Marie-Olivier Mabiala Moussavou, Student, Philosopher & Artist.

 

The MotherLand

"He who feeds you, controls you". - Thomas Sankara

 

When you think of a thriving Black community and cities, what do you see?

I see trust in the black individual besides you, I see self-love and confidence. For a thriving black community, the mental needs to be recalibrated to see oneself as a full individual who does not need the approval of whites. If this mental prison is broken, I believe that the rest will automatically follow. The events of the past have locked the black mindset in this subconscious feeling that the thumb up needs to come from the other and not from within.

 

What neighborhood, city or space affirms your Blackness?

My blackness is affirmed or accentuated wherever I am obviously the minority. When I was in Congo, being black was not a topic since everyone was black. Black was the norm, therefore there was no pressure in affirming blackness. In the mountains of Switzerland, the cold of Minnesota or jokes in my white UW classrooms, Olivier affirmed black.

 

What do you want your legacy to be?

"Until the lion learns to speak, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter". I want lions to learn so they can speak and make the hunter look like a fool and a cheater.