Video

Video: This Poem Celebrates the Undying Magic of the Black Woman

OkayAfrica connects with Ghanaian-American poet Cynthia Amoah for a powerful spoken word video.

Back in March, we stumbled on Ghanaian-American poet Cynthia Amoah's powerful poem that encouraged black girls to love the skin they're in.

We had to connect with the wordsmith, where she delivered another strong prose that celebrates the undying magic, resilience, and wonder of the black woman.

Listen and watch The Undying below.

Credits

Talent: Raphaelle Efoui Delplanque, Alisha Acquaye, Monzurat Oni, Soleita Kabwasa, Esther Akinwande, Gaciru Matathia, Gina Sagaponack, Oriane Adjibi, Eunice Apia

Producer: Chika Okoli

Assistant Producer: Ginny Suss

Videographer/Editor: Greg Poole

Culture

This New Doll With Albinism Shows Children That All Shades of Black Are Beautiful

In celebration of Albino Awareness Month in South Africa, meet doll collection Malaville's newest doll with albinism, Alexa.

September is Albino Awareness Month in South Africa, and doll maker Mala Bryan is harnessing the power of dolls to to address the persecution of people with albinism.

Beyond the now famous “doll test” which used dolls to prove a cultural bias toward to lighter skin, dolls are being used in a new way to help people move toward a more inclusive worldview.

Alexa, Bryan's newest doll, rocks a blonde TWA (teeny weeny afro), true to the hair color of people with albinism.

Albinism is a genetic condition which causes a “lack of pigment that normally would give a certain color to the skin, hair, and eyes.

Bryan started her collection of black and brown dolls, called Malaville, in 2015, with the goal of “inspiring creative imagination.” Her dolls’ complexions range from the honey sun kissed tone all the way to the rich midnight complexion made popular by model, Nyakim Gatwech, nicknamed Queen of the Dark.  

"There is so much that is going on in the world when it comes to people with albinism and it is now time for those who don’t know to get to know,” Bryan says in an interview with Huffington Post.

Even though people with albinism are only different in the way of appearance, they have been victimized by numerous abuses across the continent. Last year, a teenager in South Africa, was convicted of murdering his albino girlfriend in order to sell her body parts. The case came to light after her body was found in a shallow grave.

Alexa will hopefully be used to help garner compassion for people with albinism, proving once and for all that black is beautiful in all shades.

Style

Our Favorite Natural Hair Gurus Share Tips on How to Keep Curls Thriving This Summer

We went to some of our favorite online hair gurus and asked them to share some of their best tips for summer styling.

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