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#Next100Years: A Woman’s Place is in the Gallery

Gender segregation in art schools, barring from life drawing classes, and no elected women in the Royal Academy of the Arts (RA): by the time a proportion of women won the right to vote, they had emerged from a century of discrimination and underrepresentation in the arts world.  And they …

Black Panther Has Sparked an African Fashion Revolution

Last week, London Fashion Week celebrated some of the hottest designers and style icons from around the world. At the same time, social media was buzzing with appreciation and excitement for the new box office sensation, Black Panther. Black Panther has been celebrated for its diversity — for bringing black …

#MeToo – a Women’s Poetry Anthology

#MeToo, a poetry anthology by and for women, will be released on 8th March. Ahead of its publication, poet Deborah Alma talks about the book’s origins. — This book came straight out of a long thread on my Facebook page. I asked women friends of mine to add their name …

Roxane Gay’s Hunger Challenges Toxic Societal Norms

Trigger Warning: Discussion of rape, difficult relationships with food Roxane Gay’s memoir, Hunger, is intensely moving. And although she refers to it as a “confession”, it can undoubtedly be considered a personal story with implications for us all. Gay confronts the unimaginable pain of her past with bravery, and in …

Film Review: Black Panther

Last Thursday night, celebrities headed down to the Eventim Apollo for the European premier of the movie Black Panther.  Stormzy, Michaela Cole and John Boyega were just some the faces who walked the red carpet in true Black Panther style, incorporating their traditional wear in their outfits. “Of course this …

No Longer Clueless: Reading Misfit Characters as Trans

After puberty has kicked you in the balls, the realisation that you are trans prompts a re-evaluation of your life up to that point. It is an overwhelming experience in which multiple, contradictory emotions can hit you all at the same time. There’s the rush of relief mingled with the …

Diversity at the Academy Awards – It’s About Time

Award season is indeed upon us, and we’re celebrating the best movies of the year. From the historical (Darkest Hour, The Post) to the stirring (Call Me By Your Name), there have been many great movies deserving of the accolades. It’s hard to keep your head straight with award-season as …

Book Review: Evening Primrose by Kopano Matlwa

Kopano Matlwa has been described as ‘South Africa’s Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’ for her approach to this heartfelt examination of xenophobia, South African society, mental health, family and hope. Set in post-apartheid South Africa, this 150 page four part novel is written as a series of journal entries by Masechaba, a …