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    Vol. iii

    Returning Home

    — vol. iii



    From which we came and how we have kept ourselves grounded.

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    Video · June 24, 2018

    Black In Tokyo



    Black in Tokyo was created with the intention of exposing people around the world to the black foreign experience of living in a homogenous country. Directed by Nigerian-American artist Amarachi Nwosu, the film follows five subjects, with origins ranging from West Africa to the U.S., narrating the different cultural challenges and opportunities of living in Tokyo. The 10min documentary examines the dichotomy between the preservation of personal customs while adopting Japanese traditions.

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    Amarachi Nwosu

    Amarachi Nwosu is a Nigerian-American self-taught photographer, filmmaker and writer. With a background in International Communication, she has worked with a number of brands, organizations and companies in Lagos, Tokyo, New York, London and Los Angeles. As a writer for platforms like Highsnobiety and Okayafrica, Amarachi is dedicated to telling unique stories that bring identity and culture to light. Her work has been featured on platforms like CNN Africa and she has worked on documentary projects with VICE Japan. Amarachi has also produced and shot social campaigns for Adidas Tokyo that featured the first woman of color on their Instagram page. Her passion for giving back has allowed her to work on projects with London based women's rights group Equality Now and also be an ambassador for D&AD in New York and Princeton University's race relations. Currently, she is working on a number of documentary projects between Lagos, Nigeria and New York and plans to curate panels and exhibitions throughout the year.



    This story is part of Returning Home, a theme that the Black Girl Magik collective explored and invited the community to investigate with us through a practice of communal healing and coalition building.

    Disconnecting to Reconnect

    The Black Girl Magik collective supports each member in her healing journeys through our annual self-care break. During this time we disconnect from social media to the capacity our programming allows, the internet and other distractions to further reconnect with ourselves. Additionally, we take this time to re-engage with the mission of the collective and to return the root of what it means to organize and build collectively. We are now considering what this self-care break can look like when we invite transparency into our restoration process, and engage our community through physical programming.

    The main goal of our residency with Powrplnt is to provide resources for women of color to engage in restoration and healing and to define self-care on their terms. We aim to: 1) conjure the capacity to center the resilience of women of color; 2) provide resources for women of color to engage in restoration and healing with us, and to define self-care on their terms; 3) host programming, open studios and discussions for and with the community.

    Healing is a journey and we are honoring this journey as a collective by disconnecting from social media, the internet and other distractions to further reconnect with ourselves. We invite you to join us and can’t wait to share how you can meet us IRL.

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    Reclaiming Pleasure

    "Reclaiming Pleasure" is the assertion of sexual power, alongside a period of recovery. It is a Black woman finding strength in her sensuality and grounding autonomy in the realms of pleasure and desire. It is the rejection of standards set on our ancestors and the distinction between agency and objectification.

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    “Returning Home” is an exploration back to lands, rituals and traditions that we have always known. It is voyaging and feeling at home as soon as you step foot on the ground. It is hearing music and your soul perceiving the frequencies. It is seeing a familiar face and knowing that somehow you have met before. “Returning Home” is a return to self.

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