All in Female Owned
I don’t think this is a book I ever would have chosen for myself - it was in a goody bag I got from a Ted Talk. Whilst Pankhurst has always had my respect that respect was built on passive knowledge from tweets, movies and my Year 9 History class. I’ve never been drawn to reading about the Suffragette movement.
In celebration of International Women’s Day I wanted to share a list of Female Creators, Entrepreneurs and Owned Brands and general Fierce Females doing special things who I think deserve a follow.
Ilé La Wà is Yoruba for We Are Home and perfectly describes the homely, welcoming vibe of this East London pop-up shop. Run by the a talented duo - Dorcas Magbadelo of Dorcas Creates and Chanelle Joseph of Studio Nelle - this shop was set up to celebrate, promote and sell the work of Black British creators.
Line & Honey is the artist who draws these elegant yet simple illustrations depicting black women inall their curvy and curly glory. As well as art prints, you can get the drawings on tote bags make-up pouches and purses.
I’m not sure what made me pick up this book. The name Audre Lorde was familiar to me, yet her work was not, but when I saw this book and it’s intriguing cover I picked it up immediately. It was the last one. That was a sign. I held it close and sprinted to the checkout in a race against my conscious as I wasn’t supposed to be buying anything that day and had only just started reading another book. Here’s what I thought
The Multi-Hypen Method by Emma Gannon aims to demistify and celebrate the current trend for people of all ages to be and do more than one thing. The strap line tells us to ‘work less, create more, and design a career that works for you.’ Here’s what I thought:
For me Christmas is all about family, friends and food. I don’t do gifts. But I will feed you and be fed. I will nourish my soul in the presence of people I love and hope that I give them some spiritual sustenance to help end their year on a high.
Last week I was scrolling through Instagram stories - which I do too often, but that’s another story - when I spotted a friend’s call out for a podcast she’s launching. Under the hashtag #blackwomenworking, she was looking for black women to discuss exactly that.
I came across Y.Wait on the UK Black Owned Businesses directory within the first few minutes of my search. As I scoped out the website I discovered that the salon was located in Walthamstow - a 15 min bus ride away and specialised in natural nails only (no extensions or acrylics) so I had to check it out.