All hail the queen of shade!

Thabiso Mahlape runs Blackbird Books, an imprint of Jacana Media. She publishes black writers and provides a platform for emergent voices in the South African literary scene.

Two weekends ago, Mahlape was at the Franschhoek Literary Festival where she participated in a Sunday panel about women in publishing.

Ahead of her panel, which was scheduled on Sunday, Mahlape took to twitter on Saturday to fire a few shots at everyone from festival organizers, to black misogynists, to people who discount her work as a publisher.

As she says, she is a 32 year old black woman with her own publishing imprint. She has no reason to put up with anybody’s bullshit.

Go Mahlape! It’s way too late in the day to make room for people who can’t stomach successful women—especially in a male-dominated industry like African publishing.

Scroll down to read the tweets.

Post image by Thabiso Mahlape via Twitter @thabisobonita

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I'm finishing up a phd at Duke University where I study African novels, which I believe are some of the loveliest things ever written. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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