My stay in Salvador was an opportunity to self-reflect, and in doing so I centred my reflection around my ancestry... Who am I?, and who would I have been had my Tabom ancestors not left Salvador da Bahia, Brazil around the year of 1835?I sought a photographer I could collaborate with to share insight into... Continue Reading →
La Frida: Empowering Black Women through Cycle-Activism
My introduction to La Frida was by coincidence almost a month ago, walking through Santo Antonio when I caught eyes with Diana, La Frida's in-house mechanic, and we both gave that "Hey black girl" recognition nod! I continued walking but something told me to go back and ask for a photo as the framing through... Continue Reading →
Salvador’s ‘Panteras Negras’ are The World’s First All Black & Female Instrumental Band
I put it out there to the universe that I wanted to use my time in Salvador to connect with some badass women... I might be on a break from Diversity Matters, but my quest to showcase diverse narratives continues - so meeting band members of Panteras Negras didn't disappoint! "The main challenge I face... Continue Reading →
With Love From Salvador Bahia
You might not physically be here in Bahia with me, however a postcard is the least I can send as a 'thank you' for joining me on my journey via my blog!
This Out of Office reply is the Best Act of #Selflove I Could Give Myself
Expecting black-lead platforms/experts to work for free only perpetuates the cycle of inequality, and systematic racism... So I wrote a love letter to myself in the form of an out of office reply, and took a self-care trip to Brazil...
Here’s how Brazilian rapper Preta-Rara Called Out Vogue Brazil director’s racist ‘Colonial Themed’ party
Love or hate social media, one thing it doesn't fail on doing is being outlet for calling out offence. And that's exactly what I woke up to today as my Instagram feed continuously shared posts about Vogue Brasil director's lavish colonial-themed bash... Admittedly I had no idea the exact extend of the outcry, until this... Continue Reading →
Meet the Queer Black Woman who created a platform to address Self-esteem issues of Black Women in Brazil
Meet Cintia Tâmara; a queer, black feminist and PhD student researching ‘How Black Women in Brazil and the United States build their self-esteem. She recently founded Autoestima - O Projeto; a self-esteem platform which offers a space for shared content on self-esteem, self-reflection & development, as well as providing workshop and trainings focused on empowering Black... Continue Reading →
Tabom no Brasil: Reflections of the Malê Revolt in Bahia 184 Years Later
Finding my roots in Brazil Part of understanding who my Tabom ancestors were, and subsequently who I am, includes unravelling the past events which lead to them fleeing Brazil for their freedom back to West Africa... To be back in Bahia, in 2019 - The Year of Return - on the date of the... Continue Reading →
6 Paulistas and São Paulo-Based Influencers That Will Change Your Perception Of Brazil’s Largest City
São Paulo is home to 12.2 million people, with a total of 21.6 million living in its metropolitan area - this city defines the meaning of 'a concrete jungle'! Here are 6 influencers who made me feel less of a stranger and more at home than I could have ever expected...
Why this Body Positive Brazilian model prefers to be called ‘Gorda’ – Fat
"First of all, I need to say the word fat is alright. I prefer to be called fat..." As fat phobia continues to marginalise and discriminate, this body positive Brazilian model and influencer tells why it's ok to call her fat. Meet Bianca Guirgel...Watch the short video interview 👇🏾https://youtu.be/du-M-AwI86w Bianca wears: Aline Vito dress and Boutique de... Continue Reading →