Little Known Black History Facts: British Edition

Hey Doves,

October is one of my favourite months of the year, it’s my birthday month, Halloween, marks the start of autumn but most importantly it is when all of us black people can celebrate our history, and educate ourselves on what the current ethnocentric education system fails to teach.

As I’ve got older, I have educated myself more and more on Black history and it is so shocking just how much history is never taught, talked about or acknowledged. There are a vast majority of inspirational individuals in our history and in this post, I will be attempting to educate you on some very special individuals in British history that we should be shouting about.

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    1. Ignatius Sancho (c1729-1780), the composer, actor, writer and businessman was the first Black person known to have voted in Britain in 1774 and 1780. Sancho was also the first African prose writer whose work was published in England.

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2. The ‘Africa Times and Orient Review’ is the first political journal produced by and for Black people ever published in Britain. Duse Mohamed Ali, an Egyptian Nationalist and Pan Africanist Journalist founded The African Times and Orient Review in London in July 1912. It was printed in Fleet Street in London. Marcus Garvey was a staff writer at the newspaper.

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3. Una Marson (1905-1965) was the first Black female broadcaster at the BBC from 1939 to 1946. Una was born in Jamaica in 1905 and was a poet, publisher as well as activist for racial and sexual equality- she was a true pioneer for black women and one we should celebrate! Also, Marson was a secretary to the League of Coloured Peoples as as well as many other organisations including the Women’s International League for Peace.

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4. John Richard Archer (1863-1932) became London’s first Black Mayor on 10th November 1913 aged fifty years old when he was elected mayor of Battersea.  In his acceptance speech, he said that the news of his success ‘will go forth to all the coloured nations of the world’:

They will look at Battersea, and say, ‘It is the greatest thing you have done. You have shown you have no racial prejudice, but recognise a man for what you think he has done’.

 

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5. The earliest recorded black person known to have lived in London is Cornelius a Blackamoor. Burial records show that he lived in Catford and died 2nd March 1593, his stature, age, job are all unknown.

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6. J.S Celestine Edwards (1858-1894) was the first Black man to edit a White-owned newspaper Lux (1892-1895), which was a weekly Christian Evidence Newspaper. He was also the editor of its monthly journal entitled ‘Fraternity (1893-1897)’ which reached a circulation of more than 7000.

7. In 2012, archaeologists made a discovery that uncovered skeletons from the 19th century. One skeleton was found to be Beachy Head Lady, her name comes from the spot where she was discovered. It was later concluded that she belonged to women of sub-Saharan African descent from around 125 AD- she lived in England for most of her life and held a relatively high stature in Roman society. Her discovery confirms the African presence in Britain stretches back to the second and third centuries.

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8. John Edmonstone was a freed slave from Guyana. He learnt about taxidermy from naturalist Charles Waterton in Scotland and later became a tutor at Edinburgh University, where he taught a young Charles Darwin, he is thought to have inspired Darwin’s trip to the Galapagos and eventual theory of natural selection.

Charles Darwin testified in his autobiography (1,2) that when he was a student at Edinburgh (1825 Oct – 1827 Apr) “a negro lived in Edinburgh, who had travelled with Warton, and gained his livelihood by stuffing birds, which he did excellently; he gave me lessons for payment and I often used to sit with him for he was a pleasant and intelligent man.”

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9. Dido Elizabeth Belle born into slavery as the daughter of an enslaved British African woman and Sir John Lindsay, a naval officer who was stationed in the British West Indies. He later took Belle with him when he relocated back to England in 1765, he gave her to his uncle William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield, and his wife Elizabeth Murray, Countess of Mansfield.

They educated Belle, bringing her up as a free gentlewoman at their Kenwood House.

Belle lived there for 30 years. In his will of 1793, Lord Mansfield confirmed her freedom and provided an outright sum and an annuity to her, making her an heiress.

