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Five For Friday: [@DirtsaMusic], [@ROSEFLOWSmusic], [mya_kinlock], [@FinchFetti], [@KadeemTyrell] Five For Friday Five For Friday: [@DirtsaMusic], [@ROSEFLOWSmusic], [mya_kinlock], [@FinchFetti], [@KadeemTyrell]

Five new tracks you should stream this week. With fresh sounds from Dirtsa, Mya K, Finch Fetti, ROSEFLOWS, Kadeem Tyrell & more

by SOPHIA HILL May 20, 2022
[@mowgs97] has had his epiphany, now he’s coming for the crown Interviews [@mowgs97] has had his epiphany, now he’s coming for the crown

“I make music for the misunderstood, for the people that don’t have a voice”. His new album is a tightly-woven project showcasing the rapper’s depth of character, musical attentiveness...

by GUEST CONTRIBUTOR May 18, 2022
[@amalou] is Educating The Masses in New Visuals for ‘Same Old Ways’ Music [@amalou] is Educating The Masses in New Visuals for ‘Same Old Ways’

The single isn’t shy, just like Ama–it exudes sounds that feel simultaneously nostalgic as they do optimistic. The North Londoner’s versatility is given the space to flourish over a Maestro the Baker produced beat with her unremmiting bars and buttery flows.

by SOPHIA HILL May 12, 2022
[@santinolesaint] Live at Earth Hackney: an intimate ode to rock Events [@santinolesaint] Live at Earth Hackney: an intimate ode to rock

Supported by INFAMOUSIZAK and Scuti, the set crescendos with a performance of his brand new track ‘Paranoia’, conjuring a collective sway from the crowd as he shares with the audience the internal battles he has penned into his lyricism, communicated through his boundless vocal range.

by SOPHIA HILL May 11, 2022
MNOTW: Big Zuu gets his flowers at the 2022 BAFTAs, Burna Boy becomes first Nigerian artist to perform a headline show at Madison Aquare Gardens & more Music MNOTW: Big Zuu gets his flowers at the 2022 BAFTAs, Burna Boy becomes first Nigerian artist to perform a headline show at Madison Aquare Gardens & more

This weeks music news covers happenings in the world of music from the 2022 BAFTAs, Rinse FM's radio residents reboot for Spring/ Summer, a Toddla T produced tribute to the victims of Grenfell with One Vibe Charity & more...

by SOPHIA HILL May 9, 2022
Five For Friday: [@_nezsa], [@jordyinit], [@lukervv], Miki & Yael Daila Five For Friday Five For Friday: [@_nezsa], [@jordyinit], [@lukervv], Miki & Yael Daila

Five new tracks you should stream this week. With fresh sounds from Nesza, Jordy, Miki, Luchi Blue, Luke RV & more

by SOPHIA HILL May 6, 2022
[@Kamalnw] isn’t Shy About Love On New Song “better.” Music [@Kamalnw] isn’t Shy About Love On New Song “better.”

North West London’s Kamal. is a born narrator. Through his songs, he retells stories that mark his timeline and experiences.

by SOPHIA HILL May 3, 2022
Five For Friday: [@lenlenlennnn], Living Testimony, [@ZakharArtist], [@LD_OSG] & more Five For Friday Five For Friday: [@lenlenlennnn], Living Testimony, [@ZakharArtist], [@LD_OSG] & more

The tide of new music never seems to stop coming in and Friday being one of the most intense days for new music we can understand if it all feels a little overwhelming. That’s why we’ve delved into the deepest and darkest corners of the musical ocean to bring you Five For Friday: our weekly round-up of the crème de la crème in new music.

by SOPHIA HILL Apr 29, 2022
South London’s AE [@adamaakayy1] [@elsdx] are Shaking Up The Industry with New Single “Mistaken” Music South London’s AE [@adamaakayy1] [@elsdx] are Shaking Up The Industry with New Single “Mistaken”

Ads and El spill their lyrics over a drunken instrumental: a flawless match for their nonchalant flows as they deliver verifiable facts–“No I’m not lucky / you’re bitching, I been blessed”.

by SOPHIA HILL Apr 28, 2022

Fashion

In Case You Hadn’t Noticed, Africa Is the New Fashion Frontier Fashion In Case You Hadn’t Noticed, Africa Is the New Fashion Frontier

The global fashion industry, like many other industries, is undergoing a transformation. With economic uncertainties, shifting consumer challenges, and a market bogged down by inflation and a cost of living crisis, global brands are now sourcing new and viable markets where they can find fertile ground.

by LYNN MONGAMELI May 18, 2022
Crochet Has Us All Hooked, But Who’s Paying The Price? Fashion Crochet Has Us All Hooked, But Who’s Paying The Price?

