BEING BLACK IN ITALY: DAY 1

ARE YOU PACKED? YOU EXCHANGED YOUR MONEY INTO EUROS? LET’S GO ITALY! AND THE BEST PART IS… YOU DO NOT NEED TO GET A PASSPORT! Day 1- Landing in Milan My friend, Avis and I caught our delayed plane and headed to Milan, our first stop before travelling through Italy. We came out of the airport…

Know Your Rights For Police Stop & Search- UK Edition

With all of the police brutality happening in America and England against Black people and other ethnic minorities, I want to make known your rights and understand the power the police actually have to stop and search. Most of the horrific stories of our kids and men being shot dead like wild animals start off…

9 Ways Black Men Can Express Self-Love

I don’t see too many articles on self-love and expression when it comes to addressing men unless it is to do with sex. I just want to spend a few minutes where men can experience no judgment towards themselves in simple ways that are culturally authentic.  I think Black men are hypermasculinized by our community’s expectations of…

The African Disillusions of My Youth

I am an African who had their scales fall from their eyes Traumatised from the revelation behind their lies Of “You can be anything you want to be” And “Follow your dreams”; I mean, look what happened to Doctor King Follwing those smooth slithering serpents’ doctrines. While I’m climbing on the rough side of this…

X MARKS THE SPOT: POLITICAL VOTING

Mum and I were watching the BBC news and discussing the upcoming general snap elections in June that was called by Prime Minister Theresa May. Party members were discussing the NHS, education and Brexit. The Labour Party, UKIP and Conservative Party (Tories) were all slinging mud at each other. I smirked and said to her…

COMING TO GHANA: DAY 23 DAY

ARE YOU PACKED? YOU TOOK YOUR SHOTS? LET’S GO GHANA! AND THE BEST PART IS… YOU DO NOT NEED TO GET A PASSPORT! Day 23 – It is hard to say goodbye By the time I woke up, Marie, Yannick and Karla had left the hostel. Marie went to catch her morning flight and the other…

COMING TO GHANA: DAY 22

ARE YOU PACKED? YOU TOOK YOUR SHOTS? LET’S GO GHANA! AND THE BEST PART IS… YOU DO NOT NEED TO GET A PASSPORT! Day 22 – Shopping and Hangovers I had a lovely lie-in after a night of walking and dancing. I wasn’t the only one soar. Mog and Kate went out last night and…

COMING TO GHANA: DAY 21 (PT2)

ARE YOU PACKED? YOU TOOK YOUR SHOTS? LET’S GO GHANA! AND THE BEST PART IS… YOU DO NOT NEED TO GET A PASSPORT! Day 21 – The gold mile (part 2) After warding off unwanted sale pitches from at least 20 sellers, we escaped the centre and found a woman selling traditional food at the…

COMING TO GHANA: DAY 21 (PT1)

ARE YOU PACKED? YOU TOOK YOUR SHOTS? LET’S GO GHANA! AND THE BEST PART IS… YOU DO NOT NEED TO GET A PASSPORT! Day 21 – The gold mile (part 1) Since Friday, I had agreed to take Marie to see some typical sights in Accra since I have already travelled the city. She was…

COMING TO GHANA: DAY 20

ARE YOU PACKED? YOU TOOK YOUR SHOTS? LET’S GO GHANA! AND THE BEST PART IS… YOU DO NOT NEED TO GET A PASSPORT! Day 20 – The sound of the police Marie and I got ready at 6:30 am for church. We had breakfast in the dining room with no one else about. The staff…

COMING TO GHANA: DAY 19

ARE YOU PACKED? YOU TOOK YOUR SHOTS? LET’S GO GHANA! AND THE BEST PART IS… YOU DO NOT NEED TO GET A PASSPORT! Day 19 – Deal or no deal At 10 am, Aunty Helen (not by blood) arrived at my hostel and I was finishing off my pancakes in the dining room. We embraced…

COMING TO GHANA: DAY 18

ARE YOU PACKED? YOU TOOK YOUR SHOTS? LET’S GO GHANA! AND THE BEST PART IS… YOU DO NOT NEED TO GET A PASSPORT! Day 18– Back to Black Roots I woke still floating on cloud 9 with a smile on my face. I showered and planned my trip for the day. I was going to…