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De KROON

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On the sixth of May, 2019 something horrifying happened. The Dutch lifestyle and fashion TV show allowed one of the cast members to make racist comments about Afro and kinky curly hair.

This exploded in a negative in all the news platforms and many if not all black and brown men and women were grossly offended. Robin Ramos (20) and Kymani Ceder (19) wrote a poem as a response. They used the poem as a positive representation by, from and for the Afro-Dutch community. The goal is to use the movie “The Crown” (De kroon) created by Robin and Kymani to create awareness and free the Black community from the chains of stereotyping of Afro hair.

Footage from the short film – de KROON

Robin and Kymani chose to form the video as a school assignment with a theme family.

Robin Ramos

Kymani Ceder

Using ‘Black hairstyles’ as a point gave them the inspiration to show different historical and tribal connotations involving Afro hair. In many cultures, it is still a way to be in contact with the ancestors. Besides braiding, is doing hair an activity done throughout time and has it has been a signature activity in black families.

The short film portrays a paradox time-machine with precolonial impressions. It takes you on a journey back to the age of where the traditional braids were used to connect the past with the present.

The movie is a re-enactment of history acted out by present-day Dutch Africans. How do Dutch Africans experience their African identity after the physical alienation that has taken place after slavery? How do they feel about their hair now? How do we feel during and after watching the short film?

Around 80 people were involved by the making of the short film: De Kroon. Some well-known artists and actors from the Dutch entertainment such as Sylvana Simons, Veronica van Hoogdalem, Digitzz, Clarice Gargard and Guillermo Babel.

Sylvana Simons & Robin Ramos

“De Kroon” is a poetic storyline about the relationship Afro Dutch citizens have with their natural hair and hairstyles. The Natural Hair movement is becoming more and more visible in the world. And we are loving it.

For all readers from the Netherlands: Want to read more about the backstory and behind the scenes, straight from the creator/inspirator of this video? click here

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Before Barack Obama and Maxine Waters there was Shirley Chisholm

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Before Barack Obama and Maxine Waters there was Shirley Chisholm

Shirley Chisholm first made history in 1968 when she became the first black woman to be elected to the U.S. Congress, representing the 12th Congressional District of Brooklyn in New York City, but Chisholm had her eyes set on the highest office in the land. Today we celebrate the birthday of (1924-2005)! First Black woman elected to Congress, first Black woman to candidate for U.S. president, unsought and unbossed visionary.

Here’s her presidential bid speech from 1972:

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Sahle-Work Zewde is Ethiopia’s first female president and second african female head of state

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Ethiopia has appointed its first female president. Sahle-Work Zewde was unanimously elected by the parliament in Addis Ababa. It comes just a week after the prime minister has appointed a gender-balanced cabinet with 50 percent female ministers. Al Jazeera’s Paul Brennan reports.

Sahle-Work Zewde Photo: Getty Images

Sahle-Work Zewde (68). Ethiopia’s First Woman President & Second African Serving Female Head of State.

Zewde is fluent in English and French as well as her native language. She was born in Adis-Abeba, studied in France and has been an ambassador to France, Djibouti, and Senegal. Her most recent post was as the UN top official at the African Union. 

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Her top priorities are women’s right and peace. She has been a strong advocate for women rights during her office in the UN, now she is president she will use this opportunity to keep pressing her advocacy even more. As president, she is expected to run two 6-year terms.

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Photo: Frederik Sandberg

The first female president was Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (79), she served as president of Liberia and was the first African female head of state. Sirleaf served as 24th president of Liberia from 2006 to 2018.

 

 

 

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