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Interview: Ebisan on Hair + Braid Matters

Interview: Ebisan on Hair + Braid Matters

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Ebisan is featured on one of my regular reads CherchezLaCurl!

Originally posted on Cherchez la Curl:

The first quarter of 2014 has been a long, drawn-out, unwieldy beast of a thing. I’ve been here, I’ve been there, and perpetually on the verge. Now that I’m firmly settled into “adulthood,” I suppose I am fairly accustomed to this lifestyle now. Things are slowing down a bit and I’m…

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Making Those Videos!




I am always asked about my videos and how involved I was in the process. To that I say, the control freak in me keeps me very involved. When I write my music, I tend to have an idea of what the video will look like. Fortunately, I have been blessed with an equally talented director, Mr AK One, who understands exactly what I am trying to achieve.

There is no point putting me in one corner and…

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In conjunction with The Body Narratives, I Shape Beauty will be presenting ‘The Secrets Women Keep,’ a poetry and visual arts workshop led by Lesley Asare and Indigo Williams within ‘A Different Mirror,’ a three-day multidisciplinary art exhibition by Women of Colour artists in Brixton, London from the 25th - 27th April 2014.

Born out of the necessity and need to create spaces for young girls of colour to explore what their bodies mean and how they define themselves, ADM aims to give voice to a plethora of experiences and perspectives that are often invisible or misrepresented in the mainstream.

The exhibition will provide a platform for Women of Colour artists to initiate this conversation and use film, photography, visual art, dance and poetry as the basis to capture these conflicts about how we see ourselves versus how we are seen and celebrate them. In confronting these crucial questions about the systems or structures that shape our relationship to our bodies, we are also encouraging the use of art as a powerful tool for healing and transformation personally and collectively.

As 2 of the exhibition’s artists we will be working with 7 women of colour through workshops prior to the exhibition to create a poetry and visual arts installation that will share their journeys to owning their bodies.

We are currently looking for women of colour between the ages of 18-24 who would like to participate in the project. 

About the Workshops

Poetry Workshop

Sunshine International Arts Centre, Brixton, London

Monday 14th April 2014

10am - 6pm

Using various poems as writing and discussion prompts, participants will explore experiences of shame that have had an impact on their relationship with their bodies. This will be done over tea and coffee in a relaxed and safe environment. The participants will then write and record their own poems about their experiences through film. 


  • To explore what things have influenced our relationships with our bodies
  • To share our stories with other women
  • To write poems that will be filmed and featured as an installation piece

Visual Arts Workshop

Brixton East, Brixton, London

Wednesday 23rd April & Thursday 24th April 2014

10- 6pm (both days) 

To explore the difference between what we believe our bodies to look like and what our bodies actually look like, Lesley will work with the participants to create personal gum tape body sculptures within a warm and safe environment. 


  • To create sculptures that will enable us to see ourselves and appreciate a range of body shapes and sizes
  • To create a safe space to discuss body image, presence and what it means to take up space as women of colour.

To apply please email us at with a brief personal statement that communicates who you are (name, age, ethnicity, occupation,) why you would like to be a part of this project and what you hope to get out of it. Please also add an additional statement that answers the question: What secrets do you keep? 

Please be aware that you must be available for all three days of the workshop. 

Applications close on Wednesday 26th March 2014

Successful applicants will be contacted by Friday 28th March 2014.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Warm wishes, 

Lesley & Indigo 

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