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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