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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.

You are African. Why do you focus on India so much?

Submitted by Carlos Quinto on Fri, 29/03/2019 - 09:52

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In summary it is down to the fact of the features of colourism in India manifesting in the American setting, and then creeping into Africa.

Let us consider the nature of colourism in three different parts of the world, Europe, Africa and Asia. In Asia. In the case of Africa I am referring to Sub-Saharan Africa and with Asia I am referring to Indian subcontinent in particular.

I focus on these three regions in particular on account of ther racial and ethnic homogeneity, although in India an allowance has to be made for caste differences.

Contents Page

Submitted by Carlos Quinto on Tue, 26/03/2019 - 21:38

This is where every page will be listed, hopefully. It may be somewhat disorganised at the start, but may get better with the passage of time, hopefully. It will definitely get rearranged as the natural structure of the topics become more obvious

Organization

Submitted by Carlos Quinto on Tue, 26/03/2019 - 21:28

The topics will be organized as a book, with each page having links to the previous, next, and parent pages. I will be updating a master page with the newer pages as I write them and that will be the page regular views should visit to see new pages and updated ones.

Views on Approaches to Tackling Colourism

Submitted by Carlos Quinto on Tue, 26/03/2019 - 21:26

Over the years I viewed a number of discussions and approaches to colourism and none of them has sat well with me. It is a multifaceted issue and none of them have really tackled the various parts of the problem properly. It is one of tribal values, maturity of young men, pre-marital sex, easy divorce, media influences, social engineering, generational differences and a whole lot of other things besides. Each feature is not tackled properly and separately to give the young people a deeper understanding of themselves.

Audience, Readership

Submitted by blogmeister on Tue, 26/03/2019 - 21:20

This series is targetted primarily at Africans, the African Diaspora, Indians, ie Desis and other dark-complexioned people around the world, who are made to feel bad about themselves or lesser on account said complexions. Indians are a particular focus for reasons I will go into later. Native Americans, particular south of the border who are subjected such sentiments are also a focus. Unfortunately those north of the border were either exterminated or subsumed into the remaining populations of Europeans and Africans.

What is Colourism?

Submitted by Carlos Quinto on Tue, 26/03/2019 - 20:38

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Here are a few dictionary definitions of colourism. I don't want to delve too deeply into definitions and I prefer to focus on the deeper social issues. One point I should make quite early on is that I don't generally agree that it is mostly down to European colonial influences in Africa and Asia and the slave trade in the Americas.

Collins Dictionary

Discrimination against people with a different skin tone, esp within the same racial group

The View From The Whiter Side

Submitted by Carlos Quinto on Mon, 25/03/2019 - 15:28

https://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/15/travel/15next.html

One afternoon, when Mr. Sheridan took two young Chinese couples out for a surf lesson in Sanya, he got an unusual request from one of the women. “Can I take this umbrella with me onto the surfboard?” she asked. Mr. Sheridan fought off laughter and soberly told her that he didn’t think it was a good idea.

But he did admire her effort. He said, “Why not have it both ways?”

Daughters of our Suns

Submitted by Carlos Quinto on Mon, 25/03/2019 - 13:45

Daughters of our Suns

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.

Our Planets and Our Suns, Starshine or Sunshine?

Submitted by Carlos Quinto on Mon, 25/03/2019 - 05:43

When we consider the possibility of life on the planets of other star systems besides ours, one thing is for certain. All stars give off UV radiation, and if we are to maintain the same form as we have on this planet, ie with hairless thin skins, then we will need our melanin as much on them as we need it on this planet.

Alternatives to Dark Skin

Submitted by afrocentric on Sat, 23/03/2019 - 23:18

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What are the alternatives to a skin compound that protects against UV? I guess hair or fur, tough reptilian skin, or scales. I guess if we would like to moult every now and then that would be fine, or we could resemble some weird reptilian aliens in scifi movies.

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.

