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TUN UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

lol yass! I wish I was in the club but I’m so comfortable, I can’t imagine being in a loud room full of horny sweaty drunk people.

I’m home drinking cider. My friends are out having a good time in the club and I’m in bed in my underwear drinking cider from a plastic cup. 

I really wish I could produce a little amount of regret ^_^

hope everything works out :) btw, when are we gonna meet up for coffee? i’d love to see you preferably doing something relatively inexpensive because i’m broke lol

Thanks! lol I’m very cheap though, Let me know when you’re free, we’ll do coffee :)

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koleyewan replied to your photoset “Even though I lost half of my batch of mussels, this was sooooo good….”

abeg dash am make I chop

Lol come london nau

poetic-ness replied to your photoset “Even though I lost half of my batch of mussels, this was sooooo good….”

Sooo when can I visit for dinner?

As soon as you visit London :)

Even though I lost half of my batch of mussels, this was sooooo good. Let me know if you want some and I’ll make you some. The wine did the trick.

English Pronunciation


If you can pronounce correctly every word in this poem, you will be speaking English better than 90% of the native English speakers in the world.

After trying the verses, a Frenchman said he’d prefer six months of hard labour to reading six lines aloud.








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I love my uni

I love my uni


The zoot suits. The neatly pressed skirt suits with matching pillbox hats and sensible court shoes. The gloves, the handkerchiefs, the reinforced cardboard suitcases (also known as “grips”) and the fixed, toothy smiles.

More often than not, when people talk of the arrival of black people on British shores, the narrative includes some or indeed all of the above. They almost always mention the following, too: Tilbury docks, Essex, 22 June 1948; the Empire Windrush; the West Indies and calypso music. Sometimes, the storyteller might mention the fact that the ship’s passenger list held the names of 490 men and only two women (there was a stowaway, whose fare was paid for by a ship-wide whipround). The arrival of the Empire Windrush was an important event not only for much of West Indian life in this country, but for British society itself – without it, what would the UK look like today?

But while this story, retold every October for Black History Month, is a part of the rich history of black people in the UK, it is by no means the whole story. There has been a black presence in the UK since the construction of Hadrian’s Wall (which began in AD 122) – a fact long overlooked.

Now the organisers of an exhibition at the recently opened Black Cultural Archives (in Windrush Square in Brixton, south London) are hoping to skewer some myths regarding black life in the British Isles. The archives’ inaugural exhibition, Re-imagine: Black Women in Britain, has brought together a number of black women who made the country their home over the centuries. The stories of these women and their contributions to British life are a necessary corrective to the idea that we are somehow “new” to Britain. Consider Mary Prince, an enslaved woman from Bermuda – whose personal account of slavery was published in 1831, and was the first account of the life of a black woman in Britain. “I have been a slave myself,” she wrote. “The man that says slaves be quite happy in slavery – that they don’t want to be free – that man is either ignorant or a lying person. I never heard a slave say so.” She eventually lived and worked at the home of the Scottish writer Thomas Pringle, secretary of the Anti-Slavery Society.

The exhibition features some well-known women: Crimean war nurse Mary Seacole, entertainer Adelaide Hall (who in 1941 replaced Gracie Fields as Britain’s highest-paid female entertainer) and justice campaigner Lady Lawrence among them. But it also has non-household names and stories. From slavery to the upper echelons of English society, across the naval service and the entertainment industry and in social and political activism, these women have left their mark.

Dr Suzanne Scafe, reader in Caribbean and postcolonial literature at London South Bank University has published several essays on black British women’s autobiographical writing. She suggests that the exhibition should act as a trigger for the visitor: the aim is to pique interest that will inspire further digging. “It prompts you to think about other stories,” she says. “I think no exhibition can be fully comprehensive. The purpose is really just to make a statement of our presence. It is important for people to recognise that Britain has always been a mixed society, that black women have always played a role in this society. I think it does that.”

A few of the women who could use a higher profile are the activist and publisher Jessica Huntley, who was also involved in the Black Parents Movement, and Claudia Jones, often described as the mother of the Notting Hill Carnival. There’s also the story of Seaman William Brown, which all but cries out for a film to be made: she was the first black woman to serve in the Royal Navy (the Annual Register 1815 remarked that “her features are rather handsome for a black”).

