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Dreadlocks

11 January
Ayesha Casely-Hayford the creator of Afro Archives poses smiling on a deckchair with her cousin Naa Shika Odonkor

In August 2018, A Book’s Christian Academy (in Apopka Florida USA) refused entry to a 6-year old boy because of his dreadlocks. In September 2017, Fulham Boys School (in the UK) asked a 12-year old boy to cut off his dreadlocks.Let’s discuss DREADLOCKS. Afro Hair and Dreadlocks Dreadlocks take many years to grow! They can […]

Roll The Dice

15 December
Ayesha Casely-Hayford at The Stage Award 2018

“Everyone on Earth is carrying around an unseen history and that alone deserves some tolerance”from “I Am Becoming” by Michelle Obama” Photo credit: Martin Eito Sometimes, for the whole day, I’m simply…Trying to not get TOOOO F*CKING FRUSTRATED TBH. These are my reflections on where I’ve come from and the truth of the strength and […]

Locs It To You?

19 November
a painting of a young black girl with her hair in dreadlocks held up by a headscarf and looking reflectively down

LOCS: One choice. One thing I know is 100% true about afro hair, is that we have a lot of choice when it comes to hairstyles. What I also know is true is that a person with afro-textured hair may choose a hairstyle, such as locs, because it helps naturally maintain the hair’s afro-texture as well […]

Earnest

21 October
Two women of colour sit at a table with strong expressions on their faces. They are wearing matching white t-shirts.

The Importance Of Being Earnest The Importance of Being Earnest, is a play written by Oscar Wilde. We are performing it as two women of colour, that is myself and actress Kudzanayi Chiwawa. Between us, we are doing ALL of the parts. This means multi-roles, multi-accents and taking the confusion of this play to a […]

Don’t Mind My Hair

10 August
A picture drawing of singer Lauryn Hill with her dreadlock hair and a yellow background

“Don’t Mind My Hair” Would you cut your hair in order to get a job? In Afro Archives “A Performer’s World” I asked actors a very specific question “Would you shave off all your hair for a film?”  THE ACTING WORLD vs THE REAL WORLD When I asked this question to actors, it got mixed […]

Head Wraps

16 March

The history of the head wrap is vast, political, and cultural. That’s why I dedicated a whole hour to it. My Afro Archives On Air podcast number 3 is dedicated to Head Wraps. With my first live guest, Sandra Soteriou of Knots UK, we travelled the world from Japan, to Nigeria, discussing head wraps. We […]

Free The Hair

10 March
a black and white photograph of a young black woman resting her chin in her hand

Second week. Afro Archives on Air. We were all about “Free The Hair” Have a listen here   Free The Hair was the topic of Afro Archives on Air, 9th March 2018. This second week I brought together women I met at World Afro Day on 15th September 2017. Namely Valley Fontaine and Professor Wendy […]

Wandsworth Radio

03 March
A young black woman in a radio studio with a big microphone in front of her face.

On 2nd March 2018, Wandsworth Radio welcomed Afro Archives as part of its launch of “Female Friday”. It was the beginning of Afro Archives on Air You can read the transcript here and have a listen too “Female Friday”: is now on every Friday at WandsworthRadio.com Afro Archives is scheduled at 3pm to 4pm I […]

We Dance We Work We Sing

19 March
A wooden box with a picture of an elder African Woman and a small child having her hair done

Solo Theatre  My solo theatre piece created in workshop with director Colin Watkeys is called “We Dance We Work We Sing”. I used Colin’s creative techniques to create my show. Everyone can learn these techniques! Just go along to his Face to Face Festivals and workshops currently at the Actors Centre, Covent Garden. We Dance We Work We […]