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Home can be an ambiguous term for many. It can mean our place of residence, the place we lay our heads. Or, it can carry a sense of comfort and permanence, the place in which we find and form our identities.  For immigrants and members of the diaspora, home often represents more than one place. This creates a new challenge and opportunity, one in which we must adapt to having multiple identities and cultures.  Originally from Uganda, Sandra, came to London to study. She has settled down to raise her son, calling the city home for over 10 years.  Within...

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£17,000,000,000. The modern-day equivalent to £20,000,000 in 1833, which was borrowed from the British national budget for the Slavery Abolition Act. However, this money was paid out to former slave owners as compensation for their loss of human property: African and African descendant people, who were taken from their homeland to England throughout the 17th, 18th and beginning of the 19th Century. Up until 2015,  British tax-paying citizens have been unknowingly helping to pay off this huge sum of money. This bitter truth poses many questions as well as realities: Firstly, individuals who upheld the commodification toward African people (to...

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In a time when society is pushing a more environmentally friendly agenda toward sustainable living, there has been a noticeable increase of businesses jumping on the fair trade and vegan trend. However, one enterprise which has always cemented itself in self-sufficiency and sustainability its brand is the African footwear company, Solerebels. Founded in 2004 by Ethiopian businesswoman, Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu, the brand delivers ecological produced shoes, through a combination of locally sourced materials and traditional methods of craftsmanship. Raised in Zenabwork, an area within the capital city of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, Bethlehem cites her inspirations for beginning the global brand,...

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The term ‘art’, is multifaceted, with several layers to it. In the case of Nigerian art, there are several examples under this umbrella which continue to inspire and educate younger generations and the rest of the community. 22 year-old Nigerian visual artist Olarinde Ayanfeoluwa is a prime example of inspiring younger communities through art that carries a positive message. Defined as a scribble artist, she has coined the term ‘jagaish’ meaning ‘rubbish’, which stems from her putting pen to paper out of frustration, and beginning to see form appear out of the marks she was making.  Her work covers a...

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Aline Bispo Souza is a Brazilian illustrator, visual artist and now, creator of the current collection, Brasil Renewal. . . The collection has been created to commemorate the beauty of Brasil following the tragic Vale dam collapse which occurred in Brumadinho, Brazil on the 25th January 2019. A mining dam collapse led to a mudslide throughout the area, claiming hundreds of lives as a result. . Bringing this issue to the forefront through her art, Souza demonstrates her passion for highlighting social and ethnic inequalities of Brazilian people, whilst representing the black, feminine figure. As we know, artwork is multi-layered...

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