Created by Brooklyn natives, Jannah C. Handy, 30, and Kiyanna Stewart, 28, both co-founders are cultural and creative connoisseurs on everything Black antiques — from furniture, books, clothes, magazines and more. Handy, who is a co-adjunct professor and Stewart, an educator and cultural worker, have cultivated a space that not only showcases the diversity in the African Diaspora but how our ancestors were able to still be artistic generators of style and cool — even in spite of racism and adversity. Here, Handy and Stewart are doing more than just finding amazing artifacts; they are forging a cultural movement that is inspiring others to recognize that Black historical contributions and antiques matter, too. Read more at HuffPost.
Swift spoke on the “AVOICE: Social Justice and Digital Activism” panel at the Congressional Black Caucus 2017 Annual Legislative Conference. Speaking alongside Alexandra Antohin, Senior Research and Program Manager of AVOICE, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation; Kamara Jones, Director of Communications of the Congressional Black Caucus; Nelly Decker, Communications Director to the Office of the Honorable Marc Veasey; and Evan Glass, Executive Director of the Gandhi Brigade Youth Media, Swift shared her story with young people about her passion for journalism, communications and advocacy for the advancement of marginalized communities.
Our recent spotlights have highlighted students that are in the major currently, but for this week’s spotlight, we cover journalist, writer and activist, Jaimee Swift Comm Studies Grad! Holding a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Master of Arts in Political Science from Temple University and Howard University, respectively, Swift is passionate about racial and social justice, gender and health equity. Read more here.
Abaas Mpindi is a man on a grand mission — and that mission is to ensure Africa, its people, and journalists from the continent are thoroughly represented and are in positions of power in the media. Tired of the misrepresentation and the rampant stereotypical media narratives about Africa (i.e. “Africa rising”, HIV/AIDS and malaria-ridden, chronic war and poverty stories) by Western news outlets and frustrated by a lack of African journalists (on-air and behind-the-scenes) in global media, Mpindi, 30, decided to create his own organization —the Media Challenge Initiative (MCI) — to ensure the narratives, stories, and voices of Ugandan and other African journalists are heard. Read more at the HuffPost.
Swift was recently elected to the Executive Board of the African-American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS) in the capacity of Secretary. “The African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS) is a scholarly organization founded in January 2014 to foster dialogue about researching, writing, and teaching black thought and culture. African American intellectual history is a growing and thriving subfield and we believe that the AAIHS and its blog, Black Perspectives, can play a role in fostering that growth for years to come.” She will be serving alongside Dr. Keisha N. Blain (President), Dr. Brandon Byrd (Vice President) and Dr. Ashley Farmer (Treasurer). For more information about AAIHS, please visit http://www.aaihs.org.
Stephanie Kimou, 30, was tired — tired of the stereotypical rhetoric and imagery about Africa; tired of not seeing Africans in leadership positions; and was very tired of hearing the racist microaggressions from her white colleagues in the international development sector about Africa and African people. Tired of being sick and tired, Kimou (who hails from Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire) took a courageous chance to change her dilemma: she quit her job and created PopWorks Africa, an organization that empowers Africa’s most precious resource — its population — from the perspectives and politics of its people. Serving as lead consultant and CEO, Kimou works to address Africa’s most pressing challenges by crafting effective programs that support the socio-economic advancement of African people. Read more at HuffPost.
Swift will be speaking at the Congressional Black Caucus, Inc., Annual Legislative Conference “And Still I Rise.” On Thursday, September 21, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Swift will be speaking on the “AVOICE: Social Justice and Digital Activism” panel, alongside the likes of U.S. Representative and civil rights leader, John Lewis; Nelly Decker, Communications Director for the Office of the Honorable Marc Veasey, and more. For more information, please visit http://www.cbcfinc.org
Swift was featured on “The Reading Circle” with Marc Medley, discussing her chapter on eugenics on the new bestselling book “Newchaser: The Rhetoric of Trump in Essays and Commentaries.”
However, it is imperative to analyze the roles of African women revolutionaries in social movements, especially in countering mainstream narratives that characterizes them as illegitimate in Western contexts. In their book African Women’s Movements: Changing Political Landscapes, scholars Aili Mari Tripp, Isabel Casimiro, Joy C. Kwesiga and Alice Mungwa examine the significant role of African women as revolutionaries before colonialism, during colonialism, and after independence. The authors highlight African women’s political mobilization, collective action, and historical traditions of resistance. By analyzing African women’s social and political influences and organizing of anti-colonial resistance and national liberation movements, the text offers a glimpse into the various ways African women have asserted their agency. Read more at Black Perspectives.
Blogger. Brains. Business Owner. Beauty. Babe. Boss. These are only but a few words to describe the amazingly talented, fashion blogger, Ann Wynn. A visual artist, designer and foodie covering arts and culture in Washington, D.C., Wynn has a true knack as a creative for designing and discovering all things colorful and classy. Finding inspiration in everything she stumbles upon — whether murals, magazines, museums, music and more — Wynn is the co-founder of Pink Plastic, a 20th century inspired jewelry and clothing company whose mission is to “encourage all women of different shapes, ethnicities, and sizes to embrace their inner princess.” Read more at HuffPost.