DYNAMIC AFRICA

Set up in 2010, Dynamic Africa is diverse multi-media curated blog with a Pan-African outlook that seeks to create an expressive platform for African experiences, stories and African cultures.



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Asker Anonymous Asks:
Bleaching & relaxing aren't the same. The products/research on how to QUICKLY & easily manage our hair aren't where they should be. Relaxing for me is about low maintenance (having been natural also) Skin is not easier to manage when bleached!!
dynamicafrica dynamicafrica Said:

By ‘our hair’ I’m guessing you mean black hair, and black hair when it’s in its natural state. If so, I really am not sure why you think the ‘products/research on how to…manage our hair aren’t where they should be’. There’s a heck of a lot of info all over the internet. From blogs and vlogs, to forums, events, talks and conferences on natural hair. Granted, there are people that do not have access to this info or know of anyone in their lives where they can source necessary info pertaining to natural hair care.

Asker Anonymous Asks:
Dencia breaks my heart. But (and I'm sad to say) she has a point about we relaxing our hair. That video was just the pot calling the kettle black (excuse the pun) to be honest. The day BBC (or any global media station) has a dark woman with natural hair telling us the news is the day we can fully criticise Dencia. She is a product of her society and we are all to blame.
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Asker Anonymous Asks:
What do you think about Dencia comparing the BBC lady's relaxed hair to skin bleaching? Are they the same, is it fair to equate the two? For me, bleaching poses more of a health risk so it's not on the same level. And, altho dark skin and kinky/curl hair are considered typical signifiers of black ppls racial identity, relaxing hair doesn't seem like an attempt to erase ones race like skin bleaching-- skin color is tied more strongy to race than hair texture.
dynamicafrica dynamicafrica Said:

[wrote a longer response but a friend x’d out of it by mistake]

Whilst I agree with you that skin bleaching poses more of a health risk than relaxing one’s hair, I also see where Dencia and others who agree with her (had a twitter convo on skin bleaching a few weeks back) are coming from in the sense that these two processes are birthed from the same anti-blackness and white supremacist standards of beauty that dominate much of the world. Both involve the use of heavy and harmful chemicals that drastically alter one’s physical appearance but, apart from the risks posed, where hair relaxing is more accepted and skin bleaching is not is probably due to the fact that racism itself was structured and built on discrimination by way of one’s skin color. Hair is more of a side-effect, despite how political it is in the black community. Also, one can easily cut off one’s relaxed or or transition back into their hair’s natural state. Skin bleaching doesn’t offer that easy reversible option.

Dencia also has a point where she says that altering one’s opinion as an adult is one’s choice, fair enough, but what she’s not acknowledging in all these interviews is that whatever the real purpose of her product is (dark spots or dark skin in whatever capacity), the way in which the advertising for Whitenicious is framed has a critical history to it. It’s really no different from these:

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Her cream is just the next phase in an advertising revolution of the above series. Racism in the 21st century may not always be as blatant as it once was but subtle forms of racism do not negate its manifestation, presence and impact. Not to mention how lightening your face is a terrible way to deal with hyper-pigmentation.

Asker flowingthots Asks:
I LOVE LOVE your 'House Music Mix'! Can you tell me what songs you used?
dynamicafrica dynamicafrica Said:

Thanks so much! There’s a tracklist at the link which you can find here: www.mixcloud.com/DynamicAfrica/dynamic-africa-presents-a-house-music-mix-sultry-love-songs/

Just click ‘show tracklist’.

Asker Anonymous Asks:
I don't see why it couldn't be okay as long as it's done respectfully and not as a joke. I think you should be able to celebrate other cultures than your own without it devolving into dumb cultural appropriations and exoticism. I dont know the background and i dunno how this girl approaches this whole idea so i dont want to make any definite statement, but all im saying is it doesnt necessarily have to be wrong if she approaches it the right way. Also has she asked her sisters what they think?
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Asker Anonymous Asks:
your youtube playlist should be named "Best Nigerian& South african music videos of 2013"
dynamicafrica dynamicafrica Said:

Yes, the majority of videos are from there but from my personal point of view, those were the songs I was exposed to the most (and liked, there’s not a single song on there I don’t enjoy listening to) because, let’s face it, SA and Naija dominate the African music scene (at least in sub-Saharan Africa).

I did include diaspora based artists such as Stromae, Laura Mvula, Kwabs, Benjamin Clementine, YADi and Kae Sun.

Then there are non-SA and Naija artists like R2Bees, Tinariwen, Lizha James, Ahmed Soultan, Amadou & Mariam, Alec Lomami and Just A Band.

Feel free to send recommendations my way though!

How do I help you? Where can I transfer the money to you?
dynamicafrica dynamicafrica Said:

Hi there! Thank you so much for expressing a willingness to donate, cannot tell you how appreciative I am. There’s a paypal donate button located on the homepage of this blog, in the mid-right-handside. That’s the safest way to donate.

Thanks again!

Asker Anonymous Asks:
By not saying that the patterns is of scottish origin anywhere, people (who don't know) will assume that the pattern is of nigerian origin. And a culture claiming a pattern of another culture as their own? THAT'S cultural appropriation. Deep social connection? That's no excuse for saying that Louis Vuitton is appropriating the Ghana must go-concept. The pattern is scottish, there is no appropriation from Louis Vuitton.
dynamicafrica dynamicafrica Said:

Ok, you win. Byeee!

Asker callmedeuce Asks:
Where can I get the dobale allen & fifth tee?
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Asker Anonymous Asks:
Hi, I saw your post about Drum Magazine. Do you know where I can purchase old issues of the magazine? I'm interested in buying ones from the 50's and 60's. Thank you, Lisa
dynamicafrica dynamicafrica Said:

Hi Lisa,

Unfortunately I’m not exactly sure where you can purchase old issues of Drum. Have you tried scouring eBay? There might be the odd few available there through private sellers. Otherwise, try contact Drum magazine directly. They’re still in print and you can find them on twitter, facebook and through their official website.

Asker Anonymous Asks:
I used to follow you when I was on Tumblr back in 2010. Glad to know that ou are still keeping this blog up! Proud. I check this often. You used to have a personal tumblr and I completely forgoti ts name and your awesome and ecclectic music blog too. Good continuation.
dynamicafrica dynamicafrica Said:

Oh my word, wow. So glad to hear you still keep up with this blog, really appreciate it! Yeah, still have my personal but sadly got rid of my music blog. I still make mixes for this site though. Not the best but it keeps things interesting.

Thank you so much for sending this encouraging message!

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dynamicafrica dynamicafrica Said:

Thank you so much vorpalplatypus! Glad that you enjoy the posts I make, it’s all a pleasure.

Take care!

Asker bleudesevres Asks:
I just wanted to let you know that you run an incredible blog! you're one of my favorite tumblrs that I follow. the work you do is so important. you not only entertain but educate me and everyone else that follows you so much, it really is amazing. :) thank you so much!!!
dynamicafrica dynamicafrica Said:

Aww, thanks so much! Your message couldn’t be better timed as I’ve been feeling incredibly low over the past few days. So grateful for this!

:)

Asker Anonymous Asks:
I bought a 1975 Helmut Newton photo for Vogue, and am trying to find out where it was taken and who is in it. I don't know how to paste the image here. There is a Black (male?) model in a billowing blue outfit holding a White female model dressed in white, standing in front of baobab trees. Neither face is visible. Might you know about this photo? thank you for any information. Julie, my email is hootholler at aol.
dynamicafrica dynamicafrica Said:

sorry doesn’t ring a bell. perhaps someone else may know?