Embracing the angry. Black. Woman.

Before I start, I want to mention that I am an Afrikan woman living in the United States. However, upon my arrival, I quickly learned that there is an identity that was manufactured for people like me. It did not matter that I was not African American or that I was Afrikan, I became Black. …

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Candles and therapy

My sisters and I... We... Walk and talk soft. Like the light.. Of..of... Of a candle. So gentle... So fragile... So pure... So calm... Look closer, come closer Touch our flame... Feel our bond... Wrap your arms, Around our warmth of our sisterhood... Fire! A fire waiting to burst Out like fireworks So Beautiful,  So …

Rwandan workforce: The culture and double standards of internships in Rwanda.

"It is a privilege to study in the U.S." I have said this before but maybe I should put more emphasis saying that we are socialized to believe that education in the U.S. is the best education one can acquire. Ministers, deputies, ambassadors and other important people in our country have in some way studied …

Unlearning lessons of injustice: The conscious decision of spelling AfriKa with a “K”

From birth, my parents wished and bestowed upon me blessings of wealth and prosperity through my name.  I am Giramata.  Born and raised in the land of a thousand hills, Rwanda- the heart of the fertile soils of Afrika.  When I was younger, for every holiday I packed my bags ready to leave my luxurious …

My children will NOT be lied to: Why I decided to give ALL my children female Afrikan warrior names.

When I took my first women studies course, my LIFE CHANGED drastically. Besides the obvious fact that you learn about women’s oppression, intersectionality and ways to bring about change, I owe my renewed strong love for Afrikan women to this course. Towards the end of the course, for our final project we were supposed to …