Call For Submissions

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HOLAA wants submissions! We want to share the voices and ideas of African women! You can send: Diary entries Short stories Features and interviews Blog posts (including reblogs) Pictures Paintings Videos Articles and opinions pieces Recordings of poetry and other works (can be done easily on your phone) HOLAA! allows you to publish under any […]
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Letter to my Queer Self

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*Trigger warning: suicide Dear Self, Today, I want to take the time to acknowledge the emotionally eventful three months you had to endure at the expense of my experiences and decisions. ‘Emotionally eventful’ is an expression I feel describes the past three months perfectly. They have been filled with laughter, joy, at times, but mostly, […]
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In Defense of Orgasms Faked

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By Mélisande Deschenel I believe in fake orgasms. I believe in them for the greater good of the moment. Now do not get me wrong, I do not believe in the over-stretched O, seizure-like, tinnitus-inducing kind. Those are just stupid. They’re patently faked and an insult to any sexual being and they’re at their worst […]
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To be black, lesbian, poor, and diagnosed with mental illness means I cannot always exist wholly.

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By Thenjiwe/ @TeaJay_001 In the book, Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde, the introduction speaks of Lorde’s interlocking struggle of being black, a mother to two sons, and a lesbian. Re-reading this introduction, this was as far as I could go. Perhaps, it was because as I write this I am feeling exceptionally fragile. I still fail to find the […]
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The Sex Industry Pt. I: The reality

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By Hephzibah Reality I love my work. Sometimes Yes, sometimes I don’t feel like working. Sometimes clients can be rude. Sometimes I think my managers are the devil. But don’t all employees go through that at some point in their employment history? Apart from the normal love-hate relationship I have with certain aspects of my […]
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