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10. Olaudah Equiano was an 18th century writer and anti slavery campaigner. From an early age, Olaudah Equiano experienced the horrors of slavery first hand. But, after gaining his freedom, he gained British citizenship and wrote about his experiences. His autobiography went on to become pivotal for the abolitionist movement.

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Thanks for reading,

Savannah x

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A Conversation With… Alexandra Chang

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What inspired you to start your own fashion line?

Growing up in Los Angeles, I have always been surrounded by copious amounts of creativity, particularly in the arts. I appreciate creativity in all forms, and although it was certainly a process overtime, in the back of my mind, I always thought it would be fun to be a designer. However, writing was my first love, and I knew I wanted to incorporate it into my company. The blog portion of The Zeitgeist actually came first. One day, after doing my market research, creating a business plan, and talking to a bunch of manufacturers, I decided to exert my own creativity and start my line.

You started your business at a relatively young age, did you encounter any challenges and how did you overcome them?

Business-wise, my biggest challenge has been time. I’m competing with brands who have a full team of people behind them who can dedicate their entire day to the company. As much as I would love to work on The Zeitgeist 24/7, I am still a full-time high school student. Juggling school work and college applications, as well as maintaining a balanced social life, can sometimes be tricky!

‘The Zeitgeist’ is a very unusual and original name, how did you come up with it? 

I’m so glad you think so! “Zeitgeist” is a German word and translates to the phrase “spirit of the time.” I wanted my company and blog to represent everything current, so it seemed like the perfect name. Initially, I heard the word “zeitgeist” from my grandmother, and at age 82, she was the youngest person I knew because she was constantly adapting, learning, and interested in everything going on around her. The first shirt I ever designed has the “zeitgeist” definition on it, and I named it after my grandmother: The Suzanne Tee. The word has become really popular in recent months which makes me happy because now more people know what it means!

Your clothing line very much embodies female empowerment, what do you love most about being a woman?

Women get to play dress up every day! Although there’s nothing wrong with men’s clothing, I feel like wearing a suit or a striped shirt every day would get very boring very quickly. Women, on the other hand, get to choose from a variety of amazing fabrics, textures, and colors, and most importantly, we’re able to accessorize! Also, women have incredible bonds with one another, and I feel so lucky to have many close friendships that will last a lifetime.

Where do you get ideas for your designs?

I’m constantly thinking of new ideas, and my brain goes so fast that I probably have a hundred ideas a minute, and maybe one or two are actually plausible! I always listen to what people are discussing around me, whether it’s related to pop culture, current events, or anything in between. I also have a wacky sense of humor and coming up with funny slogans is one of my favorite things to do. If people laugh, that’s my main goal. Making people smile is the best feeling! I want Zeitgeist girls to feel happy and empowered.

Are there any designers you look up to? 

Yes! There are so many, but Victoria Beckham is a particular inspiration. It’s incredible how she transformed her personal brand from being a pop star to an established designer. Also, my favorite designer in the industry is Iris Apfel— in fact, we share the same birthday! August 29th.

Sadly, there isn’t much information for young females looking to start their own business. Do you have any tips for young girls looking to start their clothing line?

It’s important to take your ideas, passions, and dreams seriously, but never take yourself too seriously. Once you decide to take the risk of starting your own business, surround yourself with other entrepreneurs and ask lots of questions. In other words, get advice from people who have done it before. Finally, stop talking about your idea, and just go for it! It’s always important to be a champion of others and support other entrepreneurs because all of us know how hard it is to get a business off the ground!

You donate some of your profits from “The Emma Tee” to Girl Up.  Can you tell us more about the charities you work with and what drew you to them?

Ever since I first decided to launch The Zeitgeist, I knew I wanted to include a philanthropic element. Giving back is one of the most important and valuable things an entrepreneur, or any individual can do. I regularly work with several organizations, including Girl Up, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Planned Parenthood, and The Humane Society. I felt particularly drawn to Girl Up because I attend an all-girls high school, and realize the lack of access that many girls have when it comes to receiving or pursuing an education. Girl Up’s mission of empowering women and girls through learning very much appealed to me.

