An Interview with Yasmin Joseph, the playwright behind J’Ouvert

Written by Yasmin Joseph, directed by Rebekah Murrell and brought to life by an outstanding team of black women and non-binary people, _J’ouvert_ is a play you’ll love watching. The story is honest, fun, warm, witty, heartfelt, and the perfect warm-up for Carnival. We sat down with Yasmin to find out the story behind the…

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Drama Review: Custody

Photos by Bianca Stella Written by Tom Wainwright who was inspired by the banned Migrant Media documentary Injustice, directed by Gbemisola Ikumelo and based on creator Urban Wolf’s personal experiences, Custody follows a Black British family as they experience all the different stages of grief after losing someone to police brutality.   January has seen…

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An Interview with Tanya Dee from the all-woman show ‘Boots’

Tanya Loretta Dee plays Willow in the dynamic female-led theatre production Boots, now showing at The Bunker Theatre. The play follows the funny, heart breaking adventure of two women at very different stages in life, questioning what it means to be a woman. In between shows I was able to speak to Tanya about Boots and…

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Black British Tattoo Artists: An Interview with Chanelle Jasmin, Sambeezus and Sammy Inks

Photo credit: cover image is a tattoo by Sammy Inks Yes, they exist! I went to tattoo studios Ink Lounge and Inkhouse London to find out a bit more about some Black Brit tattooists. My first stop is Ink Lounge in Palmer’s Green, North London. I don’t have any tattoos myself so I don’t really know…

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Michael Jackson as Fashion, Art, Icon: An Interview with Sequoia Barnes

I am simultaneously having the best and the worst time of my life as a ‘Teen Specialist’ at a camp for young girls from New York City, way out in the bush of upstate New York. The worst include the snake discovered in one of the classrooms, the ticks that we’ve been cautioned will give…

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Festivaling While Black

I’m okay when I realise despite the extremely black headline, I am one of about 0.0002 black people and 0.0008 people of colour in total out of forty thousand people at Longitude festival in Ireland. I’m okay when a drug-fuelled reveller headbutts me by accident and splits my lip. I reapply my Fenty lip-gloss and…

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There Really Is Something Wrong with a Little Bump and Grind

Warning: abuse, violence, sexual assault Last year we saw Karrueche take out a restraining order against repeat offender Chris Brown, Kevin Spacey accused of assault against a minor, and a gruesome deposition of horrifying abuse suffered by girlfriend of American rapper XXX Tentacion. Black Brit artists are not exempt: Solo 45 and Bonkaz have both…

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