Many see the issue of representation as a superficial longing tangled up in identity politics. However, lack of representation has astonishing impacts when it comes to positions of power; how will the needs of a certain social group be met if people with their experience have no say in politics?
This was an animated collage I made using the code x rookie website.
The story of colourism is deeply anti-feminist. It is the story of femininity diminishing with skin darkness, romantic rejection by men both black and white and a society that denies women of colour agency and fullness of emotion.
Lanaire Aderemi is a writer with an introspective and empathetic gaze that gives her work a universal quality, despite her poetry collection mainly engaging with her personal story.
Mental health has always been crucial to the way I view myself as an individual, as well as how I relate to the world. Furthermore, I see my mental health journey as the changes in my psychological state over time with the good the bad and everything in between.
The poem explores the fleeting solace offered by my bed from downturns in my mental health as well as the way in which social media affects me in terms of the overload of information as well as the unhealthy comparison it catalyses.
…the book almost reads as an appeal to Nigerian parents, including herself, as to why they should be willing to change their 'traditional' perceptions of what it means to raise a female child.
And it's not just about calling yourself a feminist, it's abut challenging limited perceptions of womanhood in conversations where it could be brushed aside.
Slay In Your Lane is a book, which for me, a black woman, felt long overdue. Before I read it about a week ago, I had never come across a self-help book that fully addressed the intrinsic difficulties that come with being a black woman.
“Sorry” is a magic word, churned out automatically by most, but often for all the wrong reasons.