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Nomad girl, nomad girl,
they look at your feet & see all the dust you’ve brought with you.
Nomad girl, nomad girl,
stars fall out of the sky & find their home on your soles.
Nomad girl, nomad girl,
why can’t they see? The world is forever yours.
And Everywhere you go
you collect more of the galaxy.
Like the flower that blossoms on sunshine, an infinite glorious beauty,
that will always be a nomad girl, nomad girl.
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Pharaoh eyes Nile skin

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Let’s talk about the Arab/Trans Indian Ocean Slave Trade because if we’re going to insist on PoC solidarity we must confront our past. Peace be with all the colonised and enslaved Africans and their descendants. [Second to last tweet meant to say **sex slave labour of black women] read more here: http://atlantablackstar.com/2014/06/02/10-facts-about-the-arab-enslavement-of-black-people-not-taught-in-schools/5/

Forty year old Mize Juma Othman installs a new photovoltaic panel on a home in Matemwe village, on the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar. Othman trained for six months in India to become one of the first 13 “solar mamas” in Zanzibar, able to install, troubleshoot and repair the systems.

Zanzibar’s ‘Solar Mamas’ flip the switch on rural homes, gender roles

Photo Credit: Sam Eaton

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Women in Africa and the Diaspora: “Julie Mehretu”

“I don’t think of architectural language as just a metaphor about space, but about spaces of power, about ideas of power.”

Julie Mehretu is an artist born in Ethiopia, raised in Michigan, educated in Senegal and Rhode Island and currently residing in New York. Mehretu’s complex pieces feature architectural forms, fictional landscapes, and grids layered with scribbles, smudges and shapes of different size and colors. Her paintings are more than just assemblage of random colors and lines. The underlying structure of her work consists of socially charged spaces such as government buildings, museums, stadiums, schools, and airports.

“I think architecture reflects the machinations of politics, and that’s why I am interest in it as a metaphor for those institutions.”

Julie Mehretu has received numerous awards including The MacArthur Award in 2005, often referred to as the “genius grant.” The American Art Award granted by The Whitney Museum of American Art (2005,) and the Berlin Prize: Guna S. Mundheim Fellowship at The American Academy in Berlin (2007).

-Bilphena Yahwon

For you people worried about Ebola.

Earlier this summer ironically, I did a lot of research on the Ebola virus itself, after having a summer assignment for my AP Biology class that required me to read a novel entitled The Hot Zone by Richard Preston. So. I’m going to educate all of you to the best of my ability.

I noticed this morning how “Ebola” is trending on tumblr, and after a brief look at the tag I noticed that it was nothing but absolute panic about how everyone is going to die and how “people infected with the virus do not belong in the US”. Well let me tell you all a thing about the filovirus called Ebola. First of all, calm down. If you look at the facts about the outbreak, you’ll notice that the largest strain that is infecting people is Ebola Zaire, which guess what? It can’t travel through the air. The only way you will catch it is by coming in contact the the bodily fluids(blood, urine, etc.) of an infected person. Now I won’t lie, the fatality rate of the Ebola virus isn’t very pretty being 90%, BUT the major outbreak is in Africa, where they generally have outbreaks about once a year. 

Now for everyone who is whining about the Ebola infected people coming into the United States. If you honestly think they are going to put a deadly virus in one of your normal hospital rooms where you have easy access to the infected person you’re a little wrong and may want to think more about extreme biocontainment measures being taken. The United States understands how deadly this virus is, having had an outbreak of it in Virginia back in the 1980s. Even though that outbreak was of a different strain, Ebola Reston, and it was only fatal in monkeys; the US Military and the CDC fully understand what they are doing and I highly doubt we have anything to worry about.  In all honesty the virus will probably run it’s course and will probably go back into hiding in the rain forests of Africa, and we won’t have anything to worry about. It probably will not wipe out the United States population, the world won’t fall into nothingness, and we’re all going to live. Because in all honesty, how many of you guys leave your houses anyway?