The fashion of Gele, a traditional head wrap from Nigeria, has arrived in London, as a group of African women organised a workshop on how to tie it. Around 20 women joined the workshop, bringing cloths and drapes and wearing typical colourful clothes for the occasion. The majority of them were from Nigeria, but also some English and German women took part in the event. The workshop took place on Sunday 29 October in Dalston, North-East London, during the Black History Month celebration party of the social centre for migrants, Akwaaba. The workshop involved around 20 women from different countries (photo: Alice Facchini) During the workshop, the participants explained that they wear Gele not only for aesthetic reasons, but also because it has an important meaning in Nigerian cultu...
From today Spotify sells more than just music and related official merchandise. Users who visit the service to stream tracks by US singer songwriter Maggie Lindemann, will now be offered the chance to buy the same make-up she wears. Cosmetics company Pat McGrath Labs teamed up with the music streaming app in what Spotify plans to be the first of many e-commerce collaborations. Details for the products will appear in the same area where music lovers can buy gig tickets and band T-shirts. Lindemann has 7.5m monthly listeners on Spotify and 2.4m Instagram followers. The launch of this new commercial venture coincides with the release of her new single, Obsessed. SHOP #LiquiLUST007 Singles EARLY on @MaggieLindemann @Spotify now!! See the full video on https://t.co/YbyGE7Ocgf!???https
This weekend Radicals and Victuallers, a pub in Islington, hosted their monthly Fashion Pop-up, organized and hosted by designer Laura Souza De Almeida. The pop-ups are aimed at promoting ethical, sustainable and slow fashion. Fashion is a typically fast paced world where designers are always working towards the next season. This more often than not means that brands use cheap labour and the garment making process can be less than green. Slow fashion allows for designers and brands to stop chasing trends and be more conscious, and the fashion to be more ethical and/or sustainable. If you’re wondering what the difference between ethical, sustainable and slow fashion is, The Curious Button explains this quite well. The long and short of it is, ethical fashion involves human rights, sust
With Rubber tires piled in a corner and plastic water jugs hanging from the ceiling, The Curve at Barbican has been transformed into a conservationist’s nightmare. Pictures on the wall show people standing in the countryside with remanence of human intrusion. At the back of the exhibit is the main event; six screens that interweave the story of human existence and its relationship with the environment. John Akomfrah’s 'Purple' blends archival footage with his own material to create a montage of ideas and perspectives on the issue of climate change. The film is displayed over six screens and combines powerful visual and audio to shock the senses of the viewer. With so many different stimuli, the viewer must have a fine-tuned ability for finding the key aspects within the work.
A spreadsheet with a list of 36 ‘Sex Pest’ MPs has been published by leading right wing blog, Guido Fawkes. Since the release of the spreadsheet Prime Minister Theresa May has called on leader of the Commons Speaker John Bercow to comment on the scandal and “ensure the reputation of Parliament is not damaged further by allegations of impropriety.” May in her letter to Bercow described the current system for dealing with complaints surrounding sexual allegations as lacking the “required teeth” and that the system is “simply not fair on staff, many of whom are young and in their first job post-education.” May herself is calling for tougher and more efficient procedures when it comes to dealing with the sexual harassment of women working in Westminster. She is calling for a new media
The London Fire Brigade (LFB) launched this month a new anti-sexism campaign called #FirefightingSexism, which promotes the switch from the masculine 'fireman' label to the gender neutral 'firefighter' when referring to the profession. The campaign, which already gained significant traction on social media, aims to eradicate stereotypes that firefighting is exclusive to men. The LFB cited internal research that revealed there are still women put off by the job because of the label and its masculine portrayal in the media. Dany Cotton, the first female Commissioner of the London Fire Brigade, is spearheading the drive toward a more diverse LFB. “One thing for me that I still find really upsetting is the fact that lots of people still use the word ‘fireman’,” said Cotton on BBC Radio 4’
Regulators have sent letters to more than 450 online gambling sites to immediately amend or remove advertisements appealing to children. William Hill and Bet365 are few to be named. The joint letter sent by the Gambling Commission, the Advertising Standards Authority, the Committee of Advertising Practice and the Remote Gambling Association said the companies needed to advertise responsibly. The Regulators said its “unacceptable” to exploit children by advertising brightly colored and appealing cartoon characters. Tim Miller, executive director at Gambling Commission said new technology created “opportunities but also new risks”. Photo Credits: Sreelakshmi Vachaspathy Fluffy Favorites, Pirate Princess, Piggy Payout, Jack and the Beanstalk are the few prominent ones. Even though some
England put up an incredible degree of patience, courage, and crucially a burning desire to beat Spain 5-2 in the final of the U-17 championship in India. The triumph is a quick follow up to the FIFA U-20 World Cup triumph, making it the first time ever in the history of English Football that they have won both the U-17 and the U-20 World Cups in the same year. At the heart of both success stories has been Tottenham Hotspurs, whose famed youth system is finally getting the praise and plaudits after producing multiple talents over the years. “We are happy that most of our players are beginning to show what we have been teaching them all along and I am very certain that we have a bright future,” Tottenham’s U-17 coach William Antwi told WestminsterWorld “We have some of the b
London mayor Sadiq Khan rued the capital’s food bank crisis as a “source of shame” on Thursday, 12th October during his latest Question Time at City Hall. Khan, responding to a question from Florence Eshalomi, Assembly Member for Lambeth and Southwark, highlighted that more Londoners are being referred to food banks as a direct result of government policy changes. “It shows that not just the current leader of the Tory party but the future leaders also are out of touch,” Khan took a swipe at Prime Minister Theresa May. “I think what’s clear to me is it should be a source of shame for one of the richest cities in the world to have friends, neighbours, and family members who’ve got to rely upon the charity of family and friends or a food bank.” Khan cited data from poverty charity Truss
The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has re-echoed his desire to have the UK continue to access a single market even after Brexit. Khan pointed to the growing inflation which has increased from 0.5 to 2.9 since the referendum and translated to high costs of living for Londoners and the United Kingdom at large as the main reason why efforts should be made to stay in the single market post-Brexit. “The fall of the value of the pound has increased the cost of all businesses who have subsequently pinched customers by raising prices or reducing the size of their product while keeping prices the same,” Khan lamented during the mayor’s questions time last Thursday at the City hall “The continued drop in the value of the pound since the referendum has contributed to inflation rising from 0.5% t