Shamira Ibrahim is a Cultural Worker & Essayist.

Shamira Ibrahim is a Brooklyn-based culture writer by way of Harlem, Canada, and East Africa, who explores identity, cultural production and technology via a race critical code framework as a critic, reporter, feature/profile writer, and essayist – with a particular emphasis on francophone accessibility in the anglophone Black diaspora. Her work has been featured in publications such as New York Magazine, Essence, The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Teen Vogue, BuzzFeed, Vox, OkayAfrica, The Root, Mic, The Baffler and Harper’s Bazaar.

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Ibrahim wrote a monthly column at VICE’s Broadly, Extremely Online, which investigated the origins and impact of internet phenomena, viral trends, and other online mysteries that shape our daily digital experiences, with an emphasis on Black cultural output. In 2020 she was named as an honoree on OkayAfrica’s annual “One Hundred Women” list, celebrating woman who are “building infrastructure, both literally and metaphorically, for future generations in Africa and in the Diaspora.”  She currently manages a bilingual column, Négritude, for Amaka Studio, a digital media publisher for the African diaspora, paired with curated Francophone playlists.

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“ma négritude n’est pas une pierre, sa surdité ruée contre la clameur du jour

ma négritude n’est pas une taie d’eau morte sur l’oeil mort de la terre

ma négritude n’est ni une tour ni une cathédrale

elle plonge dans la chair rouge du sol

elle plonge dans la chair ardente du ciel

elle troue l’accablement opaque de sa droite patience.”

— Aimé Césaire, “Cahier d’un retour au pays natal”