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Here Are The 5 Winners of The Brittle Paper Awards

These are the 5 pieces that won the second annual Brittle Paper Awards.

The winners of the Brittle Paper Awards have been announced. The awards, which were established in 2017, aim to recognize the "finest original pieces of writing by Africans published online." The shortlist included 31 pieces by writers from several African countries for the five categories: the Brittle Paper Award for Fiction, the Brittle Paper Award for Poetry, the Brittle Paper Award for Creative Nonfiction, the Brittle Paper Award for Essays and Think Pieces, and the Brittle Paper Anniversary Award.

Below are the winners and the pieces that won them award.

1. The Brittle Paper Award for Creative Nonfiction

"The Miseducation of Gratitude," by Sibongile Fisher(South Africa), in Selves: An Afro Anthology of Creative Nonfiction.

2. The Brittle Paper Award for Poetry

"A Field, any Field," by Itiola Jones (Nigeria), published in The Offing.

3. The Brittle Paper Award for Fiction

"Involution," by Stacy Hardy (South Africa), in Migrations: New Short Fiction from Africa, an anthology by Short Story Day Africa.

4. The Brittle Paper Award for Essays and Think Pieces

"History Through the Body or Rights of Desire, Rights of Conquest," by Panashe Chigumadzi (Zimbabwe), in The Johannesburg Review of Books.

5. The Brittle Paper Anniversary Award

"On Postcolonial Theory," by Shailja Patel (Kenya), published as a series of tweets.

Photo courtesy of @sahraisha

#BlackOutEid​: Young Black Muslims Shine as They Celebrate Eid

Young Black Muslims have found creative ways to celebrate community and share their best Eid looks, even as they #StayAtHome.

Eid Mubarak to our Muslim fam! Today marks Eid al-Fitr, the official end of the Holy Month of Ramadan.

Despite things being a little different this year (on account of the current pandemic, of course) this hasn't stopped many from finding creative ways to fast, pray and connect with their community during these times. It certainly hasn't stopped young Black Muslims from participating in the virtual tradition known as #BlackOutEid while they continue to #StayAtHome.

#BlackOutEid is an annual celebration which highlights the diversity within the Muslim world. It began in 2015, when Aamina Mohamed created the hashtag to combat the erasure of Black people within the community. Since then, the hashtag has been used across social media with Black Muslims using it to share their sharpest Eid looks.

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