Projects

The various projects that have been showcased on the blog, including #MenOnNaturalHair, Black History Month and Colorism/Shadeism Project.

Nia: From Darkie to Lightie

One of the most common statements I have heard time and time again has to be ‘You're mixed race, you're just confused,’ and when I think about it, up until two years ago, that statement actually had a degree of truth to it.

ZeZe: “East Africans are not really black”…..Yes we are!

Throughout my life I heard “East-African’s are not really black” countless times which can confuse anyone growing up in an already confusing world. During my early years (11 years old and under) I remember having the odd comment of “you have lovely curly hair”, “where are you from?” and “I thought you was mixed” here and there from people which never bothered me. I would just correct them by explaining that I was not mixed and both my parents were African and that was that.

Kris: Choosing sides

I'm 1/2 east Indian 1/4 black 1/4 white, and as a young child, I spent most of my time being raised was mostly raised by my maternal Indian Grandmother. I remember her telling me so many times as a child how happy she was and how lucky I was that I could pass as 'full Indian' and that being of a fair complexion with "good hair" ( what ever that meant) added to my beauty. Even from a young age, I could see how she treated my half black-half Indian cousins adversely because of their dark skin and course hair.

Moniqué: No-LYE, I’m Black…

Who am I? I’m Moniqué, the product of a marriage between my Vincentian Mum and my Jamaican Dad, but “Coolie Gyal” “Red skin” and “Chocolate drop”, are some of the terms I’ve been addressed with during my 28 years of life.

Ravae: Love is Colour Blind

That incredulous question popped up for the millionth time, always with the same disbelief. “But …why do you like white guys?” With my boyfriend’s fingers interlaced with mine, we couldn’t get any further apart on the spectrum of complexion. The rich mahogany of my skin seemed even bolder against the startling white of his. As I lay there beside him, swirling his question around my mouth, I felt my response slowly expand. Where should I begin?

Nandi: Being Biracial in Sweden

I grew up in a medium size city in Sweden in a pretty multicultural area. I don't remember when I realized I was "different" from most of the other kids because I had light skin and straight hair. I just remember wanting to have bangs like the other girls in daycare; this lead me to cut my bangs myself at around age 4 or 5. I was very disappointed when my bangs did not lay down over my forehead like the bangs of my friends, but instead stood up reaching for the sky.

My Sister, Osaorion: Learning to Love the Chocolate Skin I’m In

  Well, I was born in Middlesex and raised in East London; Hackney to be precise. Growing up I never had any problems with the colour/shade of my skin, because I was comfortable with the colour as both my parents were black, and Nigerian. Despite saying this, when I was in primary school, I would always want to be mixed with something, not necessarily in race, but nationality. I grew up around many different races of people: black, white, Asian and people of mixed heritage. Even though I knew there was a difference between me and an Asian child, it wasn’t a barrier to my social development, because I maintained the thought that we are all one, all equal and all part of the HUMAN race.

Vincent: What do I think about natural hair?

In all honesty, I think natural hair is the best. Now, I’m not too knowledgeable on the different hair types; afro, straight, flat, puffy/volume or whatever the names are, but for whatever hair type you have, your hair in it’s ‘natural’ form is what I’d prefer (not to forget this is my opinion on it).

Sami: What I think of natural hair

There’s no doubt a woman’s natural hair can be so beautiful. It's one of the biggest turn ons for men when a woman is blessed with them silky smooth curls that flow so sensually from the headpiece waving graciously about in the wind. But really and truly, take a good look at the women around you and you’ll clock very few women actually have hair like this. Slyly quite peak for the mandem.

Ayo: My opinion on natural hair

I’ve really never understood why black or biracial females feel the need to have straight hair; why go through all the effort of straightening and texturizing your hair just too blend in or look like women who naturally have straight hair? Namely white women. There is obviously an underlying issue here which needs to be tackled which has to do with self-image.
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