‘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

Workshop: ‘Read All About It!’ – Exploring Depictions of Black Womanhood in Women’s Magazines

The No Fly on the WALL Academy held its latest workshop – this time it was led by journalist and editor of Black Ballad, Tobi Oredein. This workshop, the first of an on going series of workshops by guest facilitators, explored the visibility of Black women in British and International magazines as well as the … More Workshop: ‘Read All About It!’ – Exploring Depictions of Black Womanhood in Women’s Magazines

‘Which Me Will Survive All These Liberations?’: On being Black, Gay, and Woman

Off the back of LGBTQ+ History Month (February) and to kick off International Women’s Month (March), Kadie Kposowa reflects on her journey to acceptance of her multiple identities. Too often as black women we are expected to ‘choose’ between race, gender, and our sexuality, despite these intersections being inextricably linked to one another.  In the … More ‘Which Me Will Survive All These Liberations?’: On being Black, Gay, and Woman

Fly Girlz Brunch: ‘Black Women and Vulnerability’ – Martyrdom in the name of strength is suicide

The No Fly on the WALL Academy opened its doors yet again this month and kicked off February by centring black women’s pain and vulnerability. One attendee, long-term supporter of No Fly on the WALL and founder or TRibe, Seyi Newell, shares her thoughts post event.   There’s something special that happens when black women … More Fly Girlz Brunch: ‘Black Women and Vulnerability’ – Martyrdom in the name of strength is suicide

Dark Phrases: My Journey To Poetry Onstage And Off

Happy Black History Month! Throughout October we will be celebratig the achievements of black women past and present through our SHEroes series. To kick things off, here is a ‘Poessay’ (Poetic essay) by our newest writer, Jasmine Jones.    “dark phrases of womanhood of never havin been a girl” 13 – You are walking down … More Dark Phrases: My Journey To Poetry Onstage And Off

‘They Don’t Like You When You Love Yourself’: Reclaiming Self-Esteem

Following Chinny’s post on black female bodies, Naivasha Mwanji reflects on what it means to love yourself as a black woman and how your foundations can make a huge difference. Looking back at her relationship with her father, a man who identified as Feminist, and experiences at work, Naivasha explores her black womanhood and her growth. … More ‘They Don’t Like You When You Love Yourself’: Reclaiming Self-Esteem

Column #3: ‘Let Black Girls Rise and Let Black Girls Soar’: Ode to the woke and carefree

In her last column entry for No Fly on the WALL, the wonderful Ruth pays homage to that most unique and magical of beings: the carefree black girl. An uplifiting one for you – let all the black girls rise and let all the black girls soar. This one’s for you. Carefree black girl /ˈkɛːfriː/blak/ɡəːl/ … More Column #3: ‘Let Black Girls Rise and Let Black Girls Soar’: Ode to the woke and carefree

Flying With Both Wings: An Interview With Jo-Ann Hamilton

We are just THREE days away from our first Black Women’s Summer Mingle, in partnership with our friends at TRiBE. Now with the countdown fully underway, we thought you might want to find out a bit more about our special guest for the night, Jo-Ann Hamilton. Jo-Ann A. Hamilton is the Founder of SecretBirds, an enterprise … More Flying With Both Wings: An Interview With Jo-Ann Hamilton

Challenging Perceptions: An Interview with Ifeyinwa Frederick

We caught up with the brilliant Ifeyinwa Frederick of Grey Matters to talk about her upcoming exhibition on mental health and perceptions. The exhibition, in collaboration with Hanna Remz Curation, opens tomorrow, and the private viewing is on Friday evening. Through the work of Grey Matters, Frederick and her team are putting mental health at … More Challenging Perceptions: An Interview with Ifeyinwa Frederick

On The Necessity Of Safe Spaces And Why We Don’t Have To Apologise

The topic of safe spaces is particularly hot at the moment. In the aftermath of Bahar Mustafa, the Goldsmiths spectacle, and the unjust media storm that surrounded it for weeks, more and more people are questioning the need for them, deeming them to be a form of ‘self imposed segregation’ in some cases. In this … More On The Necessity Of Safe Spaces And Why We Don’t Have To Apologise