Anti-racist? Do you even know what you’re saying?

Happy New Year! How is it 2022 already?! I’ve named this the year of accountability, so let’s start right. A few weeks ago, BBC Breakfast was on in the background, and I heard journalist Sally Nugent use the term Nitty-Gritty. I raised my eyebrows, shook my head and muttered something along the lines of “we’ve…

Recognising the harm of saviourism

My partner and I were having our usual weekly conversation about the future we’d like to build in Africa at some point. See, we understand that Africa is the only place we’ll ever be seen and treated as equals, so we’re determined to get there. Overhearing our conversation, our eldest daughter immediately reacted saying “Mummy,…

You can’t rid misogyny within the Police without ridding racism

Last week we heard the horrific details of the Sarah Everard case. What Sarah endured was far beyond anything we could've imagined, and I pray her family can finally begin their healing journey knowing her killing will never be a free man again. I am hugely interested in true crime. Whilst most people went on…

She’s just a child: The adultification of black girls

Recently I took my children to the park (one of our favourite things to do) and after my adventurous two-year old decided to risk it all in the big kid section, I swiftly moved us all to the safety of the junior area of the playground. I was finally able to relax and let the girls run…

Freedom is a state of mind

Remember the days when we could plan? Weddings, birthdays, nights out, holidays… HOLIDAYS… July 19th was so-called ‘freedom day’, but it was coupled with the unexpected (yet predictable) announcement that the civil liberties of those choosing not to receive a vaccination would continue to be stripped away.  The divisiveness of many of the decisions being…

The power of authenticity in the workplace

I remember the days when it was easy to separate home and work life; Covid stripped away that barrier for so many of us. I must admit, it took some getting used to; I felt completely exposed knowing my colleagues were going to see my limited space, the non-glamourised version of me, the fact that…

Inaction has run its course

We’re firmly in the age of information; there isn’t much that Google can’t help us find. I’ve learned so much in the past year; it feels like I’m mid-way through a social justice Masters. Although it’s been enlightening to navigate the complex nature of racism past my own personal experiences, it’s also been quite frustrating,…

Mental health awareness week: There’s never been a better time to be open

What can I say about mental health and my experiences? Gosh, it's been such a journey. When you’re used to dealing with adversity, you almost create a barrier around yourself that leaves you numb from feeling. This is what makes it difficult at times to talk about your state of mind. The reality is, if…

How employers can prepare for a not guilty Derek Chauvin verdict

Look, I know what you’re thinking – “There’s no way this dude is getting off” – but let me just tell you as someone who hasn’t missed one minute of the trial, right now, anything is possible. The rhetoric is the same; George Floyd was an intoxicated large black man who may have had super-strength…