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EditorsLetter Dear beautiful lady, Here at HUEMAN magazine we to chose embrace the woman who is too often over looked, under represented and put them in the forefront instead. Looking at issues which we face but also the beauty and laughter that comes with life. We are not your typical lifestyle magazine as we aim to represent and talk candidly about all topics.We want to give the real feel of opening book with chapters that have purpose and meaning. Our lifestyle pages where we discuss current events, Inspire pages where amazing stories from our readers will be shared. And lastly our Mind Body and Soul section is all about love and empowerment. We truey hope that this magazine makes a differnce. We aim to make me YOU feel good about who YOU are and colour the beauty standards.

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Contents The model that has

Harry marries

everyone captivated

Meghan: Does this

Skin Coour Hierarchy

Let's talk about mental Health

Love Magican

We are the Norm

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Drill Music

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Mirrored Reresentation

The red string

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A Lost culture


Life Style

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The Model that has everyone

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Turning fantasy into reality

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Its not unusual to scroll through your Instagram feed and see a stunning women. it is certainly not unusual for the women to have facetuned her picture as we are in 2018. And its no secret that some of these women have gone under the knife to achieve their ideal look. However never did we think that so soon we would have to question whether the girl we saw through our screens was actually a human being. Meet Shudu the First Digital Supermodel.

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“I’d love to see her embraced as art in many different forms”

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he captivating beauty was created by the 28-year-old Cameron-James Wilson who is a self-taught, British photographer. Speculations about the model’s authenticity and whether such a perfectly structured human being could exist, started when Shudu captured the attention of Rihanna. Shudu was featured on the Fenty Beauty Instagram in February. Shudu’s platform soon after gained more momentum, reaching over 70 thousand followers on Instagram. It was not until March that the creator, Cameron re introduced Shudu to his follows as the first digital supermodel and admitted that she was digitally made through CGI. And although now we can feel less inadequate about our own beauty knowing that she was digitally created she is still an inspiration and even more intriguing to many. Many have been amazed by her beauty finding her dark skin and features rare however Cameron said that her beauty was inspired by real women form a south African tribe and the likes of Duckie Thot. As with anything in this world comes criticism and some questioned his intentions. Whilst most have indeed enjoyed Camerons creation of the model some have felt as if he’s trying to replace dark skin models or feel as though he could use a real model to showcase the type of beauty which is not often not featured in mainstream media. A lot of the negative comments where about him not exploiting black women’s beauty saying he was “Capitalizing off black women instead of actually paying a black model”. One said “Exploiting black women's bodies and image to make a quick buck without paying real black women.” He however has expressed that he is not trying to replace anyone but feels that Shudu is helping by showing people something different. He said in an interview, “It's only trying to add to the kind of movement that's out there. It's meant to be beautiful art which empowers people. It’s not trying to take away an opportunity from anyone or replace anyone. She’s trying to complement those people." Some of the more glowing comments were: “Dude, do you know how many dark skin women did the creation helped have confidence in themselves? "She" is Super dark and she manage to become a

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super famous instagram star. Do you know what message that gives to others? Come on, don't be the person that try to see the negative in everything.” With there being a lot more effort in ensuring inclusivity of all ethnicities and skin shades and with the help of social media we are creating our own ideals on beauty. Shudu reinforces this whether she is real or just made through technology as she is an inspiration of beauty that already exist. The artist admits that at first there was no purpose to creating Shudu expect for being a way to explore his creativity however as time went on he began to realise just the impact his work was having on people. Stating “To see someone like them depicted in a way that's glamorous, regal and a little sexy too has really meant something to a lot of her followers. I'm so proud to be adding to a movement where people of all shades can feel beautiful.” One fan of the digital creation of Shudu summed it up perfectly in a comment saying “this may be CGI but there are people this beautiful. If all types of beauty are appreciated and celebrated you would definitely see real people with this kind of beauty emerging [in the media]”. Shudu is not the only CGI that had us scratching our heads in confusion. The Model and CGI creation Little Miquela has grown a huge social media platform and has even “worked” with Prada which some of us mere humans can only wish for. This is just the begin of Shudu journey and Cameron hopes to help her break through into reality even more so. She has posed alongside real models such as Ajur Akoi, Sudanese model and Nofon Obeng. Love his work or hate it but there is no denying that Shudu is a beautiful creation and shows the amazing creative mind of humans. Cameron has completely flipped the script in a world where now everything has become influenced by fake reputations of reality and has used fantasy inspired by a true reputation of reality.


