Adichie (b. 1977)
is a Nigerian novelist, considered one of the finest and most important authors
of African literature today. She is best known for her novels Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun, both of which received great popularity and
wide critical acclaim.
She is also
known for her 2013 Tedx talk entitled “We should all be feminists”, in which
she talks about her views and experiences of gender and sexuality. The talk
received even more attention after being sampled in Beyonce’s hit “Flawless”.
Nearly everyone who has been to high school in the last several decades has read the classic novel of modern African lit, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (1930-2013). The Nigerian-born novelist was also a poet, professor, and critic. The majority of the work in his Collected Poems is divided into sections entitled “Poems About War” and “Poems Not About War”; today’s selection falls into the latter group.
Question Angled sunbeam lowered like Jacob’s ladder through sky’s peephole pierced in the roof to my silent floor and bared feet. Are these your creatures these crowding specks stomping your lighted corridor to a remote sun, like doped acrobatic angels gyrating at needlepoint to divert a high unamused god? Or am I sole stranger in a twilight room I called my own overrun and possessed long ago by myriads more as yet invisible in all this surrounding penumbra?
‘Wole Soyinka, Nigerian novelist, playwright, poet and teacher, was born on this date July 13, 1934. His powerful writings enabled him to become the first African writer to win the “Nobel Prize” for literature in 1986.’
An excellent TED Talk by Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie who speaks so eloquently about the danger of a single narrative. Our lives, our cultures, she says, are composed of many overlapping stories. If we don’t allow for the multiplicity of voices and narratives of a land and a people, then we risk something greater: understanding others, and ourselves.
“ She never seemed like an ingénue, though: Even as a teenager, she had gravitas. In one of the centerpiece songs on the new album, Beyoncé gazes backwards: “Look at me — I’m a big girl now … I’m a grown woman.” But the innocence-to-experience cliché doesn’t square with Beyoncé’s life, or art.”
in which a white man assures you beyonce has never been innocent in life or art and she was practically born a grown woman,
you know like how they did beasts of the southern wild with a black girl toddler who isnt allowed innocence? like how black girls are assumed sexual from birth and never pure?
“ideals exemplified in her fearsome live performances and dramatized in songs that view romance through the lens of finance. Hits like “Bills, Bills, Bills” (1999), “Upgrade U” (2006) and “Single
Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” (2008) have found Beyoncé figuratively hunched over a balance sheet, weighing the costs of affections dispensed and luxury goods accumulated.”
ummm bills is about a aint shit dude whos spending all her money and not givin shit in return, thats fucking real. upgrade you is not about things its about you makin somebody look better by being with them. and single ladies isnt about aquiring jewelry its about commitment. in which a basic white piece of shit cannot decipher AAVE or beys black girl cultural context and like an ass, tries to read it literally and plays into black golddigger bs.
“There are coarse mean-girl threats (“Bow down, bitches!”) and a sampled snippet from a TEDx talk by the Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie titled “We Should All Be Feminists,” which wags a finger at mean-girl threats: “We raise girls to see each other as competitors.”
you are such a shit reporter you couldnt even look up where bey says that song is a response to ppl who told her she would amount to shit. followed by an empowering snippet. not hypocrisy.
TL;DR NONBLACK PEOPLE NEEDTA STOP PRETENDING THEY CAN WRITE ABOUT BLACK MUSIC WHEN THEY HAVENT GOT ANY CLUE WTF THEY LISTENING TO OR ANALYZING AND ARE ONLY GONNA PROJECT ANTIBLACK HOGWASH.
‘Wole Soyinka, Nigerian novelist, playwright, poet, and teacher, was born on this date July 13, 1934. His powerful writings enabled him to become the first African writer to win the “Nobel Prize” for literature in 1986.’
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Thinks More Women are Talking about Feminism Because of Beyoncé
The Nigerian novelist, whose TED talk about women being expected to aspire to marriage, was sampled on Beyoncé’s track ‘Flawless’, thinks the 'XO’ hitmaker is inspiring.
She told The Times newspaper: “Because of Beyoncé many young women are talking about feminism and hopefully young men because she has such a following.”
Chimamanda realises what Beyoncé has been singing about in her new music is a departure from her 'Single Ladies’ track, in which she asked men to “put a ring on it” but doesn’t think it makes her less of a feminist. She said: “Well, I suppose there are different feminisms. I am all about bringing people to the party and having a good conversation, rather than saying you can’t come in. I have had young people in Nigeria who probably would have never heard of my TED talk without Beyoncé and who are now talking about feminism.”
