In the (re) making of South Africa’s history, the efforts of women were often left out of the dominant narrative. So we celebrate the work of three female artists whose work reclaims the female body, and, in so doing, the South African woman’s place in history
The Daily Telegraph recently posted an article by a Nigerian lawyer suggesting that skin-bleaching is OK because women do it to be more attractive, and that’s their prerogative. It’s not the first time someone has defended the practice and missed the point.
In celebration of the beauty of Afro-Brazilians, we have listed a few of Brazil’s beautiful black women.
Why are we still putting chemicals in our hair? It’s 2014, black people have supposedly shaken off the chains of mental slavery, yet when it comes to black women’s hair we have division. Reaction in Nigeria to my natural hair: ‘Is this your hair? Chineke!’
Skin-lightening/bleaching is a problem, but it’s only a sign of much deeper inter-related issues: self-hatred, a race-based identity crisis, and the internalisation of Western-created cultural ideas that are inimical to the mental health of black people.
A Nigerian friend, with whom I went to university in the UK, had tribal marks on his cheeks. I never felt comfortable enough to ask him about them but eventually the subject came up. He wasn’t proud of his traditional Yoruba markings and was tired of explaining to foreigners that they were not accidental scars.