White skin is an illness

Submitted by Carlos Quinto on Sat, 23/03/2019 - 00:37

Shocking isn't it? Yes it is. Properly speaking it may described as a maladaption or a genetic fault, and it is fatal in any other animals other than human beings who are versatile enough to cover themselves with fabrics to protect their bare skins from sunshine. The only other animals with white skin I know of are mole rats, but that may be primarily because the live underground where they are protected from the Sun. They also have some genetic traits which provide resistance to cancer.

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?

Dagmar and Donata

Submitted by Carlos Quinto on Tue, 23/10/2018 - 23:00

Maria Feodorovna (Dagmar of Sweden), Empress of RussiaTime transcending similarities, in appearance, manners and socio-cultural attitudes. Are the attitudes expressly passed on, or are they inherited via psychic osmosis? You be the judgeDonata of Mecklenburg

The Eyes at Sanxingdui

Submitted by afrocentric on Mon, 09/07/2018 - 15:00
Jamelia and Sanxingdui Sculpture

Some time ago I learned about an archaelogical site in China near a town called Sanxingdui which was discovered in the 1920s. Apparently the composition of the metals and some of metallurgical techniques used in some bronze and gold sculptures there linked them to civilizations further west in Egypt and Turkey, unexpected link given how old it was.

My Girl Parvati - Part 4: Musical Interlude - Where R & B Artistes Give Lessons on Self-Expression and Emoting

Submitted by rchurch on Fri, 20/04/2018 - 20:13

Jill ScottFantasiaHere a few videos I to teach my Goddess Parvati a few things about self-expression and handling difficult emotions. It seems the Gods are not too good at that.
Did I tell you I have a whole page dedicated to Fantasia? I am not that much into the contemporary R & B scene, but I came across Fantasia and I was smitten.

My Girl Parvati - Part 3: The Stories

Submitted by rchurch on Fri, 20/04/2018 - 20:12
Thumbnail - Wande AlugoThumbnail - Cas JeromeIt took all the strength I had not to fall apart
Kept trying hard to mend the pieces of my broken heart
And I spent oh so many nights just feeling sorry for myself
I used to cry, but now I hold my head up high ...

Here are some of the stories told by women about their experiences with taunting and rejection on account of their complexions.

My Girl Parvati - Part 2: Gloria Gaynor and the rewriting of a Hindu myth

Submitted by rchurch on Fri, 20/04/2018 - 20:11

I've been watching some videos about the colorism woes of both African and Indian women on Youtube, and although I can see how they have been made to feel and in some cases still feel, I have been bemused by some of them because I cannot possibly see how some of them actually believed they were not beautiful just because their relatives told them so, and were hurting because of it.

Although sometimes I get a sense of pain they've been through I can't say I have ever felt their pain until I remembered the case of "my girl Parvati".

My Girl Parvati - Part 1: On being taunted "Blackie"

Submitted by rchurch on Fri, 20/04/2018 - 20:10

One day, the great lord Śiva tossed his arm around the neck of the daughter of the mountain, the Goddess, and spoke in jest to her in order to bring about a particular act of asceticism. Now, Śarva had a pale body, made particularly pale because of the crescent moon upon him, while the Goddess gleamed with skin like the petal of a blue lotus at night. Śarva said, ‘Your slender body, shining darkly upon my white body, looks like a black female serpent coiled around a white sandalwood tree. You look like a dark night touched by the light of the moon, like the night during the dark half of the lunar month; indeed, you offend my sight.’

Hodan Sketch

Submitted by rchurch on Fri, 20/04/2018 - 20:00

Hodan sketch thumbnailHodan Drawing Photo (Thumbnail)This is my first attempt at a drawing probably since early secondary school. Apparently in proper drawing you are not supposed to be able to erase your mistakes and have to carry on and improvise somehow. I think I got the lips right though. I need get those cheeks right next time. They are very pretty. I should also have got the earrings in. Happy Birthday Hodan. I have something else in the coming in the pipeline.

Hodan's Instagram - Best of 2017

Submitted by rchurch on Wed, 11/04/2018 - 23:00

Hodan's Instagram is the gift which keeps on giving. Of all the pictures she posted last year there is the one I liked most, which she also considered her pick of the year. There was another contender but I think she deleted or hid it. When I saw this the thought that came to me was Zwarte Piet eat your heart out!!

