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Video of Kenyan Women

The Red Dress

Barbara Minishi is a professional photographer in Kenya, specializing in commercial fashion images. She undertook a project, “The Red Dress,” in which she photographed and interviewed 50 women of her country, symbolizing 50 years of independence of Kenya. Each woman wore the same spectacular red dress and talked a little about her life and visions. A striking variety of women were included.

This film, featuring Minishi, was made by Katharina von Schroeder and included in the series about New Photography of Africa on Aljazeera. Some problems with synchronicity exist on the video, but I found the overall production an impressive example of women of color taking control of how they are depicted.
25 minutes in length.

What do some of you African women think of the video and the overall project it describes?



Changes at GWC

As you can see I have been moving pieces around on the website. I would like to make the site more user-friendly. Reviews which have been added during the last month or so can now be checked more easily. Posts are now front and center, and I will try regularly to note some of the new reviews.

If any of you have ideas for other improvements, please suggest them to me. I am thinking about a blogroll of GWC contributors.  Does anyone mind being included?

GWC Reviews through May 5, 2013

Thanks to all of you who have listed your reviews on Global Women of Color.  Since January, sixty reviews have been entered on the Global Women of Color site.

If you want to go directly a review, simply click on its author and title.  You can see information about the authors’ origin and the countries where their stories are set by going to the Reviews for 2013 spread sheet. A brief comment by the reviewer about each book is also found there.

If others are reading and reviewing books by global women of color, we’d love to have you enter them here.  You don’t have to formally sign up.

Yari Yari Ntoaso – Major Conference on Women Writers of African Descent

Some of you might be interested in these.

Reading Pleasure

YariYari LogoThe Organization of Women Writers of Africa (OWWA) and New York University (NYU), in collaboration with the Ghana-based Mbaasem Foundation and the Spanish Fundación Mujeres por África (Women for Africa Foundation), will present Yari Yari Ntoaso: Continuing the Dialogue – An International Conference on Literature by Women of African Ancestry in Accra, Ghana, from May 16-19, 2013. This major conference will put writers, critics, and readers from across Africa, the USA, Europe, and the Caribbean in dialogue with each other.

Why now?

So far, the 21st century has witnessed the creation or reestablishment of women’s and writers ‘organizations throughout Africa and its Diaspora. Often these organizations both support and are staffed by emerging writers or those whose writing has yet to receive international recognition. Yari Yari Ntoaso marks this moment and provides an opportunity for these organizations, as well as individual writers and scholars, to share information and to build…

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