While the noughties captures the attention of the world's trendiest inhabitants in an inescapable chokehold, the seventies have been sneaking into every element of our wardrobes without us even realising. Platforms, flares, cottagecore, and psychedelic prints are just some of the seventies staples we've seen take the world by storm, but none dominate the lives of the population as much as crochet. 

by CHARLIE CULVERHOUSE May 17, 2022
“customers are now approaching the homeware category in the same way they buy their clothes”: The Rise Of Fast Homeware Fashion “customers are now approaching the homeware category in the same way they buy their clothes”: The Rise Of Fast Homeware

Just as fast fashion promoted and normalised posting a new outfit everyday and over consuming clothing to keep up with short-lived trends, fast homeware is now normalising the constant tweaking and redesigning of our living spaces. 

by CHARLIE CULVERHOUSE May 16, 2022
Style Through The Tunnels: The NBA’s Most Stylish Players Fashion Style Through The Tunnels: The NBA’s Most Stylish Players

Although they have been linked for years, sports and fashion are starting to become synonymous, almost like fashion and music, which have always been close cousins. The NBA is the pinnacle for basketball fans globally, and with that comes a legion of fans who want to see what their favourite hoop star is wearing, but if we're being honest, for a long time, there really wasn't anything thrilling to look at.

by LYNN MONGAMELI May 11, 2022
The Art Of Storytelling In Fashion Fashion The Art Of Storytelling In Fashion

It’s no secret that the Covid-19 pandemic has drastically changed the fashion industry, forcing an entire cohort of brands, designers and industry executives to re-think and deliver business models that are progressive and innovative. In doing so, brands have opted to integrate and embrace the introduction of digital interventions such as virtual runway shows and […]

by WANIQUE BLOCK May 10, 2022
Your Guide to a Smooth Summer: Exfoliation 101 Fashion Your Guide to a Smooth Summer: Exfoliation 101

The sun is peeking through the clouds, and the temperature is in the double digits - it's finally Spring. Spring means ditching the layers and layers (and layers) of clothing we've been chucking on to keep warm through Winter, and while we have all just mastered the art of layering, it's time to strip down and show off some skin. 

by CHARLIE CULVERHOUSE May 9, 2022
Who Can Replace Virgil Abloh For Louis Vuitton? Fashion Who Can Replace Virgil Abloh For Louis Vuitton?

When Louis Vuitton appointed Virgil Abloh as its Artistic Director, we in the fashion industry knew this meant a seismic shift in the luxury fashion landscape. Abloh was a cultural titan, who faced heavy criticism during his tenure (on occasion rightly so), and sculpted his fashion universe at a relentless pace.

by LYNN MONGAMELI May 9, 2022
The 2022 Met Gala, Sadly, Was A Famine of Fashion Fashion The 2022 Met Gala, Sadly, Was A Famine of Fashion

It's been a few days since the Super Bowl of fashion returned to New York for its 2022 edition themed 'Gilded Glamour and White Tie'. 

by SAYO OLUKOGA May 6, 2022

Arts & culture

21 QUESTIONS: Sage on TikTok Virality, Poetry and Transitioning into Acting Arts & Culture 21 QUESTIONS: Sage on TikTok Virality, Poetry and Transitioning into Acting

If you love scrolling through your TikTok For You Page for hours than you’re bound to have come across Sage, more widely known by her account name KerboodleMyNoodle. When she’s not doing poetry the hilarious student spends her time making satirical content reflective of her experiences as a Black British girl living and going to […]

by SHENELL May 18, 2022
Black Horror before and after Get Out
Arts & Culture Black Horror before and after Get Out

