Book list for black girls II: reflections of identity, by authors of colour

by Christina Fonthes  Almost three years ago I wrote an article on the lack of books for black girls – the response was overwhelming. What began as a personal endeavour (finding books for my sister) soon sparked a public discourse on the state of children’s (and adult) literature in the UK. Responses and comments came… Read More

‘The harmonious interweaving of different languages – an everyday reality for us third culture kids’

by Christina Fonthes  THE CROWS PLUCKED YOUR SINEWS is a one woman play “about Somalis in Britain and Britain in Somalia”. The piece – written and directed by Hassan Mahamdallie with the assistance of Jamil Dhillon – explores colonialism and empire, politics, and ‘culture and tradition’ through the eyes of young British-Somali – Suuban –… Read More

A Thank You Note From a Black Lesbian

Dear Reader, It has been 123 days since I left Congo, where my mother held me captive on account of my sexuality. Now, after much soul-searching, talk therapy, meditation, CBT and sweet, sweet sleep, I am slowly emerging from my hiding place. What happened was a tragedy, life-shattering trauma. Yes, I saw the ugliness of… Read More

Hollywood would prefer to keep real police brutality a secret

by Christina Fonthes Ryan Cooglar’s debut feature film Fruitvale Station is a prime example of the visual magic that happens when people tell their own stories. Cooglar is a 28-year-old writer and director from the San Francisco Bay area. His film, Fruitvale Station, is based on the final 24 hours in the life of Oscar Grant,… Read More

The ‘Diversity Test’: Is the London LGBT Film Festival a white-only affair?

by Christina Fonthes Now in its 28th year, the highly-anticipated London Lesbian Gay Film Festival returned to the Southbank this year boasting a new name:  BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival. The festival, which is headed by the British Film Institute (BFI), is one of the longest running festivals of its kind in the world,… Read More

Part Two: Ethnic Minority? No, Global Majority

PART TWO Editors’ note: We asked 10 writers for their opinion on the classifications and terminology used to describe people. We stressed there was no right or wrong answer. Here are the results: I’ve wondered for quite a while how Race politics has transformed from the passions of being “Black and Proud” to the insultingly… Read More

Book list for black girls: promoting self-love and empowering young black women

by Christina Fonthes [twitter-follow screen_name=’CongoMuse’] It is 2014; Nicola Adams is the first (black, lesbian) woman to win an Olympic boxing Gold medal. Michelle Obama is the first black woman to occupy the White House. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Joyce Banda are Africa’s first women Presidents. Malorie Blackman is Britain’s first black, Children’s Laureate. Hope Powell… Read More