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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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

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.

 

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

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.

A note to the haters

Hey guys,

Today’s post is more or less a career rant, it is a rant about something that I have experienced often when I tell people, specifically those in the creative industry that I want to become an entertainment journalist.

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For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to be like Ryan Seacrest, I didn’t just want to be like him… I wanted to be him. My passion for entertainment journalism started at a relatively young age, 7 to be precise and my love for the industry has only grown as I have got older and seen just how much the media, particularly the entertainment industry and ‘celebrity’ culture shapes our identity and influences how we see ourselves.

*Disclaimer: Some of you may be thinking, why was a seven year old watching E! News and not Noddy or something, well I had an older sister and she controlled what we watched a lot of the time so those of you that have older siblings can relate. Blame her for getting me hooked, my mum certainly wasn’t impressed, she used to force me to watch ITV News with Trevor McDonald so I could see it ‘from both sides’ and be more socially aware.*

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But, back to my rant, my issue is that so many people in the industry often turn their nose up at entertainment journalism for not being serious enough, important enough, or even socially active, which is both ignorant and a indication of the lack of diversity within newsrooms and the industry.

This idea that a young person can’t talk about One Direction and White privilege or the economy is a reflection of the backward ideologies that have dominated the media industry for far too long. It’s time for a change!

Just because I want to write about Selena Gomez’s latest single or Harry Style’s new girlfriend, does not mean that I am lazy or absent minded… I have always been vocal about human rights and socially active, I will continue to do so within my career. Even within entertainment, one can hold others to account and stand up for those deprived of a voice.

I truly believe that if you are passionate about standing for something, you can do it all.

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I don’t just do this for myself, I do it for my family, I do it for my friends who have supported me since day 1, I do it for the young people from working class backgrounds who have dreams but need purpose, I do it for my future, but most importantly I do it for those who don’t have a voice, who no matter how loud they shout never get heard.

I need you to know that I hear you and I am here for you, we will do this together and one day we will ride together. I just need to fight for us.

There is a common misconception that us millennials do not care about things that matter, what is it they call us… the ‘snowflakes.’

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We only care about selfies, avocados, coconut water and Buzzfeed right?

Some of us do, some of don’t, some of us love all of that and can school you on just about anything you throw at us.. the good thing about us ‘snowflakes’ is that we are socially intersectional and will continue to break barriers and plough through ignorance and hate.

How many of our elders can look in the mirror and say the same?

Before I leave, I just want to say Happy Pride Month to all my LGBT readers. Let’s all spread the rainbow and just love each other because at the end of the day- love wins!

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Until next time,

Savannah

xoxo

Heroes and Villains Fanfest Review

Heroes and Villains Fanfest is a convention like no other, it is driven by maximising the fan experience and making guests a lot more accessible to fans. Attending a fanfest convention suggests you are likely to bump into stars from hit tv shows such as Arrow, Flash, Gotham and even films like Guardians of the Galaxy.

On the 27th May, alongside my best friend I attended the very first London Fanfest, at Kensington Olympia and it was incredible.

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Taking selfies before the event haha

Firstly, the convention was organised so well. As someone who has attended various conventions in London, where it tends to get packed and manic. It was so refreshing to finally attend a convention that clearly understands these risks, but takes all the steps to ensure things never get out of control.

There was never a point where crowds couldn’t be controlled-everything seemed to move quite smoothly.

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This may have something to do with just how much the team put into ensuring security, especially after the horrific attack in Manchester forced them to change their policy. Considering the little amount of time they had to make amendments, their hard work well and truly paid off.

In terms of guests, Fanfest really hit it out of the park and booked the biggest names in TV right now. Stars included: Stephen Amell, Emily Beck Richards, Sean Pertwee, Shantel Vansanten, Italia Ricci and Robbie Amell.

Just like most conventions, Fanfest offers attendees the opportunity to purchase photo ops/autographs and selfies.

