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Let’s Talk “Knife Free” Chicken Boxes

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Unless you live under a rock you’ve probably heard about the Home Office’s new initiative to launch “#knifefree” chicken boxes. I was a tad confused at first and thought since when did chicken boxes come with knives? But what the poorly phrased campaign intends to do is include a “short message on chicken boxes to deter people from knife crime.”

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Not another Afro Nation post

From 1st – 4th August 2019, in Praia da Rocha, Portugal the first ever Afro Nation took place. A festival dedicated to all things Afrobeats. When I first saw an ad promoting Afro Nation, I was instantly interested because I’ve always been a fan of Afrobeats. I’m talking way back to Styl Plus ‘Imagine that’, Dbanj ‘Why me’ kind of days. I feel like it’s only recently, since being back, suffering from holiday blues and having time to reflect, that I’ve realised the true magnitude of what Afro Nation signifies for us.

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3 Reasons why it is important to travel

Growing up African, specifically Ghanaian going on “holidays” always came across as unimportant and practically a waste of money. Before you jump the gun, I know not everyone is the same. But collectively as a whole this was an outlook held by a majority. In many ways this came from a poverty mindset, lack of experience and exposure. Fortunately for me as I got older this mindset began to shift within my family and we began to do more travelling. By the time I was eleven we had visited the neighbouring countries around Ghana. Togo, Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast. One place we visited that I oddly remember vividly was Paga Crocodile Pond. From this town is the No Man’s Land between Ghana and Burkina Faso. This is a place where people go to see, feed and take pictures with very friendly crocodiles on the surface, that is the short and long of it, but this place is steeped in culture of an adapted a lifestyle with the crocodiles.

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Racism for kids 101

The thing with racism and insecurities is that they’re learned behaviours. So, if you get ‘em young, you’re on to a winner.

This week, I was merrily scrolling through my Instagram timeline when I came across a post shared by someone I follow https://www.instagram.com/p/B0TF_Q5lJ5W/. The post essentially expresses her anger with a cartoon she came across. To give a quick overview, in the cartoon a young angel is cursed, she’s not allowed to speak to her husband otherwise she loses her youth and beauty. Long story short, she does speak to her husband, which means she does lose her beauty. You may be thinking so what’s the big deal? The big deal is that when the angel is turned “ugly”, she’s turned into a black woman. Exhibit A below:

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What’s the big deal with black hair?

For as long as I can remember, getting my hair done has been a big part of my life routine. In primary school, I’d get my cornrows taken out and redone on a weekly basis by my fabulous mama. As I got older, I got braids and in secondary school I upgraded to weaves, pick and drop and for a period of time I just straightened my then relaxed hair on a daily basis… without heat protector :S. The thought of doing this now makes me cringe but you live and you learn, right?

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