#16blogs for #IDEVAW: Beyond ‘resilience’: black women and mental health | Imkaan

“but bein alive & bein a woman & bein colored is a metaphysical dilemma/ i haven’t conquered yet/ do you see the point my spirit is too ancient to understand the separation of soul & gender” – For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf A word frequently used to describe […]

The Vilification Of Black Students, Small Print & Back Door Apologies | Black Ballad

Lola Olufemi is the latest black student to find her name smeared across the pages of the papers. The women’s officer for the Cambridge University student union co-authored an open letter “with the intention of pushing the [English] faculty to decenter white authors and to give the same moral and intellectual weight to BME authors and stories […]

Why NHS England Shouldn’t Be Charging Migrants For Health Care | Black Ballad

From today, certain migrants will be charged upfront for NHS treatment. A couple of years ago, I met a with a patient with end-stage organ damage, who was nearing the end of his life. A fellow medical student and I had perched ourselves in the corner of his cubicle, listening and learning about his illness. […]

Black Women on Eating Disorders, Body Image & Thinness | Black Ballad

“A common misconception about people with an eating disorder is that black people don’t have eating disorders. With anorexia nervosa in particular, we tend to think that only over sensitive middle-class white girls fall prey to this illness.” – Jada*, aged 27 Only white girls get eating disorders. You would be forgiven for believing this… Read article here: […]

The New Face Of STEM: The African Science Academy | Black Ballad

The African Science Academy (ASA) is Africa’s first maths, science and technology academy for girls. We spoke with three students at the academy, whose outstanding essays won them a trip to London. What a scientist looks like “If someone said scientist to me, I would think of someone who is working with chemicals or trying to build […]

Meet The Woman Behind The First Patois Speaking Doll | Black Ballad

As I interview Saffron, we are interrupted by sounds of musical toys, clanging and screeches from Billie-Rae, the 16-month-old demanding her mother’s attention. I laugh and wave hello at the little girl that inspired the creation of Toya, the world’s first Jamaican Patois speaking doll.   Read article here: Meet The Woman Behind The First […]

Everyone should have the right to healthcare, including migrants and refugees | Consented

From the start of their journey until their destination, accessing healthcare remains a challenge for asylum seekers and refugees. Read article here: Everyone should have the right to healthcare, including migrants and refugees | Consented

When you feel like you’re not good enough to be in the room | Dream Nation

Maya Angelou, one of the most accomplished poets of our time, once said “each time I write a book, every time I face that yellow pad, the challenge is so great. I have written eleven books, but each time I think, ‘uh-oh, they’re going to find out now. I’ve run a game on everybody and […]

an ode to my girls | Athena Talks

See original poem here: an ode to my girls | Athena Talks afro puffs and braided hair dodging the peak time oyster fare laughing too loud but we don’t care show me my london girls primark jeans on bursting hips lollipops meet ruby woo lips scoffing down those too-salt chips show me my London girls […]