We all have things we need to get done. And at some point, we all put things off. Except by the time we get around to doing it, it’s already too late. Here’s the biggest reason why people procrastinate and how to fix it. What Is Procrastination? The official definition for procrastination is: “The action … Continue reading The Reasons People Procrastinate
The month of November is unique in Britain because amongst the flood of Christmas advertising that seems to commence earlier each year, we also tend to see many people wearing a poppy. The poppy has been used as a symbol of remembrance for military personnel since 1921, originally inspired by the world-renowned war poem “In … Continue reading Keeping the Legacy Alive: The Forgotten Black Soldiers of WWII
Having friends is a lovely thing. The Bible even says that we are not meant to be alone, but that we should have friends to edify and encourage us. This means that we have to be selective with the people that we have in our lives. I’ve had my fair share of friends. Some who … Continue reading Navigating Friendships in Your Twenties
Greater London’s hidden epidemic. London is a mind-numbing oddity. It desperately wants you to believe that it is a utopia of human civilization, a prime example of capitalism’s potential. Instead, it constantly buckles under its own mirage, struggling to mediate between the lustrous shine of new developments and the old world of its post-war heritage. Loughborough … Continue reading The Cycle of Youth Violence
Rappers have long had a reputation for being at the forefront of culture, setting trends and influencing the young. Whilst their contribution to modern culture can hardly be debated, they haven’t always received the credit they deserve. In Britain, many rappers – especially young Black men – have been stereotyped as the face of all … Continue reading Dave’s We’re All Alone in This Together is Much More Than an Album
Competition. Defined as 'the activity or condition of striving to gain or win something by defeating or establishing superiority over others.' The dreaded C word. We wake up, go about our days, and then go onto social media and see… a girl has a car at 20. A man bought a house at 25. A single … Continue reading The Toxic Reality Of Competition and Hustle Culture
Life is like the London Underground: fast, full of selfish people and gone within moments. My parents always told me that I was an extremely observant child growing up, I’d always pick up on the small things happening in a room and I’d come home and talk to them about it, blurting out private conversations … Continue reading How Perspective Can change Your Reality
Hello everyone, I hope you are all well and if not I hope you get better soon mentally, physically or spiritually. Today’s blog will be a brief one but still very empowering. Personally I am a huge believer in the power of manifestation and the law of attraction. I understand that not everyone is, and … Continue reading Why You Should Start With Positive Affirmations
A lot of us have got the wrong end of the stick when it comes to productivity. Productivity is getting the desired results with less time and effort. The problem here is that that’s not the way productivity is presented. It’s seen as early mornings and late nights. It’s seen as ticking off tasks off … Continue reading Five Productivity Myths That Need Busting!
Wondering how to stop spending money? It can be SO easy to find a purpose of new items and create a lifestyle where more is better. But how do we really evaluate what we need and whether it is a necessary purchase? Check out this ultimate guide and simple tips on how to stop spending … Continue reading How To Stop Spending Money: Habits To Keep Hold of Cash In Your Wallet
Since British-Ghanaian actress, screenwriter, director, producer and singer Michaela Coel first came to the public eye in 2012, she has become the foremost example of Black female success. Perhaps more so than any other actor or singer working right now, the 33-year-old truly is a jack of all trades, and her recent haul of acting, … Continue reading Michaela Coel: Actress, Director and Game Changer
While no one could bring hip hop to the heights of popularity it reached when Tupac and Notorious B.I.G ruled the industry; the decade of 2010 to 2020 featured a slew of amazing calibre artists that are great in their own right.Travis Scott’s Astroworld bookended the decade, while Kendrick Lamar quietly piled up Grammy’s in … Continue reading The top 5 Rap Artists of 2010
With the global vaccine roll out in full swing and a staggered return to normality in sight, governments around the world are hard pressed on getting their economies back up to pre-pandemic levels of output. The public health catastrophe of COVID-19 has put the economic status of many nations in less than ideal positions, calling … Continue reading The Investment Series: Economic Recovery & Inflation
Few brands can match Ralph Lauren’s standing in fashion – but amidst financial struggles and a difficult retail climate, is the brand losing its cultural relevance? Ralph Lauren’s significance – both culturally and in fashion – can hardly be overstated. His is less of a fashion brand, a place to simply buy new clothes, and more of a … Continue reading Is Ralph Lauren Losing Its Cultural Relevance?
