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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7 Black British Spoken Word Poets You Should Know (and Love)

Prepared to be entertained and educated listeners of spoken word poetry. Many Black Brits are using spoken word poetry as a platform to celebrate the fragments of cultures that make our identities hybridised and unique.  They also position themselves as representatives of our community’s shared frustration regarding inequalities, ethnic tags and other ongoing issues that…

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Repat: Sommas in Kampala

“I can’t wait for these Sommas to go” V exclaims whilst peering over her black cat eye sunglasses at the crowd gathering outside one of our favourite bars. ‘Somma’ is a term created by Ugandans to describe those who live/grew up abroad and come to Uganda during the holiday periods to live it up in…

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The Westernisation of Nollywood  – the Loss of the Family Film and a Unique Identity?

One could say that the growth of African cinema can be owed to the prominent Nollywood. The continuous stream of stories dedicated to exploring the polygamy, witchcraft and barrenness in Nigeria. Not to mention the rise of megastars like Genevieve Nnaji, Funke Akindele-Bello, Mercy Johnson, Jim Iyke, Ramsay Noah and of course Osita Iheme. These…

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Seven Black British Podcasts You Should Be Listening To

Podcasting has fast become a ubiquitous media format for consumption. From the highly entertaining, to the incredibly informative, there’s something out there for everyone looking for audio respite. Here are just seven of the best Black British podcasts, each covering a variety of perspectives and topics. The Receipts Who: Tolly T, Audrey (formerly known as…

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Reminder: Black Brits Need Sun Protection Too!

That freak trial period of summer in April 2018 had us thinking of evening and weekend motives, outfits and getaways. But did sun protection cross your mind? Probably not. When you think of sunburn, you may conjure up images of flushed skin of a paler hue. Advertising doesn’t help. As with countless instances in mainstream…

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British Nigerian Author Changing Perceptions of Race and Gender Roles with Her Series of Children’s Books

Tola Okogwu is a British blogger and author of the ‘Daddy Do My Hair?’ book series for children. Launching her third book in the series ‘Kechi’s Hair Goes Every Which Way’ in May 2018, Tola wants to tackle the relationship between young black girls and their natural afro hair in a vibrant, entertaining and educational…

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Read how these Black British musicians create nostalgia with their selection of samples

Music is a powerful thing. Ever listen to a song for the first time, get all the feels and not know why? Next thing you know you’re screaming “omg this is a vibeee” and your friends are looking at you thinking, “I mean, it’s ok…” You’ve likely been samploozled. You’d be surprised how many of…

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Six Tips for Easing into Vegetarianism

Growing up in an African household, meat was a staple in most, if not all, of my meals. Any given week would be a variety of dishes ranging from Kenyan, Greek and Italian, to something British (whatever that is). The common denominator of each cuisine was always meat. It was only when I started cooking…

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Top 5 Colors Berlin Live shows from Black British Women

Avid fans of music and revered youtube surfers will surely be familiar with the YouTube channel COLORS. The Colors studio located in Berlin records live shows packaged as resplendent performances for our viewing pleasure. The Colors team seek out talented musicians from across the globe and across genres. Names big and small ranging from Goldlink…

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