Black Folks Zine – Edition 1: Call for submissions

BlitzIn the Spring of 2018, Marly Pierre-Louis (co-founder of the Amsterdam Black Women group, writer and my dear Sister) and I will release the first edition of our zine. Black Folks Zine is absolutely a work title but let there be no mistake: the writings, illustrations and photography will be about, made by and catering to the Black communities in the Netherlands.

New deadline: February 28, 2018.
Please send your piece(s) to:

Call for submissions
“The last 10 years have been a rollercoaster with new highs, squeaky bolts and loose belts. There were new waves that (re)claimed our spaces and floods of violence questioning, sometimes even challenging our humanity. The realities – joys, sorrows and everything in between) of being Black in the Netherlands need and deserve to be told.

We’re putting together a zine and want you in it! f you’d like to share your writing, drawings, poetry, essays, comics, interviews, or photographs about your experiences this call is for you.”
Click here for our list of topics (written in both English and Dutch).

The gif is taken from Blitz The Ambassador’s video Shine. It is, truly, a mood.


Fri. August 18, Rotterdam – Daughters of the Dust (screening and panel)

Peggy Gemerts, founder of Full Color Entertainment, asked me to co-host a series of conversations about and inspired by Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust. For the panel at Eye I invited Patricia Kaersenhout and Lynnée Denise; in Bijlmer Parktheater Gloria Holwerda-Williams, Ola Hassanain, Tracian Meikle, Marly Pierre-Louis and Alida Aurora graced the stage. Part 3/3 of this series will be co-organized with Concrete Blossom and takes place at LantarenVenster on Friday August 18. For this event Mahutin Awunou, Fatima al Nuur, Dana Saxon, Chandra Frank and Bouba Dola will join us. The conversation in Rotterdam will be moderated by Malique Mohamud and me.

19:00h – Introduction by Dana Saxon and Bouba Dola.
19:15h – Screening Daughters of the Dust.
21:15h – Panel with Mahutin Awunou, Fatima al Nuur and Chandra Frank. The conversation will be in Dutch.
22:30h – End of the evening. Indeed, leaving plenty of time to catch all your busses, trams, metro’s, etc.

The panel
After the screening, we’ll move to the foyer of LantarenVenster where our panel will discuss the movie and what it showed them with regards to resistance, alliances, intergenerational conversations, ancestral memories, archives + current conversations about belonging, ownership and migration.

Click here to buy a ticket.
That friend you sometimes hang out with…the one who tries to convert you to colourblindness, dismisses intersectionality, thinks oppression is a matter of sensitivity and believes representation doesn’t matter because there’s only one race and that’s the human race? Tell them we’re sold out.