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On beauty and Zora Neale Hurston

In 2017 I discovered Zora Neale Hurston’s work for the first time. I was listening to the latest episode of the Seriously… podcast ‘A Woman Half in Shadow’. Hearing Solange Knowles read passages of Hurston’s work was a revelation. Sometimes I feel discriminated against but it does not make me angry. It merely astonishes me…. Continue reading

On allyship

I don’t know how old I was when I first heard Martin Niemöller’s famous poem but it’s stayed with me ever since. I imagine it’s stayed with you too, if you’ve heard it before. First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist. Then they came for… Continue reading

And now for something a little different

This week seems to have felt especially tough. I’ve been thinking a bit about the energy I’d like to surround myself with, especially as I’ve had to do a lot of complaining to customer service teams over the past few weeks and months. I can’t imagine I’m the only one. It was therapeutic to write… Continue reading

Feeling helpless? Turn that into action

[last updated: Wednesday 8 July] [first published: Tuesday 2 June] As a righteous rebellion sweeps across the United States of America, many people who haven’t previously been aware of the injustices inflicted on Black people are starting to wake up to the issues. You might feel the Black Lives Matter movement speaks to you, but… Continue reading