Anonymous said: Someone on facebook posted a video of a Tahitian dancer and captioned it "BETTER THAN TWERKING" and a bunch of the comments agreed. One said twerking was for "fat ghetto bitches" and I just....why can't both dance forms be appreciated? Why is it necessary to look down on twerking on a video that shows a completely different dance form?

Last year I came across something similar except it was comments saying that West African dances like mapouka are “better” than twerking because they are more “elegant” or some other nonsense like that.

It boils down to people refusing to acknowledge and appreciate African American culture and innovation. There’s no reason both dance forms cannot be appreciated, fundamentally they share the same roots even though they are different dance forms.

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blackdancehistory:

Tanisha Scott Discusses The History of Twerking

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#twerking #history 

powerofthebussy:

Pamputtae - Nuh Problem (Official Video)

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#pamputtae #jamaica #dancehall #wining 

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#reunion #sega 

Anonymous said: I read one of your post & wanted to comment "Twerking" was not a term used nationally in America it's GA or Atlanta vernacular originally. It depends on ur region. There are some of our dances that just dont have names, names just catch on.

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Whoops lemme try that again lol. Not a dance video but point about body shaming made

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#yes #thanks!!! #submission 

blackdancehistory:

I hate the way Black dance is described as vernacular. Breakdancing has a long and powerful tradition, from Afro-Brazilian capoeira to Mucope N’golo from Angola. Not all Black women’s dances are calling their husbands back from war or to inspire copulation. Josephine Baker, twerking, wining, The New Orleans Bounce, dancehall, gouye, el mapale, soca, samba and coupé-décalé have complex histories, the influences intertwined with the diasporan histories of the Ivorian mapouka, Cape Verdian funana, Senegalese sabaar, Gabonese djembe, Congolese soukous and kwassa kwassa, Angolan kuduro, Swahili chakacha, Tanzanian bakoko, Mozambican galanga, Igbo ngwa, Afro-Arab malaya, Somali niiko, and the hundreds of millions of dances around Africa.

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@1 week ago with 102 notes
#history 

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Country: Reunion

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#sega #reunion 

the-goddamazon:

susiethemoderator:

blackgirlsrpretty2:

curvellas:

better-than-kanye-bitchh:

Random Twerking!: Girls Twerk In Public! 

LMFAO i’m so here for black girls acting up and being silly in public

LOVE THIS!

YAAAAS! I AM 100% here for black girls being free to express themselves in public!

Twerking is a fun body expression and shame on white people for over sexualizing it.

I LOST IT AT THE GIRL COMING OUT THE STORAGE BIN THO

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#emphasis mine #twerking 

This is not a dance video! As I was watching sex therapist Gertude Mungai demonstrate sex positions on K24’s Connect I couldn’t help but remember this quote from Wangari Mwai’s research on unyago especially this part; “…there is that which should make the girl’s waist very flexible “chakacha” and that which makes her move pleasurable during love making, msondo. Chakacha is danced in an upright position and msondo in a lying position.”

While I am not sure exactly “traditional” the positions shown in the video are, I couldn’t help the connection and that’s why I’m sharing this here.

@1 month ago with 15 notes
#Kenya