Black Looks - Including an African LGBTIQ+ Archive


Black Looks began in June 2004 and ended in August 2014

You can still follow my work including my photography portfolio at


Thanks to all who have contributed to Black Looks over the many years. 


Sokari Ekine, founder and editor


Formal : Sokari Ekine is a visual scholar / activist, writer, educator and former FE lecturer in East London. She holds a BSc in New Technology and MA in Rights in Education from University of London, Institute of Education.  In 2004 Sokari started the blog “Black Looks: 1” which ran for 10 years and includes an archive of African LGBTIQGNC commentary and reporting.  For 9 years she wrote for Pambakzuka News as a weekly columnist and in 2007 as online editor. She has also published for various international blogs, academic journals and newsletters and is co-editor of African Awakenings with Firoze Manji and Queer African Reader with Hakima Abbas.   In 2013 she received an International Reporting Fellowship from John Hopkins to report on health care in Haiti during which time she began her photographic projects.

Her writing and photography seeks to counter  narratives of white hegemonic constructions of Blackness and place these within an historical and contemporary geo-political context.

Photography:- Haitian Vodou:  A Visual Narrative


Contributors from the past : 

Mia Nikasimo,

is a Nigerian writer and transgender activist based in London.


Emmanuel Iduma

Personal Blog


Eccentric Yoruba

The African Flying Machine Rests 


Sherlina Nageer

is a Guyanese feminist, writer, activist and one of the founders of the Occupy Guyana [GT] movement.

Donald Molosi

Donald Molosi

is an international actor in film, stage and TV, writer and poet.  2009-2010 Florence Chandler Fellow for Acting 2008 Best Actor Award winner – Dialogue One Festival in MA, USA. 2003 Recipient of the Khama Brilliant Spirit Award.  Donald is  feminist man, a writer and poet.  He is from Botswana.

Robtel Neajai Pailey

was born in Monrovia, Liberia.  She  is currently pursuing a doctorate in Development Studies at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), as a Mo Ibrahim Foundation scholar. She is also an opinion fellow with New Narratives (, a project supporting leading independent media in Africa.

Zanele Muholi

Personal blog
@zanelemuholi –


Rethabile Masilo

is a Lesotho blogger presently living in Paris. He blogs at Sotho and Poéfrika, a group blog for poets and writers – a creative venture for for creative people, Africans, non-Africans, black, white, colourful, writers about African issues. Or about life, simply.

Annie Quarcoopome

is from Ghana and is a graduate of Williams College in the US. She has spent 6 months studying French Caribbean Literature in Martinique and is presently working back home in Accra. Black Looks and Global Woman

Kameelah Rasheed

is a graduate student at Standford Univeristy. She spent 2007 as a Fulbright scholar attending Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa. Kameelahwrites

Kym Platt

Personal Blog

is also based in the US and works in the media and advertising.

Chinwe Azubuike

is a contemporary African Poet regarded as a strong female contemporary voice from Africa, born in Nigeria. An indegene of Imo State, she is the daughter of the late Wisdom Azubuike who served in the Biafran War, and Mary Azubuike, her mother.


Annwen Bates

is a South African cultural theorist who is living and working in an ivory tower amongst the aloes. She lives in Capetown.


Vuyo R Seripe

is a freelance writer and artist based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Apart from working on corporate writing projects, she contributes articles to a variety of publications and is a keen observer of South Africa’s emerging urban cultures.”

Del Hornbuckle

Personal Blog

is a librarian and member of the Progressive Librarians Association.



Black Looks is licensed under a Creative Commons License. You are welcome to republish original articles by Black Looks authors as long as it is attributed to Black Looks – For more information about reprinting rights, please see our Copyright Policy.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.


  1. bro_pema

    we need to meet to discuss joint interests
    peace with power

  2. Well done…this is a really nice blog!

  3. Dear Sister

    I thought you would be interested in news from the UK.

    This speech was given to Unite Against Facism Conference in response to the all white fascist British National Party being elected as Members of the European Parliment. The first time this happened in UK political history. The conference took place in Manchester England on the 18th July 2009.

    Yours in struggle.

    You may wish to google my name for further background info on me.

