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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
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
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
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
“I can only stop when I’m no longer getting DMs from tenants”: How Kwajo Tweneboa is holding housing associations across the UK accountable Arts & Culture “I can only stop when I’m no longer getting DMs from tenants”: How Kwajo Tweneboa is holding housing associations across the UK accountable

Tweneboa's Twitter bio aptly reads, "Tearing the singlets of Housing Providers across the U.K.". We spoke to the 23-year-old social housing activist, university student and emerging artist about what life looks like for him now, following his viral social media campaign.

by JK ABUAH Apr 20, 2022
Meet our 2021 World Art Day winner,  Jazmin Zyila Interviews Meet our 2021 World Art Day winner, Jazmin Zyila

Meet our 2021 World Art Day winner, Jazmin Zyila, a digital artist from East London

by ELSIE CULLEN Apr 13, 2022
GUAP Meets The Lagos Creatives Making Waves in the Culture. Arts & Culture GUAP Meets The Lagos Creatives Making Waves in the Culture.

GUAP Presents Lagos: Through The Looking Glass. A creative editorial created by Tiolu Enitan & Subuola Makinde to tell the stories of young Nigerian creatives and their journeys in the Lagos underground scene.

by GUEST CONTRIBUTOR Apr 13, 2022
‘WHO IS VIRGIL?’ BY FREDDIE PEACOCK Arts & Culture ‘WHO IS VIRGIL?’ BY FREDDIE PEACOCK

By Olisa Jr. In a recent group exhibition hosted by a non-profit organisation, 4BYSIX, British artist Freddie Peacock created his latest piece, entitled, “WHO IS VIRGIL?”, intricately choosing to create a commemorative painting of the late icon, Virgil Abloh, while embodying Freddie’s orthodox style, and explores the life and career of Virgil through both blatant […]

by GUEST CONTRIBUTOR Apr 13, 2022
Meet the young recipients of  Rapper Jord’s first-ever ‘Pickni Uniforms’ Campaign
Arts & Culture Meet the young recipients of Rapper Jord’s first-ever ‘Pickni Uniforms’ Campaign

Do you remember what you wanted to be when you were younger? An astronaut or a musician? A doctor or an artist? A chef or an explorer? Do you remember the confidence with which you dreamed all the infinite possibilities of who you could become, and the countless times that vision shifted and grew? They […]

by ELSIE CULLEN Mar 7, 2022
Ella Ezeike; the Nigerian-American photographer and director debuts her first short film ‘Bluebird’.
Arts & Culture Ella Ezeike; the Nigerian-American photographer and director debuts her first short film ‘Bluebird’.

Where does true love live? This is the question that runs through my mind as I sit down with Ella Ezeike.  Bluebird is a short poetic film that delves into the experience of the love and kinship that exists between a group of friends after the end of a romantic relationship. In the woes of […]

by CHELSEA MTADA Feb 3, 2022
Artist and curator, INxSANIxTY is pushing creativity and collaboration in a new exciting community engagement project Arts & Culture Artist and curator, INxSANIxTY is pushing creativity and collaboration in a new exciting community engagement project

For anyone who frequents the local south-east London art scene, INxSANIxTY has become somewhat of a household name. From curating group exhibitions, to running community events – Sani is the Peckham-based contemporary artist building a legacy centred around art, heritage, culture and history.  I first met Sani back in 2018 when a group of young […]

by ELSIE CULLEN Feb 1, 2022
Amarachi Nwosu’s ‘The Ones Who Keep Walking’ tells the story of Art, Music and Culture in Africa right now. Arts & Culture Amarachi Nwosu’s ‘The Ones Who Keep Walking’ tells the story of Art, Music and Culture in Africa right now.

GUAP speaks to photographer and filmmaker Amarachi Nwosu on her debut feature film; The Ones Who Keep Walking. Amarachi Nwosu is a photographer, filmmaker and director who over the years has lived and travelled all over the world to tell the stories of Black people across the diaspora. The young visionary who earned herself a spot […]

by CHELSEA MTADA Feb 1, 2022
The founder of 1508 Concierge shares the story behind the brand’s growing success Arts & Culture The founder of 1508 Concierge shares the story behind the brand’s growing success

