Originally published in My Early Hour Magazine

“The greatest challenge when running your own business in the makeup industry is staying relevant,” says makeup artist Sadia Akhtar or IBESADIA. She entered the industry at 16, left to complete a law degree, and is now back, making “people feel beautiful”.

January 2017

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Originally published in My Early Hour Magazine

“To be a black female academic is challenging, rewarding and fulfilling,” says Dr Deborah Gabriel, who lectures at Bournemouth University in politics, media and marketing communication. She talks me through her career journey…

January 2017

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Originally published in My Early Hour Magazine

Charlotte Purdie is director of The Milk Lounge, the UK’s first specially designed infant feeding café in Nottingham. I ask her what it’s like to run her own business, alongside working nights and raising a 17-month-old

January 2017

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Written January 2016

For many women of black descent, relaxing your hair is considered a right of passage, a transition from childhood to adolescence or adulthood, from an unruly bed of hair to smooth, soft, free flowing silk. The underpinning rationale behind this supposedly joyous, momentous transformation shouldn’t be overlooked….

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Originally published in My Early Hour Magazine

Single mum-of-one and hula-hooper extraordinaire Rachel Conlisk tells The Early Hour about teaching hula-hooping, performing around the UK, desperately craving a lie-in (but choosing to get up early) and finding it hard to delegate…

January 2017

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