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the best bits from london to lagos
#5 | CURATED BY IVYMUNRO.COM
Spotlight On Tosin Oshinowo | Architect & Designer
Tosin's work...WE KNOW! (Swoooooon)

Architect, Tosin Oshinowo was recently featured on BBC Africa, during the short clip she spoke about her afro-minimalist aesthetic as well as her experiences as a female Architect in today's Nigeria.
In order to better understand why we're such big fans of Tosin's work, you might want to read this piece by The Nerve Africa. Oshinowo is a working-Mother who like many others - is KILLING the game. In 2012 she founded cmDesign Atelier, her own architectural design consultancy (Tosin is the woman behind the Maryland BlackBox in Ikeja, Lagos). She also launched a contemporary Nigerian furniture line in 2017 called Ile Ila (Meaning 'House of Lines'you may be familiar with Ile Ila's launch campaign for the Àdùnní Chair which featured Artist, Chidinma). Oshinowo also has a curatorial hand in the upcoming Lagos Biennial ...she is most definitely ONE TO WATCH.
They've Gotta Have Us BBC TWO 
Artist and photographer Simon Frederick’sThey’ve Gotta Have Us’ gives viewers a unique insight into the film industry from some of its biggest names including - Harry Belafonte, Barry Jenkins, Jesse Williams, John Boyega, Don Cheadle, David Oyelowo, Debbie Allen, Diahann Carroll, John Singleton and Natalie Emmanuel

The 3-part documentary series charts the revolutionary rise of black actors and filmmakers, from being the disposable backdrops, to calling the shots.
We couldn't help but notice the gaping disparity between the types of opportunities black male Actors & Filmmakers have been able to secure, in comparison to their black female counterparts. Hopefully this will be addressed in Parts 2 or 3.

Click the image to watch part 1 (for now, it's available in the UK only)
Dope Black Dad's Podcast
A group of Black-British Dads have come together to discuss the highs and lows of the male parenting experience. They have over 50 contributors lined-up so look out for special guests and contributions.

Click the image to listen to the first episode
Afro HubSpotify
Spotify recently launched its online Afro Hub, a new category led by Tunde Ogundipe (the new Head of African Music & Cultures). As our music continues to take over the world the Hub will curate a wide range of music from within Africa and the diaspora. Afro Hub forms part of Spotify’s Global Culture’s initiative and under this new category, both free and premium users can access content including - News and Podcasts hosted by the likes of Yvonne Orji & Luvvie Ajayi, Victoria Crandall, Kelechi Okafor, and Tune Day & Bawo and others.

Click the image and have a gander
London | Simi | 11th Nov
Simi is coming to London...nuff said.
Click the image for further details
Luvvie Ajayi Good Company
Good Company is a new biannual magazine “celebrating the intersection of creativity and business”. For its 2nd edition – The Fearless Issue, they've done a cover feature on Ajayi. If you’ve never heard of Luvvie, she's a writer, author, activist, ted-talker, digital guru etc etc… seriously, Google her. We lover her.
London | Blue Lab Beats | 21st October
If you're into Hiatus Kaiyote, Moonchild or Eric Lau, you will LOVE Blue Lab Beats. These two young British guy's produce a blend of Soul-Inspired Jazz.
The duo’s first project 'Blue Skies EP' bagged them appearances on Jazz FM playlists and slots on BBC Radio 1, BBC 1Xtra, BBC 6 Music, Boiler Room, as well as appearances at infamous jazz bar Ronnie Scott’s. They've become a staple sound in London’s contemporary jazz scene. Book here
UPDATE RE: The Art Summit, Lagos
(a 2-day gathering of the art industry’s brightest minds, thinkers, creators, artists, students, collectors, and more!).
Their website is now live, so check out the programme schedule
Loud Black Girls | The Anthology | Spring 2019
Yomi Adegoke & Elizabeth Uviebinené, better known as the Authors of Slay In Your Lane: A Black Girl's Bible, have announced the title of their second book - Loud Black Girls, The Anthology. The title is scheduled to be published in spring 2019 and will feature the diverse voices of over 20 black British women, both established and emerging.
The contributors have been given an open brief to write about whatever they want, "so readers can expect frank, funny and fearless contributions about what matters to black women today".

And to that we say, WHOOP!
LondonDream Rehab | 4th Nov
Whether your goal is to lose weight or start a YouTube channel, most of us have fleeting moments of inspiration and then rush off and try to reach our goals alone, before life gets in the way and our hope diminishes. Again.
What many fail to understand is that ISOLATION IS THE DREAM KILLER and willpower isn’t enough.
Constant support and accountability is vital. So join Reuben Christian as he facilitates the Dream Rehab’s latest workshop: ‘How to Create and Run Your Own Success Team’ - a fun interactive workshop championing regular collaboration as the key to attaining your goals - Book here
Copper Dust Vanessa Agyemang
Some of the best business ideas are born out of frustration and the story’s no different for Copper Dust Founder, Vanessa Agyemang. Armed with a BA in Interior Architecture & Design, her vast experience across the design sector, and sheer frustration, she decided to start her own lampshade line which has since grown into a luxury British home decor brand, specialising in bespoke handmade lampshades and limited edition illustrations. The brand aesthetic takes inspiration from a blend of eclectic British & African culture (and we want it ALL).

Copper Dust is a recipient of The Prince's Trust. 
Click the image to visit Copper Dust
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A parting message
"You have the power to make the season change
The rivers flows for you
The wind whispers your name
For me you left your throne and traded it for a crown of thorns instead
I’m saved within, not by your skin
But because your blood was red"

~ The Blood Song - Kirk Franklin

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