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The Blog by Shades of Us provides insightful and engaging commentary on socio-economic issues affecting Africa, Africans and people of African descent. The Blog features articles, social commentary, and fiction.

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This category contains blog posts that convey our passion for the social issues we are concerned about with the intention of engaging more people in these causes. We express our displeasure towards damaging actions and attempt to deconstruct limiting and harmful stereotypes, myths and societal norms.  Some of these are captured as real-life experiences to connect with individuals and encourage reflection, positive action, change and reformation.

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This contains fictitious stories and characters that captures issues affecting Africans and are obtainable in African societies.  It also dispels myths and patriarchal systems as it ranges from themes of love, marriage and relationships to gender and sexual based violence, religion, parenthood and so on.

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Unclean

My eyes fly open courtesy of the sharp pain shooting through my lower abdomen and instant panic grips my heart.…

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This contains descriptive and sublime poetry that spotlight the issues and realities of Africans. It also celebrates the African people and their cultures. These poems highlight different perspectives on certain issues as some are composed by others and featured on the blog.

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We. Are.

Photo by Askar Abayev For all the Shades of Us, Tones of black, Hues of white, And all that holds…

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This category contains the recognition of individuals who are note worthy, their biographies and contributions to society. These blog posts cut across people from different spheres of society, fields and disciplines.  They include interviews and real experiences  of seemingly average or ordinary people who have made and are making a difference for themselves and others.

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With this category, we express our displeasure and dissatisfaction towards issues affecting Africans and the unpleasant and damaging existing norms in Africa.  These rants aim to address these issues and incite change as they contain real life and relatable experiences, scenarios and stories.

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With this category of blog posts, we seek to amplify the voices of the unheard, unseen or ignored in society and promote human rights and social justice. We raise awareness on certain issues affecting Africans. It is an avenue to commemorate and promote international days that align with our values and work. This category also contains posts about community engagements we have organized and partnered with other organizations for as well as events and programmes, both online and in-person, that we have attended.

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This contains not only a recognition but also an appraisal of individuals who contribute greatly to society but are ignored and go unnoticed for their hard work. These posts celebrate and appreciate them for the value they add and spotlight their worth to society.

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