1508 Concierge provide VIP experience events for the biggest stars of the UK entertainment industry, while maintaining a mental health centred approach to all of their many business ventures Want to know who can bring out all the top faces in the UK entertainment industry? 1508 Concierge. 1508 Concierge, the UK’s no. 1 concierge, provides […]

by JK ABUAH Jan 7, 2022
What it’s like working in the film industry with [@MrWalker_] & [@VisualsbyLolly] in collab with @AdobeUK Arts & Culture What it’s like working in the film industry with [@MrWalker_] & [@VisualsbyLolly] in collab with @AdobeUK

Build a community… Iron sharpens Iron… Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas are all friends. If Martin can’t do a job he’ll call Spike Lee or George. We need to have that in our communities. Cornelius Walker The film industry can be an incredibly intimidating space to enter, especially for a young […]

by GUAP Dec 17, 2021
The Bold Beginnings of [@Chrissiemilan] and [@ChrisJammer] in Collaboration with BULLDOG Gin
Arts & Culture The Bold Beginnings of [@Chrissiemilan] and [@ChrisJammer] in Collaboration with BULLDOG Gin

We all have our personal origin story behind why we are in the positions we are in today. In popular culture, we often celebrate the idea of humble beginnings but aren’t typically made aware of some of the bold beginnings, initiated by key decisions made by people, that changed the trajectory of their life.  BULLDOG […]

by GUAP Dec 1, 2021
In Conversation with Abel Rubinstein and the Cast of Dungarees
Arts & Culture In Conversation with Abel Rubinstein and the Cast of Dungarees

Contribution by Gaby Mawson Gaby Mawson speaks to Abel Rubinstein about how Dungareess depicts his own queer relationship on screen as well as the filming process and upcoming projects. Dungarees is a short film that was shortlisted for the Iris Prize ‘Best of British’ films in 2020 and was also played at the London Film […]

by GUEST CONTRIBUTOR Nov 22, 2021
“Chop life make life no chop you” – Esme Marfo speaks to founders of lifestyle brand promoting health and wellness [@choplifeboyz] Arts & Culture “Chop life make life no chop you” – Esme Marfo speaks to founders of lifestyle brand promoting health and wellness [@choplifeboyz]

Chop Life is a community organization dedicated to promoting health and wellness in underrepresented communities. Contribution by Esme Marfo Living in immigrant African households, health wasn’t a topic that was discussed or taught to Chop Life co-founders Michael Marfo and Nana Danso. Growing up in housing projects in Worcester, Massachusetts, the two struggled with both […]

by GUEST CONTRIBUTOR Oct 30, 2021
“When I was growing up, I would have loved to see imagery like this. It gives me a sense of belonging.” -Cameron Ugbodu Arts & Culture “When I was growing up, I would have loved to see imagery like this. It gives me a sense of belonging.” -Cameron Ugbodu

New Mo(nu)ments is the first solo exhibition by Nigerian-Austrian artist Cameron Ugbodu following their migration to London from Vienna. The artist tells Chelsea Mtada about their journery to creating New Mo(nu)ments and the importance of black art. Art by Cameron Ugbodu. Photography of Cameron Ugbodu by Luca Allick-Smith. It’s lunchtime on a typical autumn afternoon in Elephant […]

by CHELSEA MTADA Oct 27, 2021
The home of Cloud X is open & we spoke to its founders in the after glow of their hit summer festival. [@cloudxworld] Arts & Culture The home of Cloud X is open & we spoke to its founders in the after glow of their hit summer festival. [@cloudxworld]

Founders of Cloud X Festival; Ben Cross & David Dabieh reflect on creating the best music festival of the year. The evolution of Cloud X from an events company to a multi-media music management and events company has set in stone the foundations of one of London’s most exciting organisations right now. After the events […]

by CHELSEA MTADA Sep 8, 2021
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Fashion

‘Forget the gatekeepers’: Henrie Kwushue on her upcoming Instagram series, Free Game with Henrie. Fashion ‘Forget the gatekeepers’: Henrie Kwushue on her upcoming Instagram series, Free Game with Henrie.

