Two ears. One mouth.

It’s a quick post from me this evening! As most of you know, I started Oo! That’s A Bit Racey! for a number of reasons; to share my personal journey towards antiracism, to document the many things I’m learning, to help distill my thoughts and, most importantly to encourage people to talk about race, ethnicityContinue reading “Two ears. One mouth.”

A week we need to document

I’ve struggled with what to write this week and yet I need to write something. It’s been a tough week. A week that has centred on women. It’s been painful and I’ve struggled to find the silver lining. Maybe this week will drive more conversation about equality? Maybe it will open people’s eyes to theContinue reading “A week we need to document”

Accepta-black

This blog has been bubbling away for a little while. It’s a tricky one for me, but now’s the time. There are two things that have spurred me to to talk about “palatable Blackness”. The first was a great conversation with the co-founder of MixEd, a new platform for mixed race educators. Louise bravely sharedContinue reading “Accepta-black”

History lessons and love stories

Today marks the start of February, the month of love. It’s also the day that my article about The Colour of Love, one of Nottingham’s most fascinating volunteer groups, goes live in Left Lion magazine. Seeing as I fell in love with the group a little myself, I couldn’t help but share some of theirContinue reading “History lessons and love stories”

Out of the echo chamber

I’m still buzzing as I write today’s blog. I’ve just put down the phone to Alan Clifford, the BBC Radio Nottingham presenter. I had a really healthy, challenging chat with him today as I reviewed the news for his Sunday morning show (available on BBC Sounds if you’d like to listen). I chose three newsContinue reading “Out of the echo chamber”

Sisterhood – inspired by Chimamada Ngoze Adichie

A fortnight ago, I disrupted my Sunday evening writing routine to celebrate one of my very favourite authors, Chimamada Ngozi Adiche. She, deservedly, won the Women’s Prize for Fiction’s Winner of Winners Prize for her stunning novel, Half of a Yellow Sun, and gave a live interview, from Lagos, to thousands of admirers via Zoom.Continue reading “Sisterhood – inspired by Chimamada Ngoze Adichie”

Trustee Me

So this week was a great week! I was appointed as Trustee for Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature for Equality and Diversity. Myself and two fellow new Trustees, inspirational women who I can’t wait to meet, are bringing new perspectives to this charity that has already achieved so much as it celebrates its fifth anniversary.Continue reading “Trustee Me”

See It to Be It

To celebrate the first female, mixed heritage, Asian, African Caribbean vice President of the United States being officially in post (three cheers for Kamala Harris!), today‚Äôs blog has to be about representation. Knowing that my daughter will watch the news and see a little of herself in the Vice President of the United States isContinue reading “See It to Be It”

A Focus on Optical Allyship

I saw a thought provoking Instagram post this week asking “what have you done since you posted your black square?” It was a powerful post, and one that halted my thumb from simply double tapping and scrolling past. What are we doing, and continuing to do, to support anti-racism? And more importantly, how real areContinue reading “A Focus on Optical Allyship”