"Shudu is a beautiful creation and shows the amazing creative mind of humans"

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The photographer Cameron-James Wilson's Photos of his CGI model Shudu

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A Lost Culture What is it like to be 3rd Generation Black British and what does this mean for my future children?

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ften people say to me “you have a white girls name”. My name is Georgia-rose Leon. My parents decided to give me a name that would mean I would be judge less. So that no one would assume my ethinicty before meeting me and therefore placing negative stereotypes on me. They did not want to give me name which sounded “ghetto”. It’s very common name amongst white girls. There were about 20 girls called Georgia in the college I went to. The only unique thing about my name was that I was the only black girl called Georgia.

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If I could go back to any part of my life then I would with out doubt say my primary school experience. I went to primary school in East London in an area which was predominately Asian. In my year there was me of Caribbean decent, one boy who was Nigerian, two girls who was Somali and another girl who was mixed race. The rest was Asian and white of a class say about 25-30 children. I guess you could say that I got picked on during this time because I was black. The children were fascinated like all kids by shouting words they shouldn’t be. And one of those words was of course the N word. A few times I was called the N word. But what bothered me more was the constant pointing out of my feature or my hair. It was bad enough I hated my hair because it was not as long as my 2 older sister who would constantly gain attention because of it, but I also had to deal with people making fun out of my hairstyle. I wore cornrows in primary school. Now looking back at it there was nothing wrong with it was just different to all the other girl’s hair. I used to get comments like “how do you get the braids stuck to your hair” which was more

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funny for me to here. However, although I was teased at times for the way that I looked I will forever love my experience of primary school. I got an insight of Asian culture which I admired so much.

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When I went to secondary school is was a huge jump and a massive culture shock for me.


There always been this thought in the back of mind. Would I have been different if I came from a bigger family or if my parent where born in the Caribbean would it all been different. Would I have had even more of a connection to the Caribbean. I’m proud of being from the Caribbean but I’m also fine with being British as this was where I was born and grew up. Britain is the only home I’ve ever known. But at the same time, I can’t help but feel like I’m missing out on something. I would love to know more about my family history more about my culture and my people. Sometimes I feel as if I have such a lost culture because I am Caribbean. My surname is Leon which is a French name so I can’t help but wonder how that came into the family. Was it by marriage or was it the name of a slave owner? Researching family history of Caribbean descent can be difficult because a lot of the documents have been lost. I sometimes envy those who are from Africa because as they know where they came from and their culture hasn’t been lost. My family story starts in Africa and then the Caribbean as far any details about how they got there I will never know. There is a whole story that I will never be able to read. Being born in Britain and having parent who were to means that a lot of who am I am is because I was born in Britain. I wonder what it would have been like if my parents came over from the Caribbean would I have had less of a British influence. When I have children, they will be 4th generation and even more further away form Caribbean culture. I often think that I have gather all my nans recipes so that I have a part of heritage to pass down to my children. As soon the essence of my Caribbean culture will continue to be watered down and lost. A lot of what I know or have experienced by being 3rd generation most of my friends wouldn’t know or understand so when people refer to me as being white washed it can be rather frustrating as what other me am I meant to be when Britain has always been where I live.

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Although at home I would listen to reggae music with my dad, go to carnival each year and enjoy my nans ackee and saltfish I was not used to being around so many black people before. I felt awkward and like I just did not fit in. The secondary I went to was a lot rusher than the primary school I went and was in a whole different borough. Everyone was using slang I just never used it as my parent never encouraged it so it was not really ever in my vocabulary. Although this time there were a lot more black people and in general a mix of all different races I was still one of the only Caribbean people in my year. The African kids would make fun out of the Caribbean kids and the Caribbean kids would make fun of the African kids. It was rather silly as we were all black at the end of the day. Yes, there were cultural difference but nevertheless we were all black. At the time it seemed like everyone was loud and confident compared to me. I was too shy to share any of my interests as I feared that they were black enough. I was interested in K Pop whilst everyone else was listening to rap music.

