Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené Represent Authentic Black Adolescence in The Offline Diaries.

Authors of Slay in Your Lane, Elizabeth Uviebinené and Yomi Adegoke, make their fiction debut with The Offline Diaries. The book follows Adé and Shanice, two young Black girls navigating secondary school social dynamics, grief, new beginnings, and complex inner worlds expressed through a series of diary entries and social media interactions.  AZ recently caught […]

The AZ Creative Fund Is Back

In the summer of 2020 we launched a GoFundMe to support Black LGBTQ+ creatives and raised £25,000. I can’t believe that was nearly two years ago, time flies when you’re in a pandemic. We pledged £10,000 of funds raised to award 10 Black LGBTQ+ creatives to create a project of their choosing. The first 5 […]

Tanya Compas Gives Young Creatives The Blueprint With Her Instagram programme ‘Erasure’

Youth worker, social media maverick, and founder of Exist Loudly, Tanya Compas has teamed up with Instagram as part of their Black Perspectives initiative, inspired by Instagram’s ongoing commitment to champion and support young Black creators to grow and make a living on and off the platform. Tanya has launched  Erasure; a two-day bootcamp where […]

Does Your Proximity To Social Capital Expand Your Value As a Queer African

Popular Nigerian Drag Queen, James Chukwueze Obialor (AKA James Brown), recently posted that they gifted themself an education abroad this year. Since then, James’ social feeds have been flooded with congratulations from people who might have previously ridiculed them (and other queer Nigerians) for their sexuality.  James has been an internet celebrity ever since they […]

Review: Writing Our Space

If I count the time from when I first became conscious of myself in relation to sexuality, it has taken me 17 years to accept that I am a Black non-binary lesbian. Even now, to say I ‘accept’ this feels static; ‘accepting’ might be a more apt word choice. Everyday I wake up I’m reminded […]

Motherless on Mother’s Day

When a daughter loses a mother, the intervals between grief responses lengthen over time, but her longing never disappears. It always hovers at the edge of her awareness, prepared to surface at any time, any place, in the least expected ways. – Hope Edelman  Losing a mother forces upon you uncomfortable levels of maturity and […]