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 →
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 →
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 →
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!
Meet Cintia Tâmara; a aueer, 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 Women of... Continue Reading →
A touch of Africa in Rio - Africa Arte As a journalist/blogger/visual artist - and an African myself - I have a deeply rooted interest in sharing narratives of Africans across the diaspora. There's an indescribable connection, and, let's call it what it is - privilege(!) that comes with sharing "I'm from Ghana" when I meet... Continue Reading →
In this episode I discuss the 'Politics of Beauty' in Brazil; race, class, self-confidence... and how people can tell I'm not Brazilian! My special guest is researcher and self-esteem coach Cintia Cruz. https://youtu.be/KH14OjDieow Subtitles available on this video. Look out for part 2 next week! As always I'd love to hear your thoughts - please... Continue Reading →
Sisterhood Night on the 1st December had been much anticipated with constant reminders 'who's excited for Sisterhood?' since my first visit to Hillsong! And when the day finally arrived, it was an emotional - in the most positive sense.
My month started on a high note with it being my best friend Kinho aka Coach MVA's birthday. Our friendship spans over a decade from when we worked together in London. Despite only seeing each other once a year when Kinho comes to London for a work conference, our 'best friendship' has stood the test... Continue Reading →