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HOW CUTTING MY HAIR MADE ME A SOLDIER

Two weeks ago I decided that I wanted to have my short afro back. I cut it, and straight away I felt so free. It also brought a lot of expected (and unexpected) reactions from the people around me. I had expected that my mom would be very irritated, as she was 4 years ago, the first time I cut my hair. Back then she didn’t talk to me all day. But she surprised me this time, as she actually

JULIAN ISENIA – LGTBQ CITIZENSHIP IN THE DUTCH CARIBBEAN

A couple of weeks back Julia Chanda Zvobgo, from Afrispectives sat down for a chat with Julian Isenia, PhD researcher at the university of Amsterdam to learn all about LGBTQ, cultural, citizenship in the Dutch Caribbean. Julian, himself from Curacao, looks at how the LGBTQ community claims their space in society, through for example dance, theatre and personal stories.  He challenges the perceived homophobia and stereotypical frames that are often used when referred to the islands. Viewing complete cultures as homophobic,

FOOD FROM THE HEART – AFRISPECTIVES TALKS TO MEK YKEALLO

Beylula from Afrispectives talks to Mek Ykeallo about cooking food from the heart. How food means much more than just eating, it is about giving and making people feel welcome. There is nothing greater than connecting over the great taste of his dishes, prepared with the special spice mix from his mom – his biggest inspirator! But Mek is much more than a passionate cook. He also focusses on social development through his organisation: stichting-ykeallo.nl Check out his websites: www.stichting-ykeallo.nl www.azmarino.nl

WHY WE SHOULD RECONSTRUCT OUR COLLECTIVE MEMORY

Remembering those who left us Annually, on the 1st of July, we remember Keti Koti “Broken shackles”. Keti Koti is the remembrance of the abolishment of the Dutch slave trade in 1873. When remembering, it is important to include different perspectives in the story of our shared national history. By honouring and acknowledging the stories of people of African- and Afro-Caribbean descent we are able to sharpen our understanding of the present – and better prepare for the future,

FORGOTTEN STORIES – BY ERNESTINE COMVALIUS

Often I hear statements of those who are not well informed about the struggle of the seventies and the eighties, suggesting that my generation was a docile generation that never resisted racism. Especially the black members of my generation were not active, they claim. As if the struggle just started five or six years ago. Let me tell you, in every period of history there has been oppression and resistance. We just have to study the archives, listen to stories

MAMA KENYA ON ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN THE NETHERLANDS

Mama Kenya talks to Afrispectives about Entrepreneurship in the Netherlands. How to get stuff done in a Dutch system, and above all what the power of authentic flavours can do to enrich a culture. Aiming to overtake the Dutch foodie culture with her Mama Kenya Samosa’s she explains to Beylula that what she does, is a lot more than cooking – it’s a cultural exchange! Check out our interview and visit Mama Kenya website: www.mamakenia.nl

YOUR STORY MATTERS

Your story matters Stories are ways in which we remember and honour our ancestors and their legacy. A way of knowing where we came from and to help us have a vision of where we could go. The first time that I shared one of my own stories on stage, I was terrified. I had signed up for the RE:Definition poetry masterclass organized by Simone Zeefuik. I was nervous throughout the whole trip to the class in Rotterdam, because I