Editor’s Letter: October

Afropean’s inaugural year has seen us head to Gambia, Morocco, Mogadishu, Japan, and all across Europe, looking with new eyes at issues of identity in the search for stories with an Afro-European twist.  We have some exciting news about growing the magazine, which we’ll share with you soon, but for now, here’s a recap of some recent articles and photographs you may have missed, as well as a sneak preview at what we’ve got coming up in October.

Stanford graduate Walter Thompson-Hernandez heads to Ghent to explore Black Belgium identity, and shares an enlightening essay and some beautiful photographic portraits of the city’s Afropean residents.

Former UK Hip-Hop legend and current Afropean scribe Tommy Evans takes us on a journey from Peckham to the Pompidou, in his interview with British-Nigerian visual artist Yekinni

Afropean’s co-founder Nat Illumine shares some of the work that earned her a first class honours and the highest grade in her department in her BA Sociology degree, in the under-explored and complex field that is transracial adoption

Johny Pitts shares his love of the mysterious and heavily sampled musician Earl Klugh, and what a younger generation may learn from his music and aesthetics

Kevi Donat, who runs tours of Paris with a focus on the city’s connection to black culture, gives us the lowdown on why he felt the need to look at a side of the city not always offered in its tourist literature


Johny Pitts goes strolling with young British-based film-maker Cecille Emeke, finding out where Generation Y is taking TV and media in the 2010’s and beyond.

Don’t miss our competition to see acclaimed play ‘Pandora’s Box’ as well as an opportunity to write a review for Afropean.

PLUS: Marvin Gaye in Belgium, an interview with rapper and lawyer Nick Essa, Sunday poems & more…

As well as our features, we will continue to update our agenda with all the Afro-European news, events and calls for papers you won’t want to miss.

We are constantly looking for fresh stories, unique perspectives and Afro-European related essays/photography/poems.  If you’d like your work to be considered for publication on, please E-mail

All best,

The Afropean Team (Johny Pitts & Nat Illumine)

Photograph for October: 'London City' by Johny Pitts ©
Photograph for October: ‘London City’ by Johny Pitts ©

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