Life Is Short: How ‘Heroines’ Hides its Horrors Within Humour

In her new monthly column, LIFE IS SHORT, Naomi Alexander embarks on a worldly exploration through the lens of short films, weaving tapestries where life and art collide.   ‘Okay’ is far from the most captivating word in the history of the English language but turn your sights on Katia Badalian’s debut short film and…

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Phenomenal Woman: Monifa Bandele

Born in Brooklyn, New York, it seems that Monifa Bandele was always going to be an activist for maternal justice and food equality. Growing up, Monifa had a mother (a social worker) who eventually worked her way up to the directorship of the largest WIC (Women Infant and Children) program in New York City and…

Phenomenal Woman: Moira Stuart

Moira Stuart was the first Caribbean female newsreader in the United Kingdom. She has worked with the BBC since the 1970s and then moved to television news in 1981. Born in 1949, to Bajan-Dominican parents, Stuart grew up in London and attended school in Stamford Hill. Stuart has been working in journalism for over four…

Phenomenal Woman: Malorie Blackman

Malorie Blackman is a British author who most well known for her series Noughts and Crosses. Typically set in a dystopian world or with a strong element of science fiction, her books discuss relevant social issues, race and ethics. Born in London, England, in 1962, she has Barbadian ancestry. Focusing on content aimed at children and…