October Sun (B+A Bulletin #259)

October Sun (B+A Bulletin #259)

B+A Breaking

Welcome, + come through…

Summer’s officially over in Portland, they’re just hanging on in Shanghai, and we’re feeling autumn haaard here in London.

Luke here to bring you the sunniest content, and, even better, you’ve got queen Adesuwa on the mix. Click through to her 20-min set for Nigerian Independence Day (bit late, my bad) – the ideal soundtrack as you scroll through Bulletin #259.

B+A Brilliance

We kick off with something really great. Our pals at SheaMoisture have come through with a truly brilliant new campaign, celebrating Black culture, heritage and entrepreneurialism. Led by Cara Robinson, the campaign reclaims the Black female narrative in the evolution of the beauty industry.

Read more about the campaign here. It’s packed to the rafters with game-changing women, who we’ll be shouting out from next week. Til then, though, clickety click the link above to see the goods.

Beauty, class, and calibre. It Comes Naturally.

B+A Books etc.

The UK in the 1980s. A time of political tumult, suppression of creativity, and economic deprivation. How far we’ve come…lol?

Right now the Barbican is celebrating the work of dancer Michael Clark, zooming in specifically on his raw, wild + playful work in the 80s. Made even richer by the parallels to the world of 2020, the show is a decadent reminder that the arts can’t be stifled – no matter how hard (or bluntly) it’s tried…

The show opened last week. Check it check itttt.

B+A Big Up

One from our newest starter,Kone, who’s a rather talented dude. Earlier this year he put together a short archival documentary called Two Pictures/Two Nations – considering footage from the Black Lives Matter protests in split-screen with historical footage of the African American experience during the Jim Crow and Civil Rights Era.

Caught your intrigue? Well, the doc is going to be screened as part of the (now online) Bolton Film Festival next Thursday 22nd Oct at 7pm (UK). Give Netflix a well earned break and join us there.

B+A Babble

We each have our own practices and processes for coping with uncertainty. Mark White, founder of Run Grateful, believes that ‘GRATITUDE RUNNING’, focusing on affirmations of goodness whilst running, is one such practice that can help us to collectively push through trying times. So, last month he launched the first 24hr Run Grateful event in Essex. 

24 runners, 24 hours, 26.2 miles. Start with 5km, then run one mile on the hour, every hour for 24 hours, dedicating each mile to something or someone to be grateful for. You can watch the Trailer (and spot Nic who took part) above. Inspired? Well, Mark’s at it again on 24th October – and you can involved right here.

B+A Bye…

Lotsa teamie love in there today! 

I can feel that vit D already.

Luke and Team B+A

PS. Huge congratulations to Yolanda Charles, star of B+A Bulletin #84, on being awarded an MBE for services to music. And congrats to you too, if you’ve been with us long enough to remember!