Black Looks began in June 2004 and ended in August 2014
You can still follow my work including my photography portfolio at sokariekine.me
Thanks to all who have contributed to Black Looks over the many years.
Sokari Ekine, founder and editor
Formal : Sokari Ekine is a visual scholar / activist, writer, educator and former FE lecturer in East London. She holds a BSc in New Technology and MA in Rights in Education from University of London, Institute of Education. In 2004 Sokari started the blog “Black Looks: 1” which ran for 10 years and includes an archive of African LGBTIQGNC commentary and reporting. For 9 years she wrote for Pambakzuka News as a weekly columnist and in 2007 as online editor. She has also published for various international blogs, academic journals and newsletters and is co-editor of African Awakenings with Firoze Manji and Queer African Reader with Hakima Abbas. In 2013 she received an International Reporting Fellowship from John Hopkins to report on health care in Haiti during which time she began her photographic projects.
Her writing and photography seeks to counter narratives of white hegemonic constructions of Blackness and place these within an historical and contemporary geo-political context.
Photography:- Haitian Vodou: A Visual Narrative
Contributors from the past :
is a Nigerian writer and transgender activist based in London.
is a Guyanese feminist, writer, activist and one of the founders of the Occupy Guyana [GT] movement.
is an international actor in film, stage and TV, writer and poet. 2009-2010 Florence Chandler Fellow for Acting 2008 Best Actor Award winner – Dialogue One Festival in MA, USA. 2003 Recipient of the Khama Brilliant Spirit Award. Donald is feminist man, a writer and poet. He is from Botswana.
Robtel Neajai Pailey
was born in Monrovia, Liberia. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Development Studies at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), as a Mo Ibrahim Foundation scholar. She is also an opinion fellow with New Narratives (www.newnarratives.org), a project supporting leading independent media in Africa.
is a Lesotho blogger presently living in Paris. He blogs at Sotho and PoÃ©frika, a group blog for poets and writers – a creative venture for for creative people, Africans, non-Africans, black, white, colourful, writers about African issues. Or about life, simply.
is from Ghana and is a graduate of Williams College in the US. She has spent 6 months studying French Caribbean Literature in Martinique and is presently working back home in Accra. Black Looks and Global Woman
is a graduate student at Standford Univeristy. She spent 2007 as a Fulbright scholar attending Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa. Kameelahwrites
is also based in the US and works in the media and advertising.
is a contemporary African Poet regarded as a strong female contemporary voice from Africa, born in Nigeria. An indegene of Imo State, she is the daughter of the late Wisdom Azubuike who served in the Biafran War, and Mary Azubuike, her mother.
is a South African cultural theorist who is living and working in an ivory tower amongst the aloes. She lives in Capetown.
Vuyo R Seripe
is a freelance writer and artist based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Apart from working on corporate writing projects, she contributes articles to a variety of publications and is a keen observer of South Africa’s emerging urban cultures.”
is a librarian and member of the Progressive Librarians Association.
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