An exclusive interview with Alexandra Afryea as Lady Macbeth

Alexandra Afryea – who has starred in Silent Witness, Care and Emmerdale – plays the leading role as Lady Macbeth in the corporate adaptation of Macbeth.  Set in 1987 during London’s stock market crash, the play explores themes of race and class in the midst of greed and genocide.  Before her performance, I was able…

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Macbeth: A familiar story re-imagined to explore themes of race, class and betrayal

Proteus presents a re-imagination of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, setting the Scotland based play in London during the 1987 stock market crash.  Directed by Mary Swan, the corporate thriller explores a disastrous era in Britain, exploring themes of race, class and betrayal in the trading room floor, which is brought to life by an all BAME cast. …

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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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Notting Hill 2018: 10 Tips for a Fun, Stress-free & Memorable Carnival Experience

Dearly beloved, On Sunday 26th and Monday 27th August 2018, the Black British masses will flock, yet again, to the streets of West London where they will drink, party and most importantly… whine their waists. In other words: CARNIVAL IS APPROACHING!!! *Blows whistle* Notting Hill Carnival is something I look forward to every year, as…

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The Struggle: Reclaiming the Black Aesthetic

It’s no secret that being black in this world is probably one of the hardest things to be. And being a black woman is even harder. A long history of the oppression of black people painfully lingers in cities around the world. Many of us are still being treated in a way that is unjust…

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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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Jenn Nkiru’s personal and evocative exploration of blackness

How I first came across Jenn Nkiru’s Rebirth is Necessary is still a bit hazy. It could have been on an intense Instagram explore session. Or a friend may have sent it to me as I had been moaning about the need to feel inspired. What is very clear however is Nkiru’s ability to transfer the mercurial…

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