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5 Black British Playwrights to Read this Winter

The holidays are over, but winter is still here! Grab a blanket, brew some tea and warm up to works by some of our favorite British playwrights. These are just a few of the authors that continue to push limits on what it means to be Black in Great Britain. 1. Bola Agbaje Actress, playwright and comedienne Bola Agbaje’s debut play, Gone too Far, debuted at London’s Royal Court Theater in 2007. After receiving several awards for this dramatic depiction of the Black experience in London, which she later adapted to a feature length film that premiered at London’s...

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Meet Pearl Mackie, Doctor Who’s New Companion

BBC’s sci-fi television series Doctor Who is gearing up for the premiere of their tenth season and will introduce a new companion to the Time Lord, British actress Pearl Mackie. Starring as Bill, Mackie’s character works alongside Peter Capaldi bringing an inquisitive demeanour and retro style to the show. In this video from New York Comic Con Mackie provides insight on auditioning for the role and laughs about her first reading with Peter Capaldi. Best known for her role in stage play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, Mackie also starred in the BBC One drama Doctors...

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Jeliya is a new literature, art and culture magazine brought to you by The Jeli. We’re on a mission to tell and share stories, just like the jelis of old. We’re taking their tradition of oral storytelling into the digital age with ebooks, videos, an online magazine and much more. Just as the word jeli, means “griot” or “storyteller”, jeliya means “the art of storytelling”. Thus, we invite you to explore the art of storytelling with us;  share your recent works in creative writing as well as opinion pieces and reviews on your latest findings in art, culture and books by and...

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Roxane Gay takes a stand and pulls forthcoming book from Simon & Schuster imprint

Roxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist and Difficult Women, has pulled her forthcoming book, How to Be Heard, from TED Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Her decision to terminate her relationship with the imprint came in response to Milo Yiannopoulos’ controversial book deal with Simon and Schuster. How to Be Heard was scheduled for relase with TED in March 2018, but Roxane chose to terminate the deal after realising that she would be published under the same parent company as Milo Yiannopoulos, who was banned from Twitter last year was for orchestrating a racist online harassment campaign against Saturday Night Live star Leslie Jones. In...

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“atlantic got your tongue?” – an introduction to The January Children by Safia Elhillo

This month saw the publication of The January Children by Safia Elhillo. Kwame Dawes wrote an excellent forword to the book; here’s a little taste of what you can expect: There is in Safia Elhillo’s January Children a mythic enterprise rooted in historical and political fact that reminds us inevitably of Salman Rushdie’s project in Midnight’s Children, where he inscribes into the imagination a sense of nationalism that is fundamentally an act of assertive imagining. For Elhillo, the January Children of Sudan, those she describes as belonging to the “generation born in Sudan under British occupation . . . all given the...

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