Sidai 000: Stories of Our Bodies

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The Sidai zine was created to celebrate and take control of our beautiful Black bodies. Black bodies are violently attacked, co-opted, and exploited on a daily basis everywhere. This is not our only story. Black men, women, trans folks take complete control of their bodies in so many fabulous ways that often come natural to us. From dyeing our locks, to painting ourselves in henna markings, and inking ourselves with tattoos, to scarring ourselves in remembrance of our ancestors and embracing our stretch marks of the masculine and feminine. Black body art is both by accident and deliberate and never removed from the everyday. We show this off in beauty and in celebration.

“Sidai”: meaning beautiful, is from the Maa language spoken in Masaai communities originating in eastern parts of the continent, with high concentrations in Kenya and Tanzania. Masaai communities, like many communities on the continent, regularly engage in body modifications. Everyday clothing consists of adorning themselves in naturally made beads, jewels, and stones. The Sidai zine honours this natural and deliberate action of taking charge and adorning our bodies.

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