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Spectra is a Nigerian writer, speaker and media advocate, whose social commentary explores the intersection of gender, culture, migration and identity through the lens of of media and psychology.

She is the founder and executive editor at Queer Women of Color Media Wire (QWOC Media Wire), a media advocacy organization that amplifies the voices of sexual minorities in diaspora communities, and is the Community Engagement officer at Africans in the Diaspora (AiD), a foundation that facilitates principled philanthropy in Africa.

As a new media consultant, Spectra travels between the U.S. and Africa, coaching women-led social impact ventures in communications technologies and principles storytelling. She is currently editing a collection of poetry from LGBT Africans for an upcoming anthology and planning a wedding with her soulmate. Her mantra is “Love is my revolution.”

Visit her blog at www.spectraspeaks.com, or follow her daily musings about love and politics on Twitter@spectraspeaks.

Entries by Spectra

Dear White Allies: Stop Unfriending Other White People Over Ferguson

(45) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 4:12 PM

On the day before Thanksgiving, as I was scrolling through my news feed, I noticed declarative statement after declarative statement from a number of my white friends either threatening to, or professing that they'd just unfriended several of their white friends based on "wrong," "terrible," "racist," (read: conflicting) views about the...

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Civil Rights Protest Song 'We Shall Overcome' Inspires 'We Will Know,' a Hymn for the LGBT Community

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 4:10 PM

I recently got the chance to interview award-winning composer Omar Thomas about his latest release, "We Will Know," a musical work of art that breathes new life into the word "movement."

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Following the success of his debut release, I Am, Omar...

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Straight Allies, White Anti-Racists, Male Feminists (and Other Labels That Mean Nothing to Me)

(13) Comments | Posted June 3, 2013 | 12:28 PM

"You only know my name. You don't know my story..." 

Afrofeminism: The What vs. The How

As I often describe my work as afrofeminist, I'm often asked to elaborate on (and in some cases, "define") afrofeminism. I haven't. Instead, I've spoken often about

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What Kind of African Doesn't Speak Any African Languages? Me.

(29) Comments | Posted April 30, 2013 | 7:50 PM

Last year, I attended a conference that brought together African thought leaders. In a session about African identity, we explored the question of whether one could claim to be African without being fluent in any African languages. A passionate, and near disruptive debate ensued almost instantly.

What Language...

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A Gay Zulu Wedding and the Danger of a Single LGBTI African Story

(4) Comments | Posted April 30, 2013 | 2:36 PM

In case you missed it, a few weeks ago, two gay black South African men tied the knot at their 200-guest traditional wedding, the first of its kind in the old Zulu capital, KwaDukuza.

Tshepo Modisane and Thoba Sithole, both proudly Zulu and Tswana, respectively, decided to go public with...

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Losing Access to Sisterhood: Tomboys, Masculinity, and the Unmaking of a Girl

(64) Comments | Posted March 13, 2013 | 10:59 PM

When I woke up to International Women's Day celebrations this past weekend, the first thing on my mind wasn't politics, but the personal connections I didn't know I would forfeit the minute I stopped wearing skirts, traded in my long hair for a frohawk, and fell in...

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