Sokari’s award winning Black Looks blog is one of the best blogs out there in any category. A truly international citizen Sokari is an African who has lived in the US and currently resides in the UK.
In her own words here’s a bit more information about her and the Black Looks blog:
I started writing Black Looks back in June 2004 after a number of abandoned blog attempts under different names. At the time I only had a broad idea that I wanted to primarily focus on anything to do with African Women – a very broad term for a whole continent – and the African Diaspora that is socially, politically, racially, culturally, ethnically and sexually diverse. I also wanted to look at human rights, to challenge stereotypes and discuss issues such as gender, sexuality and racism and how these are constructed and manipulated by culture. These are areas that can make people feel uncomfortable because they reach to our core. They often reveal the hidden truths deep within ourselves. Talking about racism and ethnicity and sexuality can be threatening because they require people to consider the possibility that they may have racist or homophobic feelings and attitudes.
I have chosen to write about a range of issues that I have experienced directly or indirectly in my offline life such as gender violence, racism, sexuality, HIV/AIDS and cancer. I view the world as moving further and further to the right with American hegemony contaminating the global space. I wanted to write from a radical and progressive standpoint challenging not only the right but also the liberal community, the so capitalism with a friendly face which is an oxymoron to say the least.
Maintaining the Black Looks project has become a greater challenge involving more and more of time than I can possibly commit to unless I give up paid work altogether. Since November, I have invited a number of other bloggers and writers to contribute to Black Looks from time to time and I thank all the contributors past and present for wanting to participate. Some have their own blogs, some do not. But we do have in common is we are all progressives, Africanists and activists with a strong belief in the power of the pen to bring about change.
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