Social Norms

“Acquire an education, a degree (preferably before your thirties…), move out, get a job (you don’t have to like it; bills won’t pay themselves…), buy or rent a house, start a family, and if you’re lucky enough you should retire early with incoming pension benefits… Basically, by a certain age, you should have it all […]

My Letter To You

My dear friend I applaud you for smiling, laughing and facing your fears. You are stronger than you think but you don’t have to walk each day with your head held high to please everyone. My friend, it is okay not to have anything figured out, it is okay to fail but always remember to […]

A Community Collaboration Made At The Hancock

Well, where do I begin? I’m sat at the dining table writing this a few weeks after the Woman! An Exploration of Women in Ancient and Contemporary Culture took place at the beautiful The Great North Museum: Hancock, relishing in every memory, trying to comprehend the impact a collaboration can bring. It’s hard to believe […]

Thank You, Next.

Have you ever taken a moment to sit down and give thanks? Do you think it’s by your own will and might that you’re still here breathing? Are you feeling a bit overwhelmed? Well, take a deep breath and just say, ‘Thank You’. Since the beginning of last year, there has been a series of lockdowns, […]

11 Black Women In The North East To Celebrate This Black History Month

Black History Month launched with hundreds of events across the country this October, amid a new campaign encouraging people of all ages to share what they are proud to be on social media and other means of communication. In this blog, I would like to go ahead and share with you the names of those less […]

Breaking The Silence: Miscarriage

For as long as I researched and educated myself about Miscarriages, it has come to my attention that it goes hand in hand with silence, stigma, and shame. These three concepts are responsible for so many of the very many challenges pregnant women face when it comes to pregnancy and infant loss. They work in […]

Announcing ‘Teakisi Woman Talk’ – 2021 Speakers!

Three years on from the inaugural Teakisi Woman Talk, Teakisi as the organiser prepares yet again for its annual conference as the 2021 speakers are announced. This conference celebrates the culture and heritage of Africa, minoritised communities, people of African descent and the entire community. This #BlackHistoryMonth conference also gives the opportunity to attendees to ask […]

Black African Women ‘Killing It’ in Architecture

If you had asked me growing up to name an architect, I’d probably name a renowned male figure in the field. For a very long time, the construction industry as a whole remained a male-dominated sector like many others. It used to be so uncommon to hear high schoolers say they want to study architecture. […]

A Few Things To Try on Your Down Days

Dear reader, I have been experiencing a lot of down days lately. With the workload increasing, I struggled to find time to pause and refresh my thoughts, which resulted into substantial drainage. It has been especially hard to be in the right headspace for anything outside of work duties. Nonetheless, I have been intentional to […]

Tuku’s Mabasa

Sometimes when we listen to a song it speaks to us, it takes us on a journey and in some cases we can reflect on whatever we will be going through. Musicians are great storytellers and some songs have great advice, advocate and raise awareness for different issues. Lastly, in some cases some songs describe […]