It takes a lot of confidence to be this ridiculous.
Tonight’s the night! SHEroes of No Fly on the WALL takes place tonight from 7pm. I am very much looking forward to hosting the night and performing also.
I wrote a piece about the need to celebrate Black British female talent for Gal-Dem. Check it out here.
“Throughout history, black women have used music and poetry in particular to find their voice and share it with those who would rather not listen. Black British women have contributed to the rich tapestry of music and the spoken word scene in the UK for decades, from the beautiful lovers rock of Jean Adebambo, the soul of Shola Ama and the smooth floaty jazz of Corinne Bailey Rae; to the booming vocals of Shirley Bassey, the indie-electro-dance-punk of VV Brown, the clever word play and swagger of Lady Leshurr’s grime; and the lyricism of Emeli Sande.
“Poets like Dorothea Smartt, Patience Agbabi and Yrsa Daley-Ward have used their art to put a spotlight on what it means to be a Black British queer woman; and Warsan Shire’s writing has sent ripples across continents for its focus on migrants, refugees, and identity. The current Young Poet Laureate for London, Selina Nwulu (a position previously held by Shire), has received critical claim for her work. Although it is true that there are black women breaking the mould, with some even being bold enough to place their heads above the parapet, we are still in need of more opportunities in which to showcase all we have to offer.”