Njambi McGrath, award winning author of Through the Leopard's Gaze, delivers this stunning debut novel examining the validity of fury as response when a young Kenyan girl's mistakes in first love are ruthlessly held against her by a paternalistic society.
Mukami is a young scholarship student at a prestigious boarding school. She has a clear path ahead of her, but a deceptive smile, a school expulsion and an impossible pregnancy see her well ordered life hurtling towards complete and utter disarray.
Facing disappointment from her family and finding that innocence is not a strong enough place from which to mount a defence, she declares revenge. This charged novel asks us to question why girls and women are often left to fight for justice from lonely places in societies that prefer them silenced.
A Quick Ting On: Grime
From pirate radio to Glastonbury's Pyramid Stage, journalist and rapper Franklyn Addo pens an extraordinary narrative of the history, present and future of Grime music.
The influence of Grime on contemporary British culture is difficult to understate. From fashion trends and evolving language to potent political statements, Grime is a musical juggernaut that has reverberated far throughout British society. Chronicled for the first time in powerful literary prose, Addo intelligently documents the genre's cultural explosion and investigates how it became the voice of a generation.
A phenomenal insight into the captivating and electrifying genre that has taken the British music scene by storm, A Quick Ting On: Grime is an essential and long-awaited read for Stormzy aficionados and grime newcomers alike.
These Letters End in Tears
Bessem notices Fatima for the first time on the soccer field-muscular and focused, she's the only woman playing and seems completely at ease. When Fatima chases a rogue ball in her direction, Bessem freezes, mesmerized by the athlete's charm and beauty. One playful wink from Fatima, and Bessem knows her life will never be the same.
In Cameroon, a country where same-sex relationships are punishable by law, the odds are stacked against Bessem and Fatima from the start. And when Fatima's older brother, a staunch Muslim, finds out about their affair, he intervenes by physically assaulting them, an incident that precedes a police raid at the only gay bar in town. After spending days in jail, Fatima goes missing without a trace, and Bessem is left with only rumors of her whereabouts. Has Fatima been sentenced to an unknown prison? Has she been banished from her community, or married off, as some have suggested? Or something even more sinister?
Thirteen years later, Bessem is now a university professor leading a relatively quiet life, occasionally and secretly dating other women. However, she has never forgotten Fatima. After spotting a mutual friend for the first time in years-the last person who may have seen Fatima-Bessem embarks on a winding search for her lost love.
The Spook Who Sat By The Door
Dan Freeman, the spook who sat by the door, is enlisted in the CIA's elitist espionage program. Upon mastering agency tactics, however, he drops out to train young Black Chicagoans to combat racism as Freedom Fighters in this explosive novel.
With its focus on the militancy that characterised the Black Power movement of the 1960s and 1970s, this is the story of one man's reaction to ruling-class hypocrisy in ways that make the novel autobiographical and personal. As a tale of a reaction to the forces of oppression, this book is universal.
A Quick Ting On: Theatre Sh*t
Storytelling and performance have been at the centre of Black traditions for as long as Black existence.
From griots and underground raves to protests and defiant speeches, Black performance translates across time, space and memory. In the UK, a growing current of contemporary Black British theatre takes shape as a powerful hub of imagination and creativity, inspiring Tobi Kyeremateng to ask: What is theatre in the context of Black expression?
In this unique and thorough assessment, Kyeremateng captures the gripping dynamics of Black expression through contemporary Black British theatre culture - from Yard Plays, cultural activism and Cabaret, all the way to Notting Hill Carnival, Grime, raves, and friends telling stories at the back of the top deck of a bus.
Combining elements of history, personal anecdotes and interviews, alongside layers of poetry and photography, A Quick Ting On: Theatre Sh*t explores the modern age of Black British theatre, dissecting and recontextualising what we know it to be.
A visual overview of contemporary African fashion, Fashion Africa is a comprehensive guide compiled with an ethical perspective.
Jacqueline Shaw promotes Africa as a place not just for sourcing materials, but with the potential to be a vital epicentre of trade within the global marketplace. This guide is the first of its kind to bring together designers, design companies, ethical manufacturers and more, all with an African connection.
Fashion Africa is a comprehensive guide to the designers, materials, and sustainable practices available on continental Africa, and provides an excellent resource in conjunction for the very vibrant growing industry already in existence.
A Quick Ting On: Black British Power
From the Mangrove Nine to Notting Hill Carnival, writer and social commentator Chanté Joseph takes us through the formative, radical histories of Black British activism.
When the Windrush generation arrived in Britain, the concept of 'Black Britishness' or 'Black British Culture' did not yet exist. Fast forward to the present day, where a distinct and influential Black British identity exists.
This concise and informative book traverses the crucial topics within Black British history and culture: exploring community activism, protests, Notting Hill Carnival, the Black British Panthers, Women of the movement, the Mangrove Nine and the Black British Arts.
Celebrating and chronicling the fusion of social, political and artistic elements within Black activism in Britain, A Quick Ting On: British Black Power provides an insightful look at how the British Black Power movement first emerged and has developed since.
A Quick Ting On: Bamboo Earrings
British Street Fashion has a rich history. Its trajectory from the streets onto international catwalks has been fast and heavily documented. A Quick Ting On: Bamboo Earring will be the first book to explore the politics of street fashion staple that is bamboo earrings. The gold hoop earring has been a commanding symbol in many cultures throughout history. Observing the shift in how these earrings have now been embraced by high fashion and large brands, Sophia inspects the rich history behind the iconic fashion accessory highlighting their importance to young black girls growing up in Britain and internationally. Looking at her own personal relationship to bamboo earrings and other black girls alike. A Quick Ting On highlights these irresistible fashion accessories rise to fame, how they have stood the test of time and their cultural importance.
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