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Drill Music An alternative view to why this music should not be banned

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“Music is art and art is a reflection of your life experiences and therefore is your inspiration for your art”

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arage, Grime, UK Rap is music which originally blossomed from the voices of those who live in poverty and had tough lives growing up in the “hood”. Some have been able to make a successful career out of it and have had a positive impact in the music industry and their communities. For just one example would be Wiley, 39 known as one of the founding fathers of Grime. He received a MBE just at the end of last year. However, the music which started in the poorer areas of London doesn’t not always get the best of media coverage and is often the centre of controversy. Drill music, the more recent

1960’s it was the Mods and Rockers that people feared evolutions of UK sounds which was originally from Chicago has been labelled “the brutal rap that fuels gang murder” said in an article written by the Spectator. Drill music is being demonised for the recent violence seen on the streets of the London. However, is the real reason for why this year we are seeing more young people killing each other? Or is it another generation of music and sub culture misunderstood and harshly blamed? Terefore are quick to judge and blame it for the issues which arrive in areas which so often are not thought of. In the 1960’s it was the Mods and Rockers that people feared due to the violence that surrounded them. They were blamed and shuned for their free and wild lifestyles that their parent despised so much. However, today it’s different. Everything is heightening because of social media and influence. Drill music talks about killing people, money, drugs and women. Shocking another genre of music which perpetuates violence and misogynist views. It’s become “notoriously” popular because of this fact. These artists are widely popular selling out tours, performing at festivals and gaining millions of views on YouTube. This music for some can be a gateway out of this type of lifestyle Music is art and art is a reflection of your life experiences and therefore is your inspiration for

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UK Drill Artist LD from the group 67 Photoed by Nicholas Sandzi your art. This music is just their truth and a reflection of the life they are living out their lives. This music is most defiantly violent and glamorises the violence. However, removing this music would do no more good than if we were to listen to it every day. As this is their artist outlet and even more than that it would just be ignoring the main issue at hand. Which is this violence was happening before this began. If this violence wasn't going on in the first place then this genre would have never emerged. The music should not be blamed but looked at as "why has this music come about?" Lyrics by 67 a popular UK Drill artist, “send a young boy with a skeng they ain’t leaving till they see smoke” isn’t fictional in the sense that its music reflecting life. Why are theses young men living thses lives? Drill music has made its home in conflict. This music is popular amongst many young people and for the lyrics are normal as for many who listen to the music the lyrics reflect everyday life or are aware that this is what is going on and therefore the violence depicted in the songs is normalised. To them it's merely a song which they can enjoy though the lyric convey less than happiness and more darkness. There’s no denying that the genre of music is explicit. However, the media coverage dubbing the genre as the root cause to London’s knife grime is rather wrong and blurs the connection of the real reasons why we have this issue. This media coverage conclusion that getting rid of this music will solve crime by getting rid of its influence is almost ignorant. Solving knife crime is a lot more than censoring lyrics. It should start with a conversation with those who are surrounded by that lifestyle and changing their circumstances before they become a victim of it themselves or end up being the one who using the knife.


"I grew up on a council estate, that was reality... artists in other genres talk about things that are reality to them - they wouldn't be blamed for an outright problem that is going on around us right now" Hardie One

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Prince Harry Marries Meghan Does it Ring sucess for the rest of us?

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With the anticipated royal weeding of the year fast approaching us it’s time to drive into discussion about what this wedding means for Black British people. Does it show progression and prove that racism no longer exist or will it stir up tensions between race. Here’s two perspectives from 2 generations.

