Monthly Musing

Hello 2021 : nouvelle année, nouveaux objectifs !

Bonne année, bonne santé …

C’était le 1er janvier il y a 30 secondes à peine que nous voilà déjà à la mi-février !

Je devais publier ce poste pour vous souhaiter mes meilleurs vœux il y a plusieurs semaines déjà; je suis en retard mais j’arrive à point pour les festivités du Nouvel An chinois :-).

Je souhaite donc à chacun d’entre vous une année 2021 douce, heureuse et prospère.

2020 a été une année très difficile pour beaucoup d’entre nous à cause de la terrible pandémie de coronavirus (COVID-19) qui a complètement chamboulé nos routines et nos styles de vie.

Le nouvel an a démarré depuis quelques semaines à peine, qu’elle semble être la continuité de 2020 avec son lot de mauvaises nouvelles : la maladie continue de faire des ravages et provoquer de nombreuses pertes : perte en vies humaines dans les pays où l’épidémie bat son plein, perte de millions d’emplois dû à la crise économique, perte de revenus, d’opportunités, etc.

La plupart d’entre nous vivons aujourd’hui dans l’anxiété et l’incertitude d’un retour à la normale. Ou plutôt, nous essayons d’imaginer de nouvelles façons de vivre pour survivre dans un monde post-Covid-19.

Nous espérons tout de même que des jours meilleurs sont à l’horizon, que nous pourrons bientôt mettre tout cela derrière nous et retourner à une vie normale.   

Picture of an old typing machine with a blank page stating 2021
Une de nos resolutions est de poster plus de contenus en francais

Voici le type de contenu que vous trouverez sur ce blog :

  • Une édito mensuelle
  • Une série de profils sur des femmes (et des hommes) inspirants, africains ou de descendance africaine
  • Des actus lifestyle, culture et divertissements hebdomadaires
  • Des portraits de reines et héroïnes africaines entre autres

En attendant si vous êtes à l’aise avec la langue de Shakespeare, découvrez une sélection de mes articles de 2020.  

Mes éditos mensuelles :

H.O.N Weekly (Ma série d’actus lifestyle et divertissement qui font le buzz) :

À très bientôt,

P.S : Je vous laisse en compagnie d’Aya qui avait été nommée par Spotify comme « l’artiste française la plus écoutée » sur sa plateforme (juillet 2020).


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How “Black Lives Matter” re-ignited my blog’s purpose

Last time I checked with you for my monthly musing, was in May when I did a round-up of the 2020 first quarter. I mainly discussed the rise of the COVID -19 pandemic and the top events, thus far, of the year. Today I’m telling you how world’s events of the past week, the Black Lives Matter movement especially, have helped me re-ignite my blog’s purpose.

A mural in honor of George Floyd.
A mural in honor of George Floyd.

Things have been even more eventful (and draining) with the eruptions of the Black Lives Matter protests, following the senseless killings of black people in the USA. So draining that I could not put my feelings and emotions into words (considering that we’re still battling the pandemic).

I can’t breathe”

On May 25, the killing in Minneapolis (USA) of Georges Floyd, an-African-American man, by 3 policemen, sparked national anger. The videophone footage shows Derek Chauvin, one of the policemen, kneeling on George’s neck for almost 9 minutes. Two other policemen are seen pinning his body on the floor, while George was repeatedly imploring them to stop, by saying “I can’t breathe”. He later lost his consciousness and subsequently died.

The shock and exasperation spread worldwide, with protests erupting around the world.

Black Lives Matter

Protestors around the world have rallied across the slogan Black Lives Matter, that first started as a hashtag created in 2013, in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman, the murderer of Trayvon Martin, another unarmed teen back boy. Since then, the hashtag is getting used widely on social media to highlight the senseless, and often racially motivated killings, of black people, especially young black men.

A few weeks before Floyd’s killing, Breonna Taylor, a 26 years-old female, was shot and killed in her bed, while police officers entered her apartment, to execute a ‘no-knock warrant search’. Her family is still seeking justice.

Before Breonna, Ahmaud Arbery, a young black man was killed while jogging in his neighborhood. He was pursued, confronted and killed by 2 white residents. His killing was recorded by another neighbor, who was later charged alongside the other two.

The shock and exasperation of these killings spread worldwide, with protests erupting across many cities around the world. In France, the movement has found resonance with the killing of Adama Traore by French policemen, in a condition similar to George Floyd.

#BlackLivesMatter goes global

This year people from every background of life, race and nationality have joined the movement. It has also sparked conversations about racism and prejudice in our society. Social media in particular, has become a very powerful platform, because it has given black people all over the world a platform to share their painful experiences with institutionalized racism.

Powerful brands and companies have all been forced to reflect and enforce changes in their organisations to actively combat racism. Ex-colonial powers such as France, Belgium and the UK are also facing a growing discontentment with Afro-descendants wanting them to be accountable for practicing slavery and colonization. They want these countries to recognize the atrocities committed under such practices and discuss reparations. Symbols and statues of colonization and slavery are being toppled in major cities across Europe and the US.

If anything, the events of these past weeks, have shown us that racism is one of the most enduring pandemic that black, and other non-white people, have been subjected too for centuries. It has permeated, in the most insidious ways every aspect of our lives.

A renewed purpose and re-commitment to my blog’s vision

The tragic killing of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter protests have reignited my purpose and the vision of House of Nzinga. It reminded me that, I created this platform to contribute to an afro-centric and afro-optimistic worldview and narrative.

My mission, when I started this blog, was to counter all the negative, stereotyped portraying of black people, especially women, by amplifying our voices and stories, while celebrating our past.

Although my platform and voice, is a tiny one in this world wide web, I strongly believe every voice counts in the fight against institutionalized racism and Neo-colonialism.  Every signed petition, every tweet, every post changing the narrative counts. As I read somewhere “activism has many lanes”, and social media activism is certainly become a powerful modern tool for activism when used correctly of course).

So stay tuned for more inspiring, educating and empowering content.