Pictured above is Michael Ighodaro at the Nigeria Global Day of Action protest in support of the Nigerian LGBTQ community.

Michael is a Nigerian gay rights activist currently on asylum in the US. Far too often, we discuss issues pertaining to the LGBTQ community in the abstract, like they aren’t even human. The reason why Michael is in the US and not back home in Nigeria is because he was physically assaulted in Nigeria for being a gay man. We need to put a human face to bigotry. Michael is a person just like you and I. He deserves respect, liberty and the right to pursue happiness. These are our inalienable rights.

I interviewed Michael a few weeks ago. Click here to read it.





They are serving HDS [high definition shade] 👌👌

My Fearless Predecessors

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Throwback Thursday. Old video of Femi Kuti performing at Webster Hall.

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Essential Listening: Joe Henderson - Inner Urge

Sidemen are McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones and Bob Cranshaw


Joe Henderson and Johnny Griffin were both born today.

Joe Henderson photo by William Claxton (source)

Johnny Griffin photo by Roberto Polillo (source)


23 Nigerian Facts and Mannerisms

1. Nigerians love to show up at your house unannounced.

2. Nigerian relatives will help themselves to your food and beverages. What’s yours is theirs too apparently.

3. Nigerians all have an uncle or some other useless relative that was supposed to visit for a weekend that ended up staying for 6 months. They get really comfortable. Why do Nigerians have that one transient relative? They’re always eating all the food and blowing up the toilet. Why won’t they go back to where they came from? I’m pretty sure they aren’t homeless.

4. Nigerians expect you to wash their plates if you’re younger than them. We’ve all been washing plates and you’re almost done, then some no good “elder” comes and drops their plates in the sink and just walks away. Washing plates is your job. That’s why you were born. You will come to dread the days when your mom makes eba and soup because there will be extra plates to wash. This is your life, so get used to it. Why use the dishwashing machine when they have you?

5. Nigerians are not supposed to accept things with their left hand. Just don’t. Are you left handed? It’s because you’re satan’s little helper, that’s why. Everyone knows that if you’re a child of god, then you are right handed. Facts.

6. When drinking a really refreshing drink, proper Nigerians will make an “ahhhh” sound after the last sip. It enhances the flavor of the drink. Try it.

7. Old Nigerian women shuffle or drag their feet when they walk. You always hear them coming.

8. The proper Nigerian way to pronounce slippers is “silpass”.

9. In action movies, Nigerians call the good guy the “the actor” and the bad guy “the boss”.

10. Nigerians will ask you to pick up someone you barely know from the airport. If there is one thing Nigerians hate doing, it’s paying for a cab at the airport. They will track down a Nigerian within a 90 mile radius (there is always one) from the airport to chauffeur them to their destination.

11. Speaking of airports, you see those people rearranging, redistributing and repacking their suitcases so that it isn’t over the weight limit? 8 times out of 10, they are Nigerians. You’re not a Nigerian if you haven’t excused yourself to the side to rearrange your luggage at the airport. Facts.

12. Nigerians expect you to remember them, no matter how insignificant they are to your life. "You don’t remember me? I saw you that time when you were in primary school. Have you forgotten? It was only 25 years ago!"

13. Nigerian moms love to put assorted stuff they use for cooking in old snack tins and packages. Going to the freezer to see that ice cream container was always disappointing. It never contained ice cream. Then there were those Danish biscuit containers full of sewing supplies. Why must they play with our emotions?

14. Nigerians refer to soda and soft drinks as “mineral”. If a Nigerian offers you mineral, they don’t mean this.

15. When a Nigerian says “oyinbo”, it doesn’t always mean white people. Nigerians call Lebanese, Indian and Chinese people in Nigeria oyinbo.

16. Nigerians have little regard for time zones. They will call you at 2am your time and they will expect you to answer. When you groggily answer, they will say "Ah ah, were you sleeping?"

17. Calling cards and blackberries have survived because of Nigerians. Many marriages have happened because of this line "What’s your BBM?"