She added: “I like the idea that Beyoncé’s song might make girls feel that they can ask to try to do these things.”
Who doesn’t want badass black feminists and womanists celebrated this month? No one we care to associate with. Starting things off right with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie… remarkable Nigerian novelist, nonfiction writer and short story writer.
Swedish Boys Will All Be Indoctrinated Into Feminism Without Choice
Feminists rail against “patriarchal oppression,” but have no qualms with “feminist oppression.” Feminists rail against being forced into “patriarchal value systems,” but have no qualms with forcing males into “feminist value systems.” Feminists rail against “patriarchal double standards,” but have no qualms with “feminist double standards.”
The tag line of my blog is “Feminism is a fraud. To justify the fraud requires hypocrisy. To enforce the hypocrisy that justifies the fraud requires intimidation.” Never has this been proven more true than what is currently taking place in Sweden.
Rather than write a screed on this, I have supplied you with the thoughts of Glen Poole in his article for The Telegraph titled …
The evangelical drive to teach boys to be feminists reached a new high last week with the news that every 16-year-old in Sweden is to be given a free copy of the book “We Should All Be Feminists”.
The short essay, based on a 2013 TED talk by the Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, has become a sacred text for those who share Yvette Cooper’s belief that “we need our sons growing up as confident feminists”.
So should we welcome the crusaders who wish to convert our male progeny to the “one true Goddess” of gender politics, or should we teach our boys to become free-thinkers who can choose for themselves whether they want to be feminist or not?
As a lapsed male feminist myself, I feel I should start with a confessional.
Firstly, I think Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is an extraordinary human being. I defy anyone with an open mind and an open heart to watch her speak and not be impressed by her intelligence, humour, courage, creativity, compassion, self awareness and beauty.
When she proudly declares: “I have chosen to no longer be apologetic for my femaleness and for my femininity and I want to respected in all of my femaleness because I deserve to be”, there’s a part of me that wishes I was a strong, black woman so I could whoop along with the Sisterhood.
However, as a straight, white male from working-class roots living a fairly middle-class lifestyle (a demographic one of my mates describes as “half-classed”), I’m left wondering if there is a stage anywhere in the world where a young man could be applauded for saying:
“I have chosen to no longer be apologetic for my maleness and for my masculinity and I want to respected in all of my maleness because I deserve to be!”
It may sound comical but in a truly egalitarian world we would welcome such declarations of male and female empowerment with parity. And yet my personal experience of the feminist worldview that dominates gender politics, is that rather than encourage the empowerment of men, it expects us to apologise for our maleness, our masculinity and our manhood.
So the day I gave up apologising for being my own man – both to socially-conservative traditionalists and to progressive, liberal feminists – was the day I became an unapologetic, card-carrying non-feminist.
It was one of the most empowering moments in my life. I could write all about my epiphany in a book called “Why We Should All Be Non-Feminists”. Only that wouldn’t work, because to me it doesn’t matter whether you’re talking about religion, sexuality or gender politics, we should all be free to choose what we think.
I believe every child, everywhere in the world, deserves the right to be taught to think for themselves and then use those skills to decided what they want to believe or not believe.
Adichie, for example, has some really interesting beliefs about boys that are worth considering. She says: “We do a great disservice to boys in how we raise them. We stifle the humanity of boys. We define masculinity in a very narrow way. Masculinity is a hard, small cage, and we put boys inside this cage.”
And yet her response to this rigid masculine conditioning is to place boys inside a narrow thought cage called “We Should All Be Feminists”.
‘We stifle the humanity of boys…’ 'We stifle the humanity of boys…’ Credit: Alamy Adichie complains that gender “prescribes how we should be rather than recognising how we are” and yet her prescription for boys is that they should not think for themselves, they should all think feminist.
She also argues that a big part of the gender problem is that “many men do not actively think about gender or notice gender”. Yet in reality, men like myself who do notice and speak out about gender are considered a problem by feminists, because we are independent thinkers.
The real problem for feminism is it can’t control what men and boys think, feel and say when we speak out about gender issues.
In her brilliant TED talk, Adichie acknowledges that gender can be an uncomfortable conversation and like many missionaries before her, she seeks to place a limit on the topics that savage, non-feminist boys should be allowed to discuss.
“Some people will say, 'well, poor men also have a hard time’ and this is true, but this is not what this conversation is about,” she says.
Oh really? Who decided that only feminist matriarchs get to choose what conversations men and boys can and can’t have about gender?