By Usisipho Batyi
As an African woman blogger I am very much inspired by the work of many African female bloggers. As I browsed through word press I found amazing blogs that inspired my process of starting this blog. Here are my top six blogs that I believe will inspire African women discourses in all spheres.
Madam Noire is a well-known website for black women with more than 4 million unique visitors per month. It contains daily blog posts of smart, inspirational, stylish and powerful black women. The site’s seeks to empower millennial women of colour with engaging content that covers everything from health, fashion and beauty to career, parenting, entertainment and breaking news .I read a post on black business thriving the blog seeks to empower black women to go out there and own their businesses. I love the versatility in the kind of topics the blog covers it has a wide range of topics such as love, beauty, fashion and business. It truly empowers every aspect of the lives of black women.
Here is the post: Black business Black Business
The blog Ivory Aria is a contemporary African woman empowerment platform that serves to inspire African women through their own stories. They aim to share their own personal experiences and unique stories as it relates to the African woman to build a sisterhood and positively impact the global African community at large. Through rich online content and events, they seek to create an empowered group of women for the next generation. I believe most of their posts are recreating the way African women are portrayed. They are dismantling all stigmas and biases that are directed towards African women in our society. Since the blog is made by African women that live overseas they are fully committed to alleviate the standard of the values upheld by our African diaspora community. Trying to keep their African identity away from home is a pivotal part of this blog. Apart from the fact that it is African woman blog I was drawn by the way they elevate the standards of African values that are upheld in the African diaspora. They deliver real and authentic content as it relates to our community.
Here is a blog post from them: Black Mothers
MOTHER TEACH RESIST
This blog is aims to equip and support black mothers. As I was browsing through it and I was reading some of the post I was intrigued by its rawness. I love that it brings you so close to home and you getting that reliability feeling. The blog is owned by an African-American woman who really believe in the success of lack mothers that they should rise above their circumstances and live their dreams. She embarks on a journey of equal opportunity. The blog has such a positive energy that it exudes and I love its simplistic approach to blogging. It is good to see black woman not being looked at negatively but are rather seen as graceful and simple woman as they are.
Here is the link to the blog:Note to Self
BLACK WOMEN CRY
The blog called Black Women Cry brings awareness to mental health issues within the Black community, as well as to provide a space for Black Women to find validation in their experiences. Representation is important, and this blog is intentionally meant to provide that to Black women of all intersections (LGBTQ, Social Economic Status, Ages, Lifestyles, etc.). The blog has a page that’s states a quote by Malcolm X:
The most disrespected person in America is the black woman.
The most unprotected person in America is the black woman.
The most neglected person in America is the black woman.”
There is such a great portrayal of black women as strong women who can take anything that is thrown to them. I grew up hating that black women were always celebrated for their toughness as if they were robots that are never affected. Many hide under the toughness facade because they are too broken to uncover their wounds. Black women go through so much hate, abuse, discrimination, lose, hardships and yet they remain strong because society expects them to. I love how it is raising mental awareness among black women so that they don’t ever feel like they are alone.
Here is one of their posts:Internalizing self love
African Women In Leadership
The blog motto is “Bridging the gap of narratives about African Women in leadership” this encompasses its mission which is to tell stories of successful black women. The blog celebrates the achievement of black women in all spectrum’s of leadership. There is a blog that commemorates Julia Sebutinde’s story as the first African female Judge in the International Court of Justice. I am greatly inspired by the depiction of an intelligent, well-informed, articulate, no-nonsense and a very good orator who is an African woman. This blog post taught me that I should not be afraid to speak up and tell the truth, even if it makes people uncomfortable to hear it. I think its focus is more of Liberal African feminism bases its discourse on domestic gender roles, gender gaps and equality in work spaces liberal feminism everywhere in the world has pushed onto the agenda. This strand of African female empowerment has made great strides in mainstreaming different African woman gender roles as oppose to the norms. The blog brings empowerment to African woman how desire to make it against all odds.
Here is one of their post:First African woman judge
SAVVY and SASSY
Savvy and Sassy is blog by South African feminist,poet and writer Cheptoo Morei. She works to uplift a young audience of black South African women through her deep poetry and art. She is a social activist and works to empower young women to love themselves and not succumb to the standards upheld by the Western society by embracing their culture. In one of her poems called African women there is a line that goes like this,”She carries the weight of the continent on her back,and still holds her head up high”. Her work brings you to a place of peace and serenity.
Here is a link to her poem: African Woman poem