It doesn't need to be Friday the 13th for you to enjoy a good horror film. In this list, we've put together 8 Black horror movies from before AND after the blockbuster hit "Get Out" (2017) to get you well versed on the weird and wacky genre of film.

by JK ABUAH May 16, 2022
18 Year Old Billy Menezes is on a Mission To Take Street Magic Global Arts & Culture 18 Year Old Billy Menezes is on a Mission To Take Street Magic Global

Meet Billy Menezes - the 18 year Old 'Street Magician' on a mission to take magic global. Ahead of the release of his new film 'Out N About' we spoke about how far he wants to take his tricks, the process behind the film and more.

by SHENELL May 14, 2022
‘Art Boyz’ a London-based art collective creating a safe space for creativity and vulnerability. Arts & Culture ‘Art Boyz’ a London-based art collective creating a safe space for creativity and vulnerability.

Art Boyz is a collective of young creatives made up of good friends Anayo Nkwocha, Yvonne Shelling & Amardeep Sura. Chelsea Mtada speaks to them about being inspired, safe spaces in creative world and the importance of friendship. “Art Boyz is the three of us coming together,” says Amar, fashion designer, all round creative and […]

by CHELSEA MTADA May 12, 2022
Self care or decorating your cage? Arts & Culture Self care or decorating your cage?

Online, people are discussing what point self care methods like skin, makeup and surgery become less about care and more about control. So which is it?

by JK ABUAH May 12, 2022
Bring Me to Heal by Amartey Golding Arts & Culture Bring Me to Heal by Amartey Golding

How do we find healing spaces in a constant cycle of generational trauma? Amartey Golding shows us with “Bring Me to Heal”.

by JK ABUAH May 4, 2022
GUAP Presents Wunmi Bello for #GUAP27 Arts & Culture GUAP Presents Wunmi Bello for #GUAP27

Wunmi Bello’s first magazine cover for GUAP’s April 2022 Issue. The cover star discusses the importance of loving yourself and others, finding your truth and protecting your light in your darkest moments.

by CHELSEA MTADA May 2, 2022
“Weird/awkward black girls <33" Arts & Culture “Weird/awkward black girls <33"

Awkward Black girls, alt Black girls, emo Black girls and everything in between. Stand up!

by JK ABUAH Apr 27, 2022
It’s Reboot Season! Arts & Culture It’s Reboot Season!

The good, the bad, and the ugly. Reboots either get it perfectly right, or the complete opposite. Here, we share some of the most critically acclaimed reboots on our screens.

by JK ABUAH Apr 26, 2022
Meet Pigmalion: The Man Who Fell In Love With Sculpture Arts & Culture Meet Pigmalion: The Man Who Fell In Love With Sculpture

Meet Paul Joseph Harper, better known as PJ Harper, the elusive artist behind the beautiful sculptures of Black women we've all seen.

by TERNA JOGO Apr 25, 2022
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Events

11 Jun
11 Jun / Saturday / 11:00 - 23:00 pm PARKLIFE FESTIVAL 2022 Parklife is back taking over Manchester’s Heaton Park on 11th-12th June 2022 with some of the biggest names in world music as well as some ones to watch. Today, Parklife has announced the lineup for the Manchester festival that prides itself on putting on one of the biggest and most diverse line-ups you can experience. They have kept up that reputation this year with some absolutely huge names with the likes of Tyler, The Creator, who is making his UK festival headline debut, as well as a UK festival exclusive performance from 50 Cent. Speaking of international talent you can also expect to see performances from Tems, Megan Thee Stallion, and Jayda G.
24 Jun
24 Jun / Friday / 11:00 - 23:00 pm MADE IN AFRICA 2022 Trace Made In Africa is set to be the biggest celebration of Afro-Caribbean music and culture this Summer taking place from June 24th-26th 2022 in Porto, Portugal. Last week Trace officially revealed Trace Made In Africa which is set to take over Portugal for a 72 hour non-stop celebration of Afro-Caribbean culture in partnership with Apollon. Early headliners already announced include Mr Eazi, Spice, Yemi Alade, TAYC amongst others. The three day festival will be taking place on the lush Douro riverbank in Porto, Portugal, with a view that draws you to the emblematic iron bridge that was designed by a disciple of Gustave Eiffel.