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Alpha and I have been honored to be invited to speak at various talks and conferences including those at Wharton and Harvard Business School. It’s a special thing for me to be a speaker for my alma mater at this year’s Columbia University Africa Economic Forum. It’s this Saturday, April 1. Get your tickets and come say hello.
Even at our best, it’s probably not going to be as interesting as the BWIJ Conference–a 1,500 member group of black women married to Japanese men holding their first major gathering. I imagine those sistahs have been mesmerizing their beaus through the magic of their Black hair.
What events and gatherings are you checking out? What about African Narratives would you like me to touch on at the conference?
Keep those comments and questions coming. Share your stories, comments, and suggestions with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I Was Supposed To Have Good Hair: “I was the only black girl in my grade, and at sleepovers my white friends and I would do each other’s hair and I would die inside of embarrassment as their flimsy barrettes burst under the strain of my frizz and as the brushes with ball ends would get hopelessly entangled in my coils. I hated my hair so much.” (The Establishment)
Exploring Ethiopia’s Past and Future Through Body Painting: The prevalence of decorative body painting in her images — stark whites, vibrant reds, azure blues, monochromes sometimes delicately dotted with black — are rooted in Ethiopian tradition and custom. Against a backdrop of globalization, this waning tradition is revived and celebrated as a form of a contemporary self-expression. (The NY Times)
How Diversity Branding Hurts Diversity: The mere presence of diversity policies, diversity training, and diversity awards cause white people to be less likely to believe racial discrimination exists and cause men to be less likely to believe gender discrimination exists, despite other data and evidence. (Medium)
The Emergence Of The White Troll Behind A Black Face: Black Twitter has noticed an increase in the number of white trolls creating fake Twitter accounts in order to take “revenge on Twitter” and to “create a state of chaos on twitter, among the black twitter population, by sowing distrust and suspicion, causing blacks to panic.” (NPR Code Switch)
Why Black Families Struggle to Build Wealth (The Atlantic)
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on transgender row: ‘I have nothing to apologise for’ for’ (The Guardian)
Who are the Brazilian black and indigenous women in technology? (Olabi Makerspace)
Colin Kaepernick Is To The NFL What Black People Are To America (Huffington Post)
How to Con Black Law Students: A Case Study (The NY Times)
Historical dramas ‘limit UK black actors (BBC News)
Racism entrenched in India’s pop culture, with help from Bollywood (Hindustan Times)
$4 million – $5 million
The amount Halima Aliko Dangote hopes to raise as the new board president of the Africa Center, a Harlem institution devoted to African art and policy (NY Times).
What Mckinsey estimates Africans could be spending online by 2025 (CNN).
RESOURCES AND OPPORTUNITIES
The Red Bull Amaphiko Academy is a launchpad for grassroots social entrepreneurs who are making a positive difference in their community. Over the course of 10 days, participants receive inspiration and mentorship, as well as the practical skills and tools needed to take their projects to the next level. Started in 2014, the Academy has been hosted in South Africa and Brazil; this year it will touch down in the US for the very first time, taking place August 11-20 in Baltimore, Maryland. Applications close on April 30, 2017.
Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) Scholarships reward talented students and STEM organization members with the opportunity to attend this year’s conference. Developers selected for a scholarship will receive a WWDC 2017 ticket and lodging free of charge. WWDC 2017 takes place June 5-9 in San Jose, California.