Category Archives: Arts & Culture

Orange Culture: How Nigerians do Gender Fluid

By Oyin Akande

‘Gender fluidity’ has become the hot topic of 2016. High street brand Zara released its interpretation of agender clothing earlier this year. Designer labels like Casely-Hayford, Rick Owens and Maison Margiela have sent models down the runway and straight into a conversation around neutrality. The conversation existed before this year but as Mrs. Prada surmised  “more and more, it feels instinctively right to translate the same idea for both genders.” It is part of the contemporary movement towards recognising diverse identities and interrogating the precepts we have for feminine and masculine identity.

Women have embraced gender fluidity with some ease as we’ve been wearing men’s clothes for decades anyway.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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Introducing SHE. Creates

By Oyin Akande

 

I was fortunate to meet the most astonishing and brilliant women recently and to get involved with a truly amazing charity project called SHE. Creates

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SHE. Creates is a not-for-profit organization that seeks to improve the lives of women by nurturing their creative talents. This is about engaging young women in art and design precisely in regions were both arts education is undervalued and there is a palpable need for infrastructure to support and empower women. While arts education is nascent in many centres of the Western world, the deficit is still noticeable in many developing countries.… Read more...

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Occupying Space: V&A gal-dem takeover

By Oyin Akande

On Friday 28th October 2016, the print and online magazine representing and represented by women of colour, gal-dem celebrated the launch of the gal-hood issue, its first print publication by occupying the traditional space of the Victoria and Albert Museum. The V&A hosts a Friday Late where the museum extends its public opening hours until 22.00 on every last Friday of the month. Last week, however, was perhaps the first time that the 160+ year old institution was celebrated beautiful female diversity in this way.

It was a striking clash of fossilised artefacts with active, energetic voices; of a hegemonic establishment with non-normative, progressive feminism.… Read more...

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My Motherland, My Zimbabwe by Rutendo Wazara

When Kay and Thandie first asked me to write about Zimbabwe, I was excited, proud even, to share my love for my country and my people. Though my excitement soon turned to dread as I thought, “how can I do justice to a country that I had not lived in for fifteen years?”. 

Similarly to Thandie, my father’s job took our family away from Zimbabwe when I was young. We lived in Botswana, Nigeria and eventually settled in South Africa. I have lived most of my life outside of Zimbabwe yet have never felt that Zimbabwe was too far from me.… Read more...

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Identity and the archetypal myth of Ophelia by Patricia Ekall

Patricia Ekall is a freelance journalist, editor and blogger based in Bristol, U.K.  She has “shameless curiosity”, is an enthusiastic storyteller and spends the majority of her time contributing to print and digital publications. Welcome to ThandieKay Patricia!

I think about identity a lot.

The word itself implies strength. The notion of an ‘assured sense of self’ is after all an attractive one.

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A young Patricia Ekall

However, for all of it’s clearly defined allure, I think identity, and identifying, can also make a person vulnerable. I’ve come to see how the confusion, curiosity and subsequent projections of others can affect our view of ourselves.… 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.

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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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Backstage at Felabration with Yagazie Emezi

By Rose Miyonga

Backstage at Felabration 2015. Photography: Yagazie Emezi

Nearly two decades since his death, the legacy of Afrobeat pioneer and human rights activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti (born Olufela Ransome-Kuti) is only growing with the years. The British Library exhibition on West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song paid homage to him last winter as one of Nigeria’s most prominent and prolific cultural figures. There is a rising cult interest in African funk music, a genre within which he is a crucial voice and his life and musicality echo in the contemporary hybrid of protest and music that is the annual Afropunk festival, a counter-cultural platform for asserting black identity and social activism, which took place in London for the first time on September 24th.… Read more...

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Interview with Actress Roseanne Supernault

by Patricia Yaker Ekall

DSC_8225IGBehind a name as powerful as Supernault is a woman who embodies all the energy and beauty the name could hold. Roseanne Supernault is a Canadian actress from the East Prairie Metis Settlement- a woman proud of her Cree/Metis heritage. Discovered at 13, she has been performing for years, eventually graduated from the Victoria School of Arts in Alberta. She is best known for her roles in the 2013 drama Maïna and more recently the Netflix crime-political drama Blackstone. She is a driven activist, running workshops that work with indigenous young people in Canada and is actively involved in the Idle No More, a protest movement in support of the rights of the Aboriginal peoples of Canada. Read more...

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Are You Waiting for It to Be Me? A Meditation on White Silence by Funa Maduka

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I ask because I sit stunned by your silence. And now, I am so overwhelmed by yours that I feel the need to break mine.

Do you think that a police officer will take the time to get to know me? That he will take the time to know of my prep school education and Ivy League degrees? That he’ll let me tell him that the first CD we danced to together was Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill? That we’ve vacationed with your family in New England, laughed over high tea in London, traded secrets in French…that I can actually tolerate a couple country songs?… Read more...

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