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Thursday, June 18, 2015

On reading colour

I read what I like. 

That said, I'm sharing links to articles about reading books by or about people of colour.

Why I’m Only Reading Books By Writers Of Color In 2015

The Author Of 'Crazy Rich Asians' Has A New Book, And This Is The Best News

25 Books by non-white authors and what surprised the reader:

Part of the lesson for me there was that “ethnic” writers don’t just write “ethnic” books about “ethnic” things. As Ben Okri argues, black writers are often “expected to write about certain things, and if they don’t they are seen as irrelevant”.
What this means is that if diverse books are only valued because they can be categorised as being different per se, they are still othered. Even if writers from diverse backgrounds might do commercially well and be critically acclaimed, they face the risk of being stereotyped for their work. Valuing a writer only for their diversity, but not their humanity or talent – that’s tokenism.




Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Random but fun links

A fashion blogger from Botswana
What dreams mean
An inspiring creative studio
#AskRachel is a black pop culture twitter response to Rachel Doezal / test yourself!
Some scoop on the home, style and creative life of actress and model Joy Byrant
I love this lady - let tidying up begin!

Have a good week!

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

A very short story

One Day
by Mutaleni Nadimi

One day the river would stop flowing. For weeks now the rain had been relentless. Beating down like bullets on the zinc roofs of the informal settlements. Beating down like drums on the school halls. Beating down like diamonds on the taxi’s windscreen. Shipanga was afraid his wife would be upset that he was late. He swerved into the right lane without indicating, instigating a roar of car horns from the traffic now behind him. He turned right at the traffic lights and took a shortcut through the the small shopping centre parking lot to get to the office block. There she was. Pissed off and gorgeous as ever. So what, she wasn’t really his wife. But for fifteen minutes every weekday morning and another fifteen every afternoon he drove her to and from work. High heels, pants suit, red lips and that lovely heap of hair. Just like the women in the ladies’ magazines. She was pissed, but at least she was pissed at him. His wife. “You’re lucky I didn’t jump into another taxi!” she throws her collapsable umbrella on the seat next to her. He watches her pretty face staring out of the window from the back. “Sorry I’m late Madam.” Interrupting him, “Don’t even start! Don’t you use your watches? You have one in your car, one on your wrist and one on your phone. What’s the point?” She takes out her phone and starts typing madly as if her life depended on it. What was the point of working on a computer all day if all you did after you left was work on your phone all evening? Didn’t her fingers tire? He smiled and inhaled the bitter beauty of her presence. One day she would afford her own car. One day he could afford a real wife. For now, it just felt good owning the moment.

Friday, June 05, 2015

Namibian books

So many good titles!

Mama Namibia and Jahohora via Wordweaver
The Namibian Princess via Queen Ndaponah Shikangala
Sam Nujoma via Yambeka Children Media

Thursday, June 04, 2015


(cartoons via The New Yorker)

 The New Yorker! 
Here's the story behind Barry Blitt's Hillary Clinton emoji cover"Seriously, how does anyone understand anything that’s written with only letters? I feel sorry for the alphabet."

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

One + One = ?

Some great advice from Babycinno on teaching girls maths positively!

Emilie says "Girls still seem to lack confidence when it comes to maths" so here are her tips on being a role model and teaching girls maths and science
Also - handy tips on teaching the multiplication tables

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

French toast

Fruit + egg + milk + cinnamon + bread = French toast

Monday, June 01, 2015

Children reading

Café, Ghent (Belgium)

(photo via @disruptia)

Children chilling

Parliament Gardens, Windhoek