    Lee Jasper

  4. Comment by post author


    Of course I know who you are Lee 🙂 thanks for passing by and posting this information which I will circulate further.

  5. I’m kind of surprised that Mr Lee Jasper even considered the idea that people wouldn’t know who he is. lol

  6. Comment by post author


    Yes it is funny 🙂

  7. Taz

    Hello. Visiting from the Pambazuka site. Interesting blog… have bookmarked it to visit later. Cheers.

  8. Greetings,
    My name is Tahir (dead prez producer). I have a music series called “The BlakkBerry Filez”. I have released 5 volumes from this series in 2009 and scheduling volume 6 release for the new year. The vibe is revolutionary and responsible hip hop. If possible, I would like my work to be reviewed on your site. For my songs, videos, and more info go to If you need anything sent to you (songs, pics, bio, etc.) just let me know. Thanks for your consideration, time, and (hopefully) response.

    Peace! – Tahir

  9. Charlotta Beavers

    I’ve unfortunately misplaced your card. Will you email me so that I can send you some info? It was wonderful meeting you today at IPS and talking with you. I look forward to your next visit.

  10. I am interested in blog spaces I call “local blog communities” that involve African Diaspora writers that share local spaces, for example, New York or Nairobi or Berlin, and the dialogues and exchanges within those local spaces and between “remote local spaces” they create.

    A relevant question: in what local community are you mainly active?

  11. Dear Team

    I was looking for images for our article “The Non Violent King” on internet, and a relevant one I have found on your site.

    I will like to inquire the usage of this picture and request your permission to use it in the blog. This blog and the site is non-commercial and I will truly appreciate your kindness. You can visit the blog at

    We will credit you. If you have any question, please contact me.

    Thank you.

    Awaiting your reply,

    ‘frame voice. find vigor’

  12. jp

    Sisters & Brothers-

    Here is an idea for Haiti

    Note that realizing this venture takes much doing; however, having the “idea vehicle” is necessary. Thoughts are welcomed, of course.


  13. i'm happy i stumbled upon this site. i have heard of “black looks” and bell hooks but never delved into either. i have no shame in not knowing. what i do have shame in is being exposed and not continue to investigate, learn, and share…

    thank you for such a wonderful site to further explore the depths of my personal “think tank.”


  14. Jen

    Now I think of it, I'm pretty sure this was the site I stumbled upon back in 04 or 05 when looking for info on Funmilayo Ransome Kuti (there's not much on the internet), having recently discovered her son Fela's music. In fact, I think it was here I found out about the biography 'For Women and the Nation'. Found this site again in 07 because it was linked from the blog I was contributing to, but I didn't make the connection, but I'm pretty sure it was here. Seeing Funmilayo Ransome Kuti up in your banner reminded me.

  15. Jen

    speaking of which, there's something up with the link to the info on Ms Ransome Kuti: it leads to WordPress addressing me as 'gnarly dude' and informing me there's nothing there.

  16. Sokari

    Ahh – I had lost of lot of pages – I have fixed the link now so please do try again and thanks for passing by after all this time.

  17. Hi
    Thanks for a nice blog. I would like to share a link to a nice dancing video. The purpose is to change the image of Sierra Leone to something more happy and positivt.
    Please check it out:

  18. Jared Purdy

    Great blog, very interesting, and lots of great writing, and lot of great links too.

  19. Kathleen Hubert


    I was wondering if you accept guest post for your blog. If you do, I would like to submit a few. I’m a recent college graduate, with an English major, looking to build out my portfolio. I can write on a wide variety of topics and am sure you would be happy with the quality. Please email me back if you are interested. Thank you for your time.

    – Kathleen Hubert

  20. Hey, Sokari,

    I’ve just written a book with an activist in Central Africa. And we started a blog of photos we’ve taken over the years in Africa. Right now I’m in the middle of posting photos taken in the time that Charles Taylor ruled Liberia. As of today there are four.

    We also had a piece run yesterday in the Huffington Post:

    Hope to hear from you.

    Be well,

  21. Please, check it out…..
    An African Student in Russia – Soviet Union
    On kindle –

Leave a Reply