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Name: Sharon Fritz Age:53

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s someone from my generation I never thought that there would be a person of colour marrying into the royal family. My generation was a lot more into the whole concept of the royal family too, whereas today I think they symbol of the royal family is slowly diminishing. I believe that this marriage between Harry and Meghan will educate people. However, do I think it will make a difference within racial tensions and divisions in society? Yes, in some ways I do because people will begin to look at what it means to be of mixed heritage. People will not just assume a person of whiter skin means that they are white. I think it will make people more aware of each other. Any improvements will depend on how Megan will present herself, as I am sure the royal family have already prepared her on what to say and what not to say. I think it can be a great thing having Meghan in the royal family but that all depends on her. She herself being bi racial must have experienced certain things in her life. So having her influence in the royal family might just change the way certain people see things. Hopefully she will be allowed to open on certain topics such as race. If Meghan looked “more black” as in darker or had her natural hair or was full black maybe things would have been even more different. However Harry can date whoever he wants as he shall never be king. So her being mixed race does not affect the royal heritage that greatly for that reason. Racism still exist even though Harry is marrying Meghan. People saying that this proves that racism no longer exist is silly. Racism has always been a part of human history. I am excited about the royal wedding. It will be great to see what her wedding dress will look like and the types of people that will be attending. As she is not from England nor is she from a royal background so it will be interesting to see her side of the family and how everything will be integrated. It would be fascinating if Meghan was of African or Caribbean and they severed traditional food at the wedding.

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s most have said in the media, it came to no surprise that Harry would be the one to marry a woman who was ethnic. As he was the one that came across as a free spirit compare to his brother William who has the duty of being future king. Harry Therefore had a little less pressure as he would not be future king so following the royal rules although still important he was not being looked at as Britain’s future hire. I believe that Harry marrying Meghan Markle is not a big deal at all. It’s the 21st century and more and more people are dating outside their race. I understand this is the Royal Family so there are seen as less normal than us common folk. So, what we are doing is not we expect for the royal family to be following. A lot of people were seeing this as something in which will be beneficial for black/people of colour or an achievement as finally someone of colour would be a part of the royal family. I feel sorry for Meghan as what Harry and Meghan are now representation for is a lot of pressure. Poor Meghan has this huge pressure of now being the spokesperson for black people and those in inter-racial relationships. Everyone will be expecting her to speak up on race as being a woman of colour in the royal family. When really, she does not owe any of us anything. She fell in love and it happens to be someone who is royalty that does not mean she signed up for anything else. She’s not the first lady nor is she Kate Middleton who’s expected to follow in Princess Diana’s footsteps. Harry marrying Meghan Markle who is mixed race shows a progression within the royal family which the rest of society has already been doing. For the rest of society interracial relationship is nothing new and has been happening for years. Although saying this Meghan isn’t actually the first and only women who is not white to marry into the royal family. Not many people know about Queen Charlotte, wife of George III. It is speculated by historians that she might have been of African descent. However, it was not spoken about. Photos of Queen Charlotte with curlier hair and features which don’t tpically appear on some one is full white. This time it is different it would be hidden. Meghan will forever be known as the mixed race

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Name: Georgia leon Age: 21

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SKIN COLOUR HIERARCHY

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One writer looks at the issues of colourism and people’s experiences with it within their own communities takes abstract photography of the skin to symbolise that something different is just as beautiful.


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n all cultures and societies there is an ideal of what optimises beauty. These ideals are not always permanent but certainly does have an impact on how people view themselves and others. In ethnic communities, there is a lot of ethicist on one’s skin colour. Skin colour or the complexion of skin, in some communities symbolises how beautiful someone is, how wealthy one may be, or how successful in life they are and power. This thought process or belief in this dates back from many years ago but is still very prevalent in a lot of cultures. The ideal the lighter skin is better and darker is a bad thing can have a negative effect on the way a person views themselves. There is a hierarchy with skin colour: the lighter you are the more beautiful or excepted you are within that community and the darker you are the less you are seen as being beautiful. Although, this is not the reality of everyone this ideal rings so true to some. This is the case in most cultures particularly in the Asia, Latin and the African/Caribbean communities. Dark skin equates to being dirty, poor, unattractive whereas lighter skin is more valued and seen as beautiful, in some cultures. In China, it’s believed that if you are dark it’s because you’re poor and must work on a farm outside. Colourism started from colonialism as western beauty ideals influenced the beauty standards of other cultures for example straight fair hair and white skin. I spoke to people from different backgrounds from the UK and their experiences dealing with not being the “right complexion”. Although their experiences where all different there was a neutral acknowledgement that some people “put weight on how dark or light someone is” and base judgement on that. Over a couple of weeks, I took a series of photos of different people and their skin to create abstract images. It’s to showcase the beauty of different skin complexions and the women who took part in these photos once had and issues with their skin colour but now embrace it. The abstract angle symbolises that something different or not what is the norm can be beautiful as it creates something unique. One girl who comes from Bangladesh but born in the UK felt that colourism was an issue in her community, “especially the older generation”. She always felt less than beautiful in her family because she was the darkest one out of her siblings

