Ain't I A Woman Collective

Centring the Voices of Women with African Ancestry

May 2015

Poetry: Time’s Weight

By Ashanti Marshall   patience isn’t a late bloomer in this hour saturated past yen. don’t be afraid. explore to my stardust’s end. stay for the resurrection before dawn and between day’s break. such a precocious silver of life for days don’t talk and touch but still taste of the familiar h/ours.   Image: Bob Miller   About the writer Ashanti Marshall is an artistically vulgar, 20-something poet. Filed under

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Interview with Feminista Jones: Part 2

In part two this interview our events coordinator Prisca Vungbo speaks with black feminist Feminista Jones about self-preservation, social media and the advice she would give to her younger self. Missed part 1? Read it here!   Prisca: You stated that you have “decades of experience.” So with regards to this statement could you share with us some insight into your personal journey to feminism, and whether you get tired? Because it can

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Interview with Feminista Jones: Part 1

In part one this interview our events coordinator Prisca Vungbo speaks with black feminist Feminista Jones about her activism, harassment and diaspora feminisms. “Just email her!” The women of AIAWC drummed into my ears as I nervously hovered over the send button, reminding myself that my introversion would need to be put aside for this kind of task. “Sent.” There was no turning back now… [I google ‘how to evolve into an ambivert]. The response

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Opinion: “We Are Better, Together”: The Importance of Black Sisterhood

By Lydia Naomi Rose   Recently, I had a conversation with a young black man of 19 years old. I have known him since he was a child and after years of not seeing him, it was great to see how much he had grown up. We discussed a wide array of issues including alternative education for young Black British students and his future career endeavours. Eventually, the conversation took a

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Opinion: Colourism: Lightskin vs. Darkskin

By Catherine Semugabi   I once thought that there was no difference between a white woman tanning and a darkskin woman bleaching her skin. I was aware that one was more permanent than the other but I assumed both were for aesthetic reasons. I couldn’t understand why one was condemned and considered so taboo. It wasn’t until I realised that the reasons behind a darkskin woman bleaching were far from

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Book Review: Against Secrecy and Silence: Thinking Feminist, Thinking Black

By Yossie Paul   “There is much which we–black people–must speak about, much that is private that must be openly shared, if we are to heal our wounds,” bell hooks declared, in 1989, in the introductory chapter to her book Talking Back: Thinking Feminist, Thinking Black. I finished reading this book a week before the end of March and it was my intention to write a review for it. Only

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