So, listen. What you are about to witness is a blatant show of plugging. Look away now of this offends your eyes/sensibilities.
The Selfridges Beauty Project is a six-week long event, featuring talks and panels and fun things across Selfridges branches in the UK. I am very honoured to be taking part, and very excited about my event.
On Thursday, May 8, I will be ‘In Conversation’ with the actress Zawe Ashton, who you may know as Vod from the brilliant Fresh Meat on Channel 4, or perhaps from her wonderful, largely wordless portrayal of Joyce Vincent in Dreams of a Life or from any number of quality things on stage and screen. And! She just wrote and directed her first short film, Happy Toys. I interviewed Zawe last year for the guardian, and she was super switched on, a great chatter, and also, very, very beautiful. Here she is in a short film from 2011, directed by magical black girl director Destiny Ekaragha:
We’ve called our chat ‘Carefree Black Girls: Beauty Ideals, Cultural Aesthetics and Creativity’, because 1) how could I be talking to Zawe Ashton and not bring up something so dear to my heart aka Carefree Black Girls and Black Girl Feels? and 2) why the hell not, eh? We are going to try and cover black (and mixed) girls’ beauty joys and struggles, television, the parameters of beauty and what constitutes ‘black beauty’ and everything else that we can find time and energy for. Details are below.
Date (and time): Thursday, May 8 2014; 6pm – 8pm
Location: Selfridges Manchester Exchange Square
Tickets: can be bought here (and include some food and a glass of wine!)
Hope to see you all there!