and often would be teased for it. The effects of colourism skin bleaching products “represent one of the rapidly growing segments in the global beauty industry,” This shows the obsession with having lighter skin and products like this are particularly popular in the African community, statics show that nearly 77% of African women use skin bleaching products regularly which is more than any other ethnicity in the world. Asian and black hair shops sell these products which has seen a raise in sells. The Skin Bleaching industry is now worth a lot of money. Some famous people are known for bleaching their skin. The controversial Azealia Banks faced criticism after justifying her reasons why bleaching skin is not wrong and comparing it to wearing weaves. He said “Nobody was upset when I was wearing 30inch weaves and tearing out my edges and doing all that type of shit like that. You guys loved it.” “I guess people look at the skin lightning, bleaching thing as something different” This may seem like a small problem that effects a few people but the issues of Colourism has become a trending topic on social media with the hashtag #unfairandlovely the campaign which was started by two Tamil sisters from Texas USA, and the campaign ‘dark is beautiful’. Many people of different ethnicities joined these campaigns to encourage people to embrace the skin colour they have and stop using harmful chemicals to alter their skin. Social media perpetuates the discrimination based on the colour of skin as there is no diversity on the TV. In the Music Videos and magazines, you rarely ever seen people of a darker skin complexion. If there was to be more diversity seen more often and positive depictions of people who are darker skinned tone, then colourism would not be as much of an issue. Colourism does not just extent to darker skin people and stop there. Although in a lot of the cultures mention having lighter skin is preferred there is this often belief that those with lighter skin are not effect by colourism. Some people with lighter skin are judged and accused of thinking that they are better than those who are darker than them. “I have experienced colourism within my family personally, a family member would make a comment especially when I was younger that I had gotten so dark over summer in a negative tone.” Her family made her believe that she “would not find a husband because [I’m] she’s dark”. These are just a few people’s voices on the topic of colourism. Across the globe people are affected by colourism and feel the pressure to look certain way. Where does the change happen to where there is no colourism and people of all shades can feel accepted regardless of the complexion.

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Breaking outside the confiments of what people perceived to be the norm just because of your Skin colour. Each issue we talk to women who are doing amazing things with their lives and not allowing race nor sterotypes hindering them doing the things they love


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be patient. Touching, staring and the negative stereotypes". "I can’t get used to the lack of personal space! People will literally stand on your toes and not notice, I’ve been so close to someone I could’ve braided their hair!" Shanice beieves that if you are thinking of moving abroad and worry about being the only black person there regardless "Just Do It!! Unfortunately we will face discrimination anywhere we go, but that doesn’t mean we should restrict ourselves. Force the world to embrace and respect us, because we are here and deserve respect." people will just have to get use to me as "I conform to nothing! I have seen so many black people “tone down” their blackness to make others feel comfortable. I refuse, this is me and whether or not people like it ien’t my problem". Travelling the world is a form of education in the sense that you learn others cultures and you grow as a perso. By Shanice being in Korea she is creating an awareness of of black and changing people's perspectives of black people. The community of black people small but vocal together are trying to put a stop to the Blackface that still goes on in Korea. As korea isnt multicultural compared to the UK issuses like this can easily be ignored as there isn't alot of diversity. "The number one stereotype that really gets to me is the assumption that literally every black person they encounter is from Africa. I have no issue with the continent of Africa, obviously we all originated from there, but Korean people really believe we all live in Africa. I’m Canadian with Jamaican parents those are the ethnicities I identify with" "The only time I felt like I restricted due to my skin colour was when I was applying for jobs with private schools. I will never forget being verbally told that I couldn’t get a job in the city as opposed to the country because they wanted Caucasian teachers. Being a black woman has NEVER stopped me from doing anything, yes there have been obstacles put up by racist and ignorant people but I have always managed to overcome". Teaching in South Korea is such a rewarding experience, the kids teach me as much as I teach them. My Co-teachers have been great, they are very welcoming and caring, it’s a lot of fun! Shanice started a Youtube Channel beanding herself as the Ebony Traveller. She documents both her good and bad expericens living in south Korea. Like dateing Korean Men and her korean friends tring Jamaican food for the first time. She hopes "to branch out and expand my brand, I love sharing my experience here in Korea but I don’t like being restricted to a box. I want to share all of my knowledge and experiences! I hope it will be received well and reach a broader audience". Shanice shows that no matter of race you can do anything and stereotypes mean nothing. More and more Black women are trevelling to parts of the world that most wouldn't think of going to. But they are the norm and not the stereotype.

