Grad Zine

Feb 2022

DJ Kem Kem on Stanford University, the Need for Women-Focused Spaces in Music, and Working with Tems

“It’s exhausting but I know my worth”: Grad Zine talks with the multifaceted Nigerian creative, ahead of her next show in London, in March
Dec 2021

Precious Mustapha on Fate: The Winx Saga and Complex Black Characters

“I was hoping that they went for a dark-skinned girl for accurate representation like the cartoon. So, I was really happy when I got the role”
Nov 2021

13 Going on 30: The Parentification of Black Girls

From cooking, cleaning, studying and taking care of siblings, essentially being the ‘second mother’ or ‘third parent’. Parentified children become hyper-independent adults
Oct 2021

#BHM Joycelyn Longdon: Connecting Creativity and Climate Activism

Climate activism starts by nurturing an emotional connection with nature, rather than performing on social media and policing the actions of others
Oct 2021

In conversation with Bantú Mama star Clarisse Albrecht: An ode to the global Black diaspora

A film that resembles us, as Afro descendants, being Caribbean with a rising consciousness of Africanity
Oct 2021

#BHM In conversation with Cameroonian Teen Advocate Liz Lum

“I feel like I failed her, I didn’t stop what her mum wanted to do. I need to make sure no other girl falls into that situation. I need to make sure that every girl has a choice”
Oct 2021

#BHM Michaela Coel: Emerging from silence to tell a resounding story of survival

As with Chewing Gum, I May Destroy You is proof that the more specific the story, the more universal the reach
Oct 2021

In Conversation with Netflix’s ‘Blood & Water’ stars Ama Qamata and Khosi Ngema

African entertainment has always been top tier (think Nollywood, Afrobeats, Amapiano, Soukous) but Blood and Water delivers the teen drama we’ve been waiting for
Sep 2021

Channel 4’s Highlife: The highs, the lows and the love lives of British West Africans

The series exposes the ups and downs of business, family and personal relationships, as well as an insight into the dynamics of British-African identity
Sep 2021

Should I stay or should I go? The post-graduation conundrum

Disconnecting from my culture doesn’t mean rebranding as someone else. But it does mean I become part of the coveted ‘hyphenated-Nigerian class’
Sep 2021

The satirical show White Lotus is a portrait of unbridled exploitation

The show’s complex characters expose issues of social power, presenting the uneasy dynamics between the white consumer and the marginalised individual
Sep 2021

2021 Met Gala: Black is Fashion, but not on the Red Carpet

The event presented the optimal opportunity to demonstrate greater diversity and inclusion. Maintaining the status quo was more important than bucking convention