. . an afro ain’t never been about anything constricting or orderly, in the hierarchical sense. Rather, an afro is free-flowing, loving the wind. Changing, shifting and drifting on the breeze, bending this way, puffing out or just plain swaying gently from side to side, following the whimsical inclinations of the melanated person upon who’s head it is perched. An afro can be taken from, it can be added to, yet it still retains its own natural structure, its own spiral and bouncy nature. It is flexible, yet patterned. It is about synthesis and holism. It is about accepting the kitchens and working the waves on the crown. It is about dreading, locking and following the patterns of nature where they lead, yet following a laterally delineated order. It is about the interplay between dominant and recessive genes. It is about diversity. It is about knowing purposes and determining the placement of diverse variables within their proper context.
From “What is Afrofuturism?” by Mark A. Rockeymoore
I am an Afro-Black writer, educator, feminist, and agitator, living and working out of Ohio, with passionate interests in black feminism, the intimacy crisis in the black heteromantic sphere, feminist mothering, reproductive rights, body politics, mental health awareness, and the ways in which American pop culture reflects and refracts American political culture.
I founded The Bluest i at 39 in the hope the site would make some impact by the time I turned 40 (in September of 2016).
The formal aims of TBi are simple–to inspire, encourage, and empower readers to fight against forms of oppression, educate them about forms of trauma, and inform them about means of healing and restoration–though I hope that my writing deals with every chosen subject in its actual and full complexity.
I write for everyone, and I think anyone can get something out of what I have to say, but, the most ardent part of my efforts–in and outside of print–go toward helping those individuals for which America is made into a more difficult experience by violence, deprivation, negligence, exploitation, bigotry, and chauvinism.
Michelle R. Smith