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cute button nose and hair that looks up to the sun as it rays soaks into the satin like skin. Features which is quiet a rare sight in south Korea where the population is 51.25 million people and majority of the population identify themselves as Korean. Only a small percentage of the population are considered foreigners or are not originally from South Korea. People of foreign origin included people form Mongolia, China and Southeast Asia and some western parts of the world. About 30,000 American military personnel stationed throughout the country. So, what would it be like to be the minority and to stick out like a sore thumb? “Im 25 years old and my name Shanice Brown. I’m an elementary school English teacher” Living in South korea. Studying “Psychology and graduated with a BA in Honours Psychology I had just graduated and didn’t want to spend time in a job I didn’t enjoy, plus I had student loans that need to be paid. I met two people who had just come back from teaching here [south korea], they talked about the money they saved and the culture as well. Honestly, prior to coming to South Korea I knew nothing about the country”. When Shanice finsihed university she decided to leave her home in Canda and take the leap by moving to South Korea not knowing the language or much about the culture. "My mom was super supportive and still is, she knows I’m very headstrong as well as responsible. The rest of my family had a ton of questions a lot of them were asking why and if I was afraid of the North". As Tension between the South and North of Korea are high. North Korea is known for not liking outsiders in their country. "Overall everyone has been super supportive since I’ve moved here". Theres not a lot of people who look like me so "I try to educate Korean people as much as I can and answer any questions asked politely. It can be quite trying because sometimes they don’t realize touching me without permission or asking if I wash my hair is rude. Overall I try to

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"Charity starts at home. If we aren't seen to be helping our own community how can we expect anyone else will. Being and aclt volunteer is like being part of an extended family. I am proud to be part of a legacy helping the stem cell register of black and mixed race people in 1996 from 585 to over 40,000 at present" -Volunteer Kamille Leon

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The red String The analogy: A group of people all gathered around in a circle. Wrapped around their wrists is red string. The group is all connected by this red string. They are all told to step back in doing so they can feel the tension of string tugging at them. One of the people go to lift up their up arm whilst the rest of the group are reluctant to do so. They firmly pull their arms down making it harder for that one person to raise their arm up. However, if they were all to lift up their arms it would make it easier for everyone.

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“We feel that there is a need to support Black owned businesses more than ever and is important to survival and progression of our generations to come. There has been a major shift in the unification and supporting of each other over the last 4-5 years and it is overdue” He also expressed how he feels that “our mindset as Black people has for 100s of Years been conditioned in a way that; we find in difficult to break the cliché and stereotypes. We have for a long time thought that we aren’t good enough and supporting or shopping with another race (Asian or Western), will lead to us: Getting a better service, Getting the job done, Getting some to turn up on time, Getting a product or service for cheaper” however “This has led to the fundamental support not being there; thus Black owned business will always find it difficult to survive”. Fortunately, there has been progress according to him stating that “We are now looking at spending that bit more, traveling a little bit further and changing our mindset in order to do what it takes to support each other is a powerful stance we have from our community”. You can certainly see this as more and more black people are starting businesses, advocating that we support the business out there more. If you are interested in Blackpages UK it’s a Black Talent and Business Directory for entrepreneurs and owners of Black, African and Caribbean descent. However, it is for everyone to use in order to get the right products

