You've got five seconds to think of one black designer. Can you do it? Probably not. The lack of diversity within the fashion industry has been an issue for quite some time. Aside from the mediocre coverage of black models, there has been a lack of black representation within the world of fashion designers, too. … Continue reading Little Diversity in a Big Fashion World
If you’ve fallen in love, been in love-purgatory or been reborn into a new you, ELHAE is the artist who has put what you’re feeling into song. You might have yet to discover the 26-year-old Atlanta-based musician, but it seems that’s all about to change. He signed with Atlantic Records in 2015 and will … Continue reading Meet ELHAE: The Hip Hop Singer’s Thoughts on Love, Labels and London
For musician Kai Jones, everything is personal. Just take her headline show at the Camden Assembly on 11 December. You’d be pressed to find another top-bill performer who spent her pre-stage time weaving through the crowd, hugging family and friends, actually listening to the acts before her own — but Jones did just that. Of course, … Continue reading Based on a True Story: How Kai Jones Keeps the Music Real
“I am tired of earth. These people. I am tired of being caught in the tangle of their lives…” I was sat on my sofa browsing through the TV channels the other day when one of my favourite films came on. As I watched, I started to see it in a whole new light: this … Continue reading The Watchmen: “I’m Tired of Earth. These People… The Tangle of Their Lives”
On my commute the other day, I read a fascinating article about masculinity. It said that the majority of men feel like they must masquerade behind an alternative persona in order to be perceived as a “real man.” Hiding emotions has become the norm of hyper masculinity, a term used to describe the exaggeration of … Continue reading Dying Masculinity: What It Means to Be a Man Today
This year’s ATP World Tour Finals, I saw so many interesting matches with lots of unexpected results. What was more interesting was the fact that there was a black tennis player who qualified for this year’s tournament for the first time: Frenchman Gael Monfils. This was an important day for him and the whole black … Continue reading Gael Monfils: A New Face in the ATP World Tour Finals 2016
The endless, cloud-free azure sky provides the perfect backdrop for our lilting white angel, her four propellers whirring contentedly, sunlight glinting from her blades as she cuts through the heavy midday Australian heat. She dips behind a fence with commendable precision, hovering to land her precious cargo. The happy recipient, languishing in the bubbling waters … Continue reading Drone On.
Christmas is a joyous time of year filled with laughter, food and lots of presents (and maybe a few glasses of eggnog for good measure). But for many people, Christmas can be a time of loneliness. Perhaps their loved ones have passed on or moved away, or they have been cast out onto the street. … Continue reading Blue Christmas: What to Do When You Feel Lonely During the Holidays
Being single gets a bad wrap — and, yes, that horrible Christmas pun was intended. For some singletons, the holiday season gives rise to feelings of loneliness, as it seems that the *entire* world is in love, happy and celebrating winter’s most special days by holing up and reproducing like little festive rabbits. If you can … Continue reading The Best Christmas Gift of All? Being Single.
We are living in an age in which crying in public is seen as hysterical, wrong and downright annoying. People turn to stare at you but, when they see the tears start to fall, they immediately turn up their noses and let out disconcerting sighs. Well, do you know something? Crying, shouting, bleeding, sneezing — … Continue reading They Call Me “Cry Baby” — But I Don’t F***ing Care