east-african

Can you all stop perpetuating the lie that ALL Africans are poor?

SOUTH AFRICA

NIGERIA

GHANA

MOROCCAN MALL

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And that ALL Americans are rich/middle class?

ATLANTA, GEORGIA (UNITED STATES)

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (UNITED STATES)

DETROIT, MICHIGAN (UNITED STATES)

L.A. COUNTY, CALIFORNIA (UNITED STATES)

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Stop believing everything you see in the media. Some places in Africa are very poor, but some places are not poor at all. Just like there are some places in America that are very poor, but some places that are not poor at all. A few pictures and videos from the media about “how poor Africa is” should not determine how you view that entire continent because if that were the case, many would assume ALL Americans lived in poverty based on the few pictures I’ve shown you. Open your minds.

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Recently got these braids thanks to 2jam4u making me feel really confident! I hated them the first day but I quickly got over it and fell in love with these badass braids. These are different styles I plan on rocking.

I went natural and stopped chemically straightening my hair in December of 2012, and I’m beginning to love my natural hair! And I’m a big fan of blackout this is my first one and hopefully not my last! I hope everyone feels beautiful and remember anyone who hates on you is just jealous of your melanin ;)

How many likes/reblogs can this true defenition of beauty get? No makeup no nothing just pure natural habesha (aka Ethiopian/Eritrean) beauty 😲. Most importantly you don’t have to be a super model or have the latest make up to feel pretty. A simple, poor girl can have this much beauty. Wooow 😍 Yes ethiopian and eritreans can have blue eyes. 😉

In Minneapolis, East African girls level the playing field with culturally sensitive uniforms

Girls in stylish athletic wear walk the runway as the sounds of Taylor Swift and Katy Perry blare from speakers. The crowd claps and cheers as the young models strike poses with basketballs, lacrosse sticks and boxing gloves. Finally, the big reveal: the Lady Warriors community traveling basketball team takes the stage in their cardinal red uniforms.

This is no ordinary fashion show. The models are East African, primarily Muslim girls living in Minnesota who designed their own culturally sensitive sportswear that lets them move freely without worrying about tripping on a long, flowing dress or having a head scarf come undone at a crucial point.

“The girls for years have been telling us, ‘We would like clothing. We would like clothing,’” said Chelsey Thul, a lecturer in kinesiology at the University of Minnesota who helped lead the two-year project.

The girls quickly learned that traditional dress and basketball don’t mix well, said Thul, who was a volunteer research consultant to the program.

The answer, Thul said, was a functional yet modest uniform “so they could do that between-the-legs dribble, make that three-pointer, and not have clothing be a barrier.”

Sertac Sehlikoglu, a social anthropologist working on leisure, sports and the Muslim communities at the University of Cambridge, noted that Iran has been developing culturally appropriate female sportswear for years. She agreed with the Minnesota project’s organizers that the girls’ designs could catch on in other cities with large Muslim populations.

The girls came up with two designs. One teal-and-black uniform with stripes — good for all sports including swimming — features leggings and a knee-length tunic. Both the everyday active wear and the basketball team’s bright red outfit include a tight black headpiece. Arms, legs, hair and neck are all covered.

Style was important, said Amira Ali, 12, who helped with the design.

“I want to look good,” she said.