The Afropolitan Today — Culture

ABC: American Born Chinese

Posted by Beverly Lwenya on

I saw this on NPR and thought it had a very powerful visual message. Its a graphic novel by Gene Luen Yang, called American Born Chinese and it recently won the National Book Award. Its a powerful journey through the life of a second generation immigrant Chinese boy in his predominately white  suburban upbringing. I think the issues raised here are perhaps quite similar to that of many first and second generation African immigrants. It reminds me of my own experience in school in England where I was the only black girl in my class, until an African boy from...

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An Afropolitan Tale

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Here's an interesting life story on Mimi Magazine about Vanessa Mutota's experience moving back home to Namibia after living in England.

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Rosie the Riveter

Posted by Beverly Lwenya on

                 (We Can Do It Too!!)   The one on the left is the famous Rosie the Riveter icon that encouraged women to leave home and work during WWII when many had husbands fighting overseas. by J. Howard Howard Miller 1942 The second is a newly published image of an African American Rosie, from the US Library of Congress through Flickr (everyone is on here now?) of a real life "Rosie the Riveter". I love it. I love them both. by Alfred T. Palmer 1943  

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The Malawian Connection

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So I just realized that my post about Malawi and my post about William Kamkwamba are both about Malawi, coincidentally. Herein lies my point about perceptions about Africa.  Which story garners international headlines? Madonna adopts a baby orphan from Malawi, not, the boy genius of one of the poorest countries in the world.  Thus you have a country, Malawi, which becomes known more for its poverty and orphans, than any kind of ingenuity or creativity. There are over one million orphans in Malawi, but William's story shows that these kids have the potential to be future "Williams", and not just...

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Madonna's Malawi

Posted by Beverly Lwenya on

Yes, according to Vanity Fair Africa issue, Madonna now owns the entire country of Malawi. Not to mention her paternalistically titled foundation "Raising Malawi".  It's interesting that she spends $10,000/ month on Kabbalah water.  I think I'm being too harsh and judgmental, but it just rubs me the wrong way! Maybe I'm just to sensitive? What do you think about this? read more 

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