books about africa

Good Morning Ladies

Take a deep breath.

Hold it.

Exhale.

Know this and note
It.

What lies ahead of you today
Is an adventure that adds to
Your greatest wonder.

What passed you in ease and
That which left pain, was trial
To mete your rich self certainty
Today.

What you learned about love,
Life, men, your heart and your
Mind has brought you to this
Point.

Here. Right now.

Be clear.

You are where you are
Supposed to be, doing what
You are supposed to do and
Feeling what you need to feel
To get where you must be, a
Great deal better than what
Doubt tells you, you lack and
Will never see.

Breathe baby. Breathe love in
And know you’re loved.

What lies ahead of you is a lot
Better even though days might
Be soaked with rain and clouds
That applaud your existence
With thunder.

You, are better than where you
Were before you got where you
Are and that alone should tell
You what a winner you already
Are.

Do not forget to breathe champ.

Enjoy your coffee.

- Hakeem Anderson-Lesolang

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Call for Resources

We regularly get people in our inbox who are looking for content that is less US-centric than this blog. I (mod R) am actually not from the US, but I still have trouble providing this content sometimes.

Therefore, I am looking for recommendations! I’m hoping to find blogs the mods can follow, so we can reblog more worldwide content. I’m also looking to update our list of resources so it can direct people to books, websites, articles etc. that are specific to their context.

Please reblog this with commentary or send me an ask if you have resources about oppression in any specific region that is not the United States. Follow a blog about sexism in Germany? Racism in Japan? Australian ableism? Read a book about feminism in South-Africa? Watched a documentary about sex-trafficking in the Netherlands? Found a website about queer identities in Brazil? Or any other combination? Please let me know! 

Similarly, let me know if you have any type of content about branches of feminism that aren’t featured here that often. I’m thinking specifically of religious feminisms – Muslim feminism, Christian feminism, Hindu feminism, etc.

I’d love to hear about tumblrs, websites, movies, books, articles, anything. It counts if it’s your own blog or if the blog also reblogs non-social-justice content. It counts if the book is in the local language – it might still be helpful to people who live there. 

You can also let me know if you want to write guest posts about any of these topics. Guest posts are always welcome (also from US followers!) but I’d especially love to be able to bring more worldwide content, so if you live anywhere not in the US and want to write about experiences of oppression/privilege in your environment, come talk to me or submit directly!

Please help me out! Send me an ask or reblog this post and add your recommendations, and please feel free to signal boost!

All the best,

~mod R

Why Every Book About Africa Has the Same Cover

Last week, Africa Is a Country, a blog that documents and skewers Western misconceptions of Africa, ran a fascinating story about book design. It posted a collage of 36 covers of books that were either set in Africa or written by African writers. The texts of the books were as diverse as the geography they covered: Nigeria, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Mozambique. They were written in wildly divergent styles, by writers that included several Nobel Prize winners. Yet all of books’ covers featured an acacia tree, an orange sunset over the veld, or both.

“In short,” the post said, “the covers of most novels ‘about Africa’ seem to have been designed by someone whose principal idea of the continent comes from The Lion King.”

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Today in Book News: The organization WaterisLife is developing a “Drinkable Book” that not only teaches water safety but can actually be used to treat drinking water. Each page, coated in bacteria-killing silver nanoparticles, can be torn out and used as a filter. The pages, which kill bacteria that cause cholera, E.coli and typhoid, among other diseases, last up to a month each. 

Also today, a man named Gary L. Stewart is releasing a book claiming his father was the infamous Zodiac Killer, and the blog Africa is a Country investigates odd cover tropes for books about Africa.

Read more here