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The Brown Girl World: Chimamanda's Story




Wednesday, November 11, 2009

"Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding."  [Source: Ted.com]

5 comments:

Funkidivagirl on: November 18, 2009 at 5:41 AM said...

Fantastic speech and very powerful; thanks for posting that!

Anonymous on: November 18, 2009 at 8:52 PM said...

The Danger of a Single Story ... is one great piece. Instantly, I thought of the many single stories that I have come across throughout my life. I also thought of my old African History professor,Dr. Mahoso of Zimbabwe, who suffered under the single story . His british professors gave him a single story of african history. But after he heard ... Read Morescholars and historians ,such as, Cheikh Anta Diop..."I had to unlearn" the british story and "relearn" the african one.........He had a ......... CONSCIOUS PARTY!!! GOOD FIND!!!
November 10 at 10:56pm from Facebook

Anonymous on: November 18, 2009 at 8:52 PM said...

Thank you for this post.
November 11 at 1:46pm from Facebook

Divine Diva on: December 29, 2009 at 7:53 AM said...

This is a powerful speech. The news media, the primary source of most of our information, seldom gives the whole story on any issue. It only reports that which will build up it viewership. Unfortunately, programs that show you both sides of any situation or country are not viewed by a "wide berth" of people, so those perspectives are not well known. I hope many people have an opportunity to see this clip. I have done my part by e-mailing it to friends and posting it on my Facebook page.

On another note, but somewhat connected, there is more than one story to every person you know or meet, too.

Thank you for posting this speech.

Chantilly Patiño on: May 15, 2011 at 12:54 PM said...

I'm so glad you mentioned this speech. I absolutely love Chimamanda and this speech is fabulous! So right on target...compassionate and graceful, but still so honest in insisting that we do better. Love her! :)

 

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