My mixed identity abroad is a malleable one. It’s a part of me everywhere I go, but its meaning changes with each place. I am constantly shifting, which is paradoxically both limiting and expansive at once. I bounce somewhere between the only girl that’s of colour in many instances, and the girl
“I feel like I’ve escaped to the real world, I think I was in a little box” Norradean has since emerged as an adult with a clearer sense of who he is – confident, informed, opinionated – which he attributes to the life lessons he learnt during that turbulent time.
Having experienced homelessness himself, Norradean also created a piece and wrote an article on the topic, inspired by his experience of begging on London’s Oxford Street. “I wanted to create a sense of emotion and restore our faith in people,” he tells me. The article sparked the attention of the
“I’m just a canvas. Every story is a stroke of paint” The second video made by the crew was Heartbroken, set in the block of flats in which Norradean was currently living, after homelessness forced him to live in what amounted to a crackhouse. “The story was a double entendre,
At the fourth AfroEuropean conference recently held in London, a young man named Johny Pitts gave a talk about his journey to discover his identity. Born to a white mother and African-American father and raised on a Sheffield council estate, Johny discussed his quest to find an ‘Afropean’ identity in
The sign at the gym read: “DO YOU WANT TO BE SHIPWRECKED WITH THE CHANCE TO WIN £25’000? CHANNEL 4 ARE LOOKING FOR PEOPLE AGED 18-25 TO SPEND THREE MONTHS ON A TROPICAL ISLAND…” Only a few weeks earlier, at the same gym (Fitness First in Sheffield), I’d rented out