18. Nigerians refer to people with locs as “dada”. When you hear a Nigerian say “dada”, they’re not imitating a baby calling out for their daddy. They mean the person with locs.

19. Nigerian parents love to volunteer their children to do things for other people. You don’t even know that they’ve done it and no one asked you. Oh you had plans today? Negative. As a Nigerian child, you’re just the glorified house help. Before you go and do whatever it is you’ve been asked to do for someone else, go and sweep the parlor before your father gets home. Useless goat.

20. If someone calls a Nigerian household, the parents will tell you to say they’re not home. They’re never home. These same parents will tell you that you shouldn’t tell lies. Can you imagine? These liars are telling you not to lie. Nonsense.

21. There is no such thing as privacy in a Nigerian household. I remember going to a white classmate’s house and his mother actually knocked on the door before she came into his room. I was bewildered. I was used to people just barging in everywhere. Nigerian parents don’t knock in any part of their house. For what? In fact, my bedroom door stayed open half the time. What privacy?

22. In Nigerian homes, you’re not supposed to date when you’re in high school and college. It’s heavily frowned upon. You need to focus on your studies. Despite this, after college your parents will wonder why you’re not married or not even in a relationship. Gee, I wonder who made us like this. I wonder. You’re supposed to go from getting a degree to holy matrimony. That same week.

23. When a Nigerian parent says "Am I your mate?", they aren’t actually inquiring whether you think you are their peer. It’s a warning for a beating that will soon commence. Take heed. Better yet, just start apologizing. Beg for forgiveness. Maybe you’ll get some slaps instead of the koboko.


My Oga at the Top! 


My Oga at the Top! 

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COACHELLA in a nutshell


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COACHELLA in a nutshell


Here is an interesting spin on an African figure celebrated throughout much of Africa and the Diaspora, Mami Wata. For those who do not know, Mami Wata (Mother Water) is a water spirit that is the bringer of good fortune, a healer of the sick, a nurturing mother and a complex representation of good versus evil. She inspires a vast array of beliefs and emotions in those who worship her due to the endless possibilities that she represents; her destructive potential and her life-bearing gifts.

Often portrayed as a mermaid, a snake charmer, or a combination of both, Mami Wata is described as a woman of excessive beauty with her most definitive look being long, black hair. It is very common to have people create works of art about her given her physical form and comprehensive history. (more images)

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A study by the National Association of Colleges and Employers found that only 37% of unpaid interns who graduated college in 2013 were offered a job - not significantly better than those without internships ..


A study by the National Association of Colleges and Employers found that only 37% of unpaid interns who graduated college in 2013 were offered a job - not significantly better than those without internships ..

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Write-up was straight to the point, good insight. I always want to know the perspective of afrodescendants on these various topics because it’s always 58303 times worse, especially if we’re talking about Afrodescendant women. 

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six weeks left in brooklyn. i’m going to miss it, sha.


six weeks left in brooklyn. i’m going to miss it, sha.


Jamel Shabazz: Street Photographer

Charlie Ahearn’s Film Retraces a Moment in New York Style - Video 1 / / 3

As a teenage photographer in early 80s East Flatbush, Brooklyn, Jamel Shabazz set out to document the then nascent movement of hip-hop. Through the iconic style of his MCs, neighborhood kids and gang members, the unequivocal attitude of New York’s youth was recognized as the calling card of the city’s creative renaissance. Published in 2001, Shabazz’ first book Back In The Days was celebrated as an exhilarating snapshot of the times, and his visual flair has been brought to life in a new documentary by the legendary hip-hop historian and director, Charlie Ahearn.  “On the cover of Jamel’s book were two young men on 42nd Street. They were captured posing in such strong form as a kind of respectful bulwark against all the chaos that you see around them on ‘The Deuce,’” explains Ahearn, the notable filmmaker also responsible for the classic old-school movie, Wild Style. “I immediately knew that here was an original artist for our time.” [1]

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Never trust a person who can’t gracefully accept that they shouldn’t say certain words due to violent histories of those said words

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