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“Religion is the opium of the people”

The article critically explores the links between society and religion, and the challenges institutionalized faith places on one’s personal faith.

How I experienced Barbados as a Black safe haven: A response to Chibundu Onuzo

By Salem Afangideh As a fellow affluent Nigerian woman traveller who also recently escaped to Barbados, at a time when I needed a black safe haven from whiteness, I felt very much at home and grateful for the way this island received me and the generosity of its Black people. Which is why I felt…

American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson Review

This historical fiction – the story of an American FBI agent’s affair with Thomas Sankara, deposed President of Burkina Faso, 1983 – 1987, is an interesting reimagination of the life of a fascinating, under-celebrated man. The story is written from the perspective of Marie Mitchell, years after the fictionalised affair and very real assassination of…

Nights of the Creaking Bed Review

My relationship with the short as a narrative format is complex as at times I find myself amazed by the writer’s ability to, in a short space, tell a compelling story and at other times, I am frustrated, finding the mode of narrative delivery inadequate for the weight of the story being told. Nights of…

Good Dog Review

By : Niki Igbaroola It takes a great deal of skill to stand on stage, solely using your voice and body to tell a story for the better part of two and a half hours. When done as sublimely as Kwaku Mills does in the Tiata Fahodzi directed staging of Arinze Kene’s Good Dog, the…

The religion of self-love

Loving myself was one of the most spiritual things I have ever done. When you are dark skinned, Black  and woman love does not come to you easily. So I had to create that love for myself and make it my own religion. Arit Emmanuela , 2019 I have always understood my greatness and I…

You are God: Supernatural beings having a human experience

Learning to integrate our ancestral, supernatural and spiritual lessons into living a fully impactful and love filled human experience. By Mariam Mouna “We are spiritual beings having a human experience” is a phrase we all heard at some point on our journey or double tapped on as we scrolled down our Instagram feeds. To define…

Remembered by Yvonne Battle-Felton: A Book Review

Remembered is Yvonne Battle-Felton’s debut novel, a story where Spring, an emancipated slave, is forced to relive a haunting past in order to lead her dying son home.

Healing Circle Launch: Using Rage for Constructive Healing as we sit and have tea with our unfelt low emotions

We are souls having a human experience. It is time to manifest a laser focus on our collective healing from all the unfelt emotions that as blocked and create a disassociation with our holistic body. I also talk about the energy report of February.We explored anger and its expression as a form of Self-Love. How…

The Global Black Revolution is Still but a Dream

A critical look at the expectations and unfortunate realities that Marvel’s Black Panther Film has forced us to grapple with. By: Niki Igbaroola   Having seen the much anticipated, much loved, box-office record-shattering Black Panther, three times, it is only right that I finally sit down and engage in a critical discourse on themes that…

I Almost Let Him Run Off with All my Stuff

By: Ada Kalu A Personal Account of a Woman Grown Weary of Explaining Patriarchy to Men I am using this week to lock off all talk of men, I am weary. In recent days, I found myself being characterized by the (mostly,  usually always unnecessary) input of various men, so I decided to lock off all talk…

Full Moon Gemini 3/12

By: Tiara Kelly A Manual on How to Move Through this Moon Phase and Mercury Retrograde December 2-22 **shadow phase until Jan 11** Gemini moon will have you wanting to be a chatterbox but maybe it’s time to learn how to communicate with yourself more for practice. Not everything needs to be said to everyone.…

Highlife Soldiers: A West African Visual Commentary

By: Labet Highlife Soldiers enters another chapter in artist Labet’s journey and unfolds an exciting new body of work. Showcasing paintings colourfully inspired by the highlife music genre, this exhibition comes together as a retrospective view of the emotions and atmosphere created from Africa’s golden era of music; through its captivating style and rich narratives. Birthed…

For Us By Us: Women of The Lens Film Festival

By: Niki Igbaroola A Recap of the Inaugural Women of the Lens Film Digital Broadcast Festival Lately, conversation around film, cinema and the industry have been centered around men and their inability to respect consent. This narrative has overshadowed the multitude of good, honest work being created by women, persons of colour and non-binary individuals…

New Moon Scorpio

Tiara Kelly outlines mantras, rituals, and tips for a transitional shift in the Universe. November 18: LONDON: 11:42am NEW YORK: 6:42am LOS ANGELES:  3:42am ***Venus in Scorpio until Dec 1 Mercury Sagittarius (Retrograde Dec 2-22) Issa dramatic New Moon Scorpio and it’s time for a fresh start. New Moons generally are for planting seeds and intentions. As…

High Notes

By: Mica Hamilton Why do we blow birthday candles out once a year? Hoping for that one wish that would make our next chapter special. But why is it that we never Not even on the darkest of nights When the air is warm And the night sky is glowing Deep blue tones that take…

Sorry, I’m Late

By: Wami Aluko A visual satire story of a Lagosian woman’s lateness. Here you see a fly Lagosian woman. She is running late for an event. Maybe a happy hour, maybe a wedding, maybe a date for which she is only half interested. In a hurry, she puts on the most random items in her…

Roses for Grace Jones: In Celebration of a Cultural Icon

By: Niki Igbaroola A Review of Sophie Fennes’ Documentary Bloodlight and Bami There is something in the way Fennes chose to shoot this documentary that melded perfectly, with Jones’ enigmatic nature. The light choices, for example, were both bright and warm, filling up the screen and serving, especially in the scenes shot in Jamaica, to…

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