Spotlight: Ankara on Brand

You know I'm a lover of my heritage, which is why I just had to do a spotlight on the incredible Ankara On Brand. Who are they? AOB is a UK-based brand, founded by Nina Amoo, which specialises in creating powerful contemporary womenswear using traditional African Ankara print. All of products are made with love…

Self-Reflection Sundays – Music is good for the soul

I don’t know about you, but there’s nothing better than a Sunday filled with tunes. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in day-to-day stuff – cooking, cleaning, working, parenting, blah, blah, blah… stopping for five minutes to turn on your Bluetooth, connect your speaker and select a playlist that matches your feels of the…

Perspective is everything – A look at black pregnancy, colourism and the diluting of the black experience

Many of us follow Candice Brathwaite on Instagram (if you don’t, are you living under a rock?), so when news broke on Saturday that Candice believed she was replaced by Rochelle Humes to present a documentary on black women and childbirth, there was understandably widespread uproar within the community. “Here we go again” echoes in…

Dear Mumma,… From a Cancer Mum x

Cancer Mum… it’s still so hard to say the words and take on the identity but I refuse to treat this as a taboo. When anyone in your family is diagnosed with cancer it changes your whole life; your perspective, your outlook, your routine, your emotions… it’s a ride that can have more twists and…

I’ve been nominated for an award… say what?!

Ok, this is slightly insane but I've been nominated for the award of 'Best Content Creator 2020' as part of Sistem Amplified! I have so much respect for this unique magazine and the other wonderful women in this category so to say I'm feeling honoured is an understatement. When I started my blog in July…

Ignoring climate change will undo our Social Justice work

Every day I think about what I can do to make the world a better place. I’m not trying to be cheesy, I’m just at devoted mother thinking about building a better future for her children. Readers of my blog know that I talk a lot about racism and its impact; of course I do…

The detrimental impact of racist systems on housing

“Dionne, when are you going to try for a boy?”; I’m asked this question repeatedly. Mr A (the hubby) is a football academy owner, so living in a home with three females is most definitely the reason behind this question that seems to follow me around year-after-year. My hands are already full with our two…

Don’t forget about loving!

Firstly, we’re all friends here and we’re all adults. This short and sharp intro is because it’s about to get a little saucy…! Right now, it probably feels like Groundhog Day; yes we're out of lockdown but things are pretty much the same. The queues in shops are exhausting, your favourite restaurants are limiting bookings and…

Black solidarity – let’s get our house in order

My mother always told me “Charity begins at home”. I still revel is the amount of progress we’ve seen in 2020; I know in reality it’s only a drop in the ocean, but we have to take stock and appreciate that we’re seeing real social reform. Racism had long been swept under the carpet with…