Radio's rising star, Henrie Kwushue, is teaming up with Instagram to present Free Game with Henrie. This mini-series seeks to equip emerging Black creatives with the necessary skills to navigate the notoriously tricky terrain of the British entertainment industry. 

by MEMUNA KONTEH May 3, 2022
KASI FLAVOUR10: Honouring South Africa’s Football Culture and Legacies Through Archiving and Preservation Fashion KASI FLAVOUR10: Honouring South Africa’s Football Culture and Legacies Through Archiving and Preservation

Founded by creative director Kabelo Kungwane, Kasi Flavour10 is a creative agency that merges the art of fashion, photography and design and attempts to celebrate and honour South Africa’s football culture. 

by WANIQUE BLOCK Apr 29, 2022
High Fashion Twitter: The Gen Z Community Giving The Fashion Industry A Run For Its Money Fashion High Fashion Twitter: The Gen Z Community Giving The Fashion Industry A Run For Its Money

The fashion industry is notorious for being exclusive and elitist - for so long, the criteria for success has been who you know, what your last name is, and how much you have.

by SAYO OLUKOGA Apr 28, 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
Get to know Miso Extra, an artist in her own world. Fashion Get to know Miso Extra, an artist in her own world.

When I sit down to have a chat with artist Miso Extra in Hoxton’s sleek record store, Love Vinyl, I get the sense that she is in a world of her own and always has been. Miso Extra confirms my thoughts when I ask her to introduce herself for the video and, instead of citing […]

by GUAP Apr 4, 2022
Advisry at NYFW: Sometimes Dancing Fashion Advisry at NYFW: Sometimes Dancing

By Memuna Konteh Founded in 2014, Advisry is a multimedia brand seeking to commemorate narratives of “Black pride, spirituality and love” through the production of high-quality streetwear, music and film. It is the brainchild of Keith’ Rooftop’ Herron, who conceived of the brand when he was 13-years-old, venturing first into fashion before expanding his horizons […]

by GUEST CONTRIBUTOR Mar 7, 2022
The Contemporary Fashion Journalist: Odunayo Ojo Editorials The Contemporary Fashion Journalist: Odunayo Ojo

In 2022 almost every career path is accessible; if not by traditional means, social media is a viable alternative route you can take. It is still a road less travelled, but if you have an internet connection and a smartphone, you can connect with many people globally and share what you have to offer. Meet […]

by TERNA JOGO Mar 7, 2022
CAUSING A RACKET: Three young Black tennis players on their experience with the sport Editorials CAUSING A RACKET: Three young Black tennis players on their experience with the sport

CAUSING A RACKET, a mini-doc by GUAP. We look into three young black tennis players’ experiences with the sport.  The success of young players such as Naomi Osaka and Emma Raducanu in the last two years led us to ask where the young Black British players are?  In this editorial, we asked our talent what it […]

by TERNA JOGO Feb 1, 2022
4 upcoming designers on the problem their brand aims to solve. Fashion 4 upcoming designers on the problem their brand aims to solve.

4 Black designers at the beginning of their careers speak on the reasons they started their brand and how they go about saying something with their clothing. The designers include SHASHAMANI – 3rd year student on the BA Fashion Knit course at CSM, Takudzwa Chigaduro – LCF Bespoke Tailoring Graduate, Someoneson – LCF Womenswear Graduate, […]

by TERNA JOGO Jan 31, 2022
A Quick Ting On Afrobeats with Christian Adofo Editorials A Quick Ting On Afrobeats with Christian Adofo

The first time I spoke to Christian I was taken aback by how deep his voice is when he greets me on FaceTime to interview me about my photographic process. About a year later, the tables have turned, as I meet Christian again for the first time in person to talk to him about his […]

by TERNA JOGO Oct 22, 2021
Get to know streetwear brand CoSignedByGod [@CosignedxGod] Fashion Get to know streetwear brand CoSignedByGod [@CosignedxGod]

CosignedByGod is a streetwear brand for the Kingdom Of God. Based in Houston, Texas the brand is inspired by individuals from all different walks of life. The brand symbolises living your life freely in one’s truth in a secular world. We had the opportunity to speak with Founder Tianna Jenkins, who founded the brand this […]

by BONITA Aug 1, 2021
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[@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
10 Things That Influence [@midwxst] Interviews 10 Things That Influence [@midwxst]

The 18-year-old is a pioneer. From his two great Danes, moving to NYC, his tight-knit circle, Skrillex, Marvin Gaye and his innate punkish quality–midwxst tells GUAP about 10 things that influence his music.

by SOPHIA HILL Apr 27, 2022
“I feel like I’ve got one of the brightest visions in this country” An Interview with [@KishFantastic] Interviews “I feel like I’ve got one of the brightest visions in this country” An Interview with [@KishFantastic]

Existing fans will be well accustomed to his irreverent sense of humour, and for those new to Kish, the videos to “Sly Cooper”, or the more recent “Wack Pumper”, are open invites to the irreverence of his world.