You can follow Alexandra on Twitter: @thezeitgeist or Instagram: @thezeitgeist
Photos by Little Drill

Try Not To Sing: Disney Channel Edition

Hey Doves,

So I finally Caved and took on the Try Not To Sing Challenge: Disney Edition.

 

Let’s jut say the inner fangirl in me couldn’t let it slide, I had so much fun recording this video and I hope you get as much from watching it.

Please subscribe/like/share and let me know what you think by commenting because that my lil heart grow 10x better.

 

Love you all and watch out for my Black History month posts starting this week!

Until next time,

Savannah

xoxo

A conversation with… Sky Katz

Sky Katz is more than just your regular 12 year old, the New York native is an actress, rapper, dancer and all around superstar. Her talent knows no boundaries and she has demonstrated resilience and determination at such a young age. Sky found fame on America’s Got Talent and has gone on to wow bigger audiences ever since with her love of Hip Hop and bubbly personality… She is now starring in the Disney show Raven’s Home alongside alums, Raven-Symone and Annalise Van Der Pol.

I recently got the chance to chat with Sky about her career, goals and favourite rappers. Check out our interview below!

 

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I am 12 years old. I’ve lived in NY my whole life, but now live part time in LA so I can film Raven’s Home. I’m the youngest of four siblings – I have two older sisters and an older brother.  We are all really close but definitely fight like siblings do!  People tell me I’m “wise beyond my years,” or mature for my age because my siblings influenced me so much. I love to act, rap, spend time with my friends, and play basketball.

What are some facts about you that people might not know?

-My dad and I are obsessed with animals. We used to have a basement filled with different reptiles – like snakes, lizards, geckos, etc. My mom got so grossed out by the reptiles, that she agreed if we gave them away, we could finally get a dog. So we did, and now we have two dogs that I love so much.

-Another fact is that I love to bake. I make cakes and cupcakes for my family whenever it’s someone’s birthday. I love to experiment with fondant, icing and all kinds of different toppings.

What was it like being on America’s Got Talent?

Being on Americas Got Talent was truly like living in a dream. It’s a show I’ve watched for so many years, and then there I was, standing on that stage. Behind the scenes was a lot of fun because there were so many different types of people with different talents, and I loved getting to know them all.

What inspired you to pursue rap music? 

I pursued rap music because it’s the only music we listen to at home. My parents grew up during the beginning of hip hop and always play it for my siblings and I.

You’re working on your debut album, can you tell us a bit about it?

This album is going to be fire. We’re taking it slow and making sure each song is perfect and upbeat. They need to be the type of songs my friends and I would be excited to listen to.

Who is your role model and why?

My dad is my #1 role model. He has always supported and encouraged me, and continues to push me to be as great as possible.

This year you made your acting debut as Tess on Raven’s Home, what was the audition process like?

First I sent an audition tape of myself to the Disney casting executives. After doing that a few times, I flew to LA to meet and audition for them in person. I had to pinch myself when Raven walked in the room. I was thinking to myself, “This is NOT happening omg!”

Did you always want to pursue acting alongside music? 

I have always wanted to do everything. I love to act, I love music, and I love sports. I wish there were more than 24 hours in a day so I wouldn’t have to choose between activities, and I could just do everything!

What advice would you give to young girls looking to break into the entertainment industry?

The advice I’d give other young girls would be to keep trying, never give up, and never take no for an answer. If one opportunity doesn’t work out, keep going and another one will!

Favorite rappers?

My favorite rappers are Nicki Minaj, Logic, Eminem, and of course, Biggie Smalls.

Do you ever see yourself experimenting with other music genres?

I like to listen to other types of music besides hip hop, but as far as performing, I’m hip hop 24/7!!

Twitter: @skykatz
Instagram: @skykatzraps

#NoChill: Kylie Jenner is Pregnant?!

Kylie Jenner, 20, is reportedly pregnant with her first child, despite having only been dating boyfriend Travis Scott for five months.

