Rokhaya Diallo

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Rokhaya Diallo
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Born (1978-04-10) 10 April 1978 (age 41)
Paris, France

Rokhaya Diallo (born 10 April 1978), is a French journalist, author, filmmaker, and activist for racial, gender and religious equality. She is a BET-France host and has produced and/or directed documentaries, TV and radio programs. She has published: Racism: a guide, France Belongs to Us, France: One and Multicultural and How to talk to kids about racism, a graphic novel Pari(s) d'Amies, and Afro! featuring Afro-Parisians who choose natural hairstyles.


Rokhaya Diallo was born in 1978, in Paris, from Senegalese and Gambian parents.[1] Her father was a mechanic and her mother a sewing teacher. Her family moved to La Courneuve, a suburb of Paris, in 1989.

After obtaining a bachelor's degree in International and European law, Diallo went on to study business, which led her to work for a short period at IBM, which she left because she felt "like a pawn".[2] So she decided to work toward a marketing and distribution degree at the Université Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris I), which she earned in 2003.[2] She now works in broadcasting production.[2]

As an anime enthusiast, Diallo helped found the Japan Expo. She was also briefly a voice actress, performing Kamui Shiro as a child in X1999, by CLAMP, and Ex in Ah! My Goddess: The Movie.[3]

In 2001, she participated in the youth outreach program of La Courneuve. She was asked to join in the city's Youth Council and rose to the position of president within two years. As a feminist, she campaigns for the anti-sexist association Mix-Cité.[4] She also campaigns for the organization ATTAC, which fights for sustainable and socially just globalization policies, notably during the Film Festival "Images mouvementées".[5]

The Indivisibles[edit]

Diallo (second from left) at the press conference for the first "Y'a bon Awards" in 2009

In 2006, having heard that "most people consider being black and from a working class background to be a problem", Diallo founded the association, The Indivisibles.[6] "People's looks seemed to associate me with a certain image and uncomfortable stereotypes."[7] "When we were young, my brother and I had never asked ourselves "where do we come from?", until we were asked by others".[2] Diallo was not bothered by attaching the question to one's origin, but she objects to people placing their own yearning for exoticism over her. The Indivisibles campaigns to put a stop to "a partition of French citizenship by physical appearance" or by geographical origin. Originally created in secrecy, to "work with institutions such as the French Education Department",[8] the association burst on to the publishing scene in 2009 with a large media exposure program oriented around their newly created "Y'a bon Awards" recognizing the most outrageous racist statements by French public figures.

Diallo became a radio and television commentator and in 2011 she published Racism: a guide, in the philosopher Vincent Cespedes' collection. "France is my country. I know Paris better than Senegal. But how should she behave in a "structurally racist" environment? Mentalities need to change. Especially in the media, when their coverage of a news story focuses solely on a defendant’s skin color or geographical origin".[9] Exposing Islamophobia holds an increasingly important place in her reasoning: "We only speak of secular education when the subject is Islam (and not in regard to any other religion), a religion we are led to believe is only practiced in France by sexist and violent fundamentalists of North African origin."

Activity since 2004[edit]

In 2002, Diallo took part in different humorous short-films by the group Une case en moins,[10] as an actress, singer and songwriter.

From 2009 to 2013, she was a commentator for La Matinale on Canal+, and since 2009 on RTL (French radio station).[11] In March 2010, she was chosen to participate in the International Visitor Leadership program and as a guest of the US government. She visited the country to study its diversity.[12]

With four other leading figures - François Durpaire [fr], Marc Cheb Sun, Lilian Thuram and Pascal Blanchard - she appealed and draws up a hundred propositions for "a multicultural and post-racial Republic".[13]

Since 2011, Diallo has hosted Fresh Cultures on the Mouv' (French radio station); she also hosted and co-directed a monthly show Egaux mais pas trop (Equals but not too much) on LCP.