by GUEST CONTRIBUTOR Apr 14, 2022
[@adekunleGOLD] and The Unconfined Creativity He Carves into His Career Editorials [@adekunleGOLD] and The Unconfined Creativity He Carves into His Career

'Catch Me If You Can' is his latest album and most intoxicatingly transporting to date. Music that whisks you away to another dimension. Following on from the tidal wave of praises for his last album Afro-Pop Vol.1, released two years ago, on which he featured a 14-track listening experience filled with golden nugs of heartfelt melody.

by SOPHIA HILL Apr 14, 2022
Ella Mai on R&B’s UK and US Cross-Frontier and Accepting the Discomfort in Growth Interviews Ella Mai on R&B’s UK and US Cross-Frontier and Accepting the Discomfort in Growth

Ella Mai on R&B’s cross-frontier between the US and UK, accepting the discomfort in growth and the value of vulnerability. Ella’s roots were nurtured in England, gathering the necessary know-how in music from her years at the BIMM. In 2015 she dipped her toes in the water with a SoundCloud release titled Troubled and she […]

by SOPHIA HILL Apr 7, 2022
GUAP MEETS: Xadi Interviews GUAP MEETS: Xadi

GUAP caught up with Xadi to get an idea of what goes on beneath the cryptic canvas of his pensive penmanship. Read the full interview below. Xadi is now a powerhouse of creativity. And with the release of his latest self-produced EP, Floating In Lilac, he presents us with an example of some of his […]

by SOPHIA HILL Apr 7, 2022
Mwanjé is Using Her Imagination to Summon The Diaspora [interview] Interviews Mwanjé is Using Her Imagination to Summon The Diaspora [interview]

Mwanjé is a fountain of knowledge. A polymath in her own right.  The 23-year-old’s fire is stoked by a determination to share her origins and experience with the world. Even as I write this it is becoming quite apparent that no black and white page of writing could ever capture her full vibrancy. Although there […]

by SOPHIA HILL Apr 7, 2022
Shaé Universe On Claiming Back Her Faith Editorials Shaé Universe On Claiming Back Her Faith

Shaé Universe is a steadfast source of harmony; whether that is demonstrated by her calm presence or whether that is channelled through her delphic vocals. Even as she munches a granola bar to refuel at the end of a long day on set, sweet-sounding hums sneak their way through in between bites. “I’m very, very, […]

by SOPHIA HILL Apr 4, 2022
Simon Wheatley on The Limitless Evolution of Subcultures Interviews Simon Wheatley on The Limitless Evolution of Subcultures

In the lead up to Abbey Road Studios’ newly announced Music Photography Awards–a first of it’s kind–GUAP caught up with Simon Wheatley, the groundbreaking social archivist and world renowned grime scene photographer who is joining as a guest judge for the Hennessy partnership and ‘Championing Scenes’ award at the upcoming event in May, shining the […]

by SOPHIA HILL Apr 4, 2022
Meet the young recipients of  Rapper Jord’s first-ever ‘Pickni Uniforms’ Campaign
Arts & Culture Meet the young recipients of Rapper Jord’s first-ever ‘Pickni Uniforms’ Campaign

Do you remember what you wanted to be when you were younger? An astronaut or a musician? A doctor or an artist? A chef or an explorer? Do you remember the confidence with which you dreamed all the infinite possibilities of who you could become, and the countless times that vision shifted and grew? They […]

by ELSIE CULLEN Mar 7, 2022
21 QUESTIONS: Rachel Chinouriri on Making Space For Black Indie Artists, Growing Up in Croydon + More Interviews 21 QUESTIONS: Rachel Chinouriri on Making Space For Black Indie Artists, Growing Up in Croydon + More

Merging satisfying electronic and pop production with beautifully haunting vocals, Rachel Chinouriri is the Croydon singer slowly but surely affirming her place in Britain’s Indie landscape. In a spider inspired world creative directed and shot by 20 year-old photographer Joe Puxley, we sat with Rachel for a quick, nostalgic game of 21 questions – discussing […]

by SHENELL Feb 3, 2022
Ladipoe, A True Leader Of The Nigerian Afro-Rap Scene [@LadiPoe] Interviews Ladipoe, A True Leader Of The Nigerian Afro-Rap Scene [@LadiPoe]

