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...
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 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 →
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 →
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...
"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...https://youtu.be/du-M-AwI86w Bianca wears: Aline Vito dress and Boutique de Krioula earringsLook out for the... Continue Reading →
I arrived in Salvador da Bahia, the land my Tabom ancestors left close to 200 years ago for their freedom in West Africa, more specifically Accra Ghana (then the Gold Coast). I almost didn't include Salvador in this Brazil trip after flight prices sky rocketed due to the holidays, and my credit card suddenly not... Continue Reading →
DoGoodFilms, a humanitarian film production, have been awarded a commission to Colombia to document the Venezuelan refugee crisis - and I've been granted a journalistic opportunity to join them next month! The last time I was on the road with DoGoodFilms, was in Uganda last May, commissioned by DRC, NetHope and its parters to document the humanitarian... Continue Reading →
Second episode of Politics of Beauty discussing 'what is beauty?', colourism, and #teamDarkSkin with researcher and self-esteem coach Cintia Cruz. https://youtu.be/1Sk3f__QEkw Look out for part 3 next week! As always, show some love by clicking subscribe and share! I’d love to hear your thoughts – please share them in the comment box below! Follow my... Continue Reading →