Now I know zero about Yoga, but what I do know is women of colour (WOC) need safe spaces to be themselves. Our experiences in places that are perceived as not being for WOC can be negative, hostile and at times down right racist.
This is where OYA Retreats come in, who aim to "honour the intersectionality of our identities, both on and off the yoga mat". This sounds exactly like my kind of thinking, a practice that acknowledges our racial identity and doesn't try to pretend it doesn't matter, cos "we're all the same", when we aren't, which is a good thing, because homogeneity is very very boring!!
Their next retreat is in July, the theme aims to explore opposing emotional states. If you're yoga head, or have been interested but never quite felt that the typical classes were for you, then OYA Retreats may be just what you've been looking for.
Find out more on their website.
I'm massively excited for and pleased to see that my darling of the moment Michaela Coel has been nominated for not one, but three TV BAFTA awards this year!
I'm not surprised to be honest, 'Chewing Gum' was fabulous and I hope these nominations mean there's going to be a second series!!
The awards are in the category's of Comedy Script Writing, Best Breakthrough and Performance in the TV adaptation of her one woman show 'Chewing Gum Dreams'. As far as I'm concerned she deserves the lot, because not only was the storyline fresh, imaginative, hilarious and clever, her depiction of the main character 'Tracy' was flawless; Her comic timing and delivery had me crying with laughter throughout - the first episode is insanely funny, my belly hurt!!
The woman can do no wrong as far as I'm concerned and she's proving not to be a one trick pony, as her character 'Lilyhot' in E4's current sci-fi drama 'Aliens' is very different from the loveable and awkward character she plays in 'Chewing Gum' & quite frankly I want to see her in more, A LOT more!
Now where can I score me some tickets to the BAFTA's?...
Welcome to the 21st Century BBC!
So sadly this is a 'thing', this is news when two Black actors are chosen to play the lead roles in a major BBC drama that is to be aired in *intakes breathe* - a primetime slot in April this year!
Well... Welcome to the 21st Century BBC!!
Now that my grumbling is aside, I want to say how excited I am, I'm not going to labour the statistics on how less than 1% of roles go to POC on the BBC despite us making up around 13% of the population nationally - and the majority worldwide yo!! I'm not going to even get started on the shocking lack of Chinese faces on our screens, that’s a whole other battle I just don't have the energy for right now. Nonetheless I am pleased and excited that the BBC are actively doing something about it, and hope its not just a tokenistic gesture and I have to wait another 20yrs to see more than one Black face in a primetime show again!! (see Desmond's and the Real McCoy).
Right now I just want to sit back and revel in the glory that is Sophie Okonedo and Adrian Lester! I love these two and am super chuffed for them both, because they have done their time and they both deserve to have three dimensional roles that allow them to show us their range and talent. They both deserve to be the leads and not the sidekick, side-chick or side-line in a story.
Sophie Okonedo first got my attention in 'Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls', starring as the Wachati Princess - a terrible role, a terrible film all round, but I was young and have grown since then I promise!! I remember thinking, who is this beautiful lady? Then she kinda fell off my radar while I gallivanted around university, and popped up onto my radar again as Amanda Roke in BBC's Spooks; I thought, hang on, this lady is one to watch and I've been waiting for her to get a major leading role ever since! To say it's long overdue for this talented actress is an understatement!!
As for Adrian Lester, he first popped up in my psyche in Girlfriends, not a great series but I think he played the role well considering. In a similar way to Sophie, he's been in a number of major Film and TV dramas, but mostly as the supporting actor, he's also way overdue a leading role!!
So soon we are about to be massively spoiled by having these two great actors in a drama written by award winning playwright Peter Moffat. The content sounds compelling too, it's said to be about undercover police and a death in custody, something which is sadly still very pertinent in Black British society. I hope as Adrian Lester comments, people focus on the drama, script writing and acting and not on the colour of their skin.
I will be watching this series, and I'll admit that I probably wouldn’t normally watch it - I love Sci-Fi, crime dramas aren't really my thing. The main reason I'll be watching, is because, yes, there are two Black leads, which I'm not ashamed to admit. I always think of this of Chris Rock in these situations, when he talks about affirmative action; it's my philosophy and justification for being more interested in and/or supporting POC in situations that aren't part of my usual repertoire of interests.
"I don’t think I should get a job over a white person if I get a lower mark in a test, I don’t think I should get accepted into a school over a white person if I get a lower mark in a test, but if there's a tie, f*@k em!" Chris Rock
Ok, ok, maybe a bit harsh, but Chris Rock isn't the most PC person on the planet, and it's comedy, its not supposed to be safe - we have Pixar for that…
Undercover is set to appear on BBC1 in April.