What Yoga Taught Me About Breathing, Sex and Everything Else

First published on Black Ballad (paywall) on 2 May 2018.

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“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 me, had gotten into. This probably won’t surprise you, but there have been countless articles about the lack of diversity in the Western yoga community even though black women have noted its health and wellbeing benefits for decades.

But there was something about this ad…

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My article on Black Ballad

Losing my Lipstick Virginity Helped Me Find Self Love

First published on Black Ballad website (paywall) on 9 February 2018.

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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 time you tried on lipstick? Can you recall who you were with, where you were standing, your chosen shade? It’s probably not as vivid as your first fling, right? Especially if, as research from 2014 suggests…

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My article on Black Ballad website