By Panashe Chigumadzi (@panashechig)
The Feminist Stokvel is coming together to host the first of their monthly Hair Soirees. Here we come together to learn from hair consultants and informative loud mouths about this subject. This is primarily about creating a safe and nurturing a space where black women can feel safe to speak freely about their hair joys, tears and frustrations from all angles including the racialization, sexualization and general politicized nature of their hair.
Update: The guest list for the first event is unfortunately fully booked, but we do ask any one who is interested in receiving updates and attending the next event to please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can add you to our mailing list!
The Feminist Stokvel is a group of 8 young black women who have come together with the aim of addressing the many social issues that uniquely face black women in South Africa, especially those that speak to how black women are represented in our public imagination. It’s all about womanism – or intersectional feminism. That means means we are here to create spaces for #blackgirlmagic where we can learn from and celebrate each other.
We were initially brought together by the subject of hair (see my editor’s letter where I speak of the experience at Social Media Week’s hair panel where many of us met for the first time), which we believe is the gateway to consciousness, self love, self respect and ultimately – self actualization for women.
With this in mind, the Hair Soiree is the first of many types of projects and events including talk shops, film screenings, panel discussions, readings, online content and many other projects that can grow in this mind frame organically, to shift thinking on a large scale.
The Hair Soirees will be hosted once a month and they are primarily spaces to learn about how to look after natural hair. In particular, we want to learn about how to care about Southern African hair, which according to research that is being done on the curvature of different types of hair by a research team led by Professor Nonhlanhla Khumalo, the head of Dermatology at the University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital, ranges from between Type 1 and Type 8! This is a far greater number than the Type 1 to 4 that has been so popularised by UK and US hair experts and bloggers.
All in all, these soirees are about coming together to learn from hair consultants, bloggers and informative loud mouths about this subject. This is primarily about creating a safe and nurturing a space where black women can feel safe to speak freely about their hair joys, tears and frustrations from all angles including the racialization, sexualization and general politicized nature of their hair.
This is who Feminist Stokvel are:
- Wisaal Anderson – Founded and writes for the informative Wiscellaneous blog
- Danielle Bowler – Writes an incredibly relevant column on EWN and is a professional musician
- Panashe Chigumadzi – You know me, the Founder and Editor of Vanguard
- Lebo Mashile– A national treasure when it comes to thinking, writing, speaking, performing poetry
- Lebohang ‘Nova’ Masango – Feminist writer, poet and social activist
- Kavuli-Nyali Binyase – She of the legitimate Good Hair Diaries, a hair consultant.
- Pontsho Philane – A womanist writer at The Daily Vox completing her Masters in Media Studies at Wits
- Millisuthando Bongela – Style and culture consultant and blogger behind MissMilliB, working on a hair documentary
Follow @feministstokvel on Twitter! We are 5 to launching an instagram account but if you follow any of us on social media, you will see this blue poster throwing shade!
In Coconut Oil we trust.