‘The Cipher’

  • Deliberate and Afraid of Nothing

    May 7, 2021 CNB

    That’s it. Michaela Coel is the most badass person on the planet. I decided this the moment I saw her exquisite photo for Variety, which was part of the magazine’s ‘Power of Women in Comedy’ feature.  The picture took my breath away, and not only because Coel was wearing a Kente cloth in a photo…

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  • Yours Is Comin’!

    April 30, 2021 CNB

    “Yours is comin”! That’s what one of Daniel Kaluuya’s homies shouted as they celebrated his Oscar win on April 25. Watching Daniel Kaluuya and his crew, which included the musician Dave and actor Damson Idris gas each other up was a wonderful sight. The Academy’s failure to give Chadwick Boseman an Oscar (slow claps all…

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  • What do you want?

    April 20, 2021 CNB

    I thought I knew what I wanted, certainly career-wise. The work I do informs much of my identity as a left-handed, Glasgow-born, London-raised, Ghanaian woman who loves to travel, and lives in the US.  But those markers – including work – don’t speak to who I am. Though for much of my life I thought…

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  • A Brand New Day…?

    April 3, 2021 CNB

    I’ve been feeling lighter these days — like the air is shifting and almost dancing around me. It might be ‘cause it’s the season of renewal. Flowers are blooming and people around the world are renewing their faith, beliefs and purpose during Easter, Holi, Ramadan, and other cultural events. Maybe it’s because Los Angeles is…

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  • Create Space

    March 19, 2021 CNB

    I’ve been waiting to share some exciting news with you for a while now, so I’m excited to *finally* announce that I’m joining Spotify to lead its ‘Sound Up: Behind the Mic’ program. I’ll be putting my years of entrepreneur, podcast, broadcast and leadership skills to use to create a space for aspiring and early…

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  • Mama Always Says…

    March 13, 2021 CNB

    I can always rely on my mum to cut through the noise. This week, during one of our chats, she did just that as we talked about the firestorm around Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. “These people always try to use their big big words to distract us. She chuckled, “have…

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