This duo is a slap in the face to the one dimensional caricature of black women that the media likes to portray. These two are so funny and relatable. A great example of what diversity in the entertainment world could look like.
Cecile Emeke is a writer, visual artist and filmmaker based in London, England. Cecile Emeke’s work is groundbreaking, defies all expectation and is so unconventional because it addresses the things that we see but ignore.
“If I hear one more poem written by a man, telling women how to live their lives by policing their clothes, sexuality, make-up use, reading habits, exercise regimes and cooking skills, I’m going to slap somebody.”
YES. YES. EVERY OUNCE OF YES! I am so over these pseudo male feminist who mask their sexism with “appreciation” or “support.” Please check out my latest post for this incredible poem and my thoughts!
“Strolling” is a series created by cecileemeke where she literally strolls around with people as they talk about the various issues affecting them. It’s brilliant.
Several videos have been released, featuring Black women just doing their thing, being effortlessly fly as we’re wont to do, but this one stood out for me because Vanessa is totally someone I would drink bottomless mimosas with and not give a damn about people giving us rude looks because we’re passionately discussing free tampons. I’m so with her on this - TAMPONS SHOULD BE FREE Y'ALL.
This episode also goes a bit deeper as Vanessa discusses rape culture and her life as an actress struggling with typecasting, stereotypes, and colorism. Sort of refreshing (but still very depressing) to hear Black folks from different parts of the world noting how important representation is. Validating, even. We’re all connected.
Meet a YoungBlackFeminist is a new summer feature hosted by YoungBlackFeminist.com. Every Saturday, from June to August, we interview one woman who shares her experiences, stories, and lessons learned while living as a Black feminist in today’s world. We discuss feminism, sexuality, young womanhood, creativity, and more. It’s a place to learn, grow, and find a place of support - by young Black women, for young Black women.
A few weeks ago, I interviewed the talented Vanessa Babiyre, one-half of the award-winning“ackee and saltfish” series. It was a wonderful, beautiful talk, but, I had to meet her partner in crime.
That’s where Michelle Tiwo comes in. She plays Olivia, a carefree, hilarious Black girl who’s “woke,” funny, and bold, but at the same time, thoughtful and caring. What’s even more refreshing to see is that Michelle is the same in real life.
She starred in the Tumblr-and-Youtube viral hit,“fake deep,” a poem dedicated to anti-misogyny and pro-uplifting Black women. See her spill truth in it here. Her Twitter is full of feminist gems, and our interview together was truly a breath of fresh air: she doesn’t apologize for her Blackness, and she encourages other women to do the same.
Read our interview together below, where we discuss defining Blackness for yourself, why womanhood is never a competition, and how being an “angry Black woman” is not a bad thing.