Real Reads

Date


Aug 2021

Can you be Bamboozled by Jesus? Absolutely says Yvonne Orji

Unapologetically sharing her faith, the Emmy-nominated actress takes readers on a journey through the highs and lows, before entering her dreamland
Aug 2021

Twice as Hard: Navigating Black Stereotypes and Creating Space For Success

While the world endeavours to become more inclusive, and businesses strive to eradicate discrimination, the book explores Black identity in the workplace
Aug 2021

Housing, Welfare, and the Demonisation of Black Women

From the inception of the modern welfare state, Black people and Women were excluded from ideals of citizenship and Britishness
Aug 2021

African Feminisms Part II: Sudanese Women in Defence of Themselves 

After the romanticisation of Sudan’s ancient feminist past, patriarchy is trying to convert the Kandakat of the revolution into nothing more than pretty symbolism
Aug 2021

At the Intersection of #MeToo and #BLM, Afro-Arab Women Fall Through the Cracks 

Utilising the power of social media the pandemic that is sexual violence was forced into public discourse in a deeply patriarchal state
Jul 2021

Zimbabwe Deportations, Britishness, and Priti Patel’s Attack on Blackness

Any step out of line by foreign nationals is an “abuse of our hospitality” with Black and Brown people disproportionately targeted within these limitations
Jul 2021

Take Me Back Home

Mother lied when she said life would be better here. She lied again when she said that I have nothing to fear
Jul 2021

Interview with Chantelle Lunt: “You don’t always win in activism, but it’s that resistance that makes you an activist”

We evaluate how colourism and proximity to whiteness inform political success and assess the likelihood of longstanding structural change
Jul 2021

Why the “Nerdy/Quirky Black Girl” is an Emboldening rather than Limiting take on our Femininity

Intelligence is a descriptor that we see reserved for the white archetypes, with nerdiness on screen being explored primarily in relation to whiteness
Jul 2021

The Assassination of President Moïse: How Did We Get Here and What Lays Ahead for Haiti?

“The cycle of crisis after crisis during this period means that Haiti has never been given time to recover, pushing its economy and society to paper-thin limits”
Jul 2021

Bad Hair Review: A Funny Satire that Shows the Horrors of Trying to Fit in

An ambitious young woman gets a weave to succeed in the image-obsessed world of music television. But her new hair may have a mind of its own
Jul 2021

Review & Interview with Founder of Moneopura: Natural Products for Black Skin

“Like many Black Women, I suffer from hyperpigmentation. But I also have hypopigmentation, where there are lighter patches of skin on my face”