“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 of Equality at the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union. She was listed as one of the top 100 most influential LGBT+ people in the Independent’s Rainbow List 2015…
Read article here: Meet The Queer Black Women Shaping Today’s Britain | 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 their fresh pressed suits, and beautiful women with accessories so flamboyant they put London Fashion Week to shame…
Read article here: Black Church, White Church: Finding My Home As A Black British Christian | 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 learning that society had already predicted my destination. Or perhaps, it is simply my career in the medical profession, being immersed in a world where vulnerability is the norm, and the impact of trauma is all too evident…
Read article here: Why We Need To Write Our Own Mental Health Narratives| Black Ballad
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 librarian or logistician…
Read blog post here: My experience as an ISTJ | Educo
“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 women of colour is resilience. In addition to tackling the everyday challenges of health, family, employment and identity, women of colour have to navigate a world with rampant sexism and racism…
Read blog post here: #16blogs for #IDEVAW: Beyond ‘resilience’: black women and mental health
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 from the global south.” Lola explains that the…
Read article here: The Vilification of Black Students, Small Print & Back Door Apologies | 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. Like many patients, he welcomed the opportunity to share his stories with us, reminiscing about the joys and pains of his past. While he was speaking, a woman popped her head through the gap in the hospital curtain, sighed and then walked away. A few minutes later, she returned, this time with a senior nurse and asked us to leave so that she could speak to the patient.
As we stepped aside, the conversation I overhead made my stomach churn…
Read article here: Why NHS Egland Shouldn’t Be Charging Migrants For Health Care | 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: Black WOmen on Eating Disorders, Body Image & Thinness | Black Ballad
Two years ago, I found a lump in my breast. I was moisturising, enjoying one of those blissful moments of self-care where it is just you, your skin and a tub of shea butter, coconut oil, almond oil blend when the discovery sent a chill down my spine.
“I’m only 21,” I thought to myself. “It cannot possibly be anything serious.”
In the weeks that followed, the lump grew larger and became harder to ignore…
Read article here: Black Women, Let’s Talk About Our Breast | 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 something. They would be old or very boring.”
This what 17-year-old, Ibukun from Nigeria imagined a scientist was before enrolling at the African Science Academy (ASA), Africa’s first maths, science and technology academy for girls…
Read article here: The New Face of STEM: The African Science Academy | Black Ballad