The Nyau Dancers

Nyau (also: Nyao meaning mask or initiation) is a secret society of the Chewa, an ethnic group of the Bantu peoples from Central and Southern Africa.  The Nyau society consists of initiated members of the Chewa and Nyanja people, forming the cosmology or indigenous religion of the people. Initiations are separate for men and for women, with different knowledge learned and with different ritual roles in the society according to gender and seniority. Only initiates are considered to be mature and members of the Nyau.

The word Nyau is not only used for the society itself, but also for the indigenous religious beliefs or cosmology of people who form this society, the ritual dance performances, and the masks used for the dances. Nyau societies operate at the village level, but are part of a wide network of Nyau across the central and part of the southern regions of Malawi, eastern Zambia, western Mozambique and areas where Malawians migrated in Zimbabwe. During performances with the masks women and children often rush into the houses when a Nyau performer threatens, as the masks are worn by only male members of the society and represent male knowledge. At that moment in the performance and rituals, Nyau masked dancers are understood to be spirits of the dead.

Read more.

Photos by Vlad Sokhin

Watch video here.

(via renaissanceblackman)









Sometimes #BlackTwitter gets it right, and other times Black twitter gets it really right

I was down for Pharrell, but he is in sore need of a thorough dragging to rid him of his White-gaze thirst and tacit respectability politics BS. I mean, what’s next, an “Accidental Racist” duet with LL?

Honorable mention to @LouMinoti:


Pharrell needs to come out and clarify this shit before everyone forgets him….Money corrupts some, for real……

Pharrell is a dummy for this shit.

Kill Shot = “if you can’t beat em, serve em”

where is the Tyra gif. “We were rooting for you! We were all rooting for you!”

i mean idk why we be so shocked & “outraged” when black celebs say things like this. a lot of us think just because they’re black the “represent us” when that’s not the case a lot of times. these people ain’t for you like that tbh.

i understand what he’s saying about blaming other races for our issues in some instances (ex. always blaming the “white man” but when you come here to Chicago, the “white man” ain’t killing blacks, there are blacks killing blacks). but explaining the core of things like racism in america isn’t self-inflicted. 

now all the rest of the stuff…don’t really understand what he mean with the rest of that. like “new black”…er? but i see things like this as another tactic for internet outrage and media distraction from more important things. another discussion.

Ha ha… It’s Pharrell duh!


 Fruits and Fantasy: Passion Fruit Fairies  by Cherise Ward
Monday at the office #bonnesemaine #niceweek #team221 #senegal #dakar #teamsikkim #diayetoutitare #kebetu

Monday at the office #bonnesemaine #niceweek #team221 #senegal #dakar #teamsikkim #diayetoutitare #kebetu


Gender stereotypes are limiting our sons and our daughters

Patriarchal notions of manhood don’t just harm women, they hurt men. Toxic definitions of masculinity lead to well-documented problems like high rates of gun violence, suicide and sexual violence. That’s why organizations like the Representation Project are committed to advancing the discussion about how gender limits the freedoms of both women and men. They recognize that society’s gender ideals aren’t only damaging for women; they’re universally harmful.

Their latest video examines how stereotypes constrain all people from the moment they are born.

Watch the full video | Follow policymic

(via dynastylnoire)




Follow this link to find a short clip and analysis that considers intersections of privilege and colonialism.

Can never reblog this enough

Especially the first map…Ethiopia alone is unconquered.

(via dynastylnoire)


#Beauty Made in #Africa. Happy #Friday people. Style by Aduna Bul Comprendre. #beautifulafricanfaces #layeprophotos #senegal


#Beauty Made in #Africa. Happy #Friday people. Style by Aduna Bul Comprendre. #beautifulafricanfaces #layeprophotos #senegal