I was always that babe who thought constantly talking about success, goals, and making money was very cringe. Regurgitating the same advice from 42 Laws of Power or whatever it is. I always thought it was cringe. Especially as I became more left-wing, the obsession with making money and slaving away in my youth didn’t appeal to me at all. It still doesn’t, I still dream of a life of leisure, who works only as things interest me.

I know I deserve peace, warmth, and leisure. I also know that I need to work hard to afford myself these luxuries…


So firstly, I’ve decided writing again. I think it’s a hobby? Not really sure. It used to be a career that I wanted to pursue but now I think I’d like to nurture it as a hobby. No pressure to be consistent. I’m a good writer (these pieces might not be the best display of my writing skills) but I find it relaxing so why not. Not everything needs to have an end goal or be monetised. Some times you need to just do things that make you feel good or better.

One of my goals for 2020 was to…


“Society stole black women’s beauty and the beauty industry sells it back to them” An exploratory sociological study of Black British women’s experiences of beauty practices, the beauty industry and marketing in the U.K.

Abstract

This research project explores British African and Caribbean women’s experiences of beauty practices, the beauty industry, and its marketing. The study aims to investigate how black British women engage with the racial difference and the role of racism, colonialism, and slavery in the construction of black beauty. …


We have been talking about the importance of racial representation in a range of industries for a number of years. Particularly for children, too young to wrap their hands around concepts like institutional disadvantage — which give an explanation as to why they can’t see themselves in the characters they watch and the books they read. Pressuring Disney to re-continue Doc McStuffins was one of many attempts to pressure large corporations to push the issue of representation. A young, dark-skinned black girl acts as a doctor — not a nurse — to her come-to-life toys. She has two parents, a…


Because they’re fucking amazing, that’s why. The storyline, the characters, the scenes, the fights, the settings, the love, the romance, the drama, it’s quality television and I don’t want to hear another patronising word about it. An occasional Aryan Brotherhood or Louis Theroux documentary salvages my IQ, surely? I watch Planet Earth, surely that’s good enough? Telling me my favourite past time is a waste of my time is irritating to say the least. Particularly from people who watch men kick a ball about on a regular basis. However, my argument is slightly nuanced than that. My love of reality…


It is not my job to make excuses for flaws in the black community. I don’t work for free and my emotional labour is not free. I do not get paid to become a public defendant for issues within the black community. The first step is admitting that you have a problem. There are divisions in the black community. There are black men, there are black women, and there are gender fluid black people. There are fat and slim black people; there are poor and rich black people. There are short and tall black people. There are lesbian, gay, bisexual…


In most civil rights movements throughout time, from Marcus Garvey to Rastafarianism to the hoteps of 2016, Africa has been presented as a holy land for the descendants of forced immigrants from Africa who suffered a multitude of physical, emotional, mental and institutional racial prejudices in their second homes. Yes, there is an Africa that they don’t show you. Yes, there is more to Africa than hyper-inflation, Boko Haram and starving children. But, there is also Africa where people suffer racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic abuses and prejudices every single day. The situation for all of the aforementioned factors is worse…

Chlöe Sih

angry black british feminist | freelance journalist but not for free | contributes @galdemzine |

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