Words by: Robert Solomon Ladipoe displays no shortage of bravado. With a voice that seamlessly oscillates between euphonious and blunt, and with his music marked by witty one-liners which he tags “lifelines,” the Lagos-based rapper is on the verge of taking rap to a whole new beat.  For Ladipoe, consistency has been an invaluable trait […]

by GUEST CONTRIBUTOR Dec 13, 2021
“Ownership, Integrity, Consistency” – An interview with Gourmet Rap OG, Da Flyy Hooligan [@daflyyhooligan] Interviews “Ownership, Integrity, Consistency” – An interview with Gourmet Rap OG, Da Flyy Hooligan [@daflyyhooligan]

Words By: Dwayne Wilks Da Flyy Hooligan sat down to discuss the genre he labels ‘Gourmet Rap’, staying true to his craft and how Hip Hop has shaped him. Like much else in life, Hip Hop goes through seasons. Testament to this is the upsurge in the popularity of the US subgenre of Connoisseur Rap. […]

by GUEST CONTRIBUTOR Nov 30, 2021
Finn Foxell [@finnfoxell] talks West London, Elevation Meditation, ‘Alright Sunshine’ EP and more Interviews Finn Foxell [@finnfoxell] talks West London, Elevation Meditation, ‘Alright Sunshine’ EP and more

We sat down with West London’s Finn Foxell ahead of his headline show and the release of his latest project ‘Alright Sunshine’. Finn Foxell is an artist who has his local area embedded in his core and saw the areas potential even as he was growing up. Coming from a musical family he was surrounded […]

by ZWELI CHIBS Nov 10, 2021
The Producer’s Voice: Stint [@stint_] Interviews The Producer’s Voice: Stint [@stint_]

Words By Miki Hellerbach The Producer’s Voice is a new series for GUAP where we highlight the stories of instrumental crafters. We hope to bring their stories to the forefront instead of kept behind the artist they are producing for. Taking a bit of a less conventional route as a producer, Stint’s understanding of the […]

by GUEST CONTRIBUTOR Nov 2, 2021
‘New Time RnB’ artist MEYY Talks Upcoming EP, Love, and UK music collaborations Interviews ‘New Time RnB’ artist MEYY Talks Upcoming EP, Love, and UK music collaborations

Brussels born, London adopted artist MEYY is letting love lead her musical journey. You might not have heard of MEYY just yet but she’s definitely been making waves. With her debut EP and a handful of singles out she won the Red Bull Elektropedia award for ‘Most Promising Artist of 2021’. This was no accident […]

by ZWELI CHIBS Oct 29, 2021
From Burgers to Bangers – Talking with RUFUS [@rufus_mackay] About New Single, ‘Taking Flight’ Interviews From Burgers to Bangers – Talking with RUFUS [@rufus_mackay] About New Single, ‘Taking Flight’

Words By: Matthew Griffiths With the release of his new single ‘Taking Flight’ we caught up with upcoming talent RUFUS. I love hearing the origin stories of successful artists. It’s the realness of them – there’s something really grounding about knowing that Margot Robbie used to work at Subway, or Jorja Smith at Starbucks. Upcoming […]

by GUEST CONTRIBUTOR Oct 27, 2021
The Producer’s Voice: Laudiano [@lillaudiano] Interviews The Producer’s Voice: Laudiano [@lillaudiano]

Words By Miki Hellerbach The Producer’s Voice is a new series for GUAP where we highlight the stories of instrumental crafters. We hope to bring their stories to the forefront instead of kept behind the artist they are producing for. Laudiano is the producer that goes with the flow and since transitioning from FL Studio […]

by GUEST CONTRIBUTOR Oct 26, 2021
Show Dem Camp [@ShowDemCamp] present Palmwine Music Festival London Events Show Dem Camp [@ShowDemCamp] present Palmwine Music Festival London

Show Dem Camp is proud to present the return of Palmwine Music Festival in 2021 and its second London edition, complete with its biggest lineup ever – a now-signature blend of world-renowned artists and the most exciting rising talent from Africa and the diaspora.  Following the success of 2019’s fest and the world coming to […]

by BONITA Oct 26, 2021
A Quick Ting On Afrobeats with Christian Adofo Editorials A Quick Ting On Afrobeats with Christian Adofo

The first time I spoke to Christian I was taken aback by how deep his voice is when he greets me on FaceTime to interview me about my photographic process. About a year later, the tables have turned, as I meet Christian again for the first time in person to talk to him about his […]

by TERNA JOGO Oct 22, 2021