“Sometimes my experiences are dismissed. For example, they say things like it didn’t happen which is quite funny because it’s coming from a place of privilege on their part.” Colourism. The hideously ugly little sister of racism. It causes discrimination among people of the same race. Hatred and divide. It is an issue that when … Continue reading Why Are We Not Talking About Colourism?
An Orwellian experience of the future of work. 21st December 2020. My department is holding it's annual Christmas party. The upbeat humdrum of seasonal tunes reverberates around my vicinity. My glass, tightly pinched, is awash with blood-red wine, my lips blunted by thesweet acidity. The room is packed with faceless colleagues existing only as initials, … Continue reading My Entirely Virtual Grad Scheme
I hope everyone is blessed! I want to first give a shout out to all of us for making it this far and surviving all the lockdowns that we went through. This post is aimed at the creatives, content creators, entrepreneurs… anyone who has started up a new venture recently. I’ve had my own blog … Continue reading Is It Worth Rushing?
The American dream is a really good story. It’s been told in words, songs and films for centuries, captivating the imaginations, ambitions and dreams of people all across the world. That dream (we’re told) belongs to all, regardless of where they come from. Or, as the framers of the American Constitution put it: “We hold … Continue reading George Floyd, One Year On
Welcome to the second issue of The RealTalk Blog’s Investment Series! In this series, we aim to simplify and debunk the mysteries of the financial world to encourage financial literacy for all. If you missed the first issue (we forgive you), click here to read up on our introduction to Stocks and Bonds. In this … Continue reading The Investment Series: Financial Markets
Conversations regarding social mobility predominantly focus on wealth, but rarely about the emotional impact of such a drastic change in social class. I always knew that one day I would walk into M&S, pick up freshly baked sourdough, and indulge with a spread of pâté. I just never thought it would make me feel so … Continue reading Social Mobility is a Ladder to Alienation
Following a somewhat slow Oscars ceremony on the night of 25 April, it was Daniel Kaluuya who caught the headlines with his slightly too graphic celebration of life, leaving his mother’s head in her hands with embarrassment. After delivering a powerful speech commemorating the life of American activist Fred Hampton, whom he plays in his … Continue reading From North London to The Oscars: This is Daniel Kaluuya
As a recent city girl, I found refuge in binge-watching all 94 episodes of Sex and the City, as well as the two films that were made years after. There is something quite comforting knowing that in a world full of what seems to be perfect people, underneath the Dior and the Manolo Blahniks, there are still normal girls … Continue reading Seven Things Sex and the City Teaches Us
For the past 15 years, Rihanna has become an icon for all things fashion, music and girl power – but in 2017 she branched out from the music scene, followed her other passions and launched her critically acclaimed cosmetics company, Fenty Beauty. The Fenty Beauty brand prides itself on producing inclusive cosmetics for consumers (across … Continue reading The Rise of Rihanna’s Fenty Brand
I hate talking about blackness. [noun] blackness [blak-nis]‘the quality or state of being Black. the quality or state of being a Black person. Negritude’ Not because it’s not important or because anti-blackness isn’t a real thing, but because I think it’s so nuanced that the more we try to comprehend it, the more it evades … Continue reading What’s Wrong With My Blackness?
