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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A time for everything: writing black vs writing british

Having completed a dissertation in Black British writing, I was faced with a body of work that looked at the significance of the black experience post 1945 in Britain. It was great to see how authors of teh modern age … Continue reading

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Africa and the Internet – no mans land no more.

I recently read a really interesting article in the Economist quarterly ‘Intelligent Life’ called Digital Africa. Apparently there is a network of under sea cables that have made it possible for Africa to access the internet and connects the continent … Continue reading

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So I’ve been deceived all this time – slim people do have figure.

This evening I went for a spin session at the gym and thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved this class especially because the instructor actually had a body shape I would not mind having (it’s always more of an incentive to … Continue reading

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