Jeez!! These "African" women think so much alike its not even funny!!

Submitted by afrocentric on Wed, 28/03/2018 - 18:35

Although the doctor is Tamil, she could be quoting an Akan woman word for word.

James Baldwin had some observation as to why men are so unwilling to play ball with their wives on account of their maternal attachments. I guess being gay he would know. I have to dredge it up and quote it here.

Hairstyles, Self Assurance and Deep Composure Within the Aristocracy

Submitted by rchurch on Thu, 01/03/2018 - 16:48

My Most Gracious Queen, Elizabeth, it has come to my attention that lots of our women display so much hair related security, and this is even more worrying when said women are of noble and aristocratic background.The latest on this list, I am sad to say, is none other than our future granddaughter-in-law, Meghan.
In one of her recent public appearances, the young lady was raising her hand to her face and tossing her head as though her very life dependent on it and I couldn't understand why.

Smiling Queens

Submitted by afrocentric on Mon, 04/12/2017 - 00:00

Alek Wek - SmilingElizabeth II Smiling
Has anyone noticed that Queen Elizabeth bears an eensie, weensie, fleeeeting resemblance to one Alek Wek of modelling renown? Not that I am saying that our royal family may be of some South Sudanese descent, just a point to note.

Donna Summer's Love to Love, Serenading the Joy of Gaia

Submitted by afrocentric on Mon, 13/11/2017 - 05:32

A woman's candid expression of carnal pleasure, joy and ecstasy is something which is supposed to be private, something she acknowledges to herself when alone, or when she is with her partner. Even then her partner is not privy to some of these expressions. In this song she appears to be reliving the experience, and expressing her feelings about her man in song.

Acknowledgement and Revival of Yoni Consciousness in Christendom

Submitted by Carlos Quinto on Sat, 11/11/2017 - 13:45

Yogaredux:

Spirituality:

Take the yoni as a symbol, like the cross in relation to the crucifix, free of the presence of the body with it, essentially the image of the virgin with the elements of the body removed, leaving only the surrounding halo, the lines of the clothing. Is there a case for such a symbol in Christianity? There already is such a symbol, but with the body of Mary superposed and ensconced within it. The desire here is for a wholly abstracted one, but recognizable in its features.

White is not right

Submitted by afrocentric on Wed, 24/05/2017 - 04:29

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This world we live in has another name - under the Sun. I am sure you've noticed the term used in the Bible and in other literature. What you may not be aware of is that in some languages, Twi for instance, the term for the world is wiase, which literally translates as Under the Sun. From this interpretation the expression under the sun as used in the Bible probably has no allegoric or poetic meaning. It literally means the world.

Meet Queen Nadiya Hussain, Britain's Most Beautiful Woman

Submitted by afrocentric on Mon, 09/01/2017 - 03:00

Ladies and gentlemen meet Nadiya Hussain, winner of the Great British Bake Off and my current crush of the month. She might hold that position for a few more months.Although she looks African or Afro-Caribbean she is actually Bangladeshi, though with a permanent hijab her probably straight natural hair can't be seen for her to be identified as possibly from Asia or the Horn of Africa, not that it would make a difference to many whites.She is a strikingly beautiful woman, but the British media will not admit to themselves that they love her for her beauty, rather her baking skills and the facial expressions she adopts when she feels challenged or anxious.

The Darshan of Melani

Submitted by afrocentric on Tue, 03/01/2017 - 19:14

MelaniI have been looking at this blog post of mine on Google and Isabelle. The photos of the women at the end have to be scrolled through one at a time, and a few times on scrolling through them I sense a kind of grace in looking at them. It is as though the beauty of the pictures is some kind of blessing, that it is some divine kindness which has made the images of those women available to be witnessed. In some way I have come to the conclusion that it is the picture of Melani is the one which contributes the most to this feeling.

Jewish woman shocked at being "outed" as Jewish

Submitted by blogmeister on Sat, 24/12/2016 - 11:30

I have noticed Blaire White's* channel in my Youtube feed and find her take on SJW and LGBTQ issues entertaining, and recently she posted an article on one Lindsay Amer. I popped down to Lindsay Amer's channel and after viewing one of her videos and looking at some her titles, the thought began to occur to me, This woman MUST be Jewish. I watched some more and decided to search the term "Lindsay queer kids jewish".

