Monday, 8 August 2016

QUIETLY POWERFUL


"I never got the memo that said that women and men were not equal" 
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Last weekend I attended Chimamanda’s “Love and War” talk which was being held at Southbank in Waterloo. Although, I’m a big fan of her work I wasn't really sure about what to expect. The event, however was truly amazing and I left feeling so inspired to continue with the work that I do. 

Chimamanda had a lot to say, specifically about culture, womanhood, feminism and the importance of narratives. One of the things that stood out for me about Chimamanda is how unapologetic she is, how unafraid she is to take up space and ensure that her presence is known and felt all around a room. Sometimes, as women its easy for us to be so humble about our desires and abilities that we often downplay them by the way we present ourselves to the world. Chimamanda reminded me that power and being present doesn't always equate to loudness, that you don't need to be the loudest person in the room to get your point across, that you can be quietly powerful. It’s something that many of us are still grappling with, the idea that we deserve and should make every effort to be heard. However, the world needs us to be. We need to step up and be brave enough to challenge narratives that don't sit right with us, to create a world that we want our daughters and sons to grow up in. After writing "Changing the Narrative"  I didn't think I'd get to meet her so soon but I'm so blessed that I did.

Love & Light

Chi 

Friday, 29 July 2016

SAVING ME FROM ME | FILM PREMIERE


Once again, I'd just like to say a big thank you to all of those who came out to support us at our screening last week. I never thought we'd sell out and yet we did. That night I learnt the true meaning of having a vision vision, and the duty we all have of making our goals a reality. I could talk forever about all the lessons I learnt over those weeks we spent filming but the most important thing that I'll be taking away is that you're only as capable as you believe your self to be. If you want to create something, then start creating. As "Creatives" it's so easy to be precious about the work we put out there, so precious that we can talk ourselves out of releasing anything at all. In the words of Beyoncé perfection is overrated, we just need to start from somewhere and believe that our efforts will pay off.

Love & Light, 
Chi 















Saturday, 16 July 2016

CHANGING THE NARRATIVE


Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s talk “The danger of a single story” is hands down one of my favourite Ted talks ever. If you’ve ever come across it you’ll know that she speaks about the negative effects of a single story. How words and misinformed narratives can lead to poor representations; a disconnection between the way something is portrayed and it’s truth. Particularly how this has affected Africa, its people and the way it’s often portrayed in the western world. 

“That is how you create a single story, show a people as only one thing, over and over again, and that is what they become” 

- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Friday, 3 June 2016

BREAK OUT YOUR CORNER | #SHAKESPEARE400


                        

A couple of months ago I had the pleasure of filming a monologue for Lyve Corners "Break out your corner" project. The aim of the project was to give actors an opportunity to perform in roles that they might not typically be cast in due typecasting. Representation is something that I will always champion. As a woman of colour its not something thats always so easy to find, however projects like these just reiterate the importance of platforms that work to do this. Something I've learnt along this journey is that as a POC we have a duty to create and support spaces that allow us to be represented authentically as multifaceted beings capable of more than just a singular story.

As Viola Davis said "The only think that separates women of colour from anyone else is opportunity."
In the monologue I play Calpurnia from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, I also got a little emotional at the end lol! Let me know your thoughts and give it a thumbs up if you enjoyed it! 

Love & Light 
Chi 




Monday, 16 May 2016

LEMONADE



When I first experienced (yes, it was an experience!) Lemonade I fell in love. Not only was it an ode to black women everywhere but it was a perfect representation of strength, resilience and the things only achievable when you decide to take control over your mindset in the face of difficulty and disappointment. 

Saturday, 30 April 2016

WHAT WILL BE YOUR LEGACY?


  Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about choices; the ones I’ve made and the ones I'm still yet to. Sometimes, it can be easy to avoid making big lifestyle or career decisions simply because we’re uncomfortable with the idea of dedicating our time to something that may or may not work out. Not making a decision can seem like the easy way out, however not deciding is a decision within itself. A decision to stay put rather than fight for the lifestyle you deserve. 

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

TRAVELS WITH CHI- MY ROME JOURNAL



One of my biggest joys in life is travelling. Before I left for Rome I was feeling increasingly overwhelmed with a lot of the things I had going on and I desperately needed some time off. Living in London can often make you feel like you’re constantly running on autopilot, so sometimes its necessary to take a break from everything and just reconnect with yourself.

Rome was definitely the perfect getaway, It was my first time going and although I had heard so much about it, I didn't really know what to expect but it was absolutely breathtaking. Whenever I travel I always like to research what the vibe is like towards people of colour. It's just one of the unfortunate necessities of "Travelling while Black." and its something I thought I'd touch upon for those of you who due to this can be a little apprehensive about travelling. To be honest my sister and I did get a few stares and there was this one mad incident in the Vatican involving my sister catching a woman playing with one of my braids.... 



If you follow me on SC you would have heard all about it, honestly the only thing that stopped me from reacting was the fact that I was in the Vatican. However, it wasn't as bad as some of the places I've been to and I would definitely go again! The beautiful thing about Rome is that its filled with so much culture and history, its so easy to get caught up in its beauty.

Something I've been meaning to discuss for a little while now is the idea of Legacies. Surrounded by the work of artists such as Michelangelo and Giacomo really drove home the importance of leaving a lasting impact and the ways in which we can go about doing this. Look out for that post coming soon to the blog. For now though here are a few of my pictures from my trip below.












The Colosseum


St. Peters Basilica 










 
The Vatican 







P.s for those of you wondering we stayed at the Roma Times hotel & you can find their website here.


Peace, Love & Positive Vibes

Chi x