Colourism - The Book

Submitted by Carlos Quinto on Sat, 08/12/2018 - 00:45

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This is a book on my thoughts on Colourism and I suppose this is my own foreword to my own book. It isn't a book yet, but I intend to organize it better. I have been thinking of the issue of colourism for quite a while, and I feel that I won't be at peace until I compose my thoughts about it properly. What has bothered me most is the feeling that it is not being tackled the right way, that most of the people discussing are not proceeding from the viewpoint of reforming society.

Queen Victoria's Black Grandmother In The Closet (and Other Stories)

Submitted by afrocentric on Wed, 15/10/2014 - 23:54
Queen Charlotte and Black Servant in Lady Keppel painting

The portrayal of Queen Charlotte as a true black woman, rather than the white woman with visibly negroid features she is usually portrayed as comes as a surprise, and the complexion displayed could be a device to highlight her black roots. There are those though, who believe that she was dark-complexioned enough to be described as black rather than mixed race. I'll grant her complexion may have been that of a mixed race, but I believe the physiognomy depicted in the painting are her true features.

Vogue's genocidal proclivities - Part 1

Submitted by rchurch on Sat, 30/03/2019 - 02:01

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ExhibitD: Benjamin Franklin, "Observations Concerning the Increase of Mankind, Peopling of Countries, etc.", 175

Which leads me to add one Remark: That the Number of purely white People in the World is proportionably very small. All Africa is black or tawny. Asia chiefly tawny. America (exclusive of the new Comers) wholly so. And in Europe, the Spaniards, Italians, French, Russians and Swedes, are generally of what we call a swarthy Complexion; as are the Germans also, the Saxons only excepted, who with the English, make the principal Body of White People on the Face of the Earth. I could wish their Numbers were increased. And while we are, as I may call it, Scouring our Planet, by clearing America of Woods, and so making this Side of our Globe reflect a brighter Light to the Eyes of Inhabitants in Mars or Venus, why should we in the Sight of Superior Beings, darken its People? why increase the Sons of Africa, by Planting them in America, where we have so fair an Opportunity, by excluding all Blacks and Tawneys, of increasing the lovely White and Red? But perhaps I am partial to the Complexion of my Country, for such Kind of Partiality is natural to Mankind.

Daughters of the Stars of Our Planets

Submitted by Carlos Quinto on Sat, 23/03/2019 - 17:51

This post is about the stories of four girls, young women actually, but I would rather describe them as girls because it was as girls that their lives were hampered. It was as girls their growth, self-awareness, self-exploration was arrested. In having these experiences they are reclaiming their lost childhood, experiencing themselves as God and evolution intended they should. A great deal of our learning and self-discovery comes from our bodies' interaction with nature, not just from social interaction, which in their case has been the source of a lot of unhappiness.

Hodan's Instagram - Best of 2018 (Is she stalking my blog?)

Submitted by rchurch on Sat, 22/12/2018 - 02:51
Hodan in a black turban and sweater - cropped to face

Is Hodan reading my blog? Is she? Is she stalking my blog? As soon as I update the blog with Syama's latest, Hodan responds with a stunning photo. You should see the awesome, true, flawless melanin. I swear the woman must be stalking my blog. Does she think I am cheating on her or something?

She must have noticed that I haven't yet created a Hodan - Best of 2018. My bad. I am certain she uploaded it just to make me aware than I haven't finished some 2018 work. I get that and I most abjectly and grovellingly apologize. Here you are my love in all your melanated glory.

Me, My Self and Syama

Submitted by rchurch on Tue, 18/12/2018 - 16:00
Montage of face from all three pics

Goddess Heaven!! Just a few days ago Syama uploaded some photos and within one minute, yes within one minute it appeared on my Instagram. One minute!! As in 60 seconds!!

Can you imagine that? I don't know what good deeds I may have performed to merit such good fortune.

These photos are so beautiful I have to save them for posterity. Yes, because people change their minds and hide or delete their very best photos (Hodan knows who I mean). Life has never the same since Syama deleted her Facebook and Mangala-vati trimmed her feed. These photos are enough to keep me in clover for life. Posterity will thank me for appropriating these photos.

Angie Stone and the O'Jays

Submitted by afrocentric on Fri, 30/11/2018 - 12:30

Angie StoneThe O'JaysI was searching for something and I saw a thumbnail with a beautiful sister, and asked myself "Who is this sister, and why I haven't heard or seen her before?" It turns out it was Angie Stone in a song called Wish I Didn't Miss You, not that I knew her before that, but because I didn't know about her music but I had heard her name before in relation to an assault charge brought against her by her daughter

The Holy Roman Emperor, His Daughter-in-Law, and their Soudanese Descendants

Submitted by Carlos Quinto on Wed, 21/11/2018 - 16:00
I am not sure what to title this post. The original title I had in mind was Maria Dorothea of Württemberg, Archduchess of Austria, and her Soudanese Descendants. (note the Soudanese, sheer pretension), but when I saw the resemblance Junior bore to Leopold Snr. I had to include the Holy Roman Emperor as well. You know Leopold has always been my main man. I have a pic of an interesting tapestry of his grandfather Leopold I lost somewhere in the junk I have around me. Hopefully I will find it and display it to you one of these days. Now I don't know whether the title should be The Holy Roman Emperor, His Daughter-in-Law, and their Soudanese Descendants or Leopold, Maria Dorothea and their Sudanese Descendants, but you will know when you are reading this.

Pearls, Coral, Royal Patronage and Cross-Dressing Page Boys

Submitted by afrocentric on Sun, 18/11/2018 - 01:40
The Two Page Boys?

Something about Pierre Mignard's painting of Louise de Keroualle featuring the negro girl has never sat well with me.

To put it blankly, it seems that the painter didn't care much about expressing her femininity,with her hair so short, uncoiffed and not wearing earrings (for us Africans, girls must wear earrings). Well the mystery seems to have been solved. It is really about the pearls and coral she profers to Louise de Keroualle.

Joseph and Mary

Submitted by afrocentric on Fri, 02/11/2018 - 13:20

JosephI came across this interesting painting some time ago, years actually, and I have always wanted to make a blog post about it.

It is the theme of black people appearing in paintings of as heraldic symbols, or as reflecting the true nature or history of the subjects, their ancestors and even their benefactors.

It is a painting of young Joseph II (I think) of Austria, with a page girl in a blue robe. It could be Joseph 1 though. A young future emperor with a page girl? Didn't he have a page boy?

What did he get up to with his page girl? Exercise his imperial prerogatives?

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