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This is the stuff produced within the HOLAA! camp.
By Blacqueer I keep thinking of ways to give back. To pause, look around me and find moments to say “thank you”. However I keep finding that (because the struggle is so real and so constant and so isolating and so communal) I always have an excuse not to pause and I never have the […]
By Stephanie Losing them inhibitions, getting naked with the lights on and singing one of those cheesy love songs. Tattooing that long name onto parts of myself that I’ve always kept on lock down down down…
By Kagure Mugo ‘Homosexuality is wrong because society is in uproar about it.’ That was the reason given. I took issue with this for two reasons. Number one. Slavery, colonialism, racism, capital punishment, war, nuclear bombs, degradation of the environment, capitalism. Humanity does not have a good track record of deciphering right and wrong. Number […]
A short film that was made in the memory of David Kato, a Ugandan LGBTI activist who was murdered two years ago. Film sinopsis (from Vimeo): “In October 14th 2009, the new Anti Homosexuality Bill is proposed at the Uganda Parliament aiming to further criminalize same-sex relationships, an offence already punishable under the existing Colonial […]
HERE GOES AFRO-QUEER NATION! The time has come (once again) when we are asking you to pick up your pens, pencils, paintbrushes and PCs and get inspired to create for us! Valentines month is drawing ever so near (like the glacier that collided with the Titanic for all those single folks out there) and while […]
By Mantis As the Goethe-Institut Sudafrika prepares its gallery walls for the latest collection, “Faces and Phases”, by the talented Zanele Muholi, the LGBTIQ community, especially black lesbians, fill their minds with imaginings of how their faces will be captured in the photographs in this phase of her work. Zanele describes her most recent collection […]
by Lara Gemini Poet She is a fireproof vest that Lucifer has gone to therapy for She burnt his hands when he tried to touch her, I could have told him she hates being spanked but that dude just doesn’t listen and these are the things I like about her… Her mind is almost paranormal […]
MY PEOPLE HOLAA NEEDS TRANSLATORS! We are looking for people to translate the various articles we have published into any African language. Yoruba, Kiswahili, Xhosa, Banda, French, Portugese, Creole or even Arabic. This is an awesome way of sneaking onto the site without having to let your…creative juices flow. We will give you all the […]
By Mshezbian I see you in my dreams I see you dancing in my granma’s yard Happy, and life was a complete bliss But wahamba without a goodbye I now miss everything about you Your laugh, your heart that shared everything even the last piece of bread, I look around and everything leads to you
by Giftedjenks The force of the wind brings tears to the outer corners of my eyes, Feeling the pressure against my chest I push forward, against the coldness on my skin. Briskly moving against the winds that are trying to hold me back, I think about our future , I think about our children who […]