|Muslim Women Walking, Zanzibar August 2011|
For y'all that don't know, TWA means teeny weenie afro. It's so sad that she has not been rocking her natural hair for fear of discrimination on the job and I'm glad that she showed how beautiful she can be without straight hair and/ or a wig at the Oscars. I do not have a problem with Black women rocking whatever texture hair or wearing their own versus bought hair. What I'm all about is why. If you are shunning your natural hair because of some sort of societal pressure or an unchecked self hate then I have a problem. I also have issues with people thinking they are better than someone else because they have relaxed or weaved hair or when they rock dreads or a fro.
6. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigerian Finance Minister, former World Bank managing director and World Bank head hopeful
Yesterday it was confirmed that Obama's choice, Kim Yong Jim, will be the new head of the World Bank :( despite support from not only many African nations but from around the world. She is proof that women and Africans hold powerful positions and are serious contenders on the global stage.
7. Inspirational film
Listen to and be inspired by Tunisian Nadia El Fani talking about making a a controversial film that includes a scene with a restaurant serving food during Ramadan and about how Muslims need to change their own perceptions of what they are capable of and what human rights they are worthy of. She has made this film because she is a patriotic Tunisian and not to be a rabble-rouser for no apparent reason. I also just came across the fact that Luc Besson made a film about Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese activist who has been under house arrest for years and recently made history by being elected to Parliament. It's called The Lady and stars Michelle Yeoh.
8. Mark Grist's spoken word piece on loving women who read
Thank God for this, I always suspected there were more men out there with such sentiments.
9. Inspirational quotes
As always, Maya Angelou, the eternal tall drink of refreshing water has a new quote ready for me to discover and love:
"I would like to be known as an intelligent woman, a courageous woman, a loving woman, a woman who teaches by being."
"The right man will love all the things about you that the wrong man was intimidated by." Whoever said that is absolutely right :)
10. Titica, the transsexual singer in Angola
Included for the same reasons as John Meletse. A man taking on a female persona in a Catholic country. Courage is always inspiring :). You can read about Titica here.