indo-Europeans after they conquered most of the same regions discussed in When God Was a Woman, and fail to connect the probability that the Goddesses she first wrote about were originally depicted as Black women. How can she admit that ‘historical, mythological and archaeological evidence suggests that it was these northern people who brought with them the concepts of light as good and dark as evil (very possibly the symbolism of their racial attitudes toward the darker people of the southern areas) and of a supreme male deity;’ but not admit that the Goddess of theses Black people was also Black before they and She were conquered by White people (i.e., Indo-Europeans).
Whether this failing was accidental or intentional is irrelevant, yet one could assume that the Goddesses would originally resemble the people who worship them. According to Albert Churchward, ‘the earliest members of the human race appeared in the interior of the African continent about two million years ago, then from the region of the Great Lakes they spread over the entire continent. Groups of these early men wandered down the Nile Valley, settled in Egypt, and then later dispersed themselves to all parts of the world…As these early Africans wandered over the world, they differentiated into the various human subspecies that now inhabit our planet. The men who remained in the tropical and equatorial regions retained their dark complexions, whereas those that settled in the temperate zones lost a portion of their dusky pigmentation and developed a fairer skin.’ Provided that the original racial profile of the Nile, Indus, and Tigris-Euphrates River Valley as well as the Aegean civilizations has been clandestinely confirmed as Black/African, then the female divinities worshipped in these civilizations should also logically be Black/African. Accordingly, in the beginning, to revise Stone, God was a Black woman.”
Be mindful that when you increase your Knowledge and expand your awareness, you automatically function and think on a higher level than those around you who are not doing anything to better themselves. You may start to experience distance between you and the people you commonly associate with—friends, associates and family. This is natural; do not let it stop you. Soon you will attract people into your life that are also elevating themselves and you won’t feel lonely. There is a great African proverb that states, “You can not soar with the eagles when you walk amongst chickens.”
African spirituality only scare those who refuse to understand it, and those who know it but just don’t want you to embrace it. We black folks are spiritual people by nature, never limit yourself to the european standard. You don’t need a book written by people who you call devils to tell you what is good and evil, the soul already knows. #blackempowerment #consciouscommunity #blackmanisgod #blackwomanisgod #Messiah #RBG #Rasta #proafrican #godsandgoddesses #IAmGod #Jah #keytolife #blackwomen #blackfamily #blackmen #blacklove #knowthyself #knowledge #Africanculture #African #blackunity #nubian #hotep #unapologetically #panafrican #panafricanism #wise_creator #africanspirituality by wise_creator https://www.instagram.com/p/BGGsYAgHAcb/
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There are so many things that we do everyday in the Black community, that we don’t realize are a direct connection to the tradition of our ancestors. There’s literally NOTHING new under the sun…. In my studies, and life experiences, I’ve found that most things that we have deemed as “ghetto,” are actually things that derived from our southern roots. Likewise, most of the traditions derived from our southern roots, are connected, and a reflection of the African traditions brought over by our ancestors.
Due to the African diaspora, the knowledge of this Ancestral connection is little known. We partake in these things without even knowing, due to family traditions, and Ancestral Remembrance.
One thing you’ll often see Black people doing in the community, is “pouring out liquor for the dead homies.” This became popular with hip hop culture, and is looked at as being “ghetto.” People often laugh at the thought, and use the visual in punchlines. Ironically, this is actually an ancient African Libation ritual. Traditionally, pouring libation is to awaken the ancestors. Once they are awakened, you can begin to speak to them. This can include discussing things, getting clarity, requesting support, working a ritual, or just simply saying “THANK YOU.”
Small things like this, show just how HUGE our connection is to our roots, often, despite our even having knowledge of a connection at all. So next time you see something that’s “ghetto,” dig a little deeper and find out the root of it all.