Ain't I A Woman Collective

Centring the Voices of Women with African Ancestry

Tag black feminism

Opinion: I Cut My Hair and Said “Bye Felicia” to Toxic Beauty Ideals

By Yovanka Perdigao   I cut my hair, like really short, just about a month ago. “Why is this noteworthy of an article,” you may think?   Well, my family hails from many places, including São Tomé and Príncipe, Cape Verde, and Guinea Bissau, all ex-colonies of Portugal. Most of my family currently live in Lisbon, and it was in that city that I came to understand what ‘blackness’, ‘whiteness’, ‘racism’ and

Continue reading…

Visual: How to Unlearn History

From awkward school encounters to offensive questions, our founder and editor Ella Achola often finds herself at the intersections of identity, and shared her big idea for bringing ourselves into the stories we tell at the last TEDxCoventGardenWomen conference at the Museum of London on 30 May 2015.   About the speaker: Born in Berlin, Ella identifies as Afro-German, discovering a history she only recently stumbled upon. She writes and

Continue reading…

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

Continue reading…

Black Feminist Spotlight: MAY AYIM

An Ain’t I A Woman Collective series to highlight the herstories of different black feminists around the world   “i will be African even if you want me to be german and i will be german even if my blackness does not suit you” –May Ayim   Inspired by Audre Lorde, May Ayim was one of the first Afro-Germans to start a conversation about what it meant to be black

Continue reading…

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. 

Continue reading…