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Black women’s hair is a subject that arouses strong emotions and controversy. In Hair Power Skin Revolution, a collection of personal essays and stories, and poems by black and mixed-race women, Nicole Moore ignites a new dialogue on the subject, poignant and powerful, she chronicles why black women need to develop an eternal love affair […]


The attacks are sadistic. The brutality with which they are carried out, defy comprehension. Impunity has replaced law and order and it appears the international community has lost its mandate to stem the continuous and gruesome use of rape as a weapon of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Hence, I wonder, who will […]


Fela! has been described as a provocative and unique hybrid of dance, theatre and music, which explores the extravagant, rebellious and controversial world of Afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. However, little has been said of the women, who shaped his life. As the acclaimed production prepares to bring down the curtain down on its London run, […]


Much has been written and said about Nelson Mandela, one of the world’s most iconic figures of our time. Hence, you cannot help but ask what his newly published book, Conversations With Myself, could possibly tell us, which we did not already know.  Well, perhaps this, “One issue that deeply worried me in prison was […]


When I interviewed Bunmi Olaye best known as Bunmi Koko in late 2009, she enthused about her dream to dress celebrities and first ladies. Well, can you believe that less than a year after that interview, her dream came true. Bunmi sent a prospectus featuring her designs, which fuses her African and western heritage to […]


18 to 30 represents for an adult, the key years in which fundamental building blocks and foundations of life are laid, and probably the best years of your life. So, why are young Londoners bugged down with mental health challenges? Austin Clark is 23, he enjoys rollerblading, In-line and Gator skating, loves rap music and […]


Amir Nizar Zuabi has been credited for his role in bringing Palestinian theatre to the attention of the international scene with his hard-hitting and thought-provoking productions. However his primary aim is to tell the stories of the Palestinian people. His most recent play, I am Yusuf And This Is My Brother played to packed audiences […]


The Western world is yet to fully grasp the number of excellent Arab fiction writers due to language barrier. However, things are about to change for Arab writers the world needs to know and hear about. The question is how well do you know your world literature? Abu Dhabi: Known for its dazzling skyscrapers which […]


Regarded as Britain’s best-known Black-led theatre company, Talawa Theatre Company is celebrating 21 years on the British theatre landscape with its first full Production in two years – Pure Gold, written by Michael Bhim, an emerging playwright, who is gaining the respect of his contemporaries. Is a renaissance on the horizon for Black-British theatre? When […]


Known for her hard-hitting plays, visceral style and distinctive voice; Debbie Tucker Green returns to the Royal Court with Random. A one-hander with Nadine Marshall as the only visible character on stage, It is bound to be another ‘in-yer face’ production. Her debut play, Dirty Butterfly opened to critical acclaim and she has been described […]


When Torn first premiered at the Arcola theatre, it sold out in the first two weeks.  Back with a new cast and creative team, Torn explores the African Caribbean divide. Femi Oguns explains why its refreshing theatre keeps exploring sensitive subject matters of this nature. Torn is a modern day version of Romeo and Juliet, […]


When Chuk Iwuji auditioned for the Royal Shakespeare’s History Plays, it was for a relatively small role. Only to realise he had a date with destiny. He speaks with a staunch confidence, gives an effusive response to every question asked. Chuk Iwuji holds nothing back. Currently playing the role of Henry VI, Parts I, II […]


South Africa has given the world great musical talents over the years. From the late Lucky Dube to Lady Blacksmith Mambazo, Soweto Gospel Choir and Miriam Makeba, and Pauline Malefane, is standing tall alongside her contemporaries. When you first meet Pauline Malefane, you are forced to reconcile yourself to the truth that this is the […]


Malorie Blackman has over 50 books to her name, a BAFTA award for ‘Pig-Heart Boy,’ and she made the BBC’s Big Read List as one of the Nations best-loved authors in 2003. Noughts & Crosses, her 50th book has now been adapted for the stage by the Royal Shakespeare Company, making her the first Black […]


The National Youth Theatre is using the stage as a voice to bring much needed attention to the social problem of youth violence and knife crime that has gripped London in recent months. Written by Tanika Gupta, White Boy, was last year’s runaway success at the National Youth Theatre as part of its 2007 Generation […]


“I’m from a long line of troublemakers,” a poignant and captivating statement by the poet and writer, Inua Ellams. His one man show, The 14th Tale opened at the National Theatre in February 2010, to rave reviews. At 26, Ellams is one of the youngest playwrights to have his work staged at the national Theatre, […]


I admit, I am intrigued by Lebo Mashile. In my final offering, here is a feature about this fine young woman, whose voice I believe the world will hear more of. Below is the feature of my interview with Mashile. Enjoy!!!! Armed with a sharp intellect and a fierce sense of social exploration through her […]


Travelling by any means necessary, from mules to bikes and lorries may not be your ideal adventure but for sisters, Chioma and Oluchi Ogwuegbu, this is the only way to make the dream a reality. I spoke to the formidable sisters whose adventure around Africa made headlines they did not expect when they set out […]