depicting africa

I recently read a article that was basically saying if you’re so proud of your african roots, why not visit africa. The writer was of african descent and he was basically targeting the african americans, british africans, carribeans stars, basically people of african descent around the world. I had to read the article twice, because at first I kind of thought he was trying to insinuate that African Americans are not actually proud of their heritage because of maybe not trying to get close to africa or in celebrity cases like Beyonce not performing there, but I get what he’s saying even though I don’t completely agree with how it was put . The comments on the other case oh my god. I didn’t realize how many african people had this stereotypical and prejudice view of African American, and it seemed to be toward just us as if we’re the only damn descendants of slaves around the world. I know not every African thinks this way, but I also don’t think African Americans owe y'all anything and vice versa. It is really irritating, you know, I try not see them as other but I do, because there is aspects to everyone culture that I’m not going to understand or know. I think that really is a vice versa situation, like what do you want african american people to do, throw a dart at a map of Africa and choose the country that the dart is in and use that as a guide to our actual african culture, like no. My african culture is African American culture my roots may be african but my culture doesn’t consist of just African culture. Its just disrespectful, you don’t like how America has depicted Africa as this war torned, 3rd world “continent”, with starving babies, and I agree with African and African American people who view that as wrong, because it is. But if they has depicted Africa and African people like that, what you think they do to us, really. I’m not saying that African Americans has been the best in these type of situation cause I was a child and heard phrases like “african booty scratcher” too, so I know some African Americans has been just like the african people on that comment panel that was saying asshole shit toward AA people. I just wish we could all get along to be honest, and respect each other very diverse cultures. I’m black, creek, and have a assload of white heritage( that I do not care to think about), and my papa is gullah plus I’m American so that is a lot and I know there is a lot of African american people that has very diverse cultures as well and African people.

“Wildest Dreams is a song about a relationship that was doomed, and the music video concept was that they were having a love affair on location away from their normal lives. This is not a video about colonialism but a love story on the set of a period film crew in Africa, 1950.

There are black Africans in the video in a number of shots, but I rarely cut to crew faces outside of the director as the vast majority of screentime is Taylor and Scott.

The video is based on classic Hollywood romances like Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, as well as classic movies like The African Queen, Out of Africa and The English Patient, to name a few.

The reality is not only were there people of color in the video, but the key creatives who worked on this video are people of color. I am Asian American, the producer Jil Hardin is an African American woman, and the editor Chancler Haynes is an African American man.

We cast and edited this video. We collectively decided it would have been historicially inaccurate to load the crew with more black actors as the video would have been accused of rewriting history. This video is set in the past by a crew set in the present and we are all proud of our work.

There is no political agenda in the video. Our only goal was to tell a tragic love story in classic Hollywood iconography. Furthermore, this video has been singled out, yet there have been many music videos depicting Africa.

These videos have traditionally not been lessons in African history. Let’s not forget, Taylor has chosen to donate all of her proceeds from this video to the African Parks Foundation to preserve the endangered animals of the continent and support the economies of local African people.”

Other Swift fans were quick to support her and slap down the claims. One said of the critics: ‘You’re reaching so hard and trying to look for any reason to hate her.’

I pulled this from a YouTube comment. I think it’s a statement from Joseph Kahn.

buddlecug17  asked:

In my story, Africa becomes the first continent to be uninhabitable for humans due to pollution and greenhouse gases. Other countries outside of the West fall over the years from this. However, I worry that this supports the “Africa is a war-torn, poor place,” trope. I plan to deconstruct that by mentioning colonization’s role in this, writing dynamic Black characters to reverse it, etc. Is this depiction of Africa still racist? Can I keep it Afro-centric, not racist?

Africa Portrayed as Polluted and Uninhabitable

This is annoying because it’s unrealistic. Yes, Africa is the most colonized continent, but isn’t industrialized to the point of having the most problems with greenhouse gases. It does show Africa in a perpetually negative light while also homogenizing the entire continent. 

If you are to do this, please include every country that has exploited specific African countries and in which ways. Also, I feel like the protagonists have to be primarily black to be the proper voices for this narrative. I encourage research on people who are living through this right now. 


Please Read At Least Paragraph 2+ or Don’t Read At All It Won’t Make Sense

So, growing up in a predominantly asian environment, not excluding my own home, a lot of concepts were hammered into my head at an early age. Everyone knows the more common ones, or at the very least, have witnessed the top of the iceberg. However at a certain point it wasn’t really my parents, or anyone around me for that matter, who demanded high grades, effort, and success. It was my voice in my head. All my parents did was give me a taste of reality. They consider themselves extremely lucky to have been able to live in America, and I’ve realized that regardless of the many things I feel could be fixed, I too am incredibly lucky to be here. I am lucky to have a decent education. I am lucky to have a fairly large house, and clean water and fresh food. However, my parents also showed me that we live in a cut-throat world. Thriving is not an easy feat. Blood, sweat and tears are the only true road one can take to get to the top, but it was nonetheless possible. I had a possibility, and regardless of how challenging it would be, I used it. It’s often puzzling in my eyes when those around me don’t use their chance. Their possibility. In 7th Grade, during a certain unit in Global Studies, we studied Africa. Our teacher showed us from time to time at the end of the day, video segments that depicted life in Africa, as he wanted us to break away from the stereotypes we had built as children. One thing I remember clearly was a young man living in Sierra Leone, who constructed a radio out of spare parts he found ready to be thrown out, and used it to broadcast positive messages to whoever could listen. I find it even today, that a person so limited in technology, education, and opportunity, created an astounding thing, with a good intention. Doing such a thing is beyond me, and beyond likely anyone I know. I’m still amazed today that those who have less than us do so much more.

More than 75% of the people I know today, had they struggled, experienced real problems firsthand, and underwent the pain that many do today, would have given up. Those who have no sanctuary, and have had none since they were born, have not. They have discovered their capabilities, and even with the limits put upon them, they strive. They strive without iPhones. They strive without the schools we have. From a scientific point of view, a number of hypotheses have flooded my mind. The thought of supplying those who have so much less than us, but have demonstrated their incredible passion and capability, with the tools and education we are gifted with, may conclude with outstanding results. I believe the ultimate complement to opportunity is passion. Ironically, one side has what the other lacks. Those who have little and are limited by their education and supplies, are brimming with passion, and have demonstrated so amazingly. Most of those who have a godsend of supplies, education, food and drink, have taken it for granted. Let’s try and supply those who have such brilliant passion, the opportunity to unleash it, for it will supply the world with something it is in dire need of; problem solvers. Engineers in their vaguest definition, those who solve problems by applying scientific concepts, in order to design solutions. Teaching those who know real problems to solve real problems, and giving them the resources to do so, completes the passion that has built up over so many years.

In hopes of achieving this, @infjconfessions, @intj-female, hopefully more people and I, want to start a foundation that accomplishes just this. Although we’re very excited to do so, we haven’t yet begun planning, and will do so over the next month or two. We’d also love your (verbal for now!) support, as we grow and mold this idea into a reality! Although we’re in no state to accept money right now, we hope to be able to sometime this year(I began this knowing it was not going to be cheap or easy)! If you’d like to contribute directly to the development of this foundation feel free to message us! Thank you guys for taking the time to read this xD! If you found anything I said wrong or offensive tell me please! Repost at your own will, we’d really appreciate the support and publicity! Thank you once again~!