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I started middle distance running in my late 20s. An activity that, by and large, had never really appealed before. A history of living close to hills and far from gyms had meant that fate was never really on my side. Plus I had another odd but not entirely uncommon inhibitor: when I run I itch like a manic. We’re not talking about a regular itch here; one that goes away when scratched. But an all encompassing, pounding assault on the senses. One that could easily result in me digging my nails into my skin until I drew blood and…


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Like most people, I went into the 2020 lockdowns with the best of intentions. I planned to finish editing my novel, start learning a new language, and maybe actually read some of the books I’d lied about being a fan of at parties. In the end, I spent most of my time playing videogames and re-watching episodes of The Wire. A decision I’m fully at peace with. Turns out just getting through the year with a shred of sanity was a far more realistic goal, and one I only narrowly achieved.

Analysing why The Wire is the greatest TV show…


I’ve ridden in the back of cabs through Boko Haram territory, yet still felt more afraid of getting shot while driving in the United States of America

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Croatia, 2018

I didn’t travel much as a kid. My family vacations were great, but typically consisted of a week in South West England - no more than two hundred miles from our home. My adopted parents both had a healthy fear of flying and to each of their dying days; never set foot on a plane. I left the UK for the first time at age 11 as part of what became an annual school day trip to France. The routine for my classmates and I was straightforward enough: wake up at 6am, take a ferry to Dieppe, then spend two…


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Guest spots are one of Hip-hop’s most defining acts of diplomacy. As a featured artist you’re expected to be dope and justify the fee commanded for your appearance. But not too dope. Nobody wants to get murdered on their own shit. However, you also need to set the pace. If you’re getting on a track with someone of a similar level of skill, then you’re going to need to feed off of each other a little bit, right? Give them no choice but to go back and write that verse again. Shit, go rewrite yours if they come out swinging…


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When Will Smith announced a Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reunion show was happening, it was a highlight in an otherwise bleak year. Yet something immediately felt a little off. Two Aunt Viv’s existing in the same space at the same time, perhaps? No actually that was pretty cool. Not only did it play well with the 4th wall breaking theme of the show, but it was good to see a 27 year feud put to rest. Was it the lack of studio audience, maybe? Meh. We could live with that. The whole world doesn’t have a studio audience right now…


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There’s a scene in Quentin Tarantino’s revisionist western The Hateful Eight where Samuel L Jackson’s character Major Marquis Warren; a Black civil war Major and bounty hunter, is stranded in a blizzard a few miles outside of the nearest town. During this scene he encounters John “The Hangman” Ruth played by Kurt Russell; a White, fellow bounty hunter in possession of a stage coach. Major Warren needs to convince John Ruth to let him hitch a ride on that stage coach so he doesn’t freeze to death. Without going into too many spoilers, a large contributing factor in Major Warren…


2 weeks. That’s the average life expectancy of a good line up. At week 3 you still have a line-up, it’s just compromised. Week 4 it’s over. So if I were to take a rough 5 year average of how often I’ve sat back in that black chair and heard those clippers buzz across the peak of my forehead…we’re talking every 4 to 6 weeks. Those are not numbers I’m necessarily proud of but they’re the ones I’m posting. I could always keep that 2 week target in mind as the first big step towards a life of true probity.

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Afro Hair Academy, Image by Nadia Meli

Bayo Awesu

Father, Husband, Storyteller, Jedi. In that order. Also Director at theAfrohairplug.com

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