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29Sep

JC Niala, from Kenya is one of the playwrights whose work is being read at the Tiata Fahodzi’s African Play Reading Festival. Her play, The Strong Room explores the subject of relationship and power between the rich and the poor within African societies. In her own words, Niala explains whyAfrica’s strength is her diversity. Belinda: […]






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27Sep

“There’s only one secret to being a successful hairdresser and I have never withheld it from anyone: ‘Your client should leave the salon feeling like a white woman.’ Not Coloured, not Indian, not Chinese.”  – Sisi Vimbia. Welcome to Khumalo Hair and Beauty Treatment Salon, where Vimbia reigns supreme as the best hairdresser in Harare. […]






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26Sep

Tiata Fahodzi translates as ‘Theatre of The Emancipated,’ and is considered to be the leading British African theatre company in the UK. Armed with the vision of producing world class theatre which conveys, celebrates and challenges the cultural experiences of Africans, while serving an all-inclusive British audience, the company returns with Tiata Delights. Its annual […]






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24Sep

The Association of Dance of African Diaspora (ADAD) is a national organisation that supports the practice and appreciation of dance of the African Diaspora. ADAD’s vision is to see dance of the African diaspora move from the margins to the mainstream and become a visible and valued part of the British cultural experience. As ADAD […]






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13Sep

The arc Gallery is fast becoming a hot spot for contemporaneous African art on the UK artistic landscape. In recent times it has played host to the work of Rahmon Olugunna, a third generation Oshogboartist and the launch of 101 Nigerian Artists: A celebration of Modern Nigerian Art, which features some of the artists, whose […]






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11Sep

“Ten years since a perfect blue sky turned into the darkest of nights.” The words of Mayor Bloomberg, as he gave a moving tribute to those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Like most people, I remember where I was and what I was doing and the horror as I watched the second plane go […]






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8Sep

Jacqueline Shaw is the founder of Africa Fashion Guide. As she gets ready to launch her first book, Fashion Africa, I asked her what ethical fashion was about and the African fashion industry needs to embrace it. Belinda: You are described as an eco-entrepreneur with a big heart for Africa, fashion and international development, and your aim is to push and promote […]






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