The Queens Fortress – On Navigating Black Womanhood

“I hold the doorknob and I take a breath before I open the door to the world, and the minute I open, the flood comes in, and suddenly I am fighting the waves,” is how medical doctor and esteemed poet Thandokuhle Mngqibisa describes her experience in the body of a Black woman in this country. This daunting conversation led to her sharing some of the stunning experiences she encountered at the 2020 Pride festival in Cape Town as a free Black queer woman.

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Thandokule Mngqibisa is a Johannesburg based medical doctor and a well-seasoned poet. In the course of her thirteen years as a writer she has been published and has performed her works both locally and internationally. She has shared the stage with many well established poets and has participated in workshop production as well as editing the work of others.

Thandokuhle has hosted classes and workshops and has planned numerous events in poetry. Her works reflects the middle class Black woman and all the violence and glory they encounter in society. By profession she is a medical doctor as well as the Clinical Director at the South African chapter of a prominent international abortion providing service.

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