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  1. Nzube
    31/10/2014

    Went through your work. Curious as to why yo ended Black Looks. Only just discovered it today. Love this new site though. Well done, more grace to you.

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    • sokari
      31/10/2014

      Hi Thanks for the compliment on both Black Looks and the photography. For 8 years Black Looks was an extension of me, central to my life and so much work came my way because of the blog. When I started in 2004 hardly any Africans were blogging and there were only a handful of women which meant I had to go through a steep learning curve to be able to write about so many different issues and countries. I did manage to have a few guest writers over the years but by 2012 the number of bloggers on Africa had increased and it was getting increasingly difficult to maintain the blog on my own. I did try to get a few committed people to contribute but it never worked out. Then I tried the Queer African Network focusing on Queer Africa but again without support it became too difficult. By June this year I was burnt out after nearly 18 months working in Haiti with little funds so when I returned from Haiti in August I braced myself, shut my eyes, said thank you and moved on. I also wanted to focus my energies solely on photography and visual arts generally. Originally I used Tumblr for the photography but then decided WordPress was more ‘professional’

      Black Looks represents 10 years of my life and I look back and realize that really it’s a pretty amazing archive of my life.

      I will be back in Haiti in January so around March I should have some new work up.

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