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West meets West: D’ART Shtajio

Born the brainchild of twin brothers Arthell and Darnell Isom, D’ART Shtajio is touted as the first major black-owned anime studio in Tokyo, Japan. Partnering with animator Henry Thurlow D’ART Shtajio is a 2-D animation studio that focuses on creating work at the crossroads between East and West. So in addition to its majority black ownership

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MonoNeon – The Luminous One

Hot Cheetos. Not the spicy corn-based snack that was once described by The Washington Post as “something of a cultural phenomenon”. No, instead I’m referring to the alternative funk-inspired song by artist and bassist MonoNeon or as we call him, the Luminous One. It was this track that sent me down the rabbit hole and

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The new name in emerging London luxury

Another one for your bookmarks, meet Luxury by London, an online retail platform dedicated to London based independent and emerging luxury brands. Launched earlier this month, the new platform connects shoppers who are on the lookout for something new, different and unexcepted with style, beauty and lifestyle creations by London’s best emerging luxury brands and artisans.

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Anik Khan – curry chicken meets collard greens

I went down the rabbit hole, last week. You know, the one where you start off looking for/reading/watching one thing, and then 12 clicks later you’re somewhere completely different and unrelated. This time, the deep dive had me watching The Cosign by Genius on YouTube. It a series of music webisodes where industry veterans watch

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Happy Birthday to The Sims

So, the Sims turns 20 this year, marking the birth of the game that made PC games fun again. With 60% female gamers, the classic life simulation game allowed us to create our own fictional worlds through the lives of our Sims, from birth, to career, marriage, children and death, not to mention all the

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Meet Hilary MacMillan: The cruelty-free, body-positive brand for women

Introducing Hilary MacMillan (HMM), a contemporary cruelty-free luxury brand based in Canada. We happened across our new-found discovery as one normally does, that’s right, on our Twitter feed. Founded in 2013, HMM has become synonymous with creating versatile pieces with timeless silhouettes. In other words, they create classics not trends! High-quality fabrics, attention grabbing colours

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VAULT Festival: Champion of the arts

If you haven’t already heard, VAULT Festival is the latest in a long line of arts and entertainment festivals rapidly growing in popularity here in the UK. Kicking off on January 28th, this eight-week event is taking place at 18 different venues across the Waterloo area. Now in its eighth year, VAULT Festival brings together

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Good News: Changing the world one step at a time

In the spirit of all things underrepresented, emerging and ‘other’, we kick off 2020 with a new London-based footwear designer called Good News. This niche urban brand champions sustainability with trainers (or sneakers as they are described on their site) featuring: recycled rubber soles, organic cotton and weave uppers, and recycled eco-lite footbed. Aesthetically their

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Black Orchard

The duality of the female form is celebrated in all of its glory as part of our first fashion editorial. The strength, power, and determination of Regal Culture, offset against the sensuality, tenderness and allure of Luxe Comfort come together to form what we call Black Orchard. But look at us now, Proud. We unbound

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Patricia Araújo: AFW editorial

Some finds are a little too good not to share. This past Tuesday I found myself once again, in the middle of one of my epic internet wanders. You know the ones when you start out looking for one thing but twenty clicks later you find yourself completely lost and looking at something no where near

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We buy black dot com

The truth of the matter is that the world knows our culture, but they are puzzled as to why they can’t buy from our people directly. We recently received an email from an Asian-American that said ” It’s unbelievable, and the products are so awesome. I never realized how much I didn’t see black people

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Why we need Sanjay!

  I LIVE for work that champions a completely different cultural experience. I can’t explain the joy I felt when I saw that Pixar Animation Studios had just released the following short movie. Not only is it Pixar’s first Indian family onscreen (way over due if you ask me) it explores the common dilemma faced by

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Beez in the trap – Stooki Sound

Think back to a few years ago when Adele was largely an unknown artist and it was some sort of insider- trendy word to say her name. As if to imply you were really cultured and sophisticated to know her music (love her as we do). Trap music at the moment seems to be experiencing the

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The fall of the nineties supermodel

What happened to the Supermodel!? Tyra Banks, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Iman, Elle MacPherson & Alek Wek these names don’t count because they gained their notoriety before & during the 90’s but for whatever reason we don’t produce models that are blessed with such a title anymore. Arguably models such as Cara Delevingne, Kendall Jenner or

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Strangers in the night – privacy in public

I myself have witnessed the rather typical and gross nature of groups of pre pubescent boys on public transport, not all boys of course but sadly the majority rules. Somehow the crowded buses & trains coupled with tired/sleepy strangers is cue for them to act as obnoxious as possible. Usually exclamations of the words ‘bruv’,

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For those who like to bare all …

Picture this …. The tranquil beaches of an island far away. Forget the pebbles of Brighton instead only white powdery soft sand sticking to your toes. A gorgeous sunset throwing every hue of orange and purple, crystal clear water that looks good enough to drink, that mixture smell of sea breeze and sea water that

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Connection and consciousness – what is tantric sex?

As I skim through the numerous women’s magazines during my lunch break, everything from the latest fashion trends to the newest celebrity gossip crosses my path but more than ever I see more and more features on this new sexual trend called Tantric Sex. According to these numerous sources Tantric Sex has been growing in

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Dabs – the newest kid on the block

Are you still blazing weed or hash? Its SO nineties the new word on the street is Dabs. On the most basic level dabs is hash oil. Many people say that hash oil is the most potent form of marijuana available, and with THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol, say that after a few drinks. HA!) content starting at

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Are you afraid of the dark? – witches debunked

“Double double toil and trouble fire burn and cauldron bubble…” Before long comes that time of the year again, when children dress as ghouls and creatures of the night, in search of confectionary delights and general mischief. The time of the year, we are lead to believe centres around the undead and by association the dark

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Voila – À La Disposition

New York husband and wife design duo Daniel and Lynda Kinne are the founders and brain child behind the cutting edge clothing brand À La Disposition. Known for their excellent tailoring, bespoke silhouettes & avant-garde designs, À La Disposition is fast becoming a recognised name in its own right. I managed to speak to these two

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Hayden Williams a rising star

There are two types of people on Instagram ‘posers’ and ‘nosers’, I myself am a noser. Basically all this means is I nose around through other peoples photos and have not a single one up myself. Sounds bad I know but my life really isn’t really interesting enough to post any of my own photos

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Sonar – the modern way to festival

Sónar is the culmination of over 20 years work, the end result is as you’d expect; A festival that defies convention and stands entirely on its own as much more of an experience than just an event. The team are quite fussy when it comes to events we won’t be found frequenting the typical mud

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Ten ways to bare your teeth

From the condescending twat in your class, to the sexists pig at work, right down to the rude and obnoxious uncle at your family reunion. We all have that one person in our everyday lives that needs to be put in their place, I usually refer to it as having to ‘eat’ or ‘bite’ someone

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Tales of the modern woman

Once again I begin at the source. Where all good things come from & where most of my ideas spark, that’s right … Facebook. No its not a joke, I’m being serious. Once again my boredom led me back to my news feed in search of entertainment and funny memes to kill some time before

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