Showing posts from July, 2016

Sharing positive African stories - a conversation with historian Dr Gus Casely-Hayford

Art historian Dr Gus Casely-Hayford will visit Ghana in November to mark the centenary of the London-based School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

The institution is staging a series of talks in Britain and further afield, to celebrate the 100-year academic reputation it has cultivated across Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Gus is a London-born writer and broadcaster, who is best known for fronting BBC Four programme 'Lost Kingdoms of Africa'. He told MisBeee in July he was one of a number of SOAS alumni chosen to participate in talks across different African countries as part of the anniversary. Gus will be visiting Accra and will talk about Ghana’s heritage during the visit, he said during a seminar at the National Portrait Gallery, London.  
Gus comes from a prominent family line hailing from Ghana and Sierra Leone. The list includes  his grandfather - lawyer, politician, pan-Africanist and journalist Joseph Ephraim Casely Hayford – and brother British fashion design…

Yoga - an alternative spiritual route for women of colour

Think yoga and more often than not images of Indian gurus sat in the lotus position, or lanky leotard-clad females able to touch their head with their toes are not too far behind. But one company is keen to position Black women firmly within that space and has launched of a yoga retreat that caters specifically for women of colour.

Founded by certified Hatha yoga instructor Dr Stacie CC Graham in January 2016, OYA Body-Mind-Spirit Retreats aim to create a nurturing space where Black women can meet, share their experiences as women as colour and learn about the ancient philosophy of yoga.
The OYA name is derived from the deities or orishas in the traditional Yoruba religion. Oya is one of the many manifestations of God linked to winds and tempests, but also death and rebirth. The OYA Retreats come at a time when many people are struggling to strike the right balance between work and their personal lives and see mindfulness and wellbeing programmes as a way to achieving that.

OYA was set …