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Women: The Significance of African History
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Education and Self Development

Lecture given by Leslie at the Princess Town Senior Comprehensive School, Trinidad and Tobago on Wednesday 1st November, 2006.

Posted: November 08, 2006


Good morning principal, teachers, other members of staff and students, I was asked to address you on the importance of African history and the relevance that this subject has on your lives. I only have a few minutes to address you so I would be brief. Before I do so, I would like to state that this address is not only for the students of this school but for the teachers and other members of staff as well who could benefit from what I have to say. I would also like to take this time to recommend a few websites that you can access a plethora of information on the subject matter and other issues relevant to us as young men and women. They are: AfricaSpeaks.com, RastafariSpeaks.com and HowComYouCom.com. You can also view websites such as TriniView.com, TriniCenter.com and TriniSoca.com for information about Trinidad and Tobago. I would repeat the names of these websites at the end of the discussion.

(Read More... | Women | Score: 4.55)

African Diaspora: The Color Divide
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by Julie Masiga

KENYA

Just recently, the Ministry of Health announced a ban on smoking in public places, including among others, residential areas. Ignoring the contradiction, I do believe it's about time somebody regulated another area of public nuisance in the residential domain. Television commercials. And one genre of TV ad in particular, the kind that promises to 'restore the vibrant color of youth.' One commercial suggests that one way to brighten up your day is to lighten up your skin. Another claims that a certain skin-bleaching product has now been infused with Ayurvedic herbs, as if to say that ancient Indian medicine somehow places a stamp of approval on light as opposed to dark skin. As far as I know, the enlightenment sought by Asian gurus was a process of the mind not the pigment. Nevertheless, if we take our cue from the blatant advertisement of skin-bleaching products on the local market, we find that we live in a black African society that places a premium on light skin. Never mind that in 2001, the Kenya Bureau of Standards announced a Product Ban via a Public Notice that outlawed the sale of cosmetics that have a bleaching effect on skin. Anyone selling the banned products should face prosecution as prescribed under the Standards Act. The banned cosmetics, including among several others, Palmer's Skin Success Fade Cream, Cleartone, Venus, Black Opal and Clere, contained mercury, hydroquinone, oxidizing agents or hormonal preparations. These substances have been found to cause damage to the mouth, kidney, liver and even the brain. Ultimately, prolonged use can lead to death. However, a cursory glance at several supermarket shelves in the city revealed that all the products mentioned here are back on sale. Indeed, a few new members have joined the flock, for example, Naturally Fair, a product that lightens the skin through an 'oxygenation action', Fair & Lovely, which contains the ominous sounding 'titanium dioxide' and Fairever, which comes branded with a 'no hydroquinone, no mercury' label, presumably to boost consumer confidence in the bleaching industry. Obviously, the business is back with a bang. Not surprising, given that it is a multi-billion dollar industry that crosses continental divides.

(Read More... | African Diaspora | Score: 4.92)

Women: The Right to Exclusiveness
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by Sis Traci

It is generally accepted by most people that the women have been downpressed in many parts of the world through various patriarchal social systems. Patriarchal social systems keep womb-man in sub-equal roles by limiting the educational, economic, and legal freedoms of women. Although legal inequalities are often erased, strong patriarchal cultural and social conditions continue to limit the opportunities of women and serve oppressive patriarchal social systems. Throughout the world, women work harder for less pay and recognition, are more subject to mental, emotional and physical abuse, and are less likely to have recourse to justice when abuse occurs.

(Read More... | Women | Score: 4.53)

Women: Re: What do you think about multiracial children?
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Taken from Africa Speaks Reasoning Forum
The thread for this reasoning is linked here


Posted by Erzulie
February 01, 2005

I think that there is absolutely nothing problematic about a Black person, and more particularly a Black woman, asserting that she understands this current fixation on multiculturalism to be a false and dangerous paradigm. Black women and our perspectives are often silenced, excluded and abandoned when people start talking about the wonders of multiculturalism. More importantly, Black women who understand biracial progeny involving those of African descent as most often existing in relation to the projected demise of Black women's dignity, beauty and voice as the white supremacist aesthetics and values are still entrenched in the minds of many people globally, should not be demonized especially in Black safe places such as this.

(Read More... | Women | Score: 4.63)

Women: Real Beauty
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PoeticEmpress writes

Beauty these days to others is not what I know or believe it as; others have changed beauty to putting on layers of makeup and all these beauty pageants and competitions which I see as mentally and at times physically degrading to a woman.

If you are a woman and proud of how you look and like the way you are, you shouldn't have to enter these competitions, you should have enough self-esteem inside to tell yourself I am beautiful. Why must you go parade your body in the skimpiest outfits for the world to say to you that you are beautiful and carry around a title for just a year when you can just be contented with how you were made and be happy with it.

(Read More... | Women | Score: 4.8)

Women: Beautiful Woman
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By Leslie
June 06, 2004

Today's society is indeed a complex one. We have witnessed the rapid advance of computer technology and significant contributions in other scientific fields. We have also observed the ever-changing standards of beauty. Imagine the new phenomena: white women with caramel coloured skins, Afrikan women with straight hair, people looking decades younger than their actual age… Strange things have definitely occurred within recent times. Why then are people in the West so critical of other traditions concerning aesthetics? Some view body mutations and mutilations as taboo. But aren't we here in the West guilty of the same?

(Read More... | Women | Score: 4.37)

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