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It is claimed that the social influencer is having a baby girl, multiple sources have claimed to People.

“They started telling friends a few weeks ago,” says the source. “The family has known for quite some time. She is really excited and so is Travis!”

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Another source close to the family tells PEOPLE: “It is an unexpected but completely amazing turn of events that she could not be more excited or thrilled about.”

“Everyone is overjoyed for her,” says the source. “This is the happiest she’s ever been.”

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Watch my video below to hear my take on the whole situation, as you can probably guess I didn’t hold back:

 

Let’s talk about White Washing in Hollywood

White Washing refers to a casting practice, primarily that used in the United States in which white actors are cast in historically non-white character roles. The industry is notorious for having a diversity issue, one that predates its creation. Hollywood was built on white privilege and discrimination and not much has changed since then.

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The producers are white. The directors are white. The actors are white. Even when characters are of ethnic origin, casting directors tend to fill the roles with white actors.

However, Hollywood doesn’t see whitewashing as a problem, instead they believe it is a necessity. A financial necessity. For example, in 2014 director Ridley Scott told Variety. “I can’t mount a film of this budget, where I have to rely on tax rebates in Spain, and say that my lead actor is Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such after receiving criticism for his lack of middle eastern actor’s in his film Exodus Gods and Kings.

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His argument is shocking but not surprising. It is common knowledge that successful filmmakers in Hollywood are more willing to turn a blind eye and adopt complacency to discrimination than take a stand and provide a solution for it. They seem to believe that it is okay to take the cultures of other societies, the history, the stories and even the skin colour all the while shunning the people from those countries who would be better skilled to tell the stories… Their stories.

It would be wise to say that at some point the industry decided that white people are more marketable than POC. If we were to look back at the history of film, white actors have always come out on top. In the early 20th century, the practice of Yellowface and Blackface was prominent, instead of the erasure of minority actors we see today white actors wore yellow or black makeup to respectively play a Black or Asian character. In 1915, Birth of a Nation saw white men put on blackface to promote the white supremacist agenda and incite further violence towards black Americans. Then in 1961, Mickey Rooney notoriously donned yellow face to portray a Japanese American in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

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During this time, minority actors were side-lined. If they were luckily enough to be given roles, it was either as a supporting lead or in a stereotypical role. For example, Anna May Wong, a Chinese American actress from the early twentieth century who is considered as the first Asian-American star left Hollywood for Europe in the late 1920s after becoming fed up with the endless amount of stereotypical roles she was being given.

On the other hand, we have Bruce Lee, a household name who became an international superstar within a year of leaving Hollywood for Hong Kong in the 1970’s.

Some would argue that Hollywood is a trap, actors are made to feel that in order for them to be household names and truly successful they need to break America. Sadly for minority actors this often means that they need to settle for roles lesser than what they deserve, whether that be as a supporting actor or in roles that stereotype their culture. Some are even forced to give up their cultural identity completely, especially if they are white passing POC. For example, Agents of Shields star Chloe Bennet or Chloe Wang recently spoke out about her decision to change her last name so that she would get offered jobs in ‘racist’ Hollywood.gettyimages-497619992

“Hollywood is racist and wouldn’t cast me with a last name that made them uncomfortable,” Bennet announced on Instagram. “Changing my last name doesn’t change the fact that my BLOOD is half-Chinese,” she wrote. “It means I had to pay my rent.

Bennet isn’t the first star to change their last name to get jobs and I doubt she will be the last. Except the fact that this was even an option for them is a testament to how archaic the entertainment industry is.

2017 has had its fair share of Whitewashing controversies from Aladdin to Ghost in the Shell to Death Note and Hellboy, yet at the same time with some of the controversies have come a suggestion that better times may lay ahead.

Most recently, actor Ed Skrein left Hellboy just a week after joining the cast where he was set to play Major Ben Daimio, a half-Japanese character in the comics. He made the decision to step away after seeing the waves of online protest and realising how his casting would take away the opportunity from an Asian actor.

