Category Archives: blackness

Top Boy, Social Dramas and creating role models for young people

I was at a Phase One event on Friday, meeting with some like – minded, ambitious, socially conscious, yet friendly group of people. It was a networking event so there was loads of time to eat and get to know … Continue reading

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Creative exploration verses degenerate deception – Is there a distinction?

Deception verses creative exploration – is there a distinction? I love a good political play. Absolutely adore anything that gets my social conscience jumping. I love to read a book or walk out of play thinking … man this world … Continue reading

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The problem with the fashionable Afro

Those who know me will Know that I first relaxed my hair when I was 18. It was a short lived stint and my friends constantly made comments like ‘I prefer your ethnic look’. ‘Ethnic’ meaning braids (because that is … Continue reading

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The Rise of African Fashion

I attended a very interesting talk today about the rise of African inspired fashion and African prints. The world is being introduced to the beauty and variety of African prints in an amazing way. The panel comprised African designers, an … Continue reading

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The Issue of Identity: Half of a Yellow Sun

Mother Jones (dot) come gives an amazing critique of Half of a Yellow Sun with beautiful insight from the author Adichie. http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2006/10/half-yellow-sun In the interview Adichie says the following “I think that identity shifts. My identity shifts; it is a … Continue reading

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The movie ‘Sket’, girl gangs and getting council flats to read.

In his article White Teeth Hari Kanzru makes the point that he hopes great works like Zadie Smith’s White Teeth will be discovered by the black and Asian people it is written about and not just the prize giving critics … Continue reading

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For Black History month: Can we have a colour blind society?

A conversation I had with a friend who is an amazing creative Director and fashion blogger inspired this essay. I asked a friend of mine why he never used black models for his magazine shoots and only ever seemed to … Continue reading

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