The realities of travelling as a black woman | The Skinny

Most of us have a love-hate relationship with Facebook's "On This Day" feature. Sometimes, the algorithm gets it right and we find ourselves snorting with laughter during an important meeting, at others we are confronted with images of an ex we had hoped to forget. And then there are the holiday memories: clichéd yellow-red sunsets, [...]

Motherhood, Migration And Mental Health: Justina Kehinde’s UMUADA | Black Ballad

UMUADA is an exploration of mental health, migration, and motherhood against the backdrop of an urban-African diasporic family. Led by a cast and creative team of Black British women, UMUADA is headlining the 2018 Play Mill Festival at the King’s Head Theatre this July, following its powerful debut at the Bunker Theatre. Black Ballad spoke [...]

Meet The Queer Black Women Shaping Today’s Britain| Black Ballad

“My name is Phyll Opoku-Gyimah. I identify as a mother, a black woman, a lesbian, a trade unionist, a lover.” Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, also known as Lady Phyll, is one of the UK’s most prominent black lesbian activists. Lady Phyll is the co-founder and Executive Director of UK Black Pride, a trustee of Stonewall and Head [...]

Black Church, White Church: Finding My Home As A Black British Christian | Black Ballad

When I think back to the Sundays of my childhood, I think of the minibus that my dad drove every Sunday. I remember him navigating the hilly roads of the island countryside, picking up smiling, chatty and immaculately dressed passengers along the way. I remember the children bickering in their frilly frocks, wrinkled men in [...]

Why We Need To Write Our Own Mental Health Narratives | Black Ballad

It is perhaps unsurprising that in a world where prejudice and discrimination are rampant, merely existing can invoke trauma upon our minds and bodies. I find myself thinking about this a lot, the difficulties of simply existing as who we are. Maybe it was my experience of immigrating from rural Jamaica to inner-city London and [...]

My experience as an ISTJ | Educo

I am a reluctant ISTJ. I did the Myers-Briggs personality test three times before I accepted that maybe, it was a fair description of my typical attitudes and preferences. About 1 in 8 of us are ISTJs. The problem is, everything about the ISTJ personality type seems so dull! I mean they are described as the [...]

#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: [...]