The Classic Irrefutable Logic of David Carroll

Submitted by afrocentric on Sat, 17/12/2016 - 02:30

David Carroll 01Now here is one man who won't let any stone go unturned in his criticisms of our brothers on the other side of the pond, their lifestyle and their value systems. This man is so relentless and unsparing. He is pretty insightful, but can get unpleasant at times, especially when he makes sweeping generalizations about women, which isn't fair to young women who haven't started out in life yet to have committed any mistakes which warrants lumping them in with older flawed women.

How many Negroes does one see in this painting - Part 2?

Submitted by afrocentric on Sun, 20/11/2016 - 23:52

Essien and Hidden NegroIt has been a long time, getting on to 3 years and I apologize for that, but here is the answer and the pic to go with it.

There are three negroes in the painting. The groom handling the horse is one, and the other two are in Queen Anne's dress. I know it looks farfetched, but us Afrocentrics have a way of seeing images and signs of black people in all kinds of scenes, just as Christians and Muslims have a habit of seeing images of Jesus and Islamic inscriptions in all kinds of scenes.

The Sadness of Devaki

Submitted by afrocentric on Fri, 02/09/2016 - 15:20

Devaki with her husband Vasudeva and their charioteer. Devaki the mother of Krishna. Yes God's own mother, the Mother of God Himself. Devaki who had six of her children murdered by her evil brother Kamsa.When you study the charioteer, look at his jewellery, his gold cloth, and the gold jewelled crown he wears it is obvious that the charioteer is Krishna himself. Remember his role as the charioteer to Arjuna? “Know that the Self is the rider, and the body the chariot; that the intellect is the charioteer, and the mind the reins” (Katha Upanishad 1:3:3)

Fantasia - When I See U

Submitted by afrocentric on Thu, 25/08/2016 - 20:09

I have fallen behind most of the goings on and trends in the last 20 years or so, and Fantasia has been one of them. I don't know how to get this going, but I was late to the her party, getting acquainted her years after her X-Factor appearance and the ensuing fame. Here's an example. That should be American Idol, not X-Factor, which goes to prove my point. For those who don't know American Idol is the (obviously) Americah version of Britain's X Factor. We wuz first.

Fantasia - Truth Is

Submitted by afrocentric on Thu, 25/08/2016 - 13:26

I have fallen behind most of the goings on and trends in the last 20 years or so, and Fantasia has been one of them. I don't know how to get this going, but I was late to the her party, getting acquainted her years after her X-Factor appearance and the ensuing fame. Here's an example. That should be American Idol, not X-Factor, which goes to prove my point. For those who don't know American Idol is the (obviously) Americah version of Britain's X Factor. We wuz first.

Fantasia - Free Yourself

Submitted by afrocentric on Thu, 25/08/2016 - 12:10

I have fallen behind most of the goings on and trends in the last 20 years or so, and Fantasia has been one of them. I don't know how to get this going, but I was late to the her party, getting acquainted her years after her X-Factor appearance and the ensuing fame. Here's an example. That should be American Idol, not X-Factor, which goes to prove my point. For those who don't know American Idol is the (obviously) American version of Britain's X Factor. We wuz first.

Fantasia - Bittersweet

Submitted by afrocentric on Thu, 25/08/2016 - 11:49

I have fallen behind most of the goings on and trends in the last 20 years or so, and Fantasia has been one of them. I don't know how to get this going, but I was late to the her party, getting acquainted her years after her X-Factor appearance and the ensuing fame. Here's an example. That should be American Idol, not X-Factor, which goes to prove my point. For those who don't know American Idol is the (obviously) American version of Britain's X Factor. We wuz first.

The Beauty of Fantasia Barrino

Submitted by afrocentric on Sun, 14/08/2016 - 16:22

I have fallen behind most of the goings on and trends in the last 20 years or so, and Fantasia has been one of them. I don't know how to get this going, but I was late to the party, getting acquainted her years after her X-Factor appearance and the ensuing fame. Here's an example. That should be American Idol, not X-Factor, which goes to prove my point. For those who don't know American Idol is the (obviously) American version of Britain's X Factor. We wuz first.

