[The couple jump the broom at their wedding ceremony.]

These two women are the first lesbian couple to be married in Jamaica. You can read their story at Ebony and view the lovely photo set here.

Nicole Y. Dennis-Benn on jumping the broom. )
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([personal profile] nanila Oct. 26th, 2011 03:29 pm)
Latina Roxann Dawson had a memorable role as the half-Klingon, half-human chief engineer B’Elanna Torres on Star Trek: Voyager. She has not stopped making her mark on media, however, since she turned her hand to directing during ST:V and discovered she had talent behind the lens as well as in front of it. She’s also co-authored several science fiction novels.

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([personal profile] nanila Jun. 24th, 2011 09:22 pm)
R&B singer. Okay, okay, I admit it. I may just have a thing about ladies with amazing hair and voices.

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Jill Scott - A Long Walk
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([personal profile] nanila Jun. 10th, 2011 11:26 am)
For the last post of this impromptu literary fiction fest, I give you Nigerian writer and professor Chinua Achebe, author of the magnificent Things Fall Apart.

"To me, being an intellectual doesn't mean knowing about intellectual issues; it means taking pleasure in them."

"We cannot trample upon the humanity of others without devaluing our own. The Igbo, always practical, put it concretely in their proverb Onye ji onye n'ani ji onwe ya: "He who will hold another down in the mud must stay in the mud to keep him down." --from The Education of a British-Protected Child: Essays

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([personal profile] nanila Jun. 9th, 2011 03:07 pm)
Bangladeshi-British author whose debut novel Brick Lane was short-listed for the Man Booker prize in 2003. It gives a controversial portrayal of a young Bangladeshi who immigrates to London to marry a much older man. She becomes enmeshed in the conflicting religious and political viewpoints espoused by her husband and neighbours while trying to become accustomed to an alien culture. Ali isn’t one to flinch from controversy, however. Her latest novel Untold Story raised an outcry because it depicts an alternate life for a fictional princess who very obviously resembles Diana and who doesn’t die in a Parisian tunnel.

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([personal profile] nanila Jun. 8th, 2011 08:52 am)
Nobel prize-winning Turkish author. His lush settings are reflected in the powerful emotional landscapes he creates with his characters. No one seems to do or feel anything by halves in his novels - even their apathy is vividly coloured by their surroundings.

"A letter doesn't communicate by words alone. A letter, just like a book, can be read by smelling it, touching it and fondling it. Thereby, intelligent folk will say, 'Go on then, read what the letter tells you!' whereas the dull-witted will say, 'Go on then, read what he's written!'"

"Books, which we mistake for consolation, only add depth to our sorrow. " -- from My Name Is Red

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([personal profile] nanila Jun. 7th, 2011 11:24 am)
Chinese novelist who grew up in the slums of Chongquing. Her autobiography Daughter of the River tells the story of her early life. Writes about, and is an advocate for, marginalised groups in China, particularly the LGBT community (see the short story collection A Lipstick Called Red Pepper: Fiction About Gay and Lesbian Love).

Her novel K: The Art of Love is a fictionalised account of a real relationship between a renowned female Chinese writer ("K", whose true identity was Ling Shuhua) and the English poet Julian Bell. It engendered outrage and controversy and a libel lawsuit brought by Ling Shuhua's daughter, even though the Chinese author is never named in the novel. The libel lawsuit eventually concluded in conciliation.

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([personal profile] nanila Jun. 6th, 2011 11:06 am)
Japanese writer, translator and marathon runner. Probably best-known among English-language readers for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and best-loved amongst Japanese readers for Norwegian Wood.

"Here's what I think, Mr. Wind-Up Bird," said May Kasahara. "Everybody's born with some different thing at the core of their existence. And that thing, whatever it is, becomes like a heat source that runs each person from the inside. I have one too, of course. Like everybody else. But sometimes it gets out of hand. It swells or shrinks inside me, and it shakes me up. What I'd really like to do is find a way to communicate that feeling to another person. But I can't seem to do it. They just don't get it. Of course, the problem could be that I'm not explaining it very well, but I think it's because they're not listening very well. They pretend to be listening, but they're not, really. So I get worked up sometimes, and I do some crazy things." -- from The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

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([personal profile] nanila Jun. 5th, 2011 01:52 pm)
Pakistani novelist. Her most recent book Burnt Shadows effortlessly spans continents, cultures and generations. It includes the most subtle and sensitive portrayals of moderate Muslim life and mixed-race marriage that I’ve ever encountered. It is beautiful and captivating, and if I had my way, everyone would read it.

“War is like disease. Until you’ve had it you don’t know it. But no. That’s a bad comparison. At least with disease everyone thinks it might happen to them one day. You have a pain here, swelling there, a cold which stays and stays. You start to think maybe this is something really bad. But war — countries like yours they always fight wars, but always somewhere else. It’s why you fight more wars than anyone else; because you understand war least of all.” -- from Burnt Shadows

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([personal profile] nanila May. 30th, 2011 05:30 pm)
Booker Prize-winning Indian novelist, essayist and activist.

"And the air was full of Thoughts and Things to Say. But at times like these, only the Small Things are ever said. Big Things lurk unsaid inside." -- from The God of Small Things

"Nationalism of one kind or another was the cause of most of the genocide of the twentieth century. Flags are bits of colored cloth that governments use first to shrink-wrap people's minds and then as ceremonial shrouds to bury the dead." -- from War Talk

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([personal profile] nanila May. 23rd, 2011 10:36 am)
Poet, playwright and civil rights activist. "I do not trust people who don't love themselves and yet tell me, 'I love you.' There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt."

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