Had the opportunity to attend a workshop run by Bermondsey Street Bees to learn the artisinal skill of infusing raw honey. I made some interesting honey infusions with herbs and the first of my infused honey is now ready just in time for the winter months! This lavender-infused honey can be used for baked goods, in teas, in salad dressing, in yoghurts or as a sweetener.
Alexis Peskine’s large portraits looks at African Diaspora. The tones in the portrait were made by hammering gold leaf nails of different sizes with precision into stained wood. His portraits convey images of strength and perseverance which is much needed into today’s world. Other works on display were from renowned artists Romuald Hazoumè, Eddy Kamuanga Ilunga, whose works I’ve previously shared on my blog and new artists I recently discovered such as Cyrus Kabiru, LR Vandy and Cosmo Whyte. There was also works from Zak Ové , whose work I came across at the British museum some years back! The exhibition ends on 23rd November 2019.
What does being Black mean to me?
By Kemi West
You asked, ‘What being black means to me?’
I respond, with a question, so you can understand me;
Do I have red BLOOD running through my veins?
Do I LIVE on this earth like every human being?
Do I ASPIRE to achieve the dreams I have within?
Do I CHALLENGE the status quo and stand up for what is right?
Do I retrain my mind to gain KNOWLEDGE so I can grow?
I know my truth and I know I do.
You ask what being black means to me?
But I ask why a label you created applies to me?
I am first and foremost a human being;
A valuable contributor to the human race;
My past, my present are my heritage and my teacher;
They enhance my humanity and give me vision without borders;
Being Human is to experience the good and ugly side of life;
Whatever our race, there’s a common thread running through our veins;
We breathe the same air;
We live and we die;
We can’t make a life neither can we prevent death;
When you ask the question,
What being black means to me?
I can honestly say, being black means you’re the same as me.
B.L.A.C.K is HuMANity
© 2019 by Kemi West
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