'The narrative is we don't sell records': the black female singers uncredited by the UK industry
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Black vocalists and song writers often feature prominently on mainstream tracks, yet their credit is missing in the release and their face is not featured in the visuals. This article follows this damaging trend of erasing the work and success of black female artists. “It’s strange when your voice is on the record but you’re not revered in the same way as the producer", Kellie-Leigh says, featured and uncredited on two UK No. 1 singles. While many of these women try to perform as solo artists, they are often faced with the decision of going solo or getting paid. There is now hope that this is changing, with groups like the Black Music Coalition demanding recognition and appreciation for these women.
TikTok videos teaching people about being blind attract huge audience
Jemma Brown is a visually impaired woman who has gained attention on TikTok for her educational videos on blind people. Brown was born with congenital cataracts and was prompted to spread more understanding of the visually impaired when she was asked: "How can I know when someone with a visual impairment needs help?"
She then filmed her mum to explain the signals of a blind person who needs assistance; the video attracted 1.9 million views. Brown hopes to raise further understanding, and is proud of being part of the disabled community. Click the image below to hear from Jemma herself.
'It's about finding a place': stunning portraits of women affected by the refugee crisis
American artist Sarah Cooper and Austrian artist Nina Gorfer, both based in Sweden, began this exhibition in 2017. Through the portraits, they wanted to allow young women to speak up about the refugee crisis and "what it means to be a woman in all of this". They conducted many casual interviews before even picking up the camera. They focused on the younger generation of female refugees as a group not usually heard. The photo series imagines a future self, creating your own goals rather than living out a predetermined cultural role. See more of the portraits by clicking the image of Maryan below.
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