FEMINIST PARENTING & EXQUISITE BLACK PHOTOGRAPHY: MEET FRENCH CARIBBEAN STYLIST & PHOTOGRAPHER, VIOLETTE TANNENBAUM

The eighth episode of the audio series, THE AYA TALKS, has made one thing absolutely clear. Women are magical. I am not saying that to flatter or sound trendy. Women are endowed with powers that defy logic and reason. I recall how Prisca Munkeni Monnier, the sultry and enormously gifted photographer put it in our…Read more »

The Writing of Our Narratives in Mind, Body & Lineage: Meet Stéphanie Melyon-Reinette, Guadeloupean social researcher and multi-faceted creative

In Mousmée, the Diary of an Orchid Woman, an exploratory artistic piece that soulfully combines poetry, music, dance and language, Stéphanie Melyon-Reinette in tandem with Martinican musician Gérald Toto, talks about love, intimacy, sexuality in ways that reminded me of Edouard Glissant’s decolonial rendering of the process of creolisation as innately universal and intrinsically connected…Read more »

Holistic Artistry & Universal Healing: the Inspiring Journey of Clarisse Libene, Healer, African Natural Practitioner & Transformational Coach

As I sat reading articles upon articles on heightened stress levels, parental burnouts, depression, anxiety and fear of loneliness in times of global pandemic and social chaos, I kept reminding myself of our individual and collective capacity to heal but also to love despite it all… and mind you… over time. Of course there are…Read more »

When Being Black, Angry and Woman Becomes A Trajectory for Liberation: Meet Wonder Visual Storyteller, Prisca Munkeni Monnier

There is something infectious about this petite yet larger than life, all-around creative who goes by the name of La Furie Photographe (“Fury” in French is a feminine noun albeit it can be used to describe a man or a woman). And it is that moniker that led me to her photography… at first. I…Read more »

THE AYA TALKS SERIES: Aïssé N’Diaye, A Resolutely Afropean Creative Powerhouse

You may have seen celebrity creatives sporting those uber vintage, crazy sexy cool t-shirts or sweaters with stunning photos of African family portraits or known African proverbs in Paris, New York or Accra and paused… perhaps even,wondered who was behind the name, the brand, the hype,… Afrikanista. Well, no need to look any further, her…Read more »