Dear Diane

It was only recently that Labour MP Diane Abbott became a vindicated woman after decades of relentless vitriol being swung her way from all, in every direction. However the dregs of humankind in the Right-wing press are at it again, stirring up the anti-Abbott sentiment we’re so used to in order to counter our recently … More Dear Diane

The Transformative Power of Networking and Collaboration

Recently, things were looking rather uncertain for No Fly on the WALL. Our HQ, our home, and the place which has allowed us to ‘Take Up Space’ – Common House – was on the verge of closure due to gentrification and rising rent costs. However, we ran a successful crowdfund campaign and have been able … More The Transformative Power of Networking and Collaboration

‘The Perils of Visibility’: Black Female Activism in the Public Sphere

‘Black women are often painted as difficult, scary and quick to abuse. In disagreements they can never be sure that black men or other women of colour will support them’, journalist and activist Wail Qasim wrote in their recent critique of John Ridley’s ‘Guerilla’, a new series on Sky Atlantic supposedly about the history of the … More ‘The Perils of Visibility’: Black Female Activism in the Public Sphere

The power of reimagining and forging new beginnings: A message from the editor

It’s a bright new year and our editor, Siana Bangura, has a few words of encouragement for you… Hello and happy new year (if it’s not too much of a reach to still say that a week a week into January!). I hope you had a restful festive season and a great winter break (if … More The power of reimagining and forging new beginnings: A message from the editor

‘Black British Women (Still) Matter’: No Fly on the WALL in Conversation with Black Ballad

Tobi Oredein, the editor and co-founder of Black Ballad, has been described as nothing short of a pioneer. Intelligent, astute, outspoken and genuinely dedicated to championing the voices of Black British women, over the last two years she has become a force to reckon with. Recognising the need to fill the chasm in mainstream media … More ‘Black British Women (Still) Matter’: No Fly on the WALL in Conversation with Black Ballad

‘Defining Myself for Myself’: On Turning Thirty

Milestones come in all shapes and sizes. On the eve of her thirtieth birthday, Yvonne Maxwell shares her thoughts on her journey to self-acceptance, discovering her sense of self, and defining what that all means on her terms.   In a matter of hours I turn thirty. In the months and weeks leading up to … More ‘Defining Myself for Myself’: On Turning Thirty