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We need more #BlackGirlMagic

PHYLL OPOKUGYIMAH TALKS ABOUT IDENTITY, SEPARATISM AND CELEBRATION WITH THE WOMEN BEHIND BLACK GIRLS PICNIC

I love reading DIVA; all the other columnists are fabulous and I’m really feeling the topics being raised and discussed but I sometimes wonder how many people read my column or whether they just roll their eyes and think, “Gosh, how many times is she going to keep on talking about being a black queer woman?”

PHOTOS AJAMU (PROFILE), ROXENE ANDERSON PHOTOGRAPHY (MAIN)

Well, the answer is: as much as I like or need to. Often, when the stories of black women are told, we are seen as “angry” or “aggressive”. Our skin-tone, rich in melanin, is not embraced or celebrated, unless we’re being fetishised, in which case we are considered “exotic”. Our hips, curves, full lips and gorgeous afro hair are often frowned upon and, in some cases, young black girls are sent home from school because of their natural hair.

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Double Olympic gold medallist Nicola Adams is this month’s cover star! Read our exclusive interview and get a boxing lesson from the “Baby-faced Assassin” in a fab video, available only to digital readers. Also in this issue… Jemma Redgrave on #Berena Hockey champs Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh talk exclusively to DIVA’s Roxy Bourdillon about winning gold in Rio. Hoops and dreams: Carrie Lyell looks back at 20 years of the WNBA. Master Of None star Lena Waithe tells DIVA about being a queer black woman in Hollywood Trans punk rocker Laura Jane Grace on love, sex and heartbreak Desert Hearts: 30 years on Sinitta: Why I’m an LGBT ally DIVA Awards PLUS: Travel, family and much, much more!
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