Dear Weight Police.

By Zerida Mponye I was having breakfast at Cafe Javas the other day when I saw the most beautiful woman. She was seated right in front of me, slightly to the right so I had a really clear visual. I noticed, while I picked at my underwhelming red velvet cake, that she was eating something […]

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Your Black Is Beautiful

By Joan Semanda.   “Black skin is not a badge of shame, but rather a glorious symbol of national greatness” – Marcus Garvey This post is inspired by my thoughts to my future daughter. Your black is heart wrenchingly beautiful. You were made this way, and born with your skin colour for a reason. Don’t […]

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Celebrating Black Queens

By Vivienne Amijee Do good and the universe will return you the favour in due time. For a long time, black women, especially those in Africa, have been known to only bear children and tend to their homes; this has gradually changed over the decades. We have been able to lead in school/academics, work and other […]

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ToyiToyi Toys: Finding Beauty In Darker Dolls

Jennifer Blaine, the young founder and entrepreneur behind the startup company ToyiToyi Toys, which designs and manufactures a range of darker skinned dolls in South Africa, spoke with ElleAfrique about how the shortage of black representation in the worldwide toy market inspired her to start her company. For her, the idea came about while reading […]

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Colorism: The Light Skin Paradox

Article by Fatoumanta B. Diallo I recently watched some excerpts from “Light Girls”, a documentary on the Oprah Winfrey Network about the colorism that exists among African-Americans in the United States. This time, though, it was presented from the perspective of light skinned women and girls who face criticism and discrimination from members of the Black […]

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Don’t Laugh At My Shaved Head! – Part One

By Diana Awino The year was 2012. A youthful Diana, fresh from graduation, packed her bags and was on the next bus to Northern Uganda to practice the career that she had taken slightly over two decades to build.  Northern Uganda, though in recovery, still exhibited ghosts of the 20-year long Lord Resistance Army war. Poverty […]

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African Women to Watch on Bloomberg TV Africa

This is not a new list made by Forbes, keep calm and breathe! Rather, it is a very interesting monthly show on Bloomberg TV Africa. If you are in the Banking industry, you know all about Bloomberg, which is a privately held financial software, data and media company headquartered in New York City. Michael Bloomberg, who […]

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Weighing Scale Woes

By Elma Asio I have my own long story about my own journey up and down the weighing scales. I’m quite certain most women do too. My greatest issues with weight began when I was a teenager. All my friends were much smaller than I was and those who were big as I, seemed to […]

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