Black History Month 2020: Janelle “Penny” Commissiong

Who is Janelle “Penny” Commissiong? The first Black woman to ever be crowned Miss Universe. ⁣ ⁣ And wait for the best part … she competed for the title as Miss Trinidad & Tobago. That’s right! She’s Trinidadian!⁣ ⁣ And I know you’re probably thinking that winning a beauty pageant is not a big [...]

By |2022-01-31T12:07:09+00:00October 8th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

Black History Month 2020: Dr Mae Jemison

Who is Dr Mae Jemison? Only the first ever Black woman to travel into space. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ In 1987, Dr Mae Jemison became the first African American woman to be admitted into NASA’s astronaut training program. And then finally, on 12th September 1992, she finally flew into space with six other astronauts aboard the [...]

By |2022-02-03T11:18:50+00:00October 7th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

Did You Know?: Black mothers are 5x more likely to die

As part of UK Black History Month I've been sharing a range of posts on my Instagram designed to educate, inspire action and change the narrative of black people and the black community. Today my focus is on the experience of black mothers during pregnancy and childbirth. I am always explaining that racism is [...]

By |2021-05-01T20:14:23+00:00October 6th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

Black History Month 2020: Learie Constantine

Lord Sir Learie Constantine MBE (yes you read that right) was a cricketer, lawyer and politician who became the UK's first Black peer.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ He was born and grew up in my homeland Trinidad and started playing cricket as young lad. His performance ultimately won him a place on the West Indies Cricket Team. [...]

By |2022-01-26T14:07:46+00:00October 5th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

Black History Month 2020: Nina Simone

Known professionally as 'Nina Simone', Eunice Kathleen Waymon was born in 1933. She was an American singer, songwriter, musician, arranger, and Civil Rights Activist - not too many people know about that second part. ⁣Her music spanned styles including classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B, gospel and pop. The sixth of eight children, Nina Simone [...]

By |2022-02-03T14:21:33+00:00October 4th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

Black History Month 2020: Paula-Mae Weekes

Who is Paula-Mae Weekes? I’ll tell you. She’s the President of my country Trinidad & Tobago. Our first female President. ⁣ ⁣ If you’re reading this (& not from a Caribbean background) please let me know in the comments if today is the first time you’ve heard of her. It would be interesting for [...]

By |2022-01-31T12:03:51+00:00October 2nd, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

Free Diversity Dana Workshop – “Is This Ok?”

Over the last few weeks I've had so many people slide into my DMs or send me e-mails that basically say "I want to do this, or I want to say this - but I have to check, do you think this is ok?". It's been very clear to me that many people want [...]

By |2021-05-01T21:13:12+00:00June 29th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

Musings on Mental Health Awareness 2020

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week and I’ve been so excited to see all the shares and activity around this year’s theme - Kindness. Mental health is at the fore now more than ever because our world has changed in the midst of the pandemic and we are conscious of the way that the lockdown, [...]

By |2020-05-20T16:08:53+00:00May 20th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments
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