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In Maximillian William’s recent exhibition, Embodying Anew, work by Thaddeus Moseley, Magdalene Odundo and Simone Leigh challenges Western appropriation of African aesthetics and celebrates the cultural practices of indigenous Africa.
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In this compelling personal essay, Shamini Sriskandarajah recounts a year of trying to connect with friends over text, email, phone and post; of having to explain racism to one white friend and denounce violent sexism to another.
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For decades womxn have felt unrepresented by liberal feminism and its lack of intersectionality. In her new book, Cats Are Trash: But Maybe Feminists Are Too, Majella Mark seeks to entertain, encourage and educate readers on the history and potentiality of feminism.
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Aysha Abdulrazak meets with entrepreneur and founder of Sugared & Sprayed, Shay Walcott, to discuss the ancient art of sugaring, speaking your hopes into existence, the beauty of black women and building an organisation that supports women of colour from the get-go.
Read More “Interview with Shaynae Walcott of Sugared & Sprayed: ‘I am a proud black woman’”
When Majella Mark was left unable to speak because of health problems, she felt alone and excluded. But on discovering New York’s hearing impaired community, she made new friends and learned to communicate in a way she never had before.
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In the first essay of her co-edited and co-conceived series, Disembodied Voices: Friendship during COVID-19, Sumaya Kassim reflects on the breakdown of a friendship, exploring feelings of abandonment, rejection and grief that led her to self-evaluate and cultivate new intimacy and care.
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Award-winning author, Yvonne Battle-Felton, talks to Hannah Hutchings-Georgiou about her exceptional debut, Remembered, her journey into academia and writing, her courageous women characters, and the inspiring maternal figures in her life.
Read More “In conversation with award-winning author, Yvonne Battle-Felton: ‘Writing has made me a better, more empathetic person’”
In the final postcard of her series, Rochelle Roberts reflects on the last few months since the first lockdown, and finds comfort and hope in the artwork of Somaya Critchlow and Dorothea Tanning’s Interior with Sudden Joy, 1951.
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Majella Mark looks back to her own artwork, The Return, 2020, a celebration of African ancestry, and asks where can black men and women go to be safe in light of the murders of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery?
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Faith Ringgold’s striking painting, #19 US Postage Stamp, 1967, captures the complexities of the Black Power movement in 60s America and the white supremacist structures African Americans were subject to. But it serves as a metaphor for our times too, writes Hannah Hutchings-Georgiou.
Read More “Postcards in Isolation 18: Faith Ringgold, #19 US Postage Stamp Commemorating the Advent of Black Power, 1967”
The award-winning playwright, actress and singer, Apphia Campbell, sits down with Uma Nada-Rajah to discuss living in China, the Black Lives Matter movement and the stories behind her two acclaimed sell-out shows, Black is the Colour of My Voice and Woke.
Read More “In Conversation with award-winning playwright Apphia Campbell – ‘After Ferguson, I started thinking about how I could contribute to the political fight’”