Being able to lay down edges and slick ponytails is an elite skill. It comes with a combination of excellent handcraft and the perfect product. After years of consulting with friends, endlessly scrolling through product reviews and many failed attempts, I am yet to perfect this skill and find the perfect product to lay down … Continue reading “It Don’t Move”: Lessons from the Gorilla Glue Girl Saga
A normal job interview is tricky enough. Throw in the uncertainty of technology, and you may have a nightmare to contend with. From showing off your personality on camera to finding the right angles, there are many tricky elements unique to virtual interviews. And given that we’re in the midst of a global pandemic, your next … Continue reading How To Nail Your Virtual Interview
You've probably heard of the name Warren Buffett, possibly Ray Dalio and perhaps less likely, Jack Bogle. Each of these men can attribute, partly or wholly, their successes and financial affluence to their investments in the markets. With a current net worth of $85.6 billion, Warren Buffet is one of the most well-known investors in … Continue reading The Investment Series: Stocks and Bonds
In history lessons based on the Jewish Holocaust, we were told 'never again.' It is the year 2021. It's been going on, it's still here, and it's been silenced for long enough. Who are the Uighurs? Xinjiang is China's largest administrative territory, bordering eight countries – Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Russia, Tajikistan, Pakistan and India. … Continue reading Uighur Muslims: The 21st Century Holocaust
As we enter another week of lockdown, for some of us it hasn’t gotten any easier. Whether you’re a key worker keeping busy or are staying at home exhausting all corners of Netflix, anxiety can affect us all and it’s important to deal with it in a healthy way. It’s completely normal to feel worried … Continue reading Seven Ways to Stay Positive During Lockdown
End Sars protests in London With chants of ‘Soro Soke!’ (Yoruba word for Speak Up) and ‘Buhari is a bad boy', African communities in the UK shouted, walked and prayed in solidarity with their fellow Nigerians against SARS and police brutality across Nigeria. Protests spread over London, Manchester, Birmingham and other cities. ‘I'm only here … Continue reading “Soro Soke!” #Endsars: From Twitter to the Streets.
Whilst many of us are lucky to be working, a vast majority of us are working from our kitchen, spare bedroom, makeshift office spaces. COVID-19 rocked the world in many ways we could not comprehend, we were introduced to some new ways of living. One of the biggest changes was where people worked, the whole … Continue reading WFH? WTF?
I’ve always had a plan. Always planned out how my life was going to turn out. It was my goal to achieve my plans. I’m an organiser. A planner. My own personal assistant. Even from young I knew what I was good at and I would research jobs that would allow me to use my … Continue reading Plans don’t always plan out.
As with all new years, there comes a period of goal setting and also reflection. So, lets reflect. Sometimes I think about how life once was, how I once was. I use this to review how every experience has shaped the person I am today. The highs, the lows and everything in between has amalgamated … Continue reading Small Beginnings
As with most organisations/companies, the end of the year (or financial year) presents a time to reflect on the period that has just passed. An opportunity to celebrate wins, ponder over shortcomings, and ultimately prepare for what the future has in store. At The RealTalk Blog, we thought it would be good to do the … Continue reading Looking Back to Look Forward: The Year 2020
Having emotions is a major part of being human and to be honest I think it's fair to say anyone that has no emotion is pretty close to inhuman as you can get. Emotions are a huge part of who we are as people and are often the main driver when we make our decisions … Continue reading Emotions and Decision Making
It is currently job hunting season for many people, and you may be facing the daunting task of submitting applications after applications. With the increased uncertainty in the job market and the sheer competition for a job, it is important to be the best candidate possible. The very first hurdle you will have to face … Continue reading How to Write a Great CV
Climate change has become one of the most important issues of our time. With increasing demand for change, entrepreneurs and innovators have sprung into action, bringing with them the green economy.
Invest in your friend's, invest in your family, invest in your community! I saw some stats the other day on Twitter, not sure of the original source but either way they really fascinated me: Black spending power on the UK is £300 billionThe black community makes up 3% of the UK populationBlack businesses generate £10 … Continue reading Invest in Black!
Black Lives Matter is not a fight against white people. It is a fight in attempt to dismantle the shackles of white supremacy and prejudice, from our feet, our hands, our necks and our futures. When people get offended by the recent, countless calls for 'Black Lives Matter!' and they label it as an attack; … Continue reading Black Lives Matter & The Fight Against Prejudice [via ssozinha.com]
Discipline What I’m about to share is how to become super human, take it in and implement it. Time to take control. To start with, I have some questions for you…are you disciplined? If so in what areas in your life? Are these areas the ones that are most important? Just take step back and … Continue reading Take Control!