Three Muslim pilgrims run for cover as heavy rain streams down a road in Mecca. Photograph: Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images
Mumbai, India: Rabbi Avraham Berkowitz climbs a flight of stairs during a visit to Nariman House which was the site of one of the terrorist attacks on the city a year ago. Photograph: Punit Paranjpe/Reuters
WOZA: Women Of Zimbabwe Arise is a women's activist group that leads peaceful demonstrations for regime change in Zimbabwe. Countless times they have been harassed, jailed and their demonstrations disbanded by the police. I've seen these women in the streets on Valentine's Day dressed in red and white giving out red roses to people encouraging them to build a nation of love not brutality. For anyone who thinks that this poses a threat that warrants them being jailed, they are sorely mistaken. I've seen them in court, their case being dismissed as the charges were said to be superflous and rightly so. The way in which these women have been rounded up and thrown into jail speaks volumes about the level of intolerance the Zim govt has for any voice of dissent regardless of the non-violent, non-partisan nature of a movement.
Needless to say the women honored in this video, Magodonga Mahlangu and Jenni Williams (who represents WOZA) deserve this award as token recognition for their tireless efforts to stand up and speak out.
Makorokoto, Tinotenda vanaMai veNyika, Amhlope boMama Siyabonga, Congratulations and we thank you, Mothers of the Nation.
The 2nd noisiest pub/club that kept me awake on weekends when I lived in New Cross, London, UK
Saliva churns in my stomach at the thought of today’s excursion to the School of African Studies in Russell Square. I have to return, yet again. But instead of the complicated and congested route color coded by the London Tube Map, I will take the bus. I imagine with dread, haggling, as I have before, with the random bus inspector who insists my ticket has expired, yet we both know that in bad traffic, it takes over an hour from New Cross to Holborn Station.
This thought makes me hesitant of other things too, perhaps I should not penetrate the city, and in turn, the city will not penetrate me. I will stand on its edges discovering more of me in its great libraries, but my tongue will never yield to Brit intonations forgetting my own, as though it were a rite of initiation into the 'English way of life'. The Shona stays in my tongue, reverberates in my ears shielded with double-glazing from losing its rhythm. My ears never stopped hearing its showered inflections of zvi’s and r’s wrapped and rolled in memories of home. Missing l’s in its linguistic frame, missing hot morning porridge with lemon and peanut butter slurped with my father on tall stools around the kitchen counter, I scratch off the code from the card and call my mother.
Mosi-O-A-Tunya/The Smoke That Thunders
This piece is an extract from a longer work in progress: copyright konwomyn 2009
What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry uplike a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore— And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over—like a syrupy sweet? Maybe it just sags like a heavy load. Or does it explode?
Picture by Oleg Popov from Reuters in The Guardian UK
Even though I'm vegan and all, I just had to post this, because this is Afghanistan's ONLY known pig. Khanzir lives in Kabul, Afghanistan at the Kabul Zoo and the masked zookeepers are watching it eat. I was fascinated by that they only have one known pig in the whole country. Imagine that! Or even better, a world where people did not have to commercially rear animals for food and for profit, killing Mother Earth...Imagine.
This is a poem co-written by one of my good brothers and I. He has passed on to the next life, but one night he updated his status to say he had no new poems in him and then it turned into a conversation with another friend DK about our colonial history. So I played around with his comments and made them into a poem - the first verse are all his words, I just edited out a few things to illustrate that he had the gift of rhyme naturally. Unfortunately he passed on and at the time of his passing I decided to add my voice to his poem, and this is it below:
By the great, ever-present Iskandar Langlibalele and KonWomyn
I have no new poems in me, they stole those longhorns from Uganda and Southern Africa and raised them in Texas! I have no new poems in me, no words to bury the fallen no tongues to utter foreign forms, No; The prophet Kakara-ka-Kashagama was right I have no new poems in me only revolution, only prayers, We will defeat the conquerors and restore our Motherland to unity and peace.
Fambai Zvakanka/Journey Well Brother Langa I have no new poems in me, only tears. I have no new poems in me, only memories of you; a Lion roaring of revolution and now you walk among the pride of past Lions as a Dread Warrior Sun.
Fisttap Samora Machel Kwame Nkrumah Patrice Lumumba Julius Nyerere Malcolm X Amilcar Cabral Chris Hani Steve Biko Fela Kuti, when you see them and tell them you have no new poems, no verses and no rhymes, only revolutions.
beat the drums of the past to sound the future. beat the drums and ignite in us your rhythm of revolution to play in duet with the rhythm of our own, and let's drum sky high, hard and fast united as One,
UHURU,UHURU,UHURU, for we have no new poems in us no rhyme for seasons until Mama Afrika's Children are free. Tatenda Siyabonga Asante sana for the Sun/Langa*.