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Some of you may be thinking that there isn’t much difference to a photo op and selfies… you would be right to an extent. Photo ops are taken with a professional photographer and are printed out and given to you, whereas selfies can be purchased at the stars’ table and can be taken on your phone.

In my opinion, selfies at Fanfest are better than doing a photo op because they are cheaper, offer shorter queues and allow you to be far more interactive with your faves.

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Due to the high demand of photo ops, you tend to have to leave fairly quickly after the picture is taken to ensure everyone is seen.

We got the chance to talk to so many of the guests, via the selfie route and some conversations ended up being around five minutes long. If you get the chance to go next year, I would definitely recommend purchasing one photo op of who you are most excited for and then saving the rest of your money for selfies.

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Staying true to the convention fashion, there were panels throughout the day. We attended the Gotham panel and Cosplay Costume Panel, the Gotham panel was amazing with the cast spilling secrets about the upcoming series.

Overall the day was a 10/10… Everything was well organised, the guests were super nice and a pleasure to talk to. Heroes and Villains Fanfest, until next time!

Honourable Highlights:

  • Seeing Stephen Amell in the flesh arghhhhhhh
  • Getting Shantel Vansanten to send us a message
  • Meeting Italia Ricci & Robbie Amell
  • Getting to watch the Gotham Cast talk about the upcoming season
  • Getting to know some amazing fans

Did you also attend Fanfest? Drop me a line below and tell me if you plan on going next year! x

Guest Blog: Izzy talks living with IBD!

Hello Doves!

I should start by telling you that I’m not Savannah (I totally got you with the nickname though, didn’t I?). No, I’m actually Izzy.

Like Savannah, I’m 19, I blog, and I am an apprentice working in the media industry (while Savannah hangs with celebs and journalists, I am on the other end of the spectrum working on social media for government policy…). Unlike Savannah, however, I have a thing called Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), which is what I’ll be telling you lovel all about!

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For background, IBD is an umbrella term for Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Both auto-immune diseases are relapsing/remitting (they go away and then flare up) and cause inflammation in the digestive system- Crohn’s can happen anywhere from mouth to bum, while UC’s inflammation occurs mostly in the colon- that’s the one that I’ve got.

About 115,000 people in the UK have IBD, and its most common with people reaching retirement, though there are more and more diagnoses in children. Symptoms include a sudden and/or dramatic loss of weight, diarrhoea… diarrhoea with mucus in it… bloody diarrhoea, extreme fatigue, nausea, abdominal pain and bloating. There are also ‘extra-intestinal manifestations- bonus symptoms as I like to call them- that can impact your joints, eyes and skin. Oh, and I couldn’t not mention the potential impact on mental health.

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Now, don’t worry, the biology lesson is over! But I have to ask a question: how many of you saw the phrase IBD and felt offended I had offered background? Now, how many of you thought “IBWhat?”

Chances are, more of you fall in the latter category, and that’s okay. I knew nothing about the disease until I had it living inside me. I’d guess it’s because most people don’t comfortably talk about their poo, especially not 19 year old girls that blog and work in the media industry (I’m talking to you Savannah- open up, give the readers what they want!).

I’ll tell you something else about IBD now. For the most part, I look exactly like all of the other girls my age, if you don’t get close enough to see my eye bags, thinning hair and bruised inner arms… That makes IBD an ‘invisible illness’.

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I think I’ve told you everything I possibly could. Now, what do I want you to do with all of this new information?

Firstly, don’t forget it. It took a lot of my energy to write all of these fancy facts.

Next, stop being uncomfortable when talking about your bathroom habits, if you know what I mean. If you don’t, I’m talking about your poo. Being disgusted is what prevents people like me from opening up about our health.