What's It With Our Women? - II

Submitted by rchurch on Wed, 10/08/2016 - 19:53


This young lady showed up at an airport in Spain month ago wearing a dress which was much too short. Why do Western women conduct themselves in such a manner? Here you have an 18 year old woman representing her nation, your own US of A and she was wearing a dress which would be too short by any measure, wind or no wind and the bigger question for me is why both her grandmother and mother permitted to her step of the plane in that kind of dress. Why? Is there young woman so rebellious or did it not occur to you that it was inappropriate?

It is time to ban the gay pride flag or have it changed to something else.

Submitted by blogmeister on Sun, 31/07/2016 - 13:45

Teddy Bear Rainbow CloseupConsider the following images and the associated search terms. How does a young child tell them apart, and further on in life how does the young person realize that the attraction to homosexual related images may due to an attraction to the colors in early childhood which was entirely unrelated to homosexuality?

Spicy Photography

Submitted by afrocentric on Sat, 30/07/2016 - 10:02

Spice
Here is a video and some stills from Jamaican dance-hall artiste Spice. She doesn't come across as the woman you would invite home to see your parents, but deep inside she is such a nice decent girl. It is all showbiz you know. We don't see that many videos of ebony-complexioned female artistes and I find it sad that it is in this musical genre I have seen so much attention given to the makeup and photography of an ebony sister. Admittedly this video is well within the bounds of what is considered decent by contemporary standards, but the other one below is not, and is labelled as such.

Google is 'colorist' and it's your fault Jeff! - Isabelle

Submitted by afrocentric on Wed, 20/07/2016 - 11:03


Isabelle, my Eleanor of Aquitaine, my favourite French queen. She IS French. You must know by now that I do have a thing for Isabelles.
Isabelle's her features tell me she is African but she has very long fine hair which would lead one to suspect that she is Asian. She can be quite light in complexion but tans very well. I'd place her origins her roots in the West African Sahel or North Africa.

Google is 'colorist' and it's your fault Jeff!! - Mahubo

Submitted by afrocentric on Wed, 20/07/2016 - 11:02

On to Mahubo. Polio and FGM Survivor, Youtube star, life coach, parodier of Somali culture and general irritant to Islam flavored Somali sensibilities and cultural attitudes. I don't understand most of it but I get the general drift. With Mahubo it is more of the same but with both thumbnail and full image displaying mostly white or much lighter complexioned people. With both images the pic is classified as headgear with a surprising twist at the end.

Google is 'colorist' and it's your fault Jeff! - Hodan

Submitted by rchurch on Tue, 19/07/2016 - 23:00

Hodan

Let's view the search outcomes starting with Hodan. Hodan is my favourite Dutch princess, not Somali, not African, not Muslim, but simply a proper European princess, soon to be Empress. With Hodan and some of the other ladies here, total absolute, Habsbourgeous world domination will be achieved. Soon. Heil. You should see some of her pics on social media. This photo doesn't do her justice, but she does look good with a dash of red about her. Red earrings and necklaces set of ebony skin very well (though in Hodan's case we might some problems with that*). In this instance we have a hijab and lipstick in a shade of red which complements her skin beautifully.

A Wild Wild Harinama after the Paris Ratha-Yatra

Submitted by afrocentric on Sun, 22/05/2016 - 11:22

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I have been longing for good pictures of one of my favourites Crushes of the Month, and who would believe it, there is a God after all. And what's even better is that it is a video, an even more magnificent one, with lots to choose from. Here is Mangala-Vati in glorious techicolor, with her dazzling presence and beauty leading a troupe of Krishna devotees of Krishna right across Paris, showering her inhabitants with the presence and blessings of Lord Krishna, whereever she goes, on whoever she glances at. What greater sight could a crypto Hari Krishna devotee wish for, other than the presence of Lord Krishna himself?

