Jamaican Independence Day: 5 love letters from PR and media

Few things fill me with joy and pride like Jamaica. I wear my heritage like a badge of honour and for good reason. My island has it all: beautiful landscapes, a fascinating history; a diverse – and hilarious – population and one of the most influential cultures in the world. So today, I’m joining nearly … Continue reading Jamaican Independence Day: 5 love letters from PR and media

7 meaningful ways you can support Black people today

What would you do if: You were in a meeting to discuss how to make your corporate magazine content more inclusive and the most senior person in the room – a white man – tells you he’s at risk of being a minority. Three of the seven people in the room are white men. You’re … Continue reading 7 meaningful ways you can support Black people today

The Black Women Making Things Happen In The UK Music Industry

You can guarantee at least two music debates to appear on Black British Twitter’s timeline almost every month: why the UK ‘failed’ certain homegrown black singers like Beverly Knight and Mischa B, and the industry’s apparent colourism issue. Far less discussed is the experience of Black British women working behind the industry scenes. I’m a … Continue reading The Black Women Making Things Happen In The UK Music Industry

My 5 fave songs turning 20 in 2020

With the coronavirus crisis in full swing, we all need something to smile about. Here’s my contribution… Ahh the Noughties! A time where low-rise jeans + whale tail = high fashion, Myspace and Microsoft messenger were the internet hotspots and shows like Big Brother, Pop Idol and Come Dine with Me had the nation gripped. … Continue reading My 5 fave songs turning 20 in 2020

Privacy, Draggings & Fame: What It’s Like Having Over 10,000 Followers

My name is Annique Simpson, and I’m a Twitter addict. Seriously. Despite a busy ‘real’ life, I regularly find myself spending hours on the social media platform, checking my timeline for the latest gossip and memes, chatting with friends and posting random stuff. Not that many people see what I post. I’ve a modest following … Continue reading Privacy, Draggings & Fame: What It’s Like Having Over 10,000 Followers

The Joys And Pains Of Changing Careers In Your Late Twenties

When I was 10-years-old, I wanted to be a journalist. I loved reading and writing stories, and showed plenty promise from early on. However, after a less-than-pleasant university experience and countless ‘portfolio building’ (aka unpaid) placements, I found myself in the worst position for an ambitious, mid-twenty-something: goalless and hopeless. Cue my ‘Career Dress-up’ years … Continue reading The Joys And Pains Of Changing Careers In Your Late Twenties

Black History Month 2018 – My Black Sheroes

October is my favourite month. Not only does my birthday fall within its 31 days (yay me!), it’s also Black History Month in the UK. For those who don’t know, Black History Month (BHM) is an annual celebration of the experiences and contributions of Black African and Caribbean people in the UK. As a Black … Continue reading Black History Month 2018 – My Black Sheroes

What Yoga Taught Me About Breathing, Sex and Everything Else

“Join our winter series of yoga and mindfulness classes, starting January 2018. £24 for a twelve-week course.” Sounds too good to be true, right? That’s exactly what I thought when I saw this ad at my workplace last December. Although I’d heard great things about yoga, it was never something I, or anyone close to … Continue reading What Yoga Taught Me About Breathing, Sex and Everything Else

Losing my Lipstick Virginity Helped Me Find Self Love

Most of us remember when we lost our virginity. Perhaps you were 16-years-old in your boyfriend’s box room or a few years older in a nightclub toilet cubicle? You’ll probably be able to tell me about the lucky guy or lady – their name, how they smelt, how it ended. But what about the first … Continue reading Losing my Lipstick Virginity Helped Me Find Self Love