In March 2014, she published an editorial opinion piece in the weekly review Politis for International Women's Day.[14]


Diallo was listed by Slate as 36th out of the 100 most influential French women in 2013, and appears among the 30 most influential black figures in Europe on Britain’s Powerful Media’s ranking.[15]

  • January 2012 - awarded by the Conseil pour la Justice, l’Egalité et la Paix – COJEP (an international NGO working for democracy, human rights, the fight against racism and discrimination, living together and citizenship, affiliated with the UN and the Council of Europe)[16]
  • October 2014 - #LabComWomen prizewinner in the category "Generosity". The prize created by TF1 and LABCOM recognizes women with noteworthy profiles, working and ambassadors in the digital world.[17][18]
  • In March 2015, her documentary Steps to Liberty, which questions France's identity through the prism of young American leaders, won Best Documentary Film at the Regional and International Festival of Guadeloupe (FEMI).[19][20]



Diallo's action is consistent with the fight for race and ethnic equality, "especially among non-white French citizens, as their French identity is so often denied and depreciated." (presentation of the Indivisibles on their website).[21] She is a member of the advisory board of the Berlin-based NGO Center for Intersectional Justice, which seeks to address intersecting forms of discrimination and inequality.[22]

In June 2013, someone found guilty of using Twitter to call for Diallo's rape was sentenced to pay a fine of 2000 euros, of which 1400 were suspended, and 1000 euros for damages to the plaintiff.[23] The following year, Diallo produced a documentary for French channels LCP/AN and France 3, Networks of Hate, covering hate speech and freedom of speech online.

Campaigning against anti-black racism[edit]

Gay rights[edit]

In December 2012, she took part in a demonstration supporting the right of gay couples to marry, where she noticed the lack of black participation.[28]





  • Racism: a guide, Larousse, coll. "Philosopher", March 2011 (ISBN 2035847907)
  • Trussing a Domestic, Syllepse, September 2011
  • France belongs to us, Michel Lafont, April 2012
  • France: One and Multicultural, Fayard, April 2012
  • How to talk to kids about racism, Le Baron Perché, May 2013 (ISBN 2360800752)
  • Me, racist? Never! Scenes of ordinary racism, Flammarion, March 2015 (ISBN 2081359243)
  • Pari(s) d’amies, Delcourt, April 2015 (ISBN 2756053554)[29]
  • Afro!, Les Arenes, November 2015


  1. ^ "Rokhaya Diallo : « On peut être raciste en ayant de bonnes intentions". External link in |website= (help)
  2. ^ a b c d "Didier Arnaud et Charlotte Rotman, " Humour noir "". Retrieved 17 March 2009.
  3. ^ "Entretien avec Rokhaya Diallo". Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Rokhaya Diallo : " L'islamophobie est un nouveau racisme "". Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  5. ^ "Images Mouvementées". Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  6. ^ "Les Indivisibles".
  7. ^ "Française, sans commentaire !".
  8. ^ BANGRÉ, HABIBOU. "Les indivisibles face aux préjugés".
  9. ^ "« LUniversité populaire et citoyenne a invité Rokhaya Diallo pour débattre sur le racisme". Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  10. ^ "Youpi et la Paille Magique, vidéo parodique d'animé japonais avec Rokhaya Diallo et Davy Mourier". Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  11. ^ "Face à face Rokhaya Diallo-Anne Fulda". Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  12. ^ "L'avenir de la France passe par la diversité". Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  13. ^ "Cinq personnalités lancent un appel à une "République multiculturelle et post-raciale". Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  14. ^ Diallo, Rokhaya. "Femmes, prenons la une !". Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  15. ^ "Rokhaya Diallo". Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  16. ^ Retrieved 14 January 2016. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  17. ^ "Rokhaya Diallo, lauréate au #LabcomWomen". Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  18. ^ "LABCOM Conferences". Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  19. ^ "FEMI website".
  20. ^ "Rokhaya Diallo et ses Marches de la liberté récompensées au FEMI !". Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  21. ^ " – Le blog de 3 copains de longues dates". Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  22. ^ "Who we are". Retrieved 2018-07-12.
  23. ^ "Le tweet : " Il faut violer cette conne de rokaya, comme ça, fini le racisme… " « Une amende pour avoir appelé au viol de la militante antiraciste Rokhaya Diallo". Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  24. ^ "Rokhaya Diallo au black caucus à Washington". Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  25. ^ "Respect Mag " 100 % Noirs de France "". Archived from the original on 24 February 2015. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  26. ^ "Après la polémique sur son article sur la mode "noire", "Elle"apres la polemique sur son article sur la mode noire elle se defend de tout racisme". Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  27. ^ "A quand une femme noire en couverture de "Elle" ?". Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  28. ^ "Rokhaya Diallo sur le mariage pour tous". Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  29. ^ "New comic book "Pari(s) d'Amies" - from feminist and anti-racism activist Rokhaya Diallo". Retrieved 17 January 2016.

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