London’s Black Feminists group on Twitter, blogging

// 26 January 2011

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blackfeministnetworkbanner.jpgThe London-based group Black Feminists has launched a blog and is also newly on Twitter and Facebook.

Black Feminists is a new group which meets regularly in London. They explain:

This is a group for women who are ‘black’ in the political sense i.e. all African, Asian, bi racial, indigenous, Middle Eastern and Latin American women/ women with the above heritage or background. This includes trans women. It was set up to provide a safe space to discuss the issues that affect us

Only two posts are up on the blog so far, but this includes Yula Burin’s ‘Why I Need Black Feminism. I recommend reading the whole thing, but here’s an excerpt:

To be a Black feminist means being engaged in creativity of the deepest kind, because the project we are advocating and acting on has the capacity to change the world as we know it. Black feminism teaches me that Black women have to be the architects of our liberation. As a group, Black women have a lot of creative energy at our disposal – the world makes use of our creativity but we do not receive the respect, recognition and rewards we deserve. So, the development of Black feminist thought is an arena where we put our concerns dead centre, and it is also where we can begin the process of valuing ourselves and our experiences. We can give each other the support we need to resist our multiple oppressions and to establish structures and organisations that meet our needs.

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Lukela Aimmado // Posted 16 April 2011 at 9:14 pm

I’ve just finished a great novel by a UK black queer feminist, Olukemi Amala called Under an Emerald Sky. It tells the story of two black girls growing up in suburban britain and their struggles for self identity. It tackles many themes relevant to oppression and power in accessible language. It is a magic realist novel and is far reaching in scope and range. It is humourous and at times left me speechless with it soaring imagery and sensory detail. This novel will attract all feminists particularly black feminists and is a must read. Maybe it can be reviewed and discussed on the fword?

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