Today, I have a better understanding of the relations between Africans and African-Americans. I respect their experiences and deeply hope that they respect mine as well. My acceptance of being ‘black in America’ comes from the understanding that despite our different experiences, we are all battling the same systems of oppression, and that Africa is the birthplace of the different cultures existing within the African Diaspora.
I think more Africans need to learn more about African-American culture. I always say that if it had not been for their protests and revolution, first generation Africans would have an entirely different existence in America. In reciprocity, I think what Africans need from African-Americans is an acceptance of our experiences – neither a mockery of them nor alienation.
There are differences, but these differences are only as poignant as we make them, and in many ways, they’re what show the strength of our African ancestors, the power behind our cultures and the everlasting legacy of the Diaspora spread all across the world"
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This week, we meet Noor Inayat Khan, one of the bravest women to ever live. She was a British secret agent during World War 2, working as a radio operator in occupied Paris. In fact, working as the ONLY radio operator in occupied Paris. The average lifespan for that job was 6 weeks, and she lasted almost 5 months. She escaped the Gestapo numerous times, and went out fighting. All this, even though everything about her work went against her basic pacifist nature. Read on for more about this phenomenal human being.
It should be added taht her father was Inayat Khan, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inayat_Khan
It is not about who pays for the date. It is not about who moves the couch. It is not about who kills the bugs. It is not about who cooks the dinner. It’s not even about who stays home with the kids, as long as the decision was made together, after thinking carefully about your situation and coming to an agreement that makes sense for your particular marriage and family.
It is about making sure that nobody ever has to do anything by “default” because of their gender. The stronger person should move the couch. The person who enjoys cooking more, has more time for it, and/or is better at it should do the cooking. Sometimes the stronger person is male, sometimes not. Sometimes the person who is best suited for cooking is female, sometimes not. You should do what works.
But it is also about letting people know that it is okay to change. If you’re a woman who wants to become stronger, that’s great. If you’re a man who wants to learn how to cook, that’s also great. You might start out with a relationship where the guy opens all the jars and the girl cooks all the meals, but you might find that you want to try something else. So try it."