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here are so many phrases, old wise tales and gospels which tell us the benefits from up lifting those around us and how working together is beneficial yet so often we stray away from this idea. It is for this reason why so many black businesses fail as we don’t always follow this principle. We spend 95% of our income outside our communities and the 3% we spend within it we spend on non-black owned businesses which leaves 2% of our income left. This fact is astonishing however, when I thought about where I shop, I could not think of one shop which is black owned and one where I consistently buy from. The Caribbean foods I buy from the supermarket or Asian fruit and veg stands, even my hair products weren’t black owned neither were they brought from a black business. I was certainly not doing my part in up lifting my community yet I would complain that there weren’t any black businesses. Why complain when you are doing nothing about it. That’s when I found BlackPages a UK website all about promoting black owned businesses. It was a business started by father and son who’s aim is to “To empower individuals and businesses from Black, African and Caribbean descent, A platform where entrepreneurs and business minded people can offer their services to the world and encourage employment and add profitability to your business ventures”. It’s your one stop hub to find new creative businesses by Black people and support the community. We asked the company about their thoughts on why there is sometimes a lack of support within our community. This what Isaac had to say:

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"Whatever's good for your soul, do that"

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Love Magician Love is like a Magician It uses all types of tricky to create a picture-perfect illusion. Which from an outside perspective is what others aspire to attain for themselves And for the two of you is the greatest love of all time, although one that toys with the heart and uses it as confetti Love turns all logic into the unexplainable and has us rationalise all that is unjustifiable Love is the magician in us all.

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Mirrored Representation Creating your own world on social media to beneFIT you in the best possible way.

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ested under my covers 2am in the morning I would scroll for hours looking at women who didn’t look like nor did they have the life that in any form mirrored mine. But in every inch, I wanted to look like them and live the life that they had. All of what I was consuming was conflicting to what was my reality. And alothough there is nothing wrong with aspiring to be like someone or even taking inspiration however their does come a point when it's not healthy.

Subconsciously I would look it the mirror and try and emulate the pixels which formed the perfect images that were on my screen. And wondered why god didn’t give me the figure all the other girls had. It was like every girl I looked at had the figure I so desperately wanted. It was becoming an unhealthy obsession. My brain was attracted in finding the same images on social media. Perfect hair, eyes and small waist and a curvy bum to compliment it. I would never look like these girls I was finding on my social media. For one most of the girls I was looking at and wanted to look like weren’t even the same ethnicity as me. They had completely different features to me and yet I still wondered why I couldn’t look like them. It began making me feel like I was not equally

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as pretty as them when that was far from the truth. I was. I was just a different kind of beauty as we all are. Social is so powerful and influential. It tells you what’s trendy and what is in by the amount of likes and views. However, unlike like traditional media the people have a lot more control. We decide what we see and therefore what we are influenced by. I was seeing the beauty that represented me on my social feed because I wasn’t looking for it and therefore I was not seeing it. I wasn't not seeing it because it wasn't beautiful but because i wasn't looking for it.Maybe it due to me being used to seeing one type of beauty all the type that I didn’t even think about looking for something different. I began to follow pages which showcased women that looked like me and where beautiful which in turn made me feel beautiful too. With social media you have the ability to create what you want to see. If you are only viewing girls who are into fitness then the changes are you are only going to see girls doing 20 squats on your Instagram feed. Shan Boody a sexologist so perfectly put it that the reason why the internet is a wonderful thing is the “ability to be our own programme directors when it comes to stimulus we take in, we can literally rewrite the script on what beautiful is”. We can define beauty by our own individual standards opposed to the normal images which the traditional medias feed to us daily. We have to actively seek out media that put us in the leading role and allows you to see yourself as beautiful and desirable. For instance, if you have loads of freckle all over your face you can people who love their freckles and feel beautiful showing it off.

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Comparison is the thief of all joy and with social media it is so hard not to compare yourself to the girl who has 1 million followers or your friend form primary school who seems as though they have it all together. We all know that social is a reel of people highs rather than their lows but yet we never remember that when we are looking at these pages. The power of Unfollowing people is not often spoken about. A lot of people are offended when someone unfollows them or you unfollow the person that you fell out with. Unfollowing those pages that you make you feel bad about yourself can actually be a good thing for your mental health. For example, the girl the with “perfect” figure. If looking at her all the time isn’t empowering you then the best thing for you is to unfollow. It’s not that theses people are doing anything wrong but if it takes you to having to unfollow the pages that don’t make you feel good to make you feel good in the end, then do it. Start rebuilding your social media with images that mirror you and make you feel good not the other way around.


