10 Black Irish Creatives You Can Support Today (And Everyday)

As protests rage across the US, calling for an end to police brutality and justice for the murder of George Floyd, there are many ways you can take action in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and the black community.

Apart from donating to organisations combatting racial injustice (you can find a list of resources here), you can also support and shop black-owned businesses.

Brands and buyers have the power to better distribute wealth and affect long-term change. There's never been a better time to put your money where your mouth is. 

Emma Dabiri

Emma Dabiri is an author TV presenter, PhD researcher at Goldsmiths, and teaching fellow in the Africa department at SOAS. She has published in a number of academic journals, as well as the national press, and is one of the BBC's Expert Voices. 

Her book Don't Touch My Hair is a gleaming, intellectual investigation into black women and the very serious business of their hair, as it pertains to race, gender, social codes, tradition, culture, cosmology, maths, politics, philosophy and history, and also the role of hairstyles in pre-colonial Africa.

Vanessa Ifiedora 

Vanessa Ifiedora is a skilled photographer living in Northern Ireland whose book Off-White Sheets is as hauntingly beautiful as it is wildly impressive. Aside from wedding work, she has also photographed a number of prominent people and organisations for newspapers and magazines. Check out her website here. 

Pints of Malt Podcast 

Pints of Malt is an excellent podcast in which 'four Nigerian/Irish lads share their experiences growing up and living in Ireland.' The podcast is full of laughs from the get-go and covers a range of topical issues such as The Rise of The Karen and day-to-day racisms. Follow them here

Zithelo Bobby Mthombeni

Zithelo Bobby Mthombeni is a Dublin-based filmmaker and photographer who directed 'This Land', a new documentary about race, immigration and Irishness which is featured on YouTube.

'This Land' explores cultural identity in Ireland, by way of portraying new and necessary ways of experiencing Irishness. It also follows the impact racism can have on a person's sense of identity.

It also explores the impact of racism and Direct Provision on the outlook of the people interviewed. More on the piece here.

Soulé

Born Samantha Kay in London to Congolese parents, Soulé grew up in Balbriggan and is now considered the leading force in a new wave of emerging Irish music.

The Dublin based electronic pop artist has become famous for her way of matching bass-heavy sound and soft, soulful vocals.

Tebi Rex 

Fronted by Matt O’Baoill and Max Zanga, Tebi Rex is made up of two young Maynooth men who have been building an impressive repertoire at the forefront of Ireland's hip-hop uprising of late. 

Their songs are as infectious as they are important, with songs like Black Enough spreading a message as well as getting people to dance. 

Erica Cody

Erica Cody is a Dublin-based singer-songwriter who began singing at three and writing lyrics at seven years of age. She's been hailed as a 'throwback artist' with her debut EP 'Leoness' being linked back to likes of 'Aphrodisiac' by Brandy.

In 2019/2020 she's gone from strength to strength, setting the gold standard for Irish R'n'B artists as well as honed songwriters internationally. 

Melatu Uche Okorie

Melatu Uche Okorie is a writer and scholar. Born in Nigeria, she moved to Ireland in 2006. It was during her eight and a half years living in the direct provision system that she began to write. She has an M. Phil. in Creative Writing from Trinity College, Dublin, and has had works published in numerous anthologies.

Her first book This Hostel Life tells the stories of migrant women in a hidden Ireland. From a day in the life of women queuing for basic supplies in an Irish direct provision hostel to a young black woman’s depiction of everyday racism in Ireland, her nuanced writing shines a light on the injustice of the direct provision system and on the insidious racism experienced by migrant women living in Ireland

Slight Motif

Slight Motif is an urban organisation based in Ireland with the sole intention of growing with, branding and supporting urban talent in the country. Their website is a refreshing space within a saturated market that covers fresh, new and interesting events, artists and creatives in Ireland who deserve to be celebrated. 

Mona-Lxsa 

Mona-Lxsa is a successful DJ who has progressed steadily in the music scene Ireland, playing several times at both Longitude and Electric Picnic. After finding trouble breaking into the Irish music scene, the impressive then-26-year-old took it upon herself to launch GXRL CODE, a collective of Irish creatives who provide a platform for all women across a number of industries. 

Main image by @vanessaifiedora

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