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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.

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Post image by Thabiso Mahlape via Twitter @thabisobonita

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Ainehi Edoro is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she teaches African literature. She received her doctorate at Duke University. She is the founder and editor of Brittle Paper and series editor of Ohio University Press’s Modern African Writer’s imprint.

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