COMPLEX

  I am complex like my heart I beat life’s obstacles with a hubristic rhythm, whilst pumping the bloodline of my people’s revolution through my arteries, Vessels that deliver the oxygen- rich blood of African Kings and Queens. Sacred gore that feeds my intellect –  I carry the world with me.   I am complex like my Arcadian skin, dark melanin that absorbs the warmth of the ever generous sun. Skin painted with the fine brush of my people’s struggle; perfectly bronzed by the slavery of my ancestors. Believe me, there lies no shame in my melancholic scars. Oh I […]

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PRETTY PRIVILEGE- TRUE POTENTIAL VS APPEARANCE

  “Pretty Privilege” is not a new concept specific to this current generation and it is one of the privileges that is not often acknowledged as its basis comes from a place of vanity. However, as time goes on people have become more conscious of its social issues and the nuances thereof. Each generation and even individual societies have their own specific definition of what is attractive and this is never static and constantly being redefined. As such, people that fit into the “pretty” category are automatically favoured, effortlessly capturing the gaze of those that behold their beauty. As the […]

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THE SIN ON MY SLEEVE

1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. 3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light… n On the nth day, God created me, and there was outrage. In the beginning, I believed in a God. I was raised by a single parent. A very Christian mother. As a result, I too was a strong, faithful Christian. Was… There is no single moment when someone discovers that they are […]

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CRACKS

Being openly queer requires skin as thick as pea soup. Just walking in the street can trigger a lot of emotion. From what others would say is ‘admiration’ for your bravery, to anger, disgust and pure rage. Some people say I am charismatic. Some people believe I am confident. Society thinks I am brave. However, Superman had kryptonite and Achilles had an ankle. No matter how strong you are, certain thoughts can slip through the cracks of insecurity. I am no different. Society always makes the mistake of trying to box people. Being openly queer rips that box apart. You […]

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BECKY WITH THE GOOD… UHM… DREADS?

Some of the most iconic fashion designers have mastered their level of finesse by creatively drawing their inspiration from objects, nature, the world and of course the people who live in it. However, the now so common term in fashion ‘cultural appropriation’ is not quite what we would describe as being a form of inspiration now is it? So what is cultural appropriation and why is it such a big deal?   Amandla Stenberg perfectly sums it up in a video she posted about the history of black hair: “Appropriation happens when a style leads to racist generalizations or stereotypes […]

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YOUR TREND, MY REALITY

It took me 23years to accept my sexuality. When I finally did accept my sexuality (and trust me even though I have been out for years now, it took a while) I realised that the fashion industry had a large role to play in me potentially making the biggest mistake of my life. I later realised that my desire to transition stemmed from me believing that I had to be of a certain gender to express myself a certain way. (DISCLAIMER: I do not mean that all people who transition have made a mistake. This is just my personal experience.) […]

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