Ebony's editor features in "The Construct" - Part 2

Submitted by afrocentric on Sat, 20/02/2016 - 02:34

You can now see why I tend to get riled at some of "our people". Here is a pic from a video clip featuring our beloved editress, her husband and their kids at Disneyland. I am not going to display the kids or embed the video here as it is improper to rant over pics of other people's children on account of annoyance at their parent. Clicking on the pic will send you to the clip at Youtube.

What's It With Our Women? - Part I

Submitted by blogmeister on Tue, 13/10/2015 - 21:05

What's it with our women anyway? I've been away from a while and when I return the women seem to be having with our royal Habsbourgeois features. What is going on? Even the Queen of England herself seems to be displaying some insecurities about this, and she is quite the pretty lady too. This is too much for me to bear. I need to blog about this.

Here's To Widow's Peaks and Full Lips - with Eghosa, Jill Scott and Gravey Mike

Submitted by afrocentric on Sat, 12/09/2015 - 18:25

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When I was researching the Wurttemberg related posts, I was listening to Jill Scott's music, and went about to look for some contemporary pictures of Black women with widow's peaks, and funnily enough someone had made a video of this number featuring a woman with a widow's peak. Honest, I am not making this up.

Meet a real live "Black" German Duchess of the 21st Century

Submitted by afrocentric on Thu, 03/09/2015 - 13:06

Duchess Donata of Mecklenburg - Thumbnail
Here is an example of a painting that reinforces my belief that the black servants in a number of the paintings are not actual servants but heraldic symbols. Egmond himself has changed his viewpoint to the belief some of the images even if symbolic actually allude to contemporary persons or historical personalities of that era, ie people with such complexions. For my part I have seen enough to convince me of that.

The Road to Württemberg

Submitted by afrocentric on Mon, 31/08/2015 - 12:47

This is the painting which led me to Fleur. It features a pretty servant in the painting of Friedrich Ludwig, Crown Prince of Württemberg and his wife Henriette Marie of Brandenburg-Schwedt, 1716, by Antoine Pesne (1683-1757). I don't know what attracted my attention to Fleur. I was trying to look it up for some more background info which would explain the servant and found myself looking at picture for Fleur. Do I have a thing for brunettes, or is just my imagination?

Deepa and Diya - Life Imitating Art

Submitted by afrocentric on Fri, 28/08/2015 - 00:10

Deepa Face Close Up 01
Every now and then you see a living person who looks just like the people depicted in ancient art, and I find it so quaint, even when the art appears stylized. I said appears because there was an occasion when I chanced across two Indian women who looked so much like figures from some Indian art styles it was uncanny.

Not One Black Boy, but Two!!

Submitted by afrocentric on Wed, 05/08/2015 - 17:46

Louise de Kerouaille, Jacques d'Agar - Thumbnail
I don't think this painting leaves any doubt about its intent. A black boy holding up a crown beneath what looks like the outstretched leg of the King's mistress, and 'pointing through the hole' so to speak. Add a second black boy to the mix, spying on from behind the pillar, and it becomes all too much for the delicate sensibilities of white folks to bear.

Jamaica's most beautiful white woman

Submitted by afrocentric on Wed, 05/08/2015 - 17:04

Jacqueline, Motherland Journey

If the situation were reversed, such as in Africa example, this woman would be a white woman under the one drop rule. She is of 72% African ancestry and 28% European ancestry. Ghanaians or Jamaicans if they insisted could have beauty contests for the most beautiful white woman in their country and she would easily win.

This reflects the nonsense of labeling mixed race people as black when it comes to beauty contests in America and Europe. Even if in terms of social identity some people are classified as black it doesn't make sense in contests regarding physical traits.

On Saturnine Complexions

Submitted by afrocentric on Wed, 22/07/2015 - 09:16



First of all he had an abnormal darkness of complexion, a truly saturnine tint. This darkness was the subject of comment from the first. His mother wrote jokingly to her sister-in-law that she had give birth to a black baby and to a friend in France that 'he was so dark that she was ashamed of him'. Show would send his portrait 'as soon as he is a littler fairer'. But Charles never did become fairer. Later the sobriquet 'the Black Boy' would be used, still commemorated in English inn signs.

