4 online movements celebrating #BlackGirlMagic
by: Kamaria Balkisson - 1 March 2016
The internet has become a hotbed for social activism. Whether, it’s video series about sexuality or blogs about how to take care of black hair, there are plenty of blogs and online campaigns currently serving up #BlackGirlMagic. Below are a few that we’re loving right now.
If you were at the #ForBlackGirlsOnly event in Joburg you must have seen the inspiring women from the Feminist Stokvel. Danielle Bowler, Kavuli Nyali, Lebogang Mashile, Milisuthando Bongela, Nova Masango, Panashe Chigumadzi, Pontsho Pilane and Wisaal Anderson make up the feminist collective that aims to highlight the unique issues of black women.
The collective, which includes writers, poets and feminist activists began two years ago and have a following online via Twitter and Facebook as well as through hosting events. They are currently working on a website.
The Black Feather Hideout
The BF Hideout is the latest addition to the black girl literature blogging scene having only launched two months ago. The Tzaneen writer and journalism student, Relebone Rirhandzu eAfrika, has been on a mission to find and celebrate literature by African writers.
The blog features book reviews, inspirational quotes by black authors and aims to keep readers updated with the on-goings in the African literature landscape.
1000 Black Girl Books
11-year-old Marley Dias is a young literary activist pushing for more #BlackGirlMagic in literature. The New Jersey girl Marley started her campaign #1000BlackGirlBooks, a books drive centered around black women as main characters, after reading countless books that left her feeling misunderstood.
Since the launch Marley managed to exceed her goal of 1000 diverse books and collected 1 300 to be donated to a low-resources library in Jamaica, where she’s originally from.
Marley is now able to immerse herself in stories that are more relatable, including Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson, One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia,Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson and I Love My Hair by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley.
Adventures From the bedrooms of African Women
This blog, which was started in 2009 by Ghanaian feminist Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah, is the place to go if you’re looking for stories about sex from African women.
The contributors range from professional writers to those who are not. Go here to hear tales of sex (the good and the bad kind), bad kisses, miscarriages and other adventures you can think of from the bedrooms of African women. There are also vlogs, fiction as well as information on sexuality.
Visit the blog here: adventuresfrom.com/
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