Update: Hawaii Five 0 alum and Korean native Daniel Dae Kim is now being considered for the role.

The decision caught Hollywood by surprise with many praising the actor for being the first actor to step away from a role after realising the cultural implications of their casting. However, surely this responsibility should not have to fall on the shoulders of those given the roles but the ones making the casting decisions.

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Furthermore, the extent of Hollywood’s casting problem goes further than overlooking minority actors for roles but ethnic minorities are still experiencing a large gap, in comparison to their white colleagues. It was only a few months ago that Grace Park and Daniel Dae Kim, both of whom are main cast members of the hit CBS show Hawaii Five 0 quit the show after a pay dispute. The two had been trying to secure an equal salary alike to that of their white co-stars but had failed. Together, they made a decision to leave.

It was a decision that shocked me because I am a massive fan of the series and one thing I always loved about the show is that they had two Asian characters, playing lead roles who were central members of the Five 0 task force. This was refreshing, particularly as we live in a climate where Asian characters remain underrepresented in the entertainment industry.

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Sadly, by refusing to even consider their demands the network made it seem that their characters and themselves are disposable in a time where choosing to listen would have made them seem like allies rather than neutral bystanders. Particularly when the cries of white actors, and white women for better pay have been heard loud and clear and met without complaint in the past.

Whitewashing is something that we must not be silent about because this isn’t just a black and white issue. It’s everybody.

 

Interview: Mary Sarah

Hey Doves,

I recently got the chance to talk to country singer Mary Sarah for Ramona Magazine and  I am excited to share it with you!

Firstly, Mary, how are you? 

I love that that is your first question!! I am doing mighty fine!
What are some facts about you that your fans might not know? 
1. I have 5 tattoos
 2. I am pro at crossing my eyes!
 3. I can roll my belly like a wave (Yes, sounds weird but totally possible! LOL)
 4. My natural hair color is brunette
5. I was a Kidz Bop kid when I was 12!! (Not the CD’s, the tour!)
IMG_6873-2You were on season 10 of The Voice, what was your favorite thing about being on the show?
I’ve got to say the whole experience! It was like nothing I’d ever done before and I learned so much about myself and how far I could push myself! It was incredible.
Your new single ‘Without You’ is a powerful breakup anthem. Did you draw upon past experiences when writing the song? 
I did, yes. I was in a relationship that ended after 3 years of being together. It was tough. It happened at the worst time possible for my career so not only was it tough breaking up, it became an issue of, how do I move on and fairly quickly because it was the last thing I needed to keep my attention. Because of the situation, I was somewhat forced to make that choice which honestly, I am so happy that it did. It made me realize that it wasn’t so much about how much of myself I lost in someone else, but the excitement of finding myself again! And, that’s what Without You is about! It was never meant to be mean…it’s just saying, hey I’m good, Without You!
How do you feel about being a role model for young women? Who were your role models growing up?
It’s crazy for me to imagine. I am so thankful to have a platform to be a role model but it’s also something I hope I never take for granted. I am not a perfect person…I will make mistakes…but I will always do my best to do what’s right! I think as an artist, I hope my fans see that.
I’d have to say a couple of my role models growing up were Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, my mom of course, my sister, friends, family! I mean role models don’t always have to be the ones in the spotlight to count!<3
What advice would you give to young women looking to break into the entertainment industry?
It is tough. But, no one ever said life would be easy. I’d say the most important things are knowing who you are, loving and truly knowing why you do what you do, and surrounding yourself with people who believe in you more than you believe in yourself!! And of course, PRACTICE!
Do you ever see yourself experimenting with other music genres?
I do! I love all types. I have such respect for all types of genres and I also love to be challenged and get outside of my comfort zone. You can’t grow if you don’t try new things!
I read that you are an advocate for juvenile diabetes, can you tell our readers more about the cause and why it means so much to you? 
I am! I am also the National Ambassador for Caiden’s Hope Foundation. Both of these charities mean a lot to me because my brother was born at a pound and half, had a ton of surgeries as a baby, then had a liver transplant, and he now has diabetes. He is a walking miracle and the toughest man I know. He somehow, even as a baby, couldn’t keep the smile off of his face. Even through the hard times. I am so proud of him. Both of these charities help families and children in need and I couldn’t be more proud to represent them.
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram: @MarySarahMusic
Snapchat: MarySarahSnaps

