Social Commentary No.15 ‘We been Royal’

What are your honest views about the royal wedding? Many are excited, ecstatic and eager to see what the future holds for Meghan and Harry in this so called ‘post-racial society’. Personally, I wish we would honour our own African Queens from our homelands, such as: Queen Aminatu Makeda, Queen of Sheba Queen Nefertiti Queen…

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Social Commentary No. 14 “The Power Imbalance: The Battle of the Sexes”

As women, and especially Black women, we live in a vacuum, a bubble filled with polluting air particles – full of micro and macro aggression, that impact our daily lives. It’s hard to breathe. We are suffocating and silenced. Our very existence in every social space is questioned. We are too sexy, too bossy, too aggressive, to needy, to uptight, too loud, too vulnerable, too emotional, too indecisive, too unstable, too demanding, too VISIBLE!

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Social Commentary No. 13 “CHILDREN OF THE WINDRUSH GENERATION – RUSHED OUT OF THE UK”

The treatment of long-term economic migrants living in the UK has become the focus of a recent international and political debate. Yesterday, the British Prime Minister Theresa May, apologised to the leaders of 12 Caribbean countries, in a day that has been dubbed ‘a day of national shame’. Theresa May, stated her ‘regret for the anxiety caused‘…

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Social Commentary No. 12 “PUMA’S ‘HOUSE OF HUSTLE’ EVENT IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF EXPLOITING BLACK PAIN FOR PROFIT”

“Puma’s ‘House of Hustle’ was more like a ‘Den of Degradation’! On the 5th of April 2018, the global shoe brand Puma, invited 200+ consumers to Soho in London to showcase their latest campaign. In this campaign, and against the Backdrop of Grenfell Towers (where 71 people died and 70 were injured), Puma decided to glamorise…

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Social Commentary No. 11 “Re-Imagining Africa”

A close friend of mine was born in Lagos, Nigeria and arrived in England aged 3. In preparation for starting school, her parents ensured her command of the English language  was perfected. When her parents attempted to enrol her in school, they were met with some resistance. The Head Master asked a number of dubious…

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Social Commentary No. 10 “THE ADVERSE EFFECTS OF THE SUPERWOMAN SYNDROME”

The strong black woman was created to counter images of historical and gendered stereotypes such as the ‘MAMMIE’, the ‘JEZEBEL’ and more recently the ‘SAPPHIRE’. Let’s look at each caricature in more detail: The ‘Mammie’ – was a post 1940’s figure, the asexual grandma who dedicated her life to fulfilling the needs of a white…

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Social Commentary No. 9 “AFRICA IN THE SPOTLIGHT’…THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY”

Africa Is currently in the spotlight, and it seems, for all the right reasons. After years of exporting harmful depictions of Black men and women to the world, Hollywood has an export of which we can all be proud of. Marvel Studio’s Black Panther has now surpassed $1 billion in global sales, its fair to say, the…

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Social Commentary No. 8 Examining Stereotypes: “THE ANGRY BLACK WOMAN”

Black women are subject to a barrage of daily micro and macro aggression’s – from their peers, the media, from within their own families, the workplace and of course society as a whole. Our skin colour, body shape, hair type and even our verbal reactions are constantly under a microscope. This piece is therefore about…

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Social Commentary No. 7 “KNOWLEDGE ACQUIRED AND THEN APPLIED IS POWER”

I’m sure you’ve all heard the urban myth that states ‘if you want to hide anything from a black person, put it in a book’. The inference being, black people seldom read, which I find quiet ironic, seeing as White British adults are ‘less educated’ than ethnic minorities in the UK,  and African-American women in the US are…

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Social Commentary No. 5 “BLACK MOTHERS DON’T HUG THEIR DAUGHTER’S”

This statement was made recently by JaVeion Arielle on Twitter… As you can imagine, this comment has caused much outrage and controversy…. I’m indifferent to it….It’s not that I don’t care about the perceived impact it will have on ‘Black Twitter’, but It’s one of those views you have to assess and evaluate in context.…

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Social Commentary No. 6 “Why Hollywood’s Obsession with Whitewashing is the Ultimate act of Betrayal”

I find it truly disingenuous and an egregious act of woeful ignorance, that at the start of Black History Month in the US, the image of the Black woman is still being erased and replaced! If like me, you are fed-up with racially-insensitive miscasting, keep reading and let me know your views below… Lauded for…

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Social Commentary No. 4 “Is Dis-ordered Eating and Body Dissatisfaction the New Black?”

  There has been a long held belief that Black women readily embrace their thicker, larger, and more voluptuous frames, which assumes that Black women all want to look one singular, particular way. Or that all Black women love the skin and bodies they’re in. However, there is some truth to this narrative due the…

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