(Source: one-day-well-be-old / The Poetic Hero)
"I know I can be beaten, I know I can be raped, I know I can be killed. But I am not going to leave. We are stronger as a community." — Kasha. (First Image) Image by Daniella Zalcman. Uganda, 2014.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has signed the anti-homosexuality bill into law, giving official backing to the daily harassment that affects the country’s LGBT community. And Uganda’s LGBT activists are now in more danger than ever. Their very existence is illegal. For many, the only way to survive, short of fleeing the country, will be to go back into the closet and reinvent their public identities. Any allies who might have provided support in the past—public health workers, lawyers, landlords, taxi drivers—have just been criminalized as well.
When the only way to stay safe is to stay secret, even the most defiant activists have to keep a part of themselves hidden to survive. Pulitzer Center grantee Daniella Zalcman snapped these double exposures with an iPhone as a reflection on the need to lead a double life. This is what it means to be gay and illegal.
View Daniella’s whole project: Kuchus in Uganda
The all-white reinvention of Medieval Europe commonly depicted in popular fiction, films, tv shows and art is entirely that: a fiction. An invention. An erasure. Obviously, people of color have been an essential and integral part of European life, European art, and European literary imagination since time immemorial. To cite “historical accuracy” as a means to project whitewashed images of the past into the future to maintain a fiction of white supremacy is an unconscionable farce.
People of Color are not an anachronism.
3. Sir Morien, Black Knight of the Round Table (c. 1200s)
5. Sancho I of Castile and Léon (c. 1129)
7. Mulay Ahmad portrait by Rubens (1609)
8. Adoration of the Magi by David (c. 1490)
9. special post about the Fayoum Mummy Portraits (c. 100 B.C.E.)
10. Miniature from a Psalter, Including a Calendar (c. 1240)
"I hope you have an experience that alters the course of your life, because after Africa, nothing has ever been the same…” - Suzanne Evans
How do you pick just one?
This made me really happy.
the Africa that we don’t see
i’ve been wondering what this is from and it’s from this film called Kirikou et la Sorcière : Drawn from elements of West African folk tales, it depicts how a newborn boy, Kirikou, saves his village from the evil witch Karaba.
Let me tell you now that this is a very special and GORGEOUS animated movie, and the story is literally bewitching.
Watch it at the link above! Click on (CC) for the English Subs! One hour long full of beauty, tenderness, and adventure.
(mild warning for non-sexual nudity natural to the culture of pre-colonial West Africa)
It is an absolutely gorgeous and engaging animated film, omggggg. I loved it!
I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.
Nelson Mandela 18 July 1918 - 05 December 2013
The Long walk to freedom.
RIP Nelson Mandela. My Hero. Your spirit will forever live in all of us. Thank you for your service Madiba. We will always love and cherish you.
5 Places to Visit in East Africa
There’s a myriad of exciting activities you can engulf yourself in on this tiny Zanzibari island - from exploring Vumawimbi beach and the Ngezi forest, to going snorkelling off Misali island. A must-visit if Zanzibar is on your vacation list.
Part of the Great Rift Valley, Lake Naivasha is a stunning and picturesque freshwater lake in Nakuru county, north west of Nairobi, that is home to a sizeable population of hippos, a variety of types of wildlife and over 400 different species of bird including the areas trademark pink flamingos. Natural wonders abound in this scenic
Eleven rock-hewn churches, each carved entirely out of a single block of granite with its roof at ground level, can be found in the sacred town of Lalibela in northern Ethiopia. With a predominantly Orthodox Christian population, Lalibela is one of Ethiopia’s holiest cities, second only to Aksum, and is a center of pilgrimage for much of the country.
Located on Kasubi hill, in Uganda’s capital city of Kampala, the Kasubi Tombs site is an active religious place in the Buganda Kingdom that is of great cultural significance to the Baganda. To them, the Kabaka is the “unquestioned symbol of spiritual, political, and social state of the Buganda nation.” As the burial ground for the previous four Kabakas (kings of the Kingdom of Buganda), the Kasubi Tombs is a site where the Kabaka and others in the Buganda hierarchy often carry out important centuries-old Ganda cultural rituals.
A painful place to visit, the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre is an incredibly important historical site for not just Rwandans, but for all of us as it stands as a reminder of the brutality that we humans can inflict on each other. Opened on the 10th Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide, in April 2004, and built on a site where over 250,000 genocide victims were buried in mass graves, the centre commemorates the Rwandan genocide that occurred in 1994.
P.S.: Before you travel anywhere, it is important to do your research on the place(s) you plan on visiting and make an informed decision on whether visiting there would be in your best interests, as well as that of the local community.