It is officially Dezember, which means my phone will be off, I will only be wearing pjs and my face will be covered in popcorn, ready to binge watch some movies. This year I am going to make an extra effort to watch films by and about women of colour. I’ll be checking out B for Boy by Nigerian filmmaker Chika Anadu, Alma’s Rainbow by Ayoka Chenzira and of course what would the holidays be without Gina Prince-Bythwood’s classic, Love & Baskteball.
Reading – This article by Shanita Hubbard about why black womxn can’t say #MeToo. Shanita writes honestly about the silence from the community when it comes to black womxn and sexual assault.
“How can these women who live at the proverbial intersection of race and sexism, who grew up crossing that corner, ever be a part of the national #MeToo conversation when they can’t be heard in their own community? The intersection of race, class, sexism and power is dangerous, and the most vulnerable women among us must navigate it alone. They are terrorized, then expected to fight for those who terrorized them because a seemingly greater predator is at large. Their faces will never grace the cover of Time magazine, and in some cases their silence will never be broken, if they hold the same false notions of power and victimhood that I once clung to when the cognitive dissonance became too strong.”
Okay, okay, so maybe I won’t be physically attending Afropunk myself, but I am literally the only person not going. Anyone and everyone is hella excited for the global festival to hit SA shores, and with a headliners like Solange and Laura Mvula, I am not surprised. There’s also a string of talented South African artists who will be taking to the stage during the Afropunk weekend, so I recommend everyone check them out and support home grown talent! In the mean time, you can all hype yourselves up by listening to Subterranean Wavelength’s latest project. A 10-track compilation that gathers together a collective of female artists from across South Africa, Tides slays with a lil something for all your musical tastes!