Yagazie Emezi


Cultural Anthropologist & Africanist

None of the images posted here belong to me unless stated otherwise.


"On November 10, 1995, Nigerian activist and author Ken Saro Wiwa was executed. On Friday, thousands gathered to pay tribute to Ken in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. In this final interview before he was killed, he accuses Shell and other oil companies of complicity in genocide against the Ogoni people. The Ogoni struggle for social and environmental justice continues."

1. I will be a better ME than I was yesterday.

2. I will laugh hard at least once today, even if it means searching for something funny on youtube.

3. I will dedicate at least 30 minutes to my physical well-being.

4. All my dreams are possible and I won’t stop even if it hurts. And when it hurts, I will just scream louder and push harder.

5. My list of goals for the day must be completed, no excuses. And I will do something extra that isn’t on the list at the end of  the day. -Yagazie

(via yagazieemezi)

I was your insomnia,
I was your grief.
Anna Akhmatova (via larmoyante)
Asker toh-ska Asks:
Hey Yaga, I'm Yaya. love your style, art, and personality (fron what I've learned about you through your blog).. how long have you been growing your fro'? I'm almost 5 years in and working to get to your length, I'm almost there. Any advice?
yagazieemezi yagazieemezi Said:

Thank you!! Not to be smart-assy, but I’ve been growing my hair all my life with the rest of me lol. Stating otherwise would make it seem like it’s a goal to have my hair grow the way that it always has.

There’s no advice I personally can give on how to grow hair….If you’re aiming at a particular length, like most, it just takes time and so sounds like you’re doing everything right, dear! 

Asker cagedlions Asks:
I don't believe in marriage (or commitment for that matter) but you, you could make me think twice about that.
yagazieemezi yagazieemezi Said:

Aren’t I lucky!! Lol I’ll guessing that’s a compliment, so thank you!



I came across Mambu Bayoh’s work in late 2010, drawn to the vibrant softness and hidden strength of the women captured by his camera. Bayoh is a Sierra Leone/Liberian photographer who came to the United States at a young age, escaping the Liberian civil war. Drawn to the art of photography, Bayoh stopped his pursuit in Law and dedicated his time to his now current passion. His work not only crosses over into high fashion and street fashion, but into social documentation as well. 

To view more of his images, view his TUMBLR, INSTAGRAM and official WEBSITE.

"My work is journalistic; I capture life as I know or see it. It is also laboring; it’s born out of love passion and inner struggle. I love to capture people. The collective strength of humans is beyond amazing and the determination of an individual is prolific. I’ve been blessed to be on earth for a little amount of its history but I just want to document what I see and hear. To show the human strength, defeat, determination, culture, and resilience.”

Needless to say, Mambu Bayoh’s work is a visual feast and his continuous output of new images assures us that there will always be more to enjoy.

Tsunza Primary SchoolKenya by iHennigs

That sunlight looks amazing.

By South African photographer  Sam Haskin.



Kwabena Adjepong - Lost child



Let’s not forget LaBelle, who preceded all of the women below, and Parlet and Brides of Funkenstein who came after the great Betty Davis, when it comes to AfroFuturist sound in the US. 


THE WOMEN OF AFROFUTURIST SOUND by Kareem Reid (westindians)

These women are just a few examples of pioneers in contemporary art and culture that offer unique perspectives on the multi-narratives and realities of black femininity. They often re-appropriate and challenge mainstream representations of black female bodies, sexuality and desire. Emphasis is placed on the inherently fluid nature of their identities and often present themselves as aliens or androids to communicate their “otherness”, a common thematic trend among Afrofuturist artists.

Betty Davis and Grace Jones in the 70s and 80s preceded the huge commercial success of many acts of the 90s; particularly girl group TLCJanet JacksonMissy Elliott and cult favourites Aaliyah and Kelis played key roles in bringing Afrofuturist aesthetics to the forefront of popular culture.

The rise of emerging artists Janelle Monae,THEESatisfaction, Solange, Kelela and Moko are encouraging signs of a new wave of enigmatic performance artists charged with the double-objective of making us dance as well as think.

(via studioafrica)


1975 stays marked in Mozambican national history as the year the people gained independence from the Portuguese colonial regime. But the lesser-known story of the ‘re-education’ of Mozambican sex workers immediately after independence forms the subject of the film Virgin Margarida. In the film, a young woman gets caught up in the post-independence “cleansing movement” and the civil war. Once the detained women discover the sixteen year old is a virgin they come together to protect her, and treat Margarida like a living saint.

Directed by Brazilian Licínio Azevedo with a small team of 200 people who converged on the small city of Manica, Mozambique from all over the continent.

(via blackfilm)


Have a listen to musician Janice Pepper and watch her wonderful video directed by Zayna Daze

Support WOC musicians! Great work, Janice! X


Just came across the artwork of Jamilla Okubo, a Kenyan artist and textile designer currently attending Parsons and majoring in Integrated Fashion Design. Collaging prints and paint, Okubo’s colorful illustrations carries what I see as the promise of a very creative and successful future. Can’t wait to see what more this young student has to offer. 

“‘Pleats’ was introduced into ISSEY MIYAKE in 1989, and has been developed every season thereafter. By 1993, it was ready to be launched as a complete and stand-alone brand and appeared as PLEATS PLEASE ISSEY MIYAKE for the Spring-Summer collection.

This is a line that is positioned to embody one of the most fundamental concepts of Issey Miyake - where the true value of design lies in its integration into the everyday life and comfort of the wearer. This is clearly demonstrated in the development and evolution of traditional techniques of processing and of pleating material into a highly functional modern product - light in weight and easy to wear and handle. This revolutionary concept has won the respect and admiration of women throughout the world and contributed to the growth of an iconic brand - an ingenious fusion of creation, technology and business”. - isseymiyake.com