traditional african dress

Me: “yo this is a tight image set of african traditional dress and body paint-”

Post: *has over 500 million beyonce tier gifs added to the post*

Me: “so this is what a cancer surgeon feels like in removing tumors”

Me: *ruthlessly obliterates the stupid ass commentary with “remove reblogs” or just goes to op to reblog it*

Bedouin arab woman

The Bedouins are an Arab ethnocultural group, are descended from nomads who have historically inhabited the Arabian and Syrian deserts. Their territory stretches from the vast deserts of North Africa to the rocky sands of the Middle East.

The Bedouins live in Sudan, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Kuwait, Tunisia, Morocco, Israel, Mauritania, Bahrain, Lebanon, Qatar, Palestine, Oman and Western Sahara.

Quick Question

So, I’ve seen lots of stuff about cultural appropriation, and I’m really not quite sure what is so bad about wanting to learn about other cultures. As someone who is interested in linguistics and therefore in other cultures (since language is a huge part of culture), I have to ask:

Where does one draw the line?

I mean, I don’t think that people consider learning another language cultural appropriation. But they will consider wearing a part of that culture’s costume so. And probably they don’t consider making and enjoying the cuisine of that culture so bad, but decorating your house with stuff from that culture would be considered cultural appropriation.

But then, most people don’t think anything of decorating with, say, rosemaling even if they’re not Scandinavian, but I’ve seen people get mad at white women who use traditional African patterns on their dresses. 

So, where do you draw the line? Because it seems vague at best. And why is cultural appropriation even a problem? 

Because to me it just seems like getting to know another culture better, which is one of my favourite things to do (and has been ever since I was very young).

Maybe that wasn’t quick. But it is a question.


Ghanaian-born New York artist Dennis Owusu-Ansah reimagined top black American entertainers in traditional African dress and gave them traditional African names.
*Chris Kofi Sarpong Brown
*Aubrey Drake Abdul-Salam Graham (PALMWINEPAPI)
*Chief Shawn “Ugonna” Jay Z Carter
*Meagan “Omotola” Good
*Nicki Maame Akua Amponsah
*Sean Puffy Nana Antwi Combs
*Mazi Odinnaka Rosey
*Robyn Rihanna Amahle Fenty
*Beyonce Lankenua Carter
*MLK and Barack Obama



Hello. Got another blue pencil sketch here. This one took about 30 minutes to sketch and posed her in a sort of elegant yet confident posture. I tried to go for an African appearance for her wardrobe. Much of her clothing is inspired by traditional African dress with obvious liberties taken. The hair is more of a Greco-Roman hairstyle than African, but I liked how it looked on the character. It’s like blending different cultures into one character. Also have a colored version of the sketch. I like the green dress and purple hair on her. Originally, I wanted her hair to be black, but a couple people I know suggested a purple color and I think it looks way better. I knew I wanted her dress to be green but not a flat green. So, I gave it a red trim with a simple design on it.

CHILDREN OF THE WORLD / NIGER, WEST AFRICA - As I travel around the world on various assignments, I never tire of taking photos of children. Not only are they so picturesque as only children can be, but they also represent a hope in them that can’t be found in any other type of images. In their joys and in their despair, in their riches and in their poverty, my heart goes out to them. I want to lift them up to the word and shout, “Look, this is the future! The future is in their hands!” I sometimes wonder, though, what kind of future will they have … This young girl of a minority tribe of Niger has just moved to the city of Niamey from one of the rural districts. Life was hard living out there; maybe it will be better in the city, even though she and her clan could face severe discrimination.

anonymous asked:

About the Amandla/Kylie thing... Amandla said something to the effect of Kylie appropriating black culture but not speaking on racism. Could the same be said about Ethnic group appropriations? Like AAs wearing Nigerian head wraps but not talking about issues in west Africa or ppl wearing hair jewelry from Amazigh cultures but not acknowledging the issues that affect the people of North Africa? I know some of that stuff is ceremonial so isn't it just as offensive?

Black Americans wearing traditional African dress is in no way similar to what Kylie Jenner and the rest of the Kardashians do, I think that’s a shaky and petty comparison. For me though, the major issue isn’t just that she’s appropriating, it’s that she makes millions of dollars by appropriating and refuses to acknowledge or even engage with this idea. That, coupled with her position as a public figure, means that while I’m not expecting her to walk down the street chanting #blacklivesmatter (she will never care enough to be an actual ally), she’s old enough to at least know what she’s doing and stop deflecting or saying people are overreacting when they call her out.