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Finally, be health conscious. I mean this in two ways. Firstly, be aware of your own health. Don’t be embarrassed to see your GP, or even just tell a loved one, if you think there’s something not quite regular with your gastro-health. Secondly, remember that IBD, as much as I want us all to talk about everything, is a personal disease. Don’t offer unsolicited advice or recommendations- cutting out gluten will not cure me, I’ll have this disease forever. Don’t compare my IBD to your uncle’s friend’s son’s IBS- they’re not the same and I won’t listen to it.

I hope you learnt something new from this, and if you want to find out more, visit my blog: izzysstory.com. Fear not, I don’t only blog about my health, it’s pretty eclectic.

Thanks Savannah for letting me share my thoughts!

Izzy x

Snow White and the what now?!

A new Snow White parody film, starring Chloe Grace Moretz has been causing controversy on social media, after it’s promotional poster was released, earlier this week.

The film has been criticised for promoting an unhealthy, body shaming message which suggests that curvier girls are not beautiful. The poster is extremely problematic and demonstrates what it is so wrong in society.

For years, society has demonised the bigger, curvier girl denouncing her as ‘lazy’, ‘unloved’ and ‘unattractive.’ It has penalised them for not looking a certain way- a way that only seeks to attract the male gaze and has never been in the best interest of women.

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Plus size model *oh how I hate the term plus size* Tess Holliday has criticised the poster saying “How did this get approved by an entire marketing team? Why is it okay to tell young kids being fat=ugly? @ChloeGMortez

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Chloe Grace Mortez was quick to respond to backlash.

She tweeted, “I have now fully reviewed the marketing for Red Shoes, I am just as appalled and angry as everyone else, this wasn’t approved by me or my team.”

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The poster has also received backlash from parents who feel the film will make their children feel insecure. How can this be allowed, one parent asked.

To put it simple, this is allowed because let’s be honest Hollywood is still so male dominated and patriarchal, that when they make or cast female characters, they think about it with their second brain rather than the one they should use.

It is the same reason why actresses like Mila Kunis and Megan Fox are always portrayed as the sex symbols and love interests, whilst talented actresses like Melissa Mccarthy are always seen as the joker and just a friend in films.

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*Disclaimer- all of the women I mentioned above are sexy in their own right, I have girl crushes on them all haha*

Don’t get me worry, the last few years has seen a progression in the way women are treated and portrayed in the media, with models like Ashley Graham catapulting in the fashion industry, However, there is still a long way to go.

Ladies, never stop fighting for equality and always stand up for what you believe. You are beautiful beyond words can say, never let anyone tell you different.

Watch the trailer here: 

Until next time,

Savannah x

I DYED MY HAIR

Doves,

I did it! I finally did it! After years of saying that I wanted to dye my hair, but pulling out at the last minute, I took the plunge and got my mum to dye my hair ultra violet and I LURVEEEE it!

Honestly, I am so happy that I finally did it, because it has been one of the best decisions I have made this year.

For those of you that are wondering why I wanted to dye my hair so bad, it was pretty much because I always hated my natural hair colour. It was brown, but not one of those nice, hued browns, instead it was what I called a ‘dead brown’- it didn’t really stand out and I always felt that it made me look washed out.

So, a few weeks ago I started researching best hair dyes for dark hair, but most importantly thick hair. Due to my bi-racial background, my hair is extremely layered and thick, so I wanted to make sure that the company I bought would be well equipped to actually dye it and I wasn’t wasting my money.

After binge-watching youtube videos and scouring reviews, I came to the conclusion that Schwarzkopf was the best option.

I then proceeded to go to my local superdrug to find a colour, I already knew what colour I wanted but I just needed to find the one that was closet to it.

 

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I chose the LIVE XL in Ultra Violet, as it is made specifically for dark hair and the colour really stood out to me.

This is how my hair looks now! Isn’t it gorge ❤

I really lurveeee it, it makes me feel so confident especially because my hair was such an insecurity for me.

So if you happen to see me anytime soon, it is likely I will be hair flicking every second haha.

Until next time,

Savannah x