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Aren’t the words ‘infidel’ and ‘disbeliever’ synonyms? Living and going to school in SA, we were told that the word ‘kaffir’ essentially meant infidel or heathen, which is what a disbeliever is…or maybe not as now I’m a little bit confused. All of these words basically describe someone that either doesn’t or refuses to believe in a particular faith.
in the context of the Arabic language and Islam, ‘infidel’ is the definition that Islamophobes use. that’s why I was a little bothered by the choice of words in the original post. I’m not sure about SA, but the word kaffir means more than disbeliever. it’s not just someone who has a different opinion, it’s a person who knows something is the truth but still denies it and dedicates their life to stunting the advancement of that truth. it even comes from the root word ‘kufr’ which means ‘to cover or conceal’. so while it might mean one thing in the context of SA, it means something completely different when it comes to Arabic and Islam. you feel me?
I hear you on the Islmaphobes perspective but I think that sort of thing is also in relation to the society or community that you grew up in. I actually first heard that word, along with term ‘heathen’, used in Christian settings (through church and later readings in theology during my undergrad years) and have always thought it applicable to both faiths, if not others too. But you first stated that it meant disbeliever and now you’re saying it’s more than that? By definition a disbeliever is someone who refuses to believe something or rejects it, the same is applicable to an infidel and heathen. I think a lot of what we’re saying is simply semantics. Interesting nonetheless.
ETA: I’ll refrain from using infidel next time. What should I use in place?
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.
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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:
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.
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’.
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!
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Ok, you win. Byeee!
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.
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!
Thank you so much vorpalplatypus! Glad that you enjoy the posts I make, it’s all a pleasure.
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!