One of the women who left a huge legacy is Olive Morris, a Lambeth-based community organiser and activist whose name remains stubbornly unknown. She was born in Jamaica in 1952 and died in 1979, but in her short years achieved a staggering amount: she co-founded the Organisation of Women of African and Asian Descent and the Brixton Black Women’s Group. By the time she died of a non-Hodgkin lymphoma at the age of 27, she had also helped set up, in the city where she went to university, the Manchester Black Women’s Co-operative and the Brixton Law Centre, and was active in the Black Panther movement, too. One story tells of a 17-year-old Olive stepping into the fray after police stopped and searched a black man they suspected of stealing a Mercedes (he was a Nigerian diplomat who had stopped to do some shopping). She was beaten and arrested. By all accounts she was fearless – and committed to changing Britain for the better.

Seven years after her death, Lambeth council honoured Morris by naming a building after her (it is now a Brixton customer centre, where residents can make inquiries about council tax and benefits). She has also been commemorated in currency – an image of her, talking into a loudspeaker, is on the Brixton pound note. It’s time more people heard of her – and the other unsung foremothers in Black British history.

• Re-Imagine: Black Women in Britain is at Black Cultural Archives, London SW2, until 30 November

Consider this your friendly reminder to go and see the Re-Imagine: Black Women in Britain exhibition at the BCA. And it’s Black History Month and that so you have to go. 

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Dynamic Africa Global Events Listing: Arts.

Calling all lovers of African and Afro-diasporan art! Here are some of the current and upcoming art exhibitions on our radar happening all over the world!

See more art events here.

Black Chronicles II at Rivington Place, London
12 September - 29 November, 2014

This exhibition looks at the presence of black people in Britain during the 19th and early 20th-century through the culture of studio portraiture.

Mame-Diarra Niang - “At the Wall” and Samson Kambalu - “Sepia Rain” at Stevenson, Johhanesburg
18 September - 31 October

Self-taught French-Ivorian-Senegalese photographer Mame-Diarra Niang explores space and movement in Dakar through a series of images taken while driving in a taxi through the city. Running concurrently, Malawian artist Samson Kambalu’s solo exhibition includes a series of short films, not more than a minute long, shot during his travels in Europe. The films, which Kambalu refers to as ‘Psychogeographical Nyau Cinema’, are inspired by the Gule Wamkulu (the Great Play) which has been celebrated by the Chewa in the masquerade culture of Malawi.

Rotimi Fani-Kayode at Tiwani Contemporary, London
19 September – 1 November, 2014

A solo retrospective on the artist’s work made during his lifetime, as one of the most highly influential figure in 1980s black British and African contemporary art.

John Akomfrah - “Imaginary Possessions” at Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan
19 September, 2014 - 1 February, 2015

Looking at the relationship between memory and identity, Ghanaian filmmaker, director, and theorist John Akomfrah creates moving-image works that address the histories of the African diaspora.

Kerry James Marshall - “Look See” at David Zwirner Gallery, London
11 October - 22 November, 2014

American artist Kerry James Marshall will be exhibiting new work at the David Zwirner gallery for a little over month, beginning in October. This also marks Marshall’s first solo show in London since his 2005 presentation at the Camden Arts Centre. During this exhibition, “Marshall will present new paintings that collectively examine notions of observing, witnessing, and exhibiting.”

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair at Somerset House, London
15 - 19 October, 2014

Over 100 different artists from all over the African continent will be exhibiting work at London’s Somerset House for the second edition of the annual 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair. The list of presenting artists includes Athi-Patra Ruga, Barthelemy Toguo, Peju Alatise, Malick Sidibé, Lakin Ogunbanwo, J.D. Okhai Ojeikere, Omar Victor Diop, Hassan Hajjaj, and of course, many, many more.

Afrovibes Festival 2014 in Amsterdam, Utrecht, Den Haag, Eindhoven and Rotterdam.
8 - 11 October, 2014 

This year, the festival’s theme is ‘New Heroes and Icons’. A range of artists across different disciplines will explore this theme through theatre, dance, design and music from South Africa, Mozambique and the Netherlands.

Ake Arts & Book Festival 2014, Abeokuta
18 - 22 November, 2014

Enjoy five days of book chats, panel discussions, interviews, school visits, music, film, performance art, dance, theatre, food, competitions, art exhibitions, book deals, book sales, parties and tours.

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