Shades of Black
As African communities, diversity is something we cannot deny. On so many different levels we differ. Yet still, we share a strong common identity. This month, our discussions will be centered on the theme “Shades of Black”; a three-worded-phrase so pregnant with thoughts and ideas. Let this month be no different, as always, join us with your opinions on all our social channels.
We’ll touch on issues that have been under-discussed like Colorism in African communities on the continent and in the diaspora. Face it, there are glaring differences in our skin tones and someway somehow this affects how we feel. The Rise Africa team is passionate about rescinding all prejudices on African societies. We’ll be sharing stories and experiences with color and how the different shades of colors, races and identities pleasantly co-exist. This is prevalent in the diaspora and especially in countries where colonization left its footprints strong; where Black, “Albino”, Arab, Indian and white Africans live together.
November’s theme captures the entire essence of Rise Africa: changing perceptions about the African identity. We all hold different ideas and have our own ways of doing things, stretching from politics to religion and prejudice often shows its face strongly. We may be treated unfairly or forced to feel out of place because of these differences and that’s what “Shades of Black” is about; emphasizing the presence of a salad of voices, thoughts & lifestyles and the need to remain comfortable, regardless of where you find yourself on the spectrum. This won’t be possible without your involvement.
Our goal is to build a community of Africans who have the confidence to speak and the awareness to engage in productive conversation with one another about the shared and unique lives we live as Africans and members of the African diaspora.
As always, we value your participation. Share your experiences on colorism and the spectrum of viewpoints with the entire Rise Africa community. If you or someone you know would be interested in participating in this series, we encourage you to contribute. Just e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Click to access all articles under our November 2012 theme “Shades of Black”. Thanks to all who participated in October’s theme and we hope that you all enjoy our work this month.
We’ll be looking forward to providing personal, educational, and stimulating posts for you all this month. Stay tuned!
Last month we said you were Legendary and we meant it; we still do. Have a superb month!