Why Black Britons need Steve McQueen to win
I remember distinctively a loud scream from one of my relatives, urging me to drop everything, lock, stock and barrel, to watch brown faces grace the television set in a non-criminal role.
One of these moments came in 1992 at my grandmother’s house in Kensington, me and my extended family huddled around to watch an ENTIRE black family go through the rigours of a rags to riches journey in The…
“Creation is really a sustained period of bliss — even though the subject can still be very sad. Because there’s the triumph of coming through and understanding that you have, and that you did it the way only you could do it — you didn’t do it the way somebody told you to do it, you did it just the way you had to do it. And that is what makes us us.”
— Inspiration for tomorrow’s shoot and future shoots: via @Explore-blog (via kaymontano) #fashion #creativity
An exhibition called ‘Black Anthology’ starts 18th May at Musee Quai Branly in Paris
"80 years ago, on 15 February 1934, Englishwoman Nancy Cunard (1896-1965), a symbol of the Anglo-Saxon and French avant-garde of the early 20th century, published Negro Anthology. Lavishly illustrated, this 858-page book, resembling a major documentary enquiry, blends popular culture, sociology, politics, history, art history in the form of articles, archives, photographs, extracts from the press, musical scores, eye-witness accounts etc.
The contributors were militants, journalists, artists, university staff; African-Americans, people from the Caribbean, Africa, Latino-America, America, Europe; women and men. Some of them had been colonised, discriminated against, segregated. This anthology was both a political/cultural history of the black Americas and of Africa through time that revealed the transnational and multi-faceted character of the anti-racist and anti-colonialist struggles of the 1930s.
Nancy Cunard was a poet, model, editor, collector, militant, journalist and anti-conformist who symbolises a period in which the artistic and literary avant-garde became intertwined with the political world. Through the great themes examined in Negro Anthology we will present the transnational artistic, literary and political networks constructed by Nancy Cunard in the years between 1910 and 1930, and which have made this anthology a monument to black history. — Sarah Frioux-Salgas.
#SALUTE #INTERSECTIONALITY #SOLIDARITY
London’s fabric quarter under threat
Michelle Obama in Duro Olowu
Duro Olowu, Stella McCartney, Jasper Conran, Zandra Rhodes, Alexander McQueen are all seemingly disparate designers. Their status alone is not what unites them, but the shared student experience of rifling through west London’s Goldhawk Road textile shops to find the right fabric.
“Every single student from the London College of Fashion comes to Goldhawk Road. In…
I love the creative vision of these Miuniku girls!
Illustration by Nicola Wright
MIUNIKU // Mundane things AW13/14
Laundrette Superstar hits Chelsea (offer)
It’s rare to find young comediennes with their own shows, but Fortuna Burke from London has done just that. She brings her one-woman comedy musical Laundrette Superstar to west London’s Chelsea Theatre on 20th and 21st February this week.
Laundrette Superstar boasts an eclectic mix of fashion, stand-up and synthpop. Burke who has just finished her Masters in Creative Writing at Oxford University…
Heard this song by Jacob Banks a few days ago, fell in love with it. Perfect song for busy people with hearts.SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/mr-jacob/rainyday
I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.” I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Aww this is so great: great inspiration quote from Maya Angelou! *digital hug*
Maya Angelou (via larmoyante)