"Where were you the day hiphop died? Is it too early to mourn or too late to ride?"
BEAUTIFUL BLACK JOHN
The Blogger With The Biggest Community Chest in TX - Monopoly's Got Nuthin On Him. Click on the Face.
Pick A Name, Any Name Anonymi. PLEASE Identify ThySelf
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LEADERS OF ZIMBABWE'S 1ST CHIMURENGA; NEHANDA, KAGUVI & CHAMINUKA
jacked from neoformix.com
Dancing on the Moon
SUMBODI BROK AMURRYKA, WHO, WHO, WHO?
"TOWARDS AN EVER CLOSER UNION OF EUROPEAN NATIONS"
Diamond from Botswana
Lead Singer of Bongo Maffin (SA)
'IF I COULD TEACH THE WORLD TO LIVE IN PERFECT HARMONY'
UN World Peace Pic, Words from Bone Thugs
H.I.M HAILE SELASSIE I
FROM LONDON TO HARARE
5 140 M, 8 272 km Location: Leicester Square, Lon, England. (Copyleft Kon Womyn)
When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: "Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades. Rev 1 v 17 - 18
The Black Madonna
ANTI IRAQ WAR ART
By Mike Vallen, 2003
RAIMI GBADAMOSI, VISUAL ARTIST & SCHOLAR
"I believe in a world without borders"
"..if they desist, know well that Allah is Ever-Forgiving, Most Compassionate"
MALE & FEMALE CHROMOSOMES
There are about 20-30 human intersex states known.
The current women 800m world record holder Jarmila Kratochvílová, no questions of identity asked, but she looks just as if not more 'masculine' yet Semenya is also just as feminine as she.
STANISLLAWA WALASIEWICZ (STELLA WALSH), POLAND
Winner of the 100m race at the 1932 Olympics. She was forced to return her medals after the IOC found out that she a hermaphrodite.
MARIA JOSE MARTINEZ PATINO, SPAIN
The woman who battled to prove she was a woman.
SANTHI SOUNDARARJAN, INDIA
Winner of a Silver Medal at the 2006 Asian Games who 'failed' a gender test
MARIA MUTOLA, MOZAMBIQUE
African Champion with nine international titles to her name. When she first broke onto the international scene, rumours started doing the rounds she was a man and not a woman, but there was no substance to these ridiculous claims.
SERENA WILLIAMS, USA
Tennis Champ whose name has spun the rumour mills because of her masculine appearance...Nothing but jealousy.
MARION JONES, USA
Is this a thing of beauty? One blogger suggested from the neck down Semenya and Jones look the same. Could their capabilities in strength also be somewhat similar regardless of chromosomes & sans the performance enhancers Jones took?
DERARTU TULU, ETHIOPIA
First Black African to win an Olympic Medal in Barcelona, 1992. Nawal El-Mutawakel of Morrocco was the the first African to win an Olympic Medal in 1984.
ALICE COACHMAN, USA
First Black Woman to ever compete AND win Gold at the Olympics, Berlin Games, 1936
CASTER SEMENYA WINNER OF WOMEN'S 800M IAAF GAMES 2009
FROM PRESIDENT-ELECT TO PRESIDENT
THE JOKER - THE ORIGINAL
This was originally done by an art student, Firas Khateeb before B.O was inaugerated. It was a part of a series of experimental images not as expressive of political opinion.
How To Blow Up Two Heads At Once (Ladies)
By Yinka Shonibare, 2006
THE SCRAMBLE FOR AFRICA
By Yinka Shonibare
BLACKFACE / MINSTREL FROM BAMBOOZLED
Now, this cuts DEEP!
HEATH LEDGER AS THE JOKER
FADED HIGH HOPES
OBAMA JOKER POSTER
SHEPARD FAIREY'S FAMOUS HOPE IMAGE
JAMES LILLIS "JOKE"
Style originating from Yoruba culture symbolizing the woven baskets marketwomen carry on their heads
LA VIDA HAIR SALON
The Good Hair Show
Jamelia in India
100% Human Hair indeed!
Shingi Shoniwa, Lead Singer of The Noisettes
On hair: "I keep it funky with an afro on stage so I can rock out. No way I'd have a lace-front weave like Beyonce's."
ANTM Cycle 6 repping for Nigeria
The Congolese immigrant who set herself alight in protest to Belgium's racism
Plight of the Dispossessed People
Chagos Islanders protesting outside UK Houses of Parliament '08