Over the past few years I’ve been gathering a network of supportive senior people of colour in the arts sector. Mainly women, they have been a huge part of my career so far and have helped me to make great connections, make sense of my feelings and build confidence in a majoritively white sector. At… Continue reading Why I will now be talking to white middle aged men about race.
Over the past few months of working on my first positive action programme, I’ve noticed something. People who are totally liberal and on the side of diversity giving off a sense of ‘but we do this already’ or even ‘why are we still talking about this?’ I’m not here to discredit the work anyone is… Continue reading Diversity … are we really still talking about this?
The other day I was speaking to my mentor about my personal goals. Immediately I began to speak about the goals I have for the programme I am delivering. Once she pointed this out I realised that in the intensity and excitement of setting Vital Spark up, I had lost sight of what I want… Continue reading What is my true voice?
The other day I was walking my dog when a fellow dog walker stopped me. He was clearly just wanting the general polite chit chat but his opening line threw me for 7am in the morning… “Wow, have you been on holiday? Where d’you catch a tan like that ducky?” I include the ‘ducky’ reference… Continue reading No hair; no identity.
I’ve experienced a lot of people lately (online and in person) who consider themselves ‘liberal’ or ‘progressive’ in their thinking, yet they don’t see the significance or the need for some of the activism campaigns that exist today. In fact, I’d go so far as to say they have shown absolute objection to campaigns around… Continue reading Thinking you’re progressive isn’t enough
When I was a child, up to the age of 6, I didn’t know that I was any different to the other kid around me. I was born in to a family with a brown Jamaican Dad, a white English Mum and 2 brothers and 2 sisters of varying shades from black to light skinned.… Continue reading What does it mean to realise you’re ‘other’?
Time and time again I find myself in positions where I’m asked to comment on a particular group, probably because I am the closest representation in the room. I may be asked what platform is best to engage ‘young people’ or how can organisations reach more ‘diverse’ communities. On the surface these seem like fairly… Continue reading The Burden of Being ‘Diverse’