Travel Diaries #1: Barcelona

Hey Doves,

So I recently went on my first ever holiday with my two best friends to Barcelona and it was amazing. Despite my anxiety that flying would be really scary and something would go wrong, especially as we flew out just a week after the terror attack in Las Ramblas, everything was perfect so I thought I would share some of my memories with you guys!

Day one Wednesday:

Our flight was at 8:15am so we left my house at around 4am to get to Stansted Airport in good time, my friends thought this was torture but my adrenaline was on a high and I downloaded a ton of Grey’s Anatomy episodes to my phone that I didn’t really feel tired just buzzed lol.

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We were in the airport for what felt like forever until it was finally time to go to our boarding gate and get on the plane- we landed in Barcelona at 12:30 local time and met our taxi driver in the lobby who drove us to our apartment.

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Our apartment was located in Graciá near the famous Park Guèll and had a really nice terrace which had amazing views of the city, especially at night.

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So, as we had a pretty busy itinerary planned for the remaining three days, we decided that we would just spend the first day checking out the local area and buying junk food from the supermarket and bakery to have a movie night. Surprisingly the tv had a channel which showed a ton of American comedies like The Goldbergs, The Middle and Big Bang Theory in English too.

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It was our first day that I realised just how important it was to be able to speak some of the language of the country you are visiting as we got caught out in so many sticky situations due to our language barriers, one of my standout memories was me having to pay ten euros for a massive slice of cake all because the woman didn’t understand that by one slice, I meant a small slice.

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Day 2 Thursday: 

So on our second day in Barcelona we were doing up tourist massively. In the morning we went to Park Guell which was beautiful, the park is captivating. It was built between 1900 to 1914 by the renowned Catalan architect Antonin Gaudi.

We forgot to have breakfast before we left so we got it at the park, it was nice but not very Spanishey *not even a word but whatever*

 

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After the park, we headed to the city centre because we had tickets to see the La Sagrada Familia in the afternoon so we figured it would make sense to check out the area before, as we underestimated how long it would take to explore the park and were a few hours early for our time slot.

Once we got near the area, I found some really cute fridge magnets and keyrings for my family so I bought a ton of those. I also found some nice Spanish fans which was amaziing because that was the one thing my mum requested I bring back for her.

Even after all that we still had loads of time left so we went to Starbucks, had amazing frappes, listened to music and had a veryyy interesting conversation about crime which if I tell you about well you know the drift haha. We got some KFC after which was soooo good, Spanish fast food tastes so healthy like I cant describe it but their chicken tastes so clean.

Finally, it was time for us to go to the Sagrada Familia. There is only one way to describe this unfinished church also built by Gaudi and that is jawdroppingly beautiful. The church is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Barcelona and once you visit it, it isn’t hard to understand why.

The pictures literally speak for themselves!

We seriously had the best time at the Sagrada, but do you know what I loved more? What we did after which was the beach, in the late afternoon we went to Barceloneta Beach which was my favourite part of the day. The sand was warm, the sea was cold and it was just peaceful, really really peaceful. It was my first time ever going to the beach and I loved it, although it was pretty crowded and there was a lot of annoying people trying to sell you stuff all the time. But it was still amazing!

 

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Day 3 Friday: 

Friday was another jam packed day, we went on a free walking tour in the morning which was really good. Our tour guide taught us about the history and culture of Catalan and Barcelona by taking us through areas such as the Gothic Quarter, Las Ramblas, Parliament square etc all the while giving us an oral history lesson. She was a really educated and engaging tour guide, in fact I am going to post the link of the company below just in case any of you decide to go to Barcelona anytime soon because I will definitely urge you to book yourself onto the walking tour.

