Brazil's Black Queer scene is a beautiful act of resistance... See for yourself - meet the Afrobapho collective!
Black Lives Matter: If It Ain’t Global and Intersectional – What Are We Fighting For?
I don't think any of us could have envisioned 2020 the way it has paned out. A global pandemic (COVID-19) brought the world to a standstill, while the Black Lives Matter protests march through our cities demanding an end to police brutality and systematic racism. The brutal killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, by a police... Continue Reading →
MisBeee Writes creates AKADi magazine – inspiring insights from our communities!
Nothing quite kicks away the blues than unexpectedly seeing yourself as the cover girl of a brand new magazine! I had to do a double take when fellow British-Ghanaian journalist, Abena Sɛwaa aka MisBeee, tagged me on the gram premiering her new online magazine... The surprise element of course being I wasn't aware I'd be on... Continue Reading →
Black English: “connect the Black English-speaking world to our community – Nordeste de Amaralina”
If you've ever visited Brazil, there's one thing you would have noticed - hardly anyone speaks English, or at least it can feel that way at times. If it comes as a surprise, shock or irritation - it's time to recognise your 'English as a first language' privilege... Need a guilt-free way to use that privilege... Continue Reading →
Thoughts on Self-Care from Tijuca Forest, Rio de Janeiro
You can't put a price on self-care... After the year I've had losing my earthship - my mum, I couldn't imagine being genuinely happy again - or have the confidence to share moments of happiness so openly. Each day comes with its own challenges, however I'm at a place where I feel the presence of loved ones... Continue Reading →
Made In Medellín: Does My Dark Skin Offend You?
Medellín, Colombia is famous for so many things - Pablo Escobar, city of Eternal Spring, surrounding coffee growing regions, amazing mountain top views... And it's latest arrival - Afro~Vibes! Staying true to my mission to highlight the often unseen 'Blackness' of Colombia, a stop over in Medellín gave me an opportunity to interview Marian Valoyes... Continue Reading →
Palenqueras make history in a march through old Cartagena #LaPalenqueraRespeta!
I'm still processing the events of the past 8 days of arriving in Colombia's Caribbean coast... Not long ago I was in San Basilio de Palenque (the first acknowledged settlement of liberated Africans in the Americas) on a filmset of Cameroonian filmmaker Jean-Pierre Bekolo, then just days ago I joined the march surrounded by hundreds... Continue Reading →
Salvador: It’s not Goodbye
My stay in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil ended with a collaborative shoot with artist Jan Siebert for a visual idea I had to share some insight into my Salvador trip through film. Jan went along with my ideas and contributed his own creativity... Here's a quick edit of some of my fav shots in the... Continue Reading →
Bogotá Highlights: Galería African Diaspora Opens to Showcases Afro-Colombian and African artists
My first introduction to Black culture in Colombia, having arrived fresh off the plane in Bogota, was a visit downtown for the opening of Galería African Diaspora... The irony of the gallery name and my mission to connect African-diaspora stories, didn't go unnoticed! Looking for Travel accommodation? Get £25 off Your First Airbnb booking or £9 off an Airbnb... Continue Reading →
FALA: Kai Talks to Matheus Len’s
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 →