Ain't I A Woman Collective

Centring the Voices of Women with African Ancestry

March 2015

Opinion: Playing Our Part: On Audre Lorde and the Trouble with Silence

By Yossie Paul   In recent times, I have come to learn that my writing is informed by two aspects of my life: my womanhood and my Blackness (African-ness, if you will). These things inform both my writing and my reading. I only began to understand this in the year gone by: my literary records were rather colourful and womanly – authentically womanly. I discovered new things about myself and

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Poetry: On a Side Note: The Colour Complex  

By Kholofelo Setlatjile   Black women set themselves back in the battle when they drew a colour line amongst themselves, argued which shade is better. Asked in lowered tones, “am i prettier/smarter if I’m on the lighter side of this spectrum or if the contrast draws me closer to the edge of midnight?” We soak up labels like they are prizes and worth something: team yellow-bone… team-dark skinned. Such sadness really…because

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Interview with Ruth Sutoyé

Our editor Ella Achola speaks with poet Ruth Sutoyé about feminism, faith and what it means to be British-Nigerian in different countries and academia.   Ella: Who is Ruth Sutoyé? Ruth: I’m British-Nigerian, raised in East London by my very Nigerian mother so I’m very much in tune with my heritage. I’m a poet/writer and I’m currently in the process of collating my first chapbook of poetry to be released

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Visual: Women on Sex

Trigger Warning: Sexual violence   Thoughts and opinions of a range of African women on sex. The aim of the show is to inspire debate that challenges perceived norms & attitudes towards sex, led by African women who have traditionally been dismissed as “voiceless” by pop culture. Here’s to women, here’s to sex. Join the conversation @WomenOnSex!   Image: Courtesy of Mmabatho Montsho   About the film maker: Mmabatho is a

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Opinion: On International Women’s Day, Black Lesbians and the Urgent Need for Black-Led Spaces

By Nonkululeko Anicia Khumalo On the 8th of March 2015, the world commemorated International Women’s Day and it was on the 13th of March 2015, when the Thabo Mbeki Foundation hosted an event to engage with the issues that are faced by women in South Africa’s society.

Event: Black Diaspora Feminism(s) – Audre Lorde and the Emergence of Black Feminism in Germany

Date: 24 April 2015     Time: 6:30 PM Finishes: 24 April 2015     Time: 9:00 PM Venue: SOAS, Russell Square: Khalili Lecture Theatre Type of Event: Film Screening of Audre Lorde: The Berlin Years followed by a panel discussion with film maker and friend of Audre Lorde Dr. Dagmar Schultz, Dr. Marion Kraft who is featured in the film, and Ella Achola, founder and editor of the Ain’t I a Woman Collective. 

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Event: Ain’t I A Woman Collective Launch

We are officially launching! Join us at Housman’s radical booksellers for a night of spoken word and music, raffle and drinks!   Confirmed acts: ASABI HAWAH (HOST) Asabi hails from the east end of London and splits her time between singing vocals in the 12 piece Afro-Latin Funk band 7Suns, the acoustic Hip-Hop/Reggae band You&Me and her solo material. Having been moved by the emotions in music she grew up

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Poetry: Woman/ Ain’t I

By Siana Bangura; commissioned for the Ain’t I A Woman Collective launch   I am woman Ain’t I? A black woman And you will hear my cry Today is the day you will see me Larger than life Bigger than I have ever been before My voice is loud My eyes are wide And I am fearful no more I bit off my shackles and my chains with my bare teeth And then

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By Nadine Robinson   As the firm edges invade my area Eyes rolling back in ecstasy Sensual touch of the ridges entice indescribable stimulation. Oils running down my skin Gliding gracefully through my thick strands Coating each one with its warmth and desires. Fingers tips gently massaging the moistness into places I never discovered Curves, turns, twists all independently standing to attention The army of liberation and empowerment encouraging others

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Fiction: Lovers

By Yovanka Perdigao   She had fallen in love with the professor. Suave gentleman known through campus for his impeccable manners and style. He was everything she had expected in a man. He was a true connoisseur of Jazz, spent considerable time drinking coffee whilst reading Chinua Achebe poems, and carried neatly  folded handkerchiefs in the back of his pockets. He was a complex man, sometimes arrogant and egocentric, and

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