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Here are some pictures of the places we visited on the walking tour:

Then we went to Ciutadella park where we pretty much just chilled talking about Game of Thrones, as you do. As the beach was close to the park, we went there again after for the rest of the evening.

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Day 4 Saturday: 

Our penultimate day so we had to make the most of it. What did we do? Shopping of course, we went to the mall and bought clothes and makeup.

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We really wanted to go to the beach too as it was our last day but strikes and protests were working against us and yeah by the time we got back to the apartment, it was way too late and we had to be up at 5am to get ready for our taxi soooooooooo… junk food and tv binging was all we did.

Day 4 Sunday: 

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Hometime.

It was so hard to say goodbye to Barcelona but going on this trip made me realise that I was right to want to travel so bad all these years, there is a big world out there with people of different cultures and customs and I wanna see it so bad. I have a list of over 50 places I want to visit which I made when I was 16 as a birthday present to myself with the idea that one day I would fufill that gift and I am so proud to be able to say that I have ticked Barcelona off my list.

Until next time,

Savannah x

Prima J Interview

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Firstly, girls how are you?
Hey!! We’re doing great, thank you for asking!

You guys took a break for 8 years and are finally making your comeback, what did you get up to
during your break?

Life! Ha-ha , Honestly, the music industry is tough and can get the best of you, so we decided we
needed not only time away from the industry but we needed time apart as well. We grew up like
sisters and did everything together, so taking time apart to grow individually was so important for
us. I think in some ways it’s the reason we are as close as we are now.
Janelle had a beautiful baby girl named Anastasia who is 1 years old now, and she’s Janelle’s world! I
decided to go back to school and gain some real world experience in the corporate world… And
we’ve just been growing and learning and changing. It’s been an amazing journey.

Prima J has always embodied female empowerment and feminism, what are your thoughts on
the progression of feminism in 2017?

You know, we think it’s beautiful to see so many woman coming into their own power, realizing
what they are capable of, no matter what society may tell them. We have always stood up for
woman empowerment and think it’s so important that we as women empower not only ourselves
but also empower one another. We can’t expect society to lift us up if we can’t even lift each other
up ya know? We see so many woman comparing, and bashing and being so judgmental to one
another, and we believe that constantly trying to compete with one another is a waste of power…
together us woman can accomplish incredible things!

How do you feel about being a role model for young women? Who were your role models
growing up?

We actually love knowing young girls look up to us! We’re definitely not perfect, but I think the
biggest message we try to convey is to be yourself! Love yourself! We are definitely promoters of the
body positive movement, and are currently involved in a campaign for domestic violence, which is
such an important topic for us.
We do have loyal fans and followers, so any platform we can use to promote these important topics
is such a blessing to us.
Growing up we definitely looked up to strong powerful women. Aside from the women in our family
we were huge Spice Girls and TLC fans. Both of those groups embodied self-love and female
empowerment, oh and their music was amazing!!

What are your thoughts on the current political state of America?
Prima j has always done our best to keep our political views to ourselves. While it’s such an
important topic, we respect everyone’s views, even if it’s far different from our own so, with that
being said, no comment.

How has your Hispanic background empowered you as women?

What they say about Latin women is definitely true! We are sassy and fiery and strong, so those
parts of us have definitely contributed to us finding our voices and standing strong in our beliefs.
Also, us Latinas fight hard but we love harder and love really fuels us more than anything.

What advice would you give to young women looking to break into the entertainment industry?

Wow! Where do we even start?! I guess the main thing is, create a team of people you trust. The
industry is tough and if you don’t have people around you to keep you strong and grounded, and
have your best interest at heart, you could lose yourself. Also, believe in your vision. People will pull
you in all different directions and make you second guess yourself, but at the end of the day, you
need to feel proud of the work you did. Be yourself, work hard and stay focused.

