There’s a narrative about Africa told by the West that continues to leave out important details, at best, or misrepresent the continent and its people, at worst. Westerners seem to relish, to some extent, the pull at the heartstrings that comes when footage streams across the television of starving orphans wandering barefoot along the dirt roads of some remote village here. I say “relish” because seeing these images and then sending money, clothing, missionaries, or whatever makes many Westerners “feel good” because they are “doing something” to “help” those in need.
The Africa I know is strong enough to help itself.
-Gracie Smith, NYU Law
My friend Gracie has been here on a Law Internship from NYU and has some very honest and thought provoking insight about her time here in Uganda.
If you are a westerner who has never been to Africa, you don’t really know Africa. You’ve been misled by the media, sadly. The way Africa has been painted and treated by the west is so wrong on so many levels and Gracie very eloquently said what I have struggled to find the words to say since I have been living here.
Please read this blog post.
There’s a narrative about Africa told by the West that continues to leave out important details, at best, or misrepresent the continent and its people, at worst. Westerners seem to relish, to some extent, the pull at the heartstrings that comes when footage streams across the television of starving orphans wandering barefoot along…
Photo Credit: Gracie Smith
Do you Tweet? Know any Tweeters? If so, I need your help.
A little while ago I moved back to the town I was born in (Ottawa, Ontario). Crazy right? It’s all part of a cool adventure I will be sharing with you in a few months so watch for some news from me later on this year. As I have settled here, I am trying to get into the local scene and I have a great opportunity to have my music showcased by the local government. The City of Ottawa is replacing their ‘canned’ hold music with the music of local artists. Super awesome! Here’s where you come in…
They need me to get my fans to Tweet them to show that you want my music on their hold lines. You don’t have to be an Ottawa resident to Tweet, so everyone can help and you can tell your fellow Tweeting friends to Tweet also! Read on to find out how you can participate.
I have submitted my song “It’s A Beautiful Day” to the contest. To be selected I need you to Tweet on Twitter! Super easy!
If you could please tweet one of the following every day or every other day for the rest of the month of February I would really appreciate it! You can copy and paste one of the following tweets below or you can tweet anything you want as long as these 4 key items are in the Tweet:
#ottmusik #itsabeautifulday @ottawacity @Natalie_Brown
Copy and paste into your Twitter stream, one of the following:
@ottawacity @natalie_brown #ItsABeautifulDay for #ottmusik. http://youtu.be/NRZBWuEAJs8
#ottmusik I would love to listen to @Natalie_Brown #itsabeautifulday when I am on hold!
@ottawacity or @ottawacity #ottmusik my call would be happier if I could to listen to #itsabeautifulday by @Natalie_Brown
#itsabeautifulday listening to @Natalie_Brown on hold @ottawacity #ottmusik
Thanks for your help with this fun initiative and I will let you know how it all turns out.
PS. I am working on new music 🙂 YAY
We've got 10 days to go now to reach the funding goal of $20,000 or as much as we can to get this CD/DVD project off the ground.
Can I ask you to do me a favor? Please click the button below and send an email to IndieGoGo to ask them to feature me on the front page. I'm hoping that doing this will bring a bit more attention to the project and with it potential supporters.
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Thanks for helping me out… let's do this!
PS have you contributed/pre-ordered yet? No? Go here and do it now >>> http://www.IndieGoGo.com/Natalie-Brown