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Do you make an effort to view media that represents you well?

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survey carried out by Shan Boody:

50% said yes with effort 34% said they did without trying 9% said they felt ike they needed to do better at actively finding content that represented them and other 5% said that they did not know wehre to look. It may take some effort like the 50% of people said but it's benefital in the long run. It will help you to grow and love the skin you are in rather then question it.

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We Need To Talk... About Mental Illness #Let's talk

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ental health is something that is in my family but it was never really spoken about until I was older and even now I don’t know the full story. From a young age my mum took me to see a councillor when things at home were difficult as my parents were in constant turmoil and at the end of their relationship. Even at the young age I felt ashamed that I was going to see someone to talk to. I was in primary school at the time and the sections were held there too. After school I would run to see the councillor in hopes that no one would see where I was going. My Mother and I were the only ones who was going to see someone so even at home I felt embarrassed about that fact.

"black people more likely to receive medication, rather than be offered talking treatments such as psychotherapy"

My mother is studying a degree in counselling. She has always loved listening to people’s problems and offering help to them, not by necessarily doing anything but by simply offering her ears. It was her that always taught me the importance of speaking on issues and not bottling it up. And although I have this background of therapy and awareness of mental illness it’s still not something easy for me to open up about. I find it very difficult to express or pin point the emotions that swarm my mind at 3 o’clock in the morning filling me anxiety. Unfortunately, not everyone has this background or the knowledge on what to do when things in your mind are just right. A lot of us are not equipped with the language to say “I

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need help, I’m suffering or I don’t feel mentally okay”. A lot of us are told not to talk about it or instead believe prayer is enough to solve mental illness. Statics show that we as black people are “more likely to be treated under a section of the Mental Health Act, are more likely to receive medication, rather than be offered talking treatments such as psychotherapy, and are overrepresented in high and medium secure units and prisons”. We as a community need to talk! We need to talk about our problem our fears and our thoughts as this fact from the Mental Health Foundation screams it loud and clear.

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The Facts: from BAME community (Black, Asian and minority ethnic) African Caribbean •African-Caribbean people living in the UK have lower rates of common mental disorders than other ethnic groups but are more likely to be diagnosed with severe


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“People with mental health conditions deserve just as much support and compassion as people with physical health conditions.”

•African Caribbean people are also more likely to enter the mental health services via the courts or the police, rather than from primary care, which is the main route to treatment for most people. They are also more likely to be treated under a section of the Mental Health Act, are more likely to receive medication, rather than be offered talking treatments such as psychotherapy, and are over-represented in high and medium secure units and prisons. •This may be because they are reluctant to engage with services, and so are much more ill when they do. It may also be that services use more coercive approaches to treatment. The Black mental health is in crisis and the statics are really shocking. So, it's sad that still to this day mental health is something people want to make fun out of. When singer and fast and furious actor, Tyrese had his public break down black comedians jumped on it as a chance

for new content and to utterly ridicule him. This attitude is one of the reason so many decide not to seek help when dealing with mental health problems. Instead of this being the opportunity for a positive dialog on mental health and peoples experiences with it, it became a running joke. The same thing happened when singer Kid Cudi openly admitted that he was suffering from depression and anxiety and therefore had checked himself into rehab. Drake mocked him in a song.

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mental illness. African-Caribbean people are three to five times more likely than any other group to be diagnosed and admitted to hospital for schizophrenia. However, most of the research in this area has been based on service use statistics. Some research suggests that the actual numbers of African-Caribbean people with schizophrenia is much lower than originally thought.

For Such influential people to mock mental illness is damaging and slows any progress down. These two scenarios speak volumes on how the black community sees mental health- as something to laugh at. There was a lack of empathy for both of these men which is so ironic as black people are 17x more likely to be diagnosed with a serious mental health than white people. Yet we choose to laugh at it when we probably know someone if not ourselves at least once experience some form of mental health issues as anyone can go through a hard time. If you feel like you need help the go see your local GP, the first step is talking. Let's share our experiences with mental illness with the #Lets Talk and satrt an open dialog free from stigma. We need to get rid of the stigma behind mental health and receiving help for its this shame which is making the problem worst.

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