Do you feel that feminism is inclusive of women, from all backgrounds?

Absolutely. No question.

Can we expect more girl power anthems from you guys in the near future?

Absolutely! We have been really focusing on our domestic violence campaign and some other things
at the moment, but we definitely have some great ideas and plans so, keep an eye out for us!

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Who are you in 25 questions?

Hey Doves,

It has been a while, I know… I’m sorry. I just needed a mental break from blogging for a bit and do a bit of soul searching if you must but I’m back and I’m better *Tiller voice*

Today’s post is inspired by a blog post I saw on this amazing blog where the author came up with 25 questions to get you thinking about yourself and who you are, I thought it would be a good post to resume writing with, especially considering why I took a break.

So let’s get started shall we?!

What does your ideal day look like?

Being the hermit that I am, an ideal day would consist of a nice nap because ever since I started working naps seem to be a thing of the past… I miss them. Also, the ability to eat as much junk food as I want without getting sick or putting on the extra calories lol and the obvious one would be binging on all my shows because a little Netflix and Chill never hurt anyone *not that kind of Netflix and Chill, you nasties*

What did you want to be when you were younger?

When I was younger I wanted to be an entertainment journalist, even wrote it in my year 5 faux autobiography project that one day I wanted to be as big as Ryan Seacrest and freelance for Teen Vogue *yeah I was that kid haha*… Well I still want to be an entertainment journalist and currently working in the industry pursuing my dream so it all worked out.

Who are you most inspired by? Why?

I am inspired by a multitude of women, the most notable being my mum, Selena Gomez, Michelle Obama and Yara Shahidi. However, I am most inspired by my mum because she taught me the importance of being a strong, empowered woman in a world where women aren’t always respected. She gave me a voice and always inspires me to pursue my dreams. She is the strongest woman I know and a benchmark to being a real woman, although I don’t tell her as much as I should which I don’t like.

Who would you love to meet? What would you ask?

Selena Marie Gomez and Michelle Obama- both women inspire me throughout my endeavours and career goals.

What habit would you most like to break? What habit would you most like to start?

I have a terrible habit of not wanting to talk about things I’m going through and it has often made my mental health extremely low so I would love to break out of this habit. I would love to start drinking more water, rather than keep on saying how bad I should do it.

Think of a person you truly admire. What qualities do you like about that person?

Selena Gomez. Her grace. Her heart. Her beauty. Her soul.

How do you like to relax?

Listen to music, either country or old Disney Channel.

When was the last time you did something you were afraid of?

I started working looooooool

What are you most proud of?

Getting my dream job at the age of 19 and straight out of sixth form.

What are you most afraid of?

Death.

If life stopped today, what would you regret not doing?

Falling in love

Travelling more

Appreciating my family more

Who would you like to connect (or reconnect) with? Why?

What qualities do you admire in others?

Honesty

Loyalty

Adventure

Warmth

Passionate

What practical skills do you wish you had?

I wish I was good at anything STEM related.

Imagine you’re in your 90s. What memories would you like to have? What stories do you want to tell?

What is your favorite book/movie/song? Why?

Favourite book? The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare and When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalinithi

Favourite Movie? The Princess Bride

Favourite Song? Brad Paisley ft Alison Krauss- Whiskey Lullaby

If you could make one change in the world, what would it be?

Peace. Just peace.

What do you love to do for, or give to others (not an object – something from you personally)?

My heart.

What excites you?

Falling in love *gawd I really am a saddo*

Being successful

Travelling

What do you wish you did more of?

Laugh more and love more.

Pretend money is no object. What would you do?

Travel, start charities for homeless youth and LGBT teens, build schools in low GDP countries, source a new water and energy supply for those in poor countries and create affordable housing for those in the welfare system.

Let’s jump forward a year. What would you like to have achieved in the past year?

All I want in the next year is to grow in confidence, get cuter, interview a ton of celebrities and become a better blogger.

How do you want to be remembered in life?

Always an activist, never a pacifist.