Category Archives: Events

Event: The Book of Twittah

Scroll naar beneden voor de Nederlandse vertaling; de presentaties en het panel zullen in het Engels zijn.

For many of us, a carefully composed TL looks like a series of critical, poetic and/or hilarious Tweets that, as a thread or on their own, discuss the World and recommended survival tactics. Through their Twitter platforms, a number of Black and non-Black Twitterati of Colour created a visibility that resulted in publication deals with well- and lesser known publishers. The days when literature was only considered to be Literature when an established publisher took it up or when it’s read in much too monotonous ways are, fortunately, dragged to the boring side of the throwback categories. During The Book of Twittah four social media enthusiasts discuss how Black and non-Black Twitterers of Colour are Tweeting white innocence, eurocentrism and other so-called holy houses to pieces. They’ll also talk about the possibilities we can (continue to) create when we shift our ideas of acknowledgement and (continue to) value Tweets as a zone between our oral and literary traditions.

Date: Friday December 7.
Time: Doors open: 19.30h / Event starts at 20.00h/ We end at 21.45h.
Location: Perdu (Kloveniersburgwal 86, 1012 CZ Amsterdam).
Presentations by and a panel with: dr. Daphina Misiedjan, Jessica de Abreu, Simone Zeefuik, Zawdie Sandvliet and Malique Mohamud.
Organized by: Perdu and Simone Zeefuik
Click here to buy your tickets.


—– Nederlands —–
Een zorgvuldig samengestelde TL ziet er voor velen van ons uit als een reeks kritische, poëtische en/of hilarische tweets die, als draad of los, de wereld en aanbevolen overlevingstactieken bespreken. Een aantal Zwarte Twitteraars en niet-Zwarte Twitterati van Kleur creëerden via hun Twitterplatformen een zichtbaarheid die resulteerde in publicatiedeals met bekende en minder bekende uitgevers. De tijd dat literatuur pas literatuur is wanneer een gevestigde uitgeverij zich eraan waagt of wanneer het op een veel te monotone wijze wordt voorgelezen, valt inmiddels gelukkig in de throwback-categorie. Tijdens The Book of Twittah bespreken verschillende social media-liefhebbers hoe Zwarte en niet-Zwarte Twitteraars van Kleur witte onschuld, eurocentrisme en andere zogenaamd heilige huisjes tot puin schrijven + wat er gebeurt wanneer we onze ideeën over erkenning shiften en tweets als een nieuwe zone tussen orale en literaire tradities zien.

Datum: Friday December 7.
Tijd: Deuren open: 19.30u / Het event begint om 20.00u/ Einde: 21.45u.
Locatie: Perdu (Kloveniersburgwal 86, 1012 CZ Amsterdam).
Presentaties door en een panel met: dr. Daphina Misiedjan, Jessica de Abreu, Simone Zeefuik, Zawdie Sandvliet en Malique Mohamud.
Georganiseerd door: Perdu and Simone Zeefuik
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Friday Oct. 5 – Black Magic Woman event

From the best hashtags for the most needed social justice campaigns to looking like we invented every single colour, from writing books and articles about institutionalized anti-Blackness to bringing you the best Twitter threads with the deepest breakdowns and memes… we, as Black women, wrote our names all over your entire year. Life, even. Again. We are magic when taking over the theatres, universities, book charts, Youtube playlists and museums but best believe that we are equally magical when we rest, indulge in Self Care and/or say “No.” There’s magic in our work but, and this is perhaps more important, there’s work behind our magic. It’s more than ‘talent’ and ‘having a nose for it’… it’s expertise. It’s not a ‘head start in the race to be cool’, it’s a deep-rooted (self)love for that what makes us us and loving it before the mainstream catches on. We must praise each other more. Not just when they see us but long before that. Not just when what we do shows up on that generalized radar of acknowledgements. Waaay before that. At the root, from the moment we see ourselves and, but also in, each other.

With that in mind, my dear colleague Bahghi Yemane and I turned our “More celebrations!”-resolution into a program: the Black Magic Woman intro event. Black Magic Woman is an annual festival that started in 1995 and it was as great as the title predicts. The last few years it slimmed down significantly, some years not even taking place at all. It has been one of my long-time dreams to bring it back in a way that matches the memories that, with regards to events, hold a top position in the highlights of my late teens. I’m excited to report that I’ve been granted the honour of organizing the 2019-edition of the festival but that’s a lot of months from now and to hold back on celebrating Blackness… in this economy? I. Think. Not.


So, the festival-festival will take place in 2019 but on Friday October 5, we’re hosting a pre-event at Amsterdam’s Bijlmer Parktheater. There will be two panels:
Panel 1 (in Dutch) – Representation in film and fashion with panellists Grâce Ndjako, Janice Deul, Rowan Blijd and Tosca Vrede. Host: Bēylula Yosef. We’ll talk about:
– #BennieBeige, Rowan Blijd’s campaign that urged Dutch lingerie brands to rethink ‘nude’ as always being 11 shades of beige.
– #DiversityRules , Janice Deul’s platform that focuses on diversity with regards (but not limited) to magazine covers, fashion shows and advertisement.
– “Noire n’est pas mon métier” (Black is not my job), a movement where Black, French actresses protested against misogynoir and other forms of anti-Blackness in French cinema. Grâce Ndjako will give us a breakdown. The picture of above was taking during part of the protest.
– With Tosca Vrede, one of the Black Magic Girlz-coordinators we’ll talk about how all this impacts the lives and minds of Black, teenage girls.

Panel 2 (in English) – Representation in literature with panellists Sarah Ozo-Irabor (Books&Rhymes, (co-founder of Not Another Book podcast), Bēylula Yosef (co-initiator of Afrispectives) and Yomi Adegoke (co-author of Slay In Your Lane). Host: Marly Pierre-Louis.
During this panel we’ll discuss the recently released books and other bundles of stories that made us feel represented.

Wednesday, Bahghi and I will announce the third part of the program and we’ll do so on our Facebook event page. Please note that there’ll be a break between the 1st and the 2nd panel so people who don’t speak Dutch can also properly enter the room.

Basic event info
Friday October 5
Time: From 20.00h until 22.00h.
Location: Bijlmer Parktheater (address: Anton de Komplein 240, 1102 DR Amsterdam)
Tickets: €5 and you can buy them here.
Hashtag: #BlackMagicWomanFest