Its Official, I am a Sinner

Submitted by afrocentric on Thu, 09/07/2015 - 15:21

I have always been a sucker for pretty jet-complexioned women and I find myself infatuated with this image of the Virgin of Loreto from Římov, in the Czech Republic. She is too pretty to be an image of the Mother of God. I am smitten and I can't lie. She gives me a boner, and that makes me a sinner. What am I supposed to do?

Lady Charlotte Fitzroy and her Indian Page Revisited

Submitted by afrocentric on Mon, 06/07/2015 - 23:53

After engaging in some discussions to put my observations about the significance about black people in European paintings it is so apparent how some people refuse to take a hint and need everything spelt out to them in detail. On account of this have revisited my previous post to make my argument as explicit as I can.

Reappraisal of the Four Moors on the Arms of Aragon - Part 2

Submitted by afrocentric on Sun, 31/05/2015 - 14:30

Consider how Philip II of Spain and the page boy would look in profile, and how Martin I of Aragon compares with the heads on the other black and white photo below and ask yourself why some of the later Kings of Aragon would want to identify themselves with Moors the predecessors decapitated. It just doesn't add up.

http://www.hubert-herald.nl/EspanAragon.htm

Reappraisal of the Four Moors on the Arms of Aragon - Part 1

Submitted by afrocentric on Sun, 31/05/2015 - 13:10

Am I the only one to have noticed that the crowns on the head of the Moorish Kings are identical to the one on the Christian king? Were these Moors actually Muslims or were they Christians, or were they Moors who switched over to the to Christian side? This doesn't add up and it so obvious that one has to wonder why no one seems to have noticed it and mentioned it earlier. As they saying goes if you repeat something often enough people get to believe it even if it doesn't make sense.

Leopold II, Holy Roman Emperor

Submitted by afrocentric on Thu, 10/04/2014 - 18:51

So you think considering Leopold II to be a brother is taking things too far.

Compare him with Paul Boateng here (Baron, I should add).

In our day and age we are Black and Proud and have no need for powdered wigs and faces.

Take a good look and tell me Leopold II wasn't a brother. Of course he was

I Love Gina

Submitted by afrocentric on Fri, 21/03/2014 - 12:37

Gina McCauley reams Marc Lamont-Hill

 - whataboutourdaughters.com

Gina Macauley


Preface: I think I conceived partly as a response to a video by Youtube vlogger MsArchduchess, on a discussion between Marc Lamont Hill, Yaba Blay, Christelyn Karazin and Gina Macauley and some quips he and Kamau Bell made on Lupita Nyongo's popularity. I extended it into a blog post and it has languished for some years. I was going to through some unpublished articles and decided to publish it. It actually goes back to 2014 and that is why the topic seems and some of the facts may be so dated.

Dude!! Where's my Afro?

Submitted by afrocentric on Tue, 18/02/2014 - 21:57


When you visit online forums which discuss Afrocentric theories of civilization you notice the taunting, the baiting and the insults bandied around by the opposing parties. It can be such a turnoff that even when I am able to make an some strong points in favour of the Afrocentric side, I just give up and leave because I don't like to engage the personality types involved.

African American Men and Tommy Sotomayor - An Indictment

Submitted by afrocentric on Tue, 04/02/2014 - 03:19
All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing, attributed to Edward Burke

Gentleman, I would like to draw your attention to a Youtube blogger, a talk show host going by the name of Tommy Sotomayor, who also runs a few websites and additional channels. These are some of them - http://www . blogtalkradio . com/tommysotomayorlive, http://sotomayortv . com/, http://ww . youtube . com/user/sotomayortv2.

The War Against Islam?

Submitted by rchurch on Wed, 11/11/2009 - 03:47

Ever since 9/11 there has been a so called war against terrorism. But one has to take note of the asides in that war, especially those that equate terrorism with Islam, and implicitly with religion or faith.

On one hand there are Muslim fundamentalists calling for the imposition of Sharia law, against the democratic ideal, and right-wing Christians on the hand whose ripostes don't do Christianity any justice. Not to mention Hinduism and other smaller religions whose followers engage in cruel acts in the name of faith.