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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Stormzy Launches Publishing Imprint with Penguin Random House, #Merky Books

There’s no guessing where Stormzy will take his #Merky empire next. With a record label, clothing merchandise, and music festival under his belt, he has just announced a partnership with Penguin Random House. Stormzy is setting up a new publishing imprint called #Merky books that’ll focus on new works by young writers. Earlier this year…

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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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On Being a Writer of Colour – the Tide Is Finally Changing

From the dawn of time, stories have been integral to the development of communities. It is the way we have successfully passed down our culture, heritage and truths. But what happens when one story is suppressed and another made dominant? Enter the current publishing industry. As it stands, the amount of diverse voices in the…

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Desmond’s: Successfully depicting Black British lives from the early 1990s

In January 1989, Desmond Ambrose (played by Norman Beaton) was first shown on our TV screens, living his day-to-day life with his British-Guyanese family and his pals, in his Barbershop in Peckham. Now, for all you noughties babies that never had the pleasure of being introduced to the Ambrose family, and all the 25 plus…

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The Evolution of Black British TV: Past, Present and Future

About 5 years ago, if someone were to ask me ‘what are the first few things that come to mind when you think of Black British TV?’ I probably would’ve said something like narratives perpetuating ‘crime, drugs and gangs’ without hesitation. However, fast-forward to today and I think my answer would be quite different. When…

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