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When the Handmaidens United in Protest

I’ve always admired Margaret Atwood’s dystopian 1985 novel ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, which tells the story of a religious coup that results in a theocracy called Gilead, where women are stripped of rights and forced (the world has, except for a few, become mysteriously infertile) to bear children for the society’s elite. Like all dystopian tales, this is an exaggerated version of an existing societal construct and due to the present US administration, and thanks to Hula TV’s brilliant adaptation, the novel has become relevant again. Back in 1985 I could never have imagined a man as regressive as Trump becoming a president, or the idea of free women’s sexual healthcare and contaception being threatened in a supposedly first-world country, or the need to be still protesting about the reproductive rights of women over their own bodies-but here we are.Read more...

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Arts Review – Soul of a Nation: Art in the age of Black Power, Tate Modern

by Maya Kay

The show opens in 1963 at the height of the Civil Rights movement amidst the dreams of integration.

From the Spiral art collective devoted to, and composed solely of African-American artists founded by Romare Bearden, Charles Alston, Norman Lewis and Hale Woodruff; to Just Above Midtown (JAM), there have been pioneers who have dedicated gallery space to exhibit African-American artists and works by people of colour. From Betye Saar to Barkley L Hendricks, this latest retrospective of works from one of the many pockets of the African diaspora explores two decades of America’s eclectic and unquestionably talented African-American artists.

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Brainchild-Bound

by Rose Miyonga

When I was a child, my family and I spent our summers at festivals. Almost always with a face paint, quite often naked, my sister and I, along with a cohort of friends old and new would roam freely through fields filled with music, art and fun.

When I started going to big festivals as a teenager, I was, frankly, disappointed. Gone were the compost toilets and the communal canteens, and gone, too, were the feelings of safety and inclusivity, the feeling that I was a member of a community whose participation was encouraged and appreciated. Instead, I felt like a consumer, a customer who had paid to be entertained.Read more...

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Interview: ‘Typical Girls’ Founder Jamila Prowse

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The Typical Girls team. From left to right, Chani Wisdom, Jamila Prowse and Celiya Koster.

by Rose Miyonga and Jamila Prowse 

Typical Girls is part of a growing movement of zines by and for a diversity of women who aren’t interested in waiting to be given a voice by the mainstream media.
It is a space for self-expression and sharing of the female experience, which ultimately demonstrates that there is no one way to be a self-identifying woman.
It launched in 2015 with an issue entitled ‘Beginnings’, and ‘The Naked Issue’ was released last year, the Girls are back with volume three, ‘Generations’ this month.… Read more...

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A/W 2017 Fashion Edit by Naomi Shimada

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Called the best thing on instagram by Refinery 29, body positive activist, model and nascent documentary maker Naomi Shimada is a warm ray of  sunshine in our cynical times.

Rarely seen without a brightly coloured outfit, a huge smile, and a great pair of kicks, half Japanese, raised-in-Spain Naomi is one of a kind and I adore her.

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Collina Strada

Hilary Taymour is a friend and she’s the designer behind Collina Strada.  Hilary started her casting process by deliberately selecting models from countries on Trump’s ‘travel ban’ list. However that proved harder than it from there we started selecting a wide range of models with different ethnic backgrounds, beliefs, ideologies that are fearful of the consequences during this presidential term.… Read more...

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Being Millennial by Charlie Siddick

I am a world citizen. All human history is mine. My roots cover the earth. I believe we should know each other. After all, our lives are all connected. Jim Haynes, Inviting the World to Dinner.

Charlie SiddickName: Charlie Siddick

Born: 02/03/1994 in North West London
Education: sixth form, UCS. BA from the Courtauld Institute of Art
Nationality: British mother and Jamaican/British mix father.
Work: model since 2010, creative director of clothing company Amarcord
Hopes for the future: to continue to work with inspiring creatives and help make the world a better place.

I am a millennial– a part of ‘Generation Y’.

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On Earth As It Is On Television

Elle Magazine’s interpretation of the Lord’s Prayer, “On Earth as it is in Heaven”, could not be a more fitting mantra for the digital age. With a rapturous growth in the cult following of the picture box in our living rooms, the magazine celebrated TV fanaticism in their February 2017 issue with some of 2016’s favourite characters and 2017’s most anticipated performances. We were excited to see the most amazing bevy of powerhouse women gracing the pages of Elle (with a couple token men thrown in). It’s the kind of religiosity ThandieKay can’t help wanting to be a part of, hence, the repost.… Read more...

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Representation Matters.

by Rose Miyonga

Moonlight, Barry Jenkins, Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Janelle Monáe, Naomie Harris and Mahershala Ali

Directed by Barry Jenkins, Moonlight has received wide critical acclaim with 6 nominations and 1 win (Best Motion Picture) in the golden globes alone. Starring Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Janelle Monáe, Naomie Harris and Mahershala Ali, the film focuses on the struggle of an African-American man to accept one’s own identity.

The 2017 Golden Globes felt quite special to me.

It felt like the first time in a long while, if not ever, that there was some decent representation, that I could look at the list of people that the establishment had deemed “the best” in television and film, and see a more diverse range of people representing the many stories that touched us this year. Read more...

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Oyin Akande Talks to Deputy Editor of i-D, Lynette Nylander

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1 of 2 i-D Fall 2016 Covers: ‘The Game-Changing’ issue featuring Stormzy

Not many people can command a room like Lynette Nylander can. Confident, self-assured and fashion-savvy, the 27 year old navigated her way amongst the world’s fashion elites to become the deputy editor of i-D magazine, the 36 year old fashion title.

Tell us about yourself.

So, I grew up in East London (far east) and I went to school in Essex. It was really kind of strange and not very exciting because there weren’t many people who were creative. I was really starved and I bonded really closely with the people who were creative and different.… Read more...

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Unconventional Canvas: Kione Grandison on Black Hair

Dear Readers,

We have the pleasure of introducing you to our new features editor Oyin Akande with an inaugural piece on talented young artist Kione Grandison. Whether it is wood, denim, hair or nails, Kiones’ creativity is not limited by materials to mould and paint upon. Oyin has an undergraduate degree in English Language and Literature from King’s College London and is currently completing a Master’s degree in History of Design at the Royal College of Art and V&A.

Kay x

By Oyin Akande

The backroom of a London hairdresser’s might not be where you’d expect to find a fine art exhibition but it is potentially the most fitting spot to showcase the work of young British-Jamaican artist Kione Grandison, who, along with two Wimbledon College of Art cohorts, exhibited at the Michael Wray Hairdressing studio in April.… Read more...

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