International Women’s Day, Marilyn Monroe Reading, Life Art Therapy & Sir F. Mother F**king Drake (B+A Bulletin #179)

International Women’s Day, Marilyn Monroe Reading, Life Art Therapy & Sir F. Mother F**king Drake (B+A Bulletin #179)

B+A Breaking

Evening all, come on in, how’ve you been?

Before we crack on, I just wanna say that B+A is a true vibe at the moment. Across our 3 global homes we’re busy creating, conspiring and celebrating, and it feels real good.

At risk of suffering from broken-record-syndrome, it’s time to chat Accidental Powercut (that’s our unplugged jazz+ night at the House of St Barnabas) once again. Tickets for our final event on Weds 27 March are now on sale! – get yourself to this here link and cop yourself a couple. The last one was a sellout remember, and we really want to see your lovely face in the candlelight.

Bulletin #179, what you saying?

B+A Brilliance

Last week, B+A celebrated International Women’s Day hard – getting out and about and seeing some of our powerhouses, workshopping and questioning what exactly the right way is to mark this day (as the inevitable commercialism looms in…).

Some of us started the day at a not-so-inspiring morning of talks at a (not-to-be-named) corporate event – the less said the better – then Tamika and Alex checked out events hosted by our mates at The WOW Foundation at the Southbank Centre.

We stanned as Angela Davis (yes OMG!) told us that “Leadership could, and should, be collective”, we listened to the likes of Monroe Bergdorf and Reshma Saujani who founded Girls Who Code, and we sat back to soak in the magic that is 15+ contributors to the New Daughters of Africa anthology – and watched as half the audience got on stage for selfies at the end.

And now? We’re taking it all in, and planning how these discussions can inspire the rest of our year.

B+A Books etc.

And whilst we’re talking women – now THERE’s a neat segue – check out this excellent photo-and-word essay all about Marilyn Monroe’s relationship with reading, courtesy of Affidavit.

The icon was famously a big time bookworm, though it’s only with a whole lotta societal change that this has been accepted as legitimate truth (sigh). Audrey Wollen’s analysis of a series of beautiful images of Monroe reading is enlightening, intriguing and candid – remind you of anyone?

B+A Big Up

You know you’re winning when you’re intro’d as a Powerful Visionary. Such is the case for our very own queen Almass Badat, who is leading a life art therapy session on 24 March in Camden, LDN. Female identifying / non binary people, head down and learn how to use pain to harness your power.

There will be healing. It’s all love.

B+A Babble

Young Vic Artistic Director, Kwame Kwei-Armah is on a mission to explore Englishness. He’s commissioned artists to make 14 films to explore who we think we are in this green and sceptred isle. Our fav? Devon’s Bea Roberts on Sir F. Mother F**king Drake.

Check all the films here or if you’re in London, look out for upcoming events.

B+A Bye…

Same time next week yeah? Your place or ours?

Team B+A

PS – here’s one last treat